The Test, Vol. 1: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich ft. Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter

Any peanut butter review on Crunchy For Me would be incomplete without answering one important question: How does the peanut butter taste in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?  Last Thursday, Crunchy For Me reviewed Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter.  Now, Reginald’s Homemade’s product is put to The Test!

PB&J ft. Reginald's Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter #1
Introducing our three players.

  • Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter
  • Your favorite jam or jelly
  • Two slices of your favorite bread

I believe that the choice between jam qnd jelly is as personal as the preference between creamy and crunchy, so I must make one disclosure before I get into the review: I’m more of jam guy.  I hold nothing against jellies, but I have always preferred jam’s spreadability and, relatedly, texture.  I love the way I’m able to spread jam evenly over a slice of bread.  I can hit every corner — even the two troublesome round corners on the top of each slice — and I don’t end up with clumps of jam spread throughout the sandwich.  Instead, every bite has the perfect peanut butter-to-jelly ratio, and I’m going into my sandwich with the confidence that every bite will be equally enjoyable.

Similarly, I love jam’s texture more than jelly’s.  While jelly is too gelatinous, jam is nice and smooth and doesn’t clump together as often as jelly does.  Jam’s seeds also provide extra crunchiness, and you already know of my peanut butter preference.

PB&J ft. Reginald's Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter #3
Up close and personal.
Speaking of peanut butter preference and spreadability, one criticism that I often hear about crunchy peanut butter is that creamy is much easier to spread.  This same group of peanut butter enthusiasts may enjoy the taste of crunchy peanut butter, but, to them, spreadability is a more important characteristic.  Well, friends, let me introduce you to Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter, a peanut butter that lets you have your cake and eat it too!  Reginald’s Homemade’s product spreads just as easy as your traditional creamy peanut butter.  I didn’t run into any instances of peanut parcels jamming into and tearing the bread.  Also, when it came time to bite into the amazing creation you see pictured above, there was a pleasant lite crunch accompanying each bite.  Although it wasn’t the same crunch that I’m used to with traditional crunchy peanut butter, the texture was just as gratifying.

In terms of taste, Reginald’s Homemade’s Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter was a welcome new twist on an old favorite.  The same smokiness described in my peanut butter review was on full display, and perhaps even heightened when complemented by the red raspberry jam.  The sugary taste brought by the jam overshadowed the peanut butter’s bourbon and molasses flavors JUST a little, but I found this preferable to having an overly sweet sandwich.  When it comes to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I usually count on my peanut butter to bring the savory, knowing that jam will bring the sweet.  Plus, this allowed the second featured ingredient in Reginald’s Homemade’s product — the pecans — to play a more featured role.  Even with the added flavors of the jam and bread, you could taste the pecans in each bite, and this was a welcome compliment to the traditional peanut flavor.

I hope this review inspires you to enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich today.  If you do enjoy one, please let me know in comments below, and be sure to share your peanut butter, jam/jelly, and bread preferences!

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