“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Peanut Butter „
I Like to buy shops own brands of products I haven't bought before and often like to drop a brand from my usual ones. It does save me a lot of money trying different items. I always think a shops own brand is well worth a try because most of them I have found more than suitable for my taste buds. This one is one I hadn't bought before so thought was worth a go since it was really cheap to buy.
This peanut butter comes inside a large jar which has a screw off lid. The label on the front is very basic looking and nothing special to look at other than the name and pictures of food etc.
Once the lid is removed it has a nice smell of nuts and does smell quite sweet. The smell isn't a nasty one and a pleasant enough smell being such a cheap peanut butter.
The colour is a light brown and is quite a thick texture, it is easy to scoop from the jar and smooth it onto toast or bread etc. I find it doesn't drip from a spoon or knife. It is very easy to spread over bread or toast without it tearing the bread because of the smooth texture. I just gently smooth it over the bread and it produces a good layer.
It has lots of nuts which are really apparent and this peanut butter is packed with nuts and a lot more nut content than I imagine it would have being so cheap to buy. I am more than happy with the amount of nuts this product contains inside the jar.
It has a really nice pleasant nutty taste and it doesn't taste at all bland. The nuts are also crunchy and when I eat it on toast it does taste extremely nice and hits my taste buds really well. It doesn't taste too salty or have that nasty salty taste I imagined it would have. My little grandson loves peanut butter and he absolutely loves this brand and often asks if he can have a second helping when he eats it for a little snack in between meals. When I allow him to have a second helping I only allow him to have half a slice of bread with the peanut butter because I don't like him to have too much of this kind of product because I don't like him to eat food which are too salty but with his parent's permission they allow him to eat a second helping occasionally if he is extremely hungry because he adores peanut butter but isn't allowed to eat too much junk food but for a little treat at grandma's it is allowed.
This peanut butter would be ideal for using to bake a cake, I think it would give lots of flavour and a nice nutty taste. I haven't used it for baking a cake but I will in the future when I feel like baking one but I don't bake too often but I would certainly consider using it when I do feel in the mood for a baking day.
It is quite high in calories and contains 95 calories and 8g of fat, so if you are on a diet plan I don't think it would be a good one to eat unless it is a little treat in my opinion. But treats are allowed on diet plans so it is one which would be nice to eat for treat days.
It only cost 62p for a 340g jar, I think this is an excellent price for this size jar in my opinion and if you love peanut butter and are looking to dropping a brand it is a super price to give it a try to see if you like the taste as much as a branded kind. The quality is extremely good for 62p.
It is also suitable for vegetarians but not suitable for anyone who has a nut allergy. It contains peanuts and may contain other variety of nuts too.
I really love this peanut butter, it is a really nice one and contains a good nutty taste. I will most certainly buy it again in the future because it gives lots of nut flavour and is a lovely little butter for eating snacks.
I give this peanut butter 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I decided to buy this peanut butter because it costs more than a pound less than the brand that I usually buy. It only costs 62p for a 340 gram jar which I think is amazing value. The jar that it comes in is made from glass and it is clear with a label wrapped around it.
The label is a little ugly and cheap looking but this doesn't bother me at all because the packaging isn't really what counts! The lid screws on & off and once it has been opened it needs to be kept in the fridge. The peanut butter its self looks like any other brand of peanut butter - same colour and peanutty scent and I am really impressed with it!
I was expecting it to be quite greasy and not very chunky but it has a lovely, thick consistency which isn't greasy at all and there are plenty of big chunks of peanut so it is nice and crunchy. For the last couple of weeks I have been having a small amount of this on a piece of toast with a bit of fruit for my breakfast and its very tasty and filling.
Another thing I thought at first was that it might taste really sweet or salty with it being so cheap but it isnt sugary or salty at all, it tastes delicious - just how peanut butter should taste, and there are no funny after tastes or anything. I have just used the last of it after 2 weeks of having it on my toast every couple of days, so a jar doesn't last for as long as the brand I usually use but this is just because the jar is smaller.
I'd definitely recommend this peanut butter as it is cheap and it tastes nice and as long as you don't eat loads of it a jar will last for a good few weeks so it is amazing value.
I do the majority of my grocery shopping at either Asda or Tesco, so regularly have the opportunity to try out branded products from both of these stores. It was whilst I was picking up a few items from a local branch of Tesco recently that I noticed the price of my usual purchase of peanut butter - namely, the Tesco's own label jar - had gone up quite significantly since the last time I purchased it, to around the £1.30 mark. I felt this was quite a big increase, so decided instead to purchase the Tesco Everyday Value brand of Peanut Butter, and this review outlines my experiences.
The Tesco Everyday Value Crunchy Peanut Butter is available to purchase in only one size of jar, which is 340g in size. This is exactly the same size as the 'regular' branded "Tesco Crunchy Peanut Butter" that I usually purchase, but the prices are quite different. Whilst the Everyday Value version costs a mere 62 pence for the jar, the Tesco alternative costs £1.34 at the time of writing, which is of course more than double the cost.
I am only too happy to make such an impressive saving... but I will admit to being cautious as to whether the Everyday Value Peanut Butter would live up to my high expectations. Surely, with such a notable price difference, the product has to be rather poor in comparison to the more expensive alternative?
Well, no - it doesn't. The best way I can explain this is to say that if I had been offered the Everyday Value branded Peanut Butter in a plain jar, I would most definitely not known it was branded as such. There is nothing about its appearance, nor its flavour to indicate that it is of a poor quality or poorly produced, and certainly I've noticed nothing lacking with the product at all.
The packaging for the product is fairly simplistic, I must admit, but the Peanut Butter's (or PB's) glass jar is extremely robust and has never proven to be unfit for purpose. There is a large, red-coloured plastic screw off lid on top of the jar that is very easy to remove and replace, in my experience, even with limited mobility in my hands. The glass jar can of course be recycled in some areas.
The peanut butter itself looks absolutely delicious when the top is removed from the jar, and the strong, slightly 'salty' aroma of peanuts is extremely strong, which is what I have come to expect with products such as this one. I can see even from looking at the Peanut Butter in the jar that it is absolutely jam-packed with peanuts, their angled edges making themselves noticeable through the otherwise smooth texture of the butter itself.
Whilst I am on the topic of smooth, I will mention at this point that I did not notice whether there was a "Smooth" alternative to the "Crunchy" Peanut Butter I purchased from the Tesco Everyday Value range, which is not to say that such a product does not exist, but certainly I don't recall noticing it on the supermarket shelf, nor does it appear on the store's website at www.tesco.com. This is absolutely fine with me, as I'd always choose the crunchy variety, even if both options were presented.
The Tesco Everyday Value Crunchy Peanut Butter does exactly what it says on the tin (jar) - the peanut butter is extremely flavoursome and completely delicious, in my opinion. There is nothing lacking in either the quantity or the quality of the peanuts contained in the Crunchy Peanut Butter and it is as packed full of deliciously crunchy peanuts as much as my usual brand (Tesco) is. Each mouthful, in fact, contains several pieces of delicious peanut that is the perfect accompaniment to the peanut-flavoured 'spread'.
The Crunchy Peanut Butter is delicious spread on hot toast, which is my preferred "Serving Suggestion" but of course this is down to personal choice.
I have also used the Tesco Everyday Value PB in place of my usual brand when using some tried-and-tested recipes, and I have noticed no difference between this brand and any other brand. My rather popular 'Peanut Butter Cookies' were as well received when baked with the Tesco Everyday Value PB than when baked using any other brand of Peanut Butter and I was unable to spot any difference with either the appearance or the taste and flavour of my freshly-baked creations.
The nutritional information for the product is, unfortunately, as poor with this brand as with any other brand of Peanut Butter, as it is a rather calorie-rich food and so is probably going to be a rather unpopular choice with anybody watching their waistline or calorie intake. The jar's label informs me that a tablespoon of the Crunchy Peanut Butter contains 95 calories and 7.6g fat. The good news is that the product contains "No artificial preservatives, flavours or colours." Also, it is completely suitable for vegetarians.
All in all, I was highly impressed with the Tesco Everyday Value Crunchy Peanut Butter and I won't buy the Tesco 'regular' branded version again. There is really no need to, as I am completely satisfied with the Everyday Value alternative, and have already repurchased it for myself, as a result.
I have to say one of my favourite snacks is peanut butter on toast and I am a peanut butter snob it must be crunchy and actually taste of peanuts and so my favourite is whole earth however this is expensive and when I was making satay sauce I decided to get the Tesco own as it was crunchy.
Cost and stockist.
This is available from Tesco and costs a mere 62p. However this isn't normally available in the express stores.
I bought this as a cooking ingredient however I was extremely impressed although it contains 87% peanuts as compared to my normal brand which contains 97% however the remainder is made up of oil and salt and although lighter in colour it was big on flavour and tasted as I expected indeed I was so impressed I have purchased it again for general toast eating.
I would have to say out of choice I would purchase the whole Earth peanut butter as I like the more rustic taste however at over £3.00 it is more of a special occasion treats whereas this is a brilliant everyday product which doesn't contain lots of sugar unlike many cheap peanut butters and really tastes good a brilliant budget buster well worth a piece of toast!
I'm a real fan of peanut butter and have to say that it's the only thing I tend to put between my slices of bread. I usually buy Tesco's own label of peanut butter which will set you back around £1.34 for 340g not bad when you compare it to the leading brands like sunpat. Whilst browsing in my local Tesco's I went to the peanut butter shelf and came accross their value peanut butter, I instantly grabbed a jar and headed for the checkout.
The first thing that drew me to this peanut butter was the price for a 340g jar it was only 62p, which is more than twice as cheap as there own brand, considering we go through atleast a jar a week in our house this was worth a try. I am always keen on trying Tesco's value brands as I feel for the price nothing ventured nothing gained, if it's not any good I know not to buy it again and I haven't wasted too much money! When you have a family and are on a budjet any money you can save on the weekly shop is a plus in my opinion.
The jar is like most peanut butter jars although I have to say that I do prefer the jars that are more wider than taller as they fit better in my food cupboard and are easier to grip. The design is like most of the value products simple, but in my opinion they don't look too cheap and nasty, they actually call it everyday value now rather than value which makes it more appealing. You can see the peanut butter through the jar which I like and the colour is not too light in appearance, I often feel put off by peanut butter if it is too light in colour as it tends to remind me of something which I won't mention as I wouldn't want to put you off!
It contains no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours which is always a bonus especially if you are giving it to your little ones. It is high in calories and fat but if its eaten in moderation like most things then in my opinion this is fine. I would only have a sandwich covering of it a day and don't like it too thickly spread as your sandwich would become rather hard to digest due to the consistency of the peanut butter.
When you take the lid off the jar the first thing I noticed was how easily it came off and then how easy it was to reseal. there is nothing worse than wrestling with a jar to get the lid off, a waste of ones energy! Like I previously said the colour was good not too light which does put me off. when I put my knife in the consistency was nice and thick but not too thick that it breaks the bread soon as it is spread. It didn't look watery either which I have seen with other peanut butters which again I really dislike. I did notice when looking close that some of the peanuts used do look slightly dark like they are maybe seconds but this didn't bother me as it didn't in my view affect the taste in any way. I prefer crunchy peanut butter to the smooth but thats my personal preference. This peanut butter did have lots of crunchy peanut bits in but not too many. I remember trying the sunpat one which I thought for the price was very mean when it came to the amount of peanuts in it and the peieces were rather small in size, this brand the peanut pieces are of a good size. The taste was great not too sweet and it didn't taste salty which some can, I always know if a food is too salty in taste asIi have to drink pints of water after not appealing in the slightest. After eating my first Tesco everyday value peanut butter sandwich I was left feeling very satisfied and pleased i had purchased such a great value product!
Overall i was really impressed with this Tesco value product and will definately continue to buy it.
I'm not the greatest fan of peanut butter but I do quite like it as an occasional treat - it's lovely on toast in the morning and has all the healthy proteins and fats in it meaning despite how high calorie it is, it's not all bad.
I usually buy a quite expensive brand of peanut butter which is around the £2 mark, and as I am saving for a car, I decided to cut back on a variety of stuff including food, and peanut butter isn't a neccesity which is why I decided to stop purchasing the more expensive stuff and instead, I decided to try the tesco value crunchy peanut butter.
This peanut butter comes in a round 340 gram glass jar with a white, plastic screw on lid. The jar is quite sturdy and I was impressed that the packaging was glass rather than plastic because it was such a low priced item. The only branding on the jar is a label which wraps around it, this simply states the brand and product name complete with the calories/fat etc and the ingredients on the back as well as allergy information.
The peanut butter looks like any other jar of peanut butter would, the peanut butter is a nice shade of light beige and you can see tiny particles of peanuts when you look closely, as well as larger bits of peanut. Considering that this is classed as crunchy peanut butter, it isn't really very crunchy, there's only a few bits of the larger peanuts in the jar and they're not really very tasty to be honest as the vile taste of the peanut butter overpowers the nutty taste.
This peanut butter basically tastes like a pile of fat with a ton of sugar added to it with a slight nutty hint. This stuff does not taste like the peanut butter i'm used to (and prefer) - it is so suggary that I had to spit it out and the sugarry taste doesn't even taste natural. Even a teaspoon of this left me feeling like i'd swallowed a lump of fat - vile.
The texture is like smooth peanut butter but more greasy and runny, it's not crunchy and when it was in my mouth it felt like I was sucking on a big blob of butter. If you are a fan of sweetened peanut butter though you will more than likely love this peanut butter and at 62p per 340 gram tub it's not too expensive and will last for a while. I've given my tub away as the stuff made me feel physically sick.
All peanut butter is high in calories so I can not really say much on that side of things, but per 100 grams it has 615 calories and it has 53.6 grams of fat which is a humongous amount! Overall, this isn't nice. It's too sweet and not at all crunchy.
Roasted Peanuts (84%), Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Salt.
Contains Nuts & Peanuts
My son thinks we have shares in peanut butter!!! This is his favourite breakfast...toast and peanut butter, or peanut butter sanwiches. He has grown up on it really. I have to admit....I also love the stuff! It is full of protein for a start and it tastes great. I think this particular brand is as good, if not better than Sunpat! It is certainly a lot cheaper...just 67p a jar this week! It spreads so well on new bread and on toast it kind of melts and makes your mouth water. I have used this to make peanut butter cookies too, so it is a versatile product. You can also use it to make things like satay sauce for kebabs, and all sorts of other recipes.
For a quick sarnie, there is nothing nice than peanut butter, but you can jazz it up by adding other things like banana or the classic jam or marmalade.
To sum up, Tesco Value Peanut butter contains dextrose, salt and added fat. It may also have traces of other nuts. That said, it has a good texture and flavour and is full of natural protein. It is less expensive than the more popular brands which is why I buy it. The way my son eats the stuff I'd be bankrupt in weeks if I bought Sunpat!
Oh badgers bongos! What do you say about Peanut Butter? It's the kind of thing I always have handy to get my face into when I have an attack of (non drug related..honest) munchies. I tend to spoon it out with no finesse and eat it directly from the spoon. Gross though this sounds, I feel justified in this as no one else in the family eats peanut butter, it's mine, all mine! As anyone with children will know that's quite a feat.
Having experienced more expensive butter in the past including some well known fairly expensive brands when we're talking the crunchy variety I honestly don't see a huge difference between this basic brand and the others.
It has a good crunch with medium sized nut pieces, and has a wonderful sticky consistency. The 'buttery' part isn't quite as creamy as with some of the more expensive brands, but as this is mostly crunchy that doesn't bother me at all.
The colour is yellow with a slight grey undertone, but there is not a big difference between the colour of this and any other peanut butter. I love the satisfying whoosh and plop when you open the lid for the first time, and the heady aroma assaults your nostrils and makes your saliva glands go into overdrive. The way that the spoon glides into the perfectly solid appearing untouched upper layer and ploughs that first furrow is delicious in itself... I've just realised.. I need to get out more.
Peanut butter of course can be used in ways other than a high calorie spoon eaten snack. The classic peanut butter and jam sandwich for example, I favour brown bread but it really doesn't matter. You can of course mix up the fillings, I sometimes like to add some sliced banana, ok so if you open up the sandwich it kind of looks like a car accident but it's delicious. I'm not sure how this would work in things like a peanut cup recipe, I think you are supposed to use smooth peanut butter for that, I'm sure that there are lots of recipes that this could be used in, but as my idea of haute cuisine is to throw a spud in the oven and hope for the best I can't really comment on that. However you use it I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed by this little beauty.
The pot as with all Tesco value brands is basic, with red, white and blue labelling. The 340Gm jar costs 52p. A 15g tablespoon provides 95 calories, which isn't so bad considering a tablespoon is quite big and more than enough for a decent sandwich or to spread on toast. I hope I don't have to remind anyone if you are allergic to nuts DON'T try this.
Peanut butter I love! Usually however I always go to grab a smooth one however when I spotted this in Tesco costing only 67p a jar but being the crunchy variety I decided to give it a go as I knew I was making a bit of a saving.
The glass, round, see-through jar holds 340g of the peanut butter and it has a white plastic screw on/off lid to the top of it and when you first remove that lid you need to peel off the white plastic cover that is under that. The label around the jar is red, white and blue in colour and on the front of that we are shown a photograph of a bagel smothered with the peanut butter on it and we are told that it is Tesco 'Value' Crunchy Peanut Butter and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information on the back of the label includes ingredients and allergy advice being given as well as a full nutritional chart, the size is stated (as I have listed already) and contact details for Tesco are given. The appearance of this jar does scream out that it is an economy purchase however for me its always the product that counts!
The Peanut Butter Itself:
Best served cool (not from fridge though) this is a Vegetarian peanut butter that once opened should keep fresh for around 6 weeks. In appearance it is a gloopy, light brown mixture that is easy to spread and you can see an abundance of peanut chunks within it which really are crunchy and taste of salty peanuts.
This has a nice aroma of peanuts to it and of course you eat it any way that you desire. I love mine on hot buttered toast and for a quick sarnie personally! Like I have said already this is easy to spread, it does taste well seasoned and naturally sweet and really of peanuts. It isn't too greasy in appearance or in taste and all in all I really like this peanut butter though it isn't as creamy as I would like it to be but do think this is a great quality product that I can heartily recommend to you!
Nutritional Information Per Tablespoon Contains:
Only available from Tesco priced at 67p a jar and only one sized jar is currently available to purchase.
I'm not a great lover of toast but whenever I do eat it, I have to have something spread on it, either sweet or savory. One of my favourite things is peanut butter, especially the crunchy variety.
So last week when I had a craving for it I found myself in Tesco searching for the cheapest option and, as I guessed, it was their own Value range. This currently retails at 69p for 360g. I think this is tremendous value when one of the other market leader is currently £1.57 for 227g.
As normal for products in the Value range it is packaged in the highely recognisable white, red and blue, so you really can't miss it on the shelves.
I'll admit that I was a bit aprehensive on trying as I was expecting something really inferior with hardly any peanuts in it but I was pleasently surprised. It is packed with peanuts, no stingy offerings here, so it is definately crunchy and not a let down. I'll actually prefer this to other brands as I have found other brands to be a bit greasy or too thin in consistency, but this one is just right.
When I spread it onto my toast I was really impresed as I actually used less then normal as it isn't too thin, so it really is a good money saver.
I definately recommend this to all peanut butter fans.
I absolutely adore peanut butter but I have been trying to watch my weight for a while so I have been abstaining from it, until recently when a diet and fitness expert recommended eating a tablespoon of peanut butter every day for protein and to keep the metabolism going. That's a good enough excuse for me!
It always has to be crunchy for me, smooth peanut butter just feels like there's something missing. I've just got to have that crunch!
I'm very skint right now as I sort of miscalculated how much my student grant was going to be for last year. Oops. So now I'm basically living extremely frugally, walking wherever I can up to three miles, and I have to buy the cheapest options.
Before I became health-conscious, I liked to get one slice of wholemeal bread, preferably the 'endy' slice, and just dollop about a quarter of a whole jar's worth on the bread and slather it all over, and eat it in about 2 minutes. Nowadays, I'm a bit more careful. I have about a tablespoon full of peanut butter and spread it over two slices of Ryvita, which makes a great, healthy and tasty snack.
I never realised Tesco did a Value peanut butter and I was thrilled to see this on the shelf. For the 340g jar it costs an absolute bargain 69p. Sun Pat costs over £2 in some stores so that gives you an idea of how cheap this is.
It comes in a glass jar with a white plastic lid, in the bog standard Tesco Value, red white and blue labelling which doesn't bother me in the slightest, personally.
The Tesco Value peanut butter does not disappoint. It is just as yummy as Sun Pat and just as full of nuts. In fact, I felt it tasted less greasy than Sun Pat. It's delicious, the texture is satisfying and the one jar lasted me a very long time.
It's just a shame I can only get this where my mum lives in South Gloucestershire as you can only get these in the large Tesco supermarkets, and not the smaller, Tesco Express convenience stores which is all I've got in Greenwich where I live.
Yes, it's fattening, but that's to be expected when you mix nuts and oil together!
Each tablespoon (15g) contains
Energy 95 kcal
of which sugars 0.9g
of which saturates 1.4g
Salt equivalent trace
Suitable for vegetarians
Ingredients: Peanuts (87%), Sunflower Oil, Dextrose, Vegetable Fat, Salt
I never seen the reason for buying more expensive Peanut Butter, but then again it always has been Sunpat that we had in the house. Not so long ago we started trying more budget brands as there really isn't any reason to keep buying expensive brand names when often cheaper is just as nice. So how was this? It was actually alright.
This is a 340g jar which is pretty big for what it is. The other jars look much the same size as well. This was a good bit cheaper than the rest at 68p though. The jar isn't very pretty looking. You can see through the clear glass so see the light orange Butter. The lid is a large plastic lid and the label wrapped around the jar is white with the blue and red of the Tesco value colouring brand on it.
This smelt salty, buttery and a nice Nutty smell when opened. It perhaps didn't smell as roasted Peanuts as the other brands, but you could still smell the peanuts in this.
I like Peanut Butter on toast when it melts that bit, so I spread a decent amount onto just made Toast. The Crunchy bits weren't that large and there wasn't really that many of them through the jar but it was an ok amount anyway.
This was nice enough and a slightly sweet, salty, kind of gritty natural taste. It was thick enough, but not as thick as Sunpat, but you could always spread the layer of this more if you wanted a thicker spreading.
If you are trying to watch your money then I would say this was a worthwhile budget buy.
Can I just start by saying I don't like peanut butter - not the cheap stuff, not the expensive stuff. So why, you might ask, am I reviewing the stuff? Well because firstly, my hubby does like it, and eats quite a lot of it, and secondly I like peanut butter cookies and satay sauce and other dishes that are made with peanut butter, so I do use it personally, just not as a spread on bread.
This particular peanut butter is cheap. It comes in an ordinary jar with a plastic screw top lid, and the Tesco white with blue and red value label on it. It's not fancy looking, but to be honest as I've said many times before for value products, this really doesn't fuss me, I'm not someone who's drawn to pretty colours and sparkly labels, I'm interested in the container only in as much as does it do the job it's designed to do and contain the product I'm buying.
The price is a bit better than Tesco's regular peanut crunchy peanut butter, it's 69p for a 340g jar (that's 20p per 100g), compared to their regular one which is 87p (25.6p per 100g) for the same size jar. Though having said that, Tesco do a larger jar of the regular one which works out to 22p per 100g - the problem is that this larger jar isn't available in my local store, but only in the larger one that's further away.
So on to the flavour of this product. Now, though I don't like peanut butter as a spread as I've said, hubby tells me that this stuff is quite thick and oily compared to the other one and is a bit cloying though the actual flavour is pretty much the same, but he'd rather pay the extra few pence per 100g to have something that has a nicer texture. From my personal perspective, I only cook/bake with it, so the slight extra oiliness doesn't really bother me and you don't notice the cloying texture when you've mixed it with sugar and flour etc. to make cookies, so I personally think the saving IS worth while.
To be fair, I don't make peanut butter cookies, or satay etc. as often as hubby eats peanut butter on toast or in a sandwich (he's been banned from putting it in toasted sandwiches because the stink is beyond belief and takes aaaaages to get rid of! - My dear father introduced him to that one lol). What this means, is that although I could keep jars of this stuff just for cooking with, I don't - Its just too awkward having multiple versions of the same thing. Instead I've given up buying this one and gone back to the more expensive version for the sake of my hubby's taste buds.
Overall I'd say if you are cooking with it then it's a good buy. If you're eating it on toast or in sandwiches then I guess it's all a matter of personal taste, and in our house we say don't bother!
Tesco Value Crunchy Peanut Butter
Description: Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Spread
Anyone who has read some of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all the reads, rates and comments!) will know by now that I am a big fan of the supermarket ranges which save me money by spending less on posh packaging and wrappings.
I will admit that there was a time when I would walk past the "cheap looking" brands, assuming that the ones with fancy packaging would be better. Since then, I have been pleasantly surprised by how good some of the items in these ranges actually are. The packaging only gets thrown in the bin, so why waste money on it, it makes sense to me!
Unfortunately, peanut butter is not the healthiest of treats and so I have to restrict myself to having it now and again. I do really like it though, especially smeared on hot buttered toast so now and again, will make a point of buying some. When I saw this brand was so much cheaper than some of the others, I was keen to give it a try.
A 340g jar of this peanut butter will cost just £0.72 which is almost half the price of some of the more expensive brands. Like all items in the Tesco Value range, it comes with a plain white label and red and blue writing. The plastic lid screws on and off so it is easy to keep it fresh too.
I had wondered if this peanut butter would be thin but on the contrary, it is extremely thick and filled with plenty of decent sized chunks of peanut so that the texture is smooth and yet chunky. I prefer my peanut butter to be as crunchy as possible so really enjoyed this one.
The taste is also extremely enjoyable, it is sweet but ever so slightly savoury, just like perfect peanut butter should be. If I didn't know that this was a cheaper option, I would never have realised because it tastes just as good as the top brands do. This thick and delicious golden peanut butter is one of the nicest ones that I have tried and will certainly feature on the top of my shopping list in future!
Nutritional values (per 30g serving) are as follows;
0.9g of sugar
7.7g of fat (1.4g saturated fat)
Recently I have discovered that I have mice in the house we have moved to. Merlin is not one for catching mice; he's just interested in the chase (I came downstairs one morning to see Merlin looking at a mouse that was standing on its back legs, it almost looked like they were having a conversation before Merlin tried to grab his tail). So unfortunately I have had to bring out the mice traps and knowing that peanut butter is meant to be a good bait but not wanting to buy anything expensive I went for Tesco Value Crunchy Peanut Butter. Unfortunately it's not convinced the mice yet as I am yet to catch anything, but it has started up my peanut butter addiction!
Tesco Value Crunchy Peanut Butter comes in a clear jar, so you can see the peanut butter inside. On the front there is a picture of a bagel smothered in peanut butter (something I am yet to try but it definitely looks good!). The jar then contains basic information in the usual red, blue and white Tesco Value Colours. A 340g jar costs 69p which is actually very cheap when you consider the branded alternative Sun-pat (anyone remember that advert? Sun-pat, fun packed, our son Pat!) would cost £1.39 for a 227g jar. (For anyone interested Value costs 20p per 100g and Sun-pat 61p per 100g, even if you went up to a larger jar of Sun-pat, which is better value for money it would still be 46p per 100g)
On opening the jar you are met with an amazing peanut butter smell. The peanut butter is not smooth, so you can see little peanut butter bits throughout the jar. As far as I'm aware Tesco Value do not do a smooth peanut butter, so if you don't like your bits then this isn't for you. On scooping out the peanut butter from the jar, you can see that it's nice and thick, they haven't tried to mess around with it too much and make it runny in a bid to produce it cheaper.
When you first taste this peanut butter it seems to be very bland without much of a peanut butter taste to it. However, it definitely gets more flavour to it as you eat, with the crunchy peanut bits adding not only a nicer taste but a great texture as well. I think if you were to compare this to a branded alternative this peanut butter taste wouldn't be quite as strong tasting and would probably be slightly saltier. Personally I don't find this taste difference a problem. I think this peanut butter works well with some margarine on toast and is yummy spread on celery sticks.
If you like peanut butter and want to try a cheaper alternative then I would definitely recommend giving this a try, presuming that you don't mind having crunchy bits in your peanut butter. However, if you don't like it I wouldn't recommend using it to catch mice and suggest you use it to make a satay sauce or equivalent instead!