I haven't been very good about posting lately, but I think I will be forgiven by anyone who tries the Chocolate Walnut Butter from Old Dog Ranch.
They had a stand (sadly, not since last weekend) at the College of San Mateo's Saturday Farmers Market where they were giving out samples of their Chandler walnut products. And what walnuts! Real, unmistakable walnut flavor--none of that anemic stuff you find in groceries. The biggest surprise was the Chocolate Walnut Butter: just bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, and salt. All three flavors intense, distinct, and balanced; texture, a bit coarse. Probably not what you'd feed your 7-year old nephew. It's supposed to be a spread, but I've eaten almost the entire jar with nothing more than a spoon. A bit went on some bread, a waffle, and a scoop of Rocky Road ice cream, but I couldn't resist eating almost all of it straight off a spoon.
The maple walnuts, crisp and very lightly sweetened with maple syrup, are also excellent. The walnut butter with raw honey and salt is next on my consumable list. (Then it's back to the chocolate walnut butter.)
Aside from mail-order, I was told that Old Dog is selling their wares at the Portola Valley and Daly City farmers markets, which is where I will have to start shopping in order to keep my pantry stocked with Chocolate Walnut Butter.