After reading about this Nutella taste test, I immediately wanted to try it with peanut butter. I’m partial to Jif, but every peanut butter deserves a chance at my heart. How would I choose between all the peanut butter brands? Last week, I had the members of Duke Spoon participate in a blind taste test of eight different peanut butters from Harris Teeter.
The Set Up
After numbering eight plastic cups, I filled each of them with a different peanut butter. I put the jars away, so participants wouldn’t see which kind they were trying. Participants had the option of eating the peanut butter on bananas, pretzels or (my personal favorite) with a spoon. Read on for the ranked results of our blind peanut butter taste test.
8. Smucker’s Natural – $3.99
Half of the peanut butters we tested claimed to be “natural” (made without hydrogenated oils), but this one was visibly different. Even after several stirs, the oils remained separated, and the texture was too grainy. It takes an acquired taste to appreciate this peanut butter.
“Really oily and salty. Too runny and not good for dipping.”
“After getting over the whole separated oil factor, I know it’s less sweet than the others. It’s less homogeneous in texture.”
“It’s my favorite one because I like natural peanut butter.”
7. Valu Time – $1.67
As the cheapest peanut butter Harris Teeter had to offer, Valu Time deserved a chance in the lineup. The participants were not impressed, and we decided it’s worth the extra dollar for a better brand of peanut butter. Lesson learned: leave this one on the rack.
“Very sticky, wow.”
“Kind of bland. It also looks too orange.”
“Dry and flavorless.”
6. Peter Pan Natural – $2.99
I’d never heard of Peter Pan before this taste test, but it’s the third largest peanut butter competitor after Skippy and Jif. The flavoring was a little off, and some participants were dissatisfied.
“Not as flavorful as the others, but not bad.”
“Really peanutty. Tastes like I’m eating peanuts.”
“No. Just no.”
5. Harris Teeter Generic Brand – $2.49
For a generic grocery store brand, this peanut butter fared well. It had great consistency and creaminess, according to taste testers. Could store brand possibly outshine our name brand favorites? Almost, but not quite.
“Not impressed. This one for sure isn’t my favorite.”
“Ridiculously smooth. I like it.”
“Not that salty, tastes like what I eat normally.”
4. Skippy – $3.29
Growing up, I thought Skippy was the peanut butter for cool kids—you know, the ones who rode bikes without helmets. When Duke Spoon members tried it, the flavor was reminiscent of childhood but surprisingly unsatisfying. Many noted it tasted too sugary and a bit artificial.
“This is definitely Skippy or Jif.”
“It tastes fatty, but it’s definitely growing on me as I eat more of it.”
“Smooth but a little dry. Very obviously Skippy.”
3. Jif – $2.99
I grew up eating Jif, so naturally, I was disappointed when it didn’t win first place. Tasters said it was notably sweeter than all the others. The impeccable creaminess was a plus, but the flavor was a bit overbearing.
“Nice and creamy.”
“Very salty and sweet. The flavors are a little overwhelming.”
“It’s okay. Really nutty.”
2. Jif Natural – $2.99
Jif Natural had a pleasant flavor combination without the intense sweetness of the other peanut butters. Its unusual stickiness was appreciated, and it paired well with the pretzels and bananas.
“Wow, it’s 100% my favorite. I really like the after-stick effect.”
“I could eat this all day.”
“Not as sweet as the others, but that’s the best part about it.”
1. Skippy Natural – $3.29
Skippy Natural had a harmonious blend of sweetness and creaminess. This one was by far the winner, with multiple tasters declaring it as the favorite. I’d never tried Skippy Natural before the taste test, but I’m never turning back.
“I’m really passionate about this one”
“Great consistency, not too sticky. Kind of melts in your mouth.”
“The perfect amount of sweetness.”
So there you have it—Skippy Natural takes first place. The real question now remains, will choosy moms still choose Jif?
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