Who makes the best peanut butter in the UK?
Whether you spread it on toast or spoon it straight from the jar, peanut butter is a storecupboard essential, so we’ve found the best smooth varieties to add to your shopping list
Looking for the best smooth peanut butter? Want to know which nut butter to buy? Read on for the results of our peanut butter taste test…
What is peanut butter?
Peanut butter is a spread made from ground, roasted peanuts. Some are made from 100% pure peanuts, while others add sea salt, sweeteners or oil.
How the best smooth peanut butters taste test worked
Four members of the olive team conducted a blind taste test to find the best smooth peanut butter, awarding gold, silver and bronze awards to the ones we were most impressed with.
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The results for the best smooth peanut butters taste test
Comments: 100% peanuts, roasted with their skins on, give this smooth peanut butter a natural flavour. A great artisan purchase if you’re after a pure nut butter to dip apple slices in, drizzle over pancakes or add to a curry.
Comments: A mixture of peanuts (90%) with sunflower oil, palm oil, cane sugar and sea salt gives this nut butter a gentle sweetness and salty kick. With a dark roast and creamy texture, it’s the one to slather on toast.
Comments: Like monkey nuts? Then this nut butter (made from 100% peanuts), with its raw flavour profile, is the one to go for. With a lighter roast, it’s got distinctly different flavour notes to others on the market.
Comments: The addition of cane sugar to this peanut butter makes it a great buy for those that have a sweet tooth. With a thicker consistency, it’s ideal for topping a cake with.
Other smooth peanut butters we tried
Lidl smooth peanut butter, 99p/340g; Lidl. Buy now
Skippy smooth peanut butter, £2.40/340g; ocado.com. Buy now
Pip and Nut smooth peanut butter, £3.50/400g; Amazon. Buy now
Whole Earth organic smooth peanut butter, £3/340g; ocado.com. Buy now
Yumello Wild Atlas peanut butter, £2.75/170g; ocado.com. Buy now
Biona organic peanut butter smooth, £7.99/1kg; ocado.com. Buy now
Essential Waitrose smooth peanut butter, £1.55/340g; Waitrose. Buy now
ManiLife original roast smooth peanut butter, £3.99/295g; ocado.com. Buy now
Duchy Organic smooth and spreadable peanut butter, £1.89/340g; Waitrose. Buy now
In the past we've also judged other types of peanut butter, here are the results...
Best crunchy peanut butter: Biona organic crunchy peanut butter, £14.98, 1kg, Amazon
Comments: Perhaps it’s the fact that Biona doesn’t use any additives (such as palm fat and emulsifiers) that makes this peanut butter special. Rich, salty and definitely the crunchiest of the bunch, we’d love it on our toast any day of the week. It’s also got a refreshingly short ingredients list.
Best palm oil-free peanut butter: Meridian natural crunchy peanut butter, £8.29, 1 kg, Amazon
Palm oil is a controversial issue, and as such products that exclude it are on the rise. We tasted five palm oil-free butters, all of which had separated slightly due to the lack of oil. Just give them a stir before eating.
Meridian’s crunchy peanut butter was our favourite – they’re one of the few producers that leave the peanut skins on for roasting. It’s made from peanuts and nothing else (not even salt), which accounts for the clean and wholesome flavour. Honestly, it made us feel good inside.
Best supermarket peanut butter: Lidl’s McEnnedy ‘American Way’ smooth peanut butter
We loved it in the ‘smooth’ category, and we picked it out again in the ‘supermarket’ line-up. A real winner.
Taste test conducted and written by Ellie Edwards