I've been searching for years. How to find a good, super-smooth creamy peanut butter without all the hydrogenated fat?
I love commercial creamy peanut butters. Reese's (now so hard to find in California) was my all-time favorite (high sugar content), followed by Creamy Jif. Don't waste my time with Skippy or Peter Pan.
But, since I do consume 2-3 peanut butter sandwiches/toast per week, I couldn't justify those bad fats anymore, and went to "healthfood" peanut butter from whole foods. I used Laura Scudders, and the WF house brand, and even made my own from peanut.
I never liked the texture -- I WANTED to like it, but it just wasn't the same. I wanted that smooth, unctuous, melt-in-your mouth peanutbutteriness that (I thought) only those bad fats could provide.
But then -- I saw it -- Whole Foods Kids brand creamy peanut butter.
No need to stir it -- somehow they keep the oil from separating. No need to sweeten it with honey or sugar, it already is sweetened (lightly). No need to refrigerate it!
And while the texture is not quite as loose and creamy as Jif (which won the texture wars in my heart against Reeses, though Reese's had significantly better flavor and therefore edged out Jif. Jif was a close close second of course) it is still much closer than any of the "natural" peanut butters.
And there are no hydrogenated fats! I believe there is some added coconut oil, but it is undetectable flavor-wise. It's also organic! Woo hoo!
I can't believe sometimes what wonderful things show up on the grocery shelves. What luck!