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Mar 27, 2014

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You see this jar of peanut butter. You see the name. It says Family’s Best. Question: do you really think it’s best?

The hubby picked it up at a local health food store mainly because the selection was limited and he didn’t want a flavoured PB.

He comes home with Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter and of course, my big kid and I read the ingredient list. Guess what we found?

Product Review: What ingredients are in Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter?

Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter. Let’s take a look at the ingredient list for this peanut butter: organic peanuts (okay, that’s good), organic palm oil (wait, WHAT? Uh…do I need this in my PB?), organic sugar (*head scratching continues*), sea salt (*eyebrows furrowed*).

So…I don’t get it.Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter has organic peanuts and stuff that isn’t even remotely connected to peanut butter. I mean, if I want my peanut butter sweetened, I can drizzle my own helping of honey. Do I need sea salt in my PB? NOPE. Oh… but wait, organic palm oil. RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT, because making palm oil organic suddenly makes it SO MUCH BETTER for me to have it in my peanut butter?

Did I miss the memo that all this stuff was needed in my peanut butter?

Seriously. I get that 2 + 2 is 4 but that’s like telling me 2 + 2 is Smurf code for pizza on a stick. It’s absolutely senseless.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I know there are plenty of other mainstream peanut butters that have way more gunk than Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter. I just wish it was made, well, more simply.

Time to taste it.

Product Test: how does Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter taste?

Toast some bread and off we go. Here is what Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter looks like. With the added organic palm oil you can tell there’s no mixing involved with this peanut butter. It’s smooth and easy to spread but oddly enough, I found it a little odd to use. I’m so used to my regular organic peanut butter that requires the mixing and stirring that I just found the Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter a bit unnerving.

Time to taste: both the hubby and I tasted the Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter. The hubby found it lacking in peanut butter flavour. Does that make sense? Well, I understood exactly what he was talking about. We’re so used to having organic peanut butter that is made with just peanuts that the Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter didn’t really measure up in taste and fell a little flat.


According to the label on the jar, Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter doesn’t require stirring (big deal), it’s got no preservatives (and that makes it okay to consume palm oil?) and it’s got no hydrogenated oils (again, palm oil is something I do not need in my PB). The only credit I’ll give it that Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter has no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

I think the hubby said it best, “For the price I paid for this Family’s Best organic creamy peanut butter, I should have just bought regular peanut butter” which by the way would cost less. That’s probably my biggest pet peeve about this peanut butter. Why bother buying organic if it tastes like that regular stuff that big brands put out?

I don’t get it.

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