Back to the Basics: Review of Adam’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter

This past Saturday, I promised that Crunchy For Me would begin mixing in review of traditional peanut butters. Adam’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter has been duly appointed to kick things off.

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The lighting in this shot gives the jar kind of an angelic glow, doesn’t it?
In deciding which traditional peanut butter to review this week, I wanted to avoid major brands (e.g., Jif, Skippy, store brands, etc.).  Since I’ve historically had peanut butters with artificial ingredients, I also wanted something natural.  When I went to my local Bel-Air Market, Adam’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter was on sale for less than half of its normal price.  SOLD!

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The bubbles in the bottom-right corner reminded me of the tar pit Grimlock fell in in Season 2 of The Transformers.  I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again.
Taste

There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about the taste of Adam’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter.  But, with traditional peanut butters, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  When I eat traditional peanut butters, I’m not looking for a surprise.  Instead, I want that familiar flavor I grew up loving.  In this sense, Adam’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter tastes just like roasted peanuts.  Also, similar to Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter Blend, you can taste hints of peanut skins.  It’s also incredibly savory, but this is typical of most natural peanut butters.

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Sooo smooth!
Consistency and Texture

As you can see in the gorgeous, award-winning photo above, there’s a good reason why “CREAMY” is in all caps on Adam’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter’s front label.  This peanut butter is borderline runny.  It likely has the best spreadability of all peanut butters, as there’s no spreading required when making your PB&J.  All you need to do is drop a few glops of peanut butter on a slice of bread and let gravity take over.  While this gives the peanut butter a pleasant texture, it also makes it very messy when you’re not using the peanut butter for a recipe.

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The facts.
The Test

Due to the runniness issues mentioned above, I was hesitant to use Adam’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.  But, this national holiday is best celebrated with a traditional peanut butter, and there were no alternatives in my cabinet.

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A new jelly?!  “A Challenger Appears!”
Before I discuss the PB&J itself, I have to address the elephant in the room.  Yes, that is a new jelly pictured above.  I ran out of my red raspberry preserves and decided to switch it up a recent Target trip.  I’m not ready to fully commit to jelly, but switching to a different fruit is something I could handle.

At Target, Strawberry was the only other preserves option.  At first, I was excited to try something different.  But, when it was time to celebrate, I was reminded why I’ve avoided anything other than red raspberry preserves over the past several years: CLUMPS!  A consistent peanut butter-to-jelly ratio is an important part of any PB&J.  While some people may enjoy clumps of fruit in their jelly, they disrupt the all-important ratio too much for me to enjoy my PB&J.  While the strawberry taste was a welcome addition, there were more than a few bites where low amounts of preserves made it feel as though I was eating a peanut butter sandwich.  Okay, “peanut butter sandwich” is extreme, but you get my point.

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Those strawberry clumps still give me nightmares.
Now, back to Adam’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter.  I made my sandwich late in the morning and stored it in tupperware until I took it to the park for a small picnic.  By the time it came it enjoy my PB&J, too much of the peanut butter had fallen out of the sandwich and onto the tupperware.  While this made for some enjoyable finger-dips after I finished my sandwich, I still would have preferred to enjoy that same peanut butter with bread and preserves.  Besides, everyone knows that finger-dips beat suited for jars of peanut butter that are shared with the entire household.

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Belated Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!
As I’ll elaborate on further this coming Wednesday, the most notable aspect of Adam’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter is that it is more suitable for cooking than for a PB&J.  The peanut butter has that great familiar, traditional taste, but the runny consistency makes it too messy (for me, at least) for everyday use.  In other words, it’s more suitable for a spoon-dip than for a finger- or knife-dip.

Have you tried Adam’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter?  Did you celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day?  Leave a comment below!

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