Taste test: Peanut butter
Published 31/03/2016 | 02:30
Peanut butter is a staple item in most of our kitchens, considered almost as a health food by some, while it's a treat for others. It packs a calorific punch though, no matter how wholesome the variety, so moderation is the watchword.
Simply M&S Crunchy Peanut Butter, 340g, €1.49 8/10
On taste grounds, this was the favourite with most of our testers, with a good balance of sweet and salty. It's good value but as well as peanuts it contains sunflower oil, sugar, salt and palm oil, so we marked it down slightly for that.
Meridian Crunchy Peanut Butter, 280g, €3.39 8/10
This is the only peanut butter that we tested that is made of 100pc peanuts and nothing else. The nuts are roasted with their skins on and that's it. No sugar, no salt and no palm oil. It tastes as if it might be good for you, but is pretty good all the same. This was the favourite with our healthy eaters.
Tesco Crunchy Peanut Butter, 340g, €1.20 6/10
A good all-rounder and great value. Not too sweet or too salty, and very cheap. Contains palm oil.
Whole Earth Crunchy Organic Peanut Butter, 340g, €3.59 5/10
Despite having the best packaging of all, and being organic, this Whole Earth peanut butter was curiously bland and not popular with our testers. No sugar, but it does contain "organic sustainable palm oil".
Kelkin Crunchy Peanut Butter, 350g, €3.29 4/10
Our testers found this low-sugar peanut butter very salty compared with other peanut butters on test. It contains palm oil too.
Panda Crunchy Peanut Butter, 340g, €2.69 4/10
Our testers found this super-sweet and tastes more like a peanut-flavoured dessert than a peanut butter. Contains "fully hydrogenated palm oil". Our testers did not enjoy the sweetness.