ANYONE old enough to have watched Sesame Street will remember Mumford the puppet magician would declare, "A la peanut butter sandwiches!" to make his magic work.
This and other US TV shows of the period left many Irish kids of the ’70s and ’80s with a lingering affection for peanut butter which was clearly every American kid’s snack of choice.
Peanut butter is rich in protein and unsaturated fats but also high in calories so is not exactly diet food. It should be remembered that one of Elvis’s favourite snacks was a banana and peanut butter sandwich fried in butter; tasty but not good for your heart or waistline.
All commercial peanut butters have added oil (usually palm) to stabilise and stop it from separating. In general, the higher the proportion of nuts the healthier the peanut butter.
WHOLE EARTH ORGANIC, €2.99 PER 340G, 592CAL
Natural colour with some small pieces of peanut skin visible. Excellent flavour, creamy texture with pieces of roasted nuts. No added sugar. Excellent. 8/10
KELKIN, €3.29 PER 350G, 97.7PC NUTS, 592CAL
Creamy, good crunchy nuts, pleasant, tasted strongly of salty roasted peanuts. No added sugar. 7/10
TESCO, €1.19 PER 340G, 89PC NUTS, 615CAL
Smooth, nutty, no detectable sugar, pleasant taste and very good value. Uses sunflower oil rather than the less healthy palm oil. Good Value. 6.5/10
SUN-PAT, €2.09 PER 340G, 95PC PEANUT INGREDIENTS, 601CAL
Mildly sweet initially but solid taste of crunchy roasted nuts. No lingering oily taste. Good. 6.5/10
LONDIS HERITAGE, €1.39 PER 227G, 94PC NUTS, 592CAL
Good nutty flavour, a hint of sugar and salt. A little bland. 5.5/10
ALDI GRANDESSA €1.65 PER 500G, 90PC NUTS 611CAL
Sweet, nutty flavour, good texture with lots of nut pieces. A little too sweet for my taste but not bad. 5/10
LIDL MCENNEDY, €0.99 PER 400G, 562CAL
Very sweet with an odd biscuit-like flavour. Not to my taste at all. 3.5/10
PANDA, €2.39 PER 510G, 580CAL
The most liquid of all samples, sweet, almost sugary flavour with mild taste of nuts. The oily texture was disconcerting and detracted from the flavour. 3/10