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The postman brought one of my Amazon orders today- the two pots of Goober Grape. I thought I'd write a review of what I thought. Err, well, after struggling to open the tape on the large amazon box, I found two large-ish glass pots wrapped in brown paper.
These pots of spread can't be bought in the UK, at least, I haven't seen them anywhere. I paid around £9 for them, which I thought was a LOT, but I'd heard lots of great reviews about Smuckers Goober Grape, so I decided to give them a try myself.
The packaging for these pots is quite nice, pretty purple and navy blue striped labels on the front with a picture of a cartoon peanut and grape. The peanut has a speech bubble saying "America's favourite! Combination peanut butter and jelly." The screw-top lid is purple and blue striped as well, matching the label. One thing I noticed about this is that the glass is really heavy- it might get dropped easily. Seeing as it's obviously a spread that wants to appeal to young children more than adults, replacing it with plastic would be a good idea? Just a thought.
Anyway, opening the jar, I saw...a bit of a mess. I expected the Goober Grape to be in neat swirly patterns, but mine seemed to be in a bit of a state, and one huge swirl/lump of jam was on the top. I'm assuming they got thrown around a lot when they were being delivered. I'm not really too bothered, but fussy eaters who like their food to look good might mind!
The taste...I'm going to scoop out a tiny bit of the peanut butter on it's own with a teaspoon, then the jelly. To get a taste of what they're both like individually.
The peanut butter tastes okay, I guess. I miss the chunks (I usually buy crunchy peanut butter) and it's not very salty. It tastes quite creamy and sugary, in fact. I've eaten cheap peanut butter before which tasted pretty much the same as this.
The grape jelly is a little like jam, only more thick and without any pieces of fruit in it (children might like this.)
I expected it to be slightly tart, because it's grape jelly, but it's so sweet and sugary, it has almost a blackcurrent taste. I find that because it's so processed it doesn't taste like real fruit, more like fruit pastel sweets. Or ribena.
Together it tastes salty, sugary and quite cheap. In America it's available for a couple of dollars, but paying £9 is totally outrageous. I don't care if it's been 'specially imported'. The calorie content of this is horrific, around 400 calories per 100g, so it's a good thing this is so sickly because you wouldn't want to eat a big batch in one go.
A few hours after I tried this, I had a sore stomach. I'm not sure if it was all down to this spread but it's still put me off eating it. My dad tried it as well, and branded it "disgusting."
It might appeal to small children, because of the lack of seeds in the sugary, sweet jam and the lack of chunks in the peanut butter, but it doesn't appeal to me.
Thanks for reading.
Julia, a.k.a ReddVelvett. xo