Now I know that peanut butter is one of those things that people either go nuts for (see what I did there?) or just the mere thought of it makes them recoil in horror. I am most definitely the first one. I consider myself to be a bit of a peanut butter connoisseur - if that's even a real thing. But believe me when I say it, I've tried a lot of different types...and this is the best 'supermarket brand' by a long way.
Before I start on the positives of this product - and believe me, there are lots. There are 2 (possibly 3) downsides. First one, personally I've found it fairly difficult to find, the only supermarket where I can guarantee I'll find it is Sainsbury's. You can get it on Amazon and some other sites that sell imported foods but this isn't always guaranteed, which brings me nicely to point number two - the price. The cost of a jar in Sainsbury's can vary, but at the time of writing this a small (340g) jar costs £2.25. Buy it on Amazon or elsewhere and I find the price increases significantly. But as everything these days, it varies. Saying that, it is worth every penny!
The other possible downside, it is quite possibly too nice. Yes that's what I said. Too nice. It isn't exactly light on calories...and from the first taste of it you will be thinking about when you can have some more. You will eat it out of the jar with a spoon...I almost guarantee it. So for the calorie counters, it perhaps isn't the best choice, but that can be said for any brand of peanut butter. Looking at it from a different angle, peanuts are good for you and have 'good fats' in them. So by eating it you are actually doing your body a favour. There, problem solved.
The product itself has everything balanced exactly right. It is the perfect balance of creamy, crunchy, salty & sweet. I've never had a crunchy peanut butter that has tasted this good and spread so easily. Crunchy is always a difficult one, commercial brands such as Sunpat just get it so wrong, on taste, texture and ease of spreading. Where as the organic 'healthier' brands, the taste is better but they are often very difficult to spread and frequently have a layer of oil over the top, making it very messy. You don't get any of this with Skippy. It has a rich roasted taste without the overly sickly taste of most peanut butters and a little goes a long way.
Great on toast, in sandwiches (especially with banana), baking and recently I made Ice-cream using it which was divine! But it's equally good by itself. It is just a great product, if you haven't tried it already and are a fan of peanut butter, it's a must.
As far as peanut butter goes I am somewhat of an addict! For a couple of years I only ate is occasionally finding it too sickly to eats lots of. Then I discovered Skippys! It really is the best Peanut Butter ever! It's very big in the States and you can buy across all of Europe but up until a couple of years ago it was really hard to find in the UK. This version (the extra crunchy version) is still relatively hard to find in stores. Most stores stock the light blue version (smooth) and this is great for cooking with (mmm peanut butter cookies!). But for me personally the extra chunky version is the best for having on toast.
I have tried lots of peanut butters, and I found Sunpat to be the worst. It just tastes odd - I don't know what it is. It's too buttery and not nutty enough I suppose. Skippys is the perfect combination. If you google Skippys Peanut Butter you will find people all over the world raving about how it is the best peanut butter out there.
You can get this in various sized jars - the size pictured above is the large version, there's also a smaller version (about half that size) and a larger catering sized version with you can find in Costco and Macro etc. I now can find the small jars of this in my local shop which was a great surprise! I used to bring jars back of this from holidays in Spain and Portugal because I just couldn't find it over here (except in the big catering jars which are annoying because you never get to use it all up before you have to throw it away and open a new one).
Now, if you don't like peanuts or nuts in general you won't like this. Probably a given but I thought I would mention it! And of course if you have allergies to nuts then this is a no go! The taste of this is more nutty than buttery - which is good for me because it's what I prefer. It's not as greasy as the likes of Sunpat and doesn't separate in the jar like other peanut butters tend to do when they have been open for a couple of weeks in the cupboard. It may look like its hard when you open the jar but its very easy to spread. A little goes a long way as well because it has extra peanut chunks in it. So a jar this size can last quite a while. Because it has extra chunks it makes the peanut butter quite crunchy when you have it on toast - yummy.
As well as having it on toast of course you can use it in cooking. I have used the smooth version to make peanut butter cookies before and they were delicious! My Mum used to eat Sunpat but since discovering Skippys she won't touch the stuff anymore! As a food its quite fattening I suppose, but then nuts are also full of good fats so this is a good alternative to say chocolate spread - much more healthy.
Usually a jar of this in the small version sets me back about £2.50 or so, so a large jar like this is probably about £3.50 - sorry I can't be more exact it's just that my local shop only stocks the smaller jar, and every time I've bought a large jar it's been from Europe or the States!
If you like peanut butter and think you've found the tastiest one and haven't tried Skippys yet then try it - I guarantee you will be switching!