We put branded products to the test so you know which ones to look out for. This month we tried different types of crunchy peanut butter to see which came out on top.
Looking for the best crunchy peanut butter to buy? Read on to find the results of our crunchy peanut butter taste test. Looking for crunchy peanut butter recipes? Try our best peanut butter recipes.
We opted to test crunchy rather than smooth peanut butter – just lightly roasted peanuts blended with a pinch of salt, and free from added sugar. We did allow any peanut butters stating they were using sustainable palm oil. These criteria gave us the clearest indicators of the best quality peanut butters.
How we tasted
We tried each peanut butter on its own and then on a small piece of toasted sourdough. We looked for a sweet, nicely seasoned, deep peanut flavour that wasn’t too salty. Texture-wise we wanted chunky peanut pieces well distributed through a smooth, creamy butter.
The results of the best crunchy peanut butter taste test
Incredibly smooth and creamy peanut butter with big chunky bits of peanut throughout. Nice balanced sweetness and plenty of salt – any more and it would be too much but it’s just enough to make the butter taste amazing and give a deep flavour and length on the palate.
Delicious and a very close second. A really well-balanced peanut butter. Perfectly sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy all at once. The texture is perfect, too – once the oil had been mixed back in it was the perfect consistency for spreading on toast.
A really good peanut butter. Deep, nutty flavour with just the right amount of sweetness and saltiness. It is made with cold- pressed argan oil, which you don’t notice as a flavour but does add to its creamy texture.
Nice peanut flavour and well seasoned. Quite small on the chunkiness but this allows for plenty of creaminess. It gives a long peanut aftertaste. Not as sweet and salty as the others, which meant that it lacked a bit of flavour in comparison.
One for the purists. A very, very crunchy peanut butter without much creaminess. A deep peanut flavour – almost like eating them straight from the shell. It’s made without salt so it lacks some depth and length of flavour. Good if you like a strong peanut flavour or you’re watching your salt intake.
A nicely consistent peanut butter, thanks to added sustainable palm oil. But this meant it was more set and lacked some of the runny creaminess of the others. A really deep peanut flavour with a good ratio of chunks to smooth butter. Maybe a touch too salty – but this did make it really delicious.
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