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Whole Earth peanut butter reviewer feedback thread. Non-testers: Tell us if you prefer Crunchy or Smooth? £50 Whole Earth hamper to be won NOW CLOSED

(431 Posts)
MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 09-Sep-13 17:20:14

This thread is for the 100 Mumsnetters who tried Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter.

However, if you're not a tester, share whether you/your DC prefer your peanut butter Crunchy or Smooth and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Whole Earth hamper!

Here's what Whole Earth has to say, "Mums buy Whole Earth peanut butter because they know it's naturally delicious. Made with 97% peanuts, no added sugar and loaded with energy, Mums know that choosing Whole Earth peanut butter is a great way to fuel their families throughout the day. It is also a perfect ingredient for baking crunchy peanut butter cookies – a delicious after school treat."

For those who tested the product, we’ve got a few questions we'd like you to answer, but feel free to add any other comments.

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

If you used Whole Earth peanut butter in any recipes we would love you to post some pictures on this thread. Please note that any photos or comments may be used in marketing material by Whole Earth.

All testers who add their feedback will be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 voucher for a supermarket of your choice.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

teaparties Mon 09-Sep-13 21:21:26

I personally prefer crunchy.
However, we always get smooth as DP prefers it and it's better for toddler DD.

bundaberg Mon 09-Sep-13 21:22:55

ooh i wasn't a tester but i do always buy Whole Earth peanut butter!

crunchy all the way!!!

ThePearShapedToad Mon 09-Sep-13 21:27:35

Non tester: it has to be crunchy all the way. You get the taste and creaminess of the butter with the reassuring bite of peanuts.... Great at adding texture to sandwiches

contortionist Mon 09-Sep-13 21:28:30

We all love whole earth crunchy peanut butter! It gets eaten on toast, in large quantities. I prefer the consistency of the non-organic one, despite wanting to like the organic version.

wibblyjelly Mon 09-Sep-13 21:47:32

I like smooth in sandwiches, but crunchy in cooking, for something like satay chicken. sitting on the fence, me grin

Not a tester but I love Whole Earth peanut butter. It's got to be crunchy though - smooth peanut butter is disgusting.

Has anybody tried a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter dolloped over vanilla icecream? Food of the gods, I tell you. smile

Deborahmp Mon 09-Sep-13 22:03:46

We always have BOTH. My 4 year old likes half a slice of toast with crunchy and half with smooth!

Silverfoxballs Mon 09-Sep-13 22:26:47

I was not a Tester, much prefer smooth but I prefer crunchy when making cookies.

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Tue 10-Sep-13 02:08:26

Crunchy is sooo much better! Smooth glues your mouth shut.

--hmm maybe I should start feeding smooth to DS for a bit of peace and quiet--

maishoffwcingras Tue 10-Sep-13 07:02:35

much prefer crunchy.

mummybare Tue 10-Sep-13 07:08:50

Not a tester. I usually prefer crunchy but have a toddler DD so buy smooth at the moment.

Bubbles85 Tue 10-Sep-13 07:35:19

Definitely crunchy; it's far more delicious!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Tue 10-Sep-13 08:37:09

Non-tester.
We have both smooth and crunchy peanut butter in the house at all times. (and usually a spare of each!). Whole earth is the brand we most often buy.
DD1 (2 1/2) loves peanut butter on a cracker (cream cracker/ryvita) or on a spoon. Crunchy is her current favourite. Sometimes we have peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast/lunch.
DH often has peanut butter on ryvita with blueberries for dessert.
I've never cooked with peanut butter, apart from making protein balls for DH, which isn't really cooking.

Allalonenow Tue 10-Sep-13 08:48:59

I'm not a tester. I prefer smooth PB, love it on toast with chocolate spread, or a dollop on a plain chocolate digestive, or I make a milk shake style drink with milk, peanut butter and Baileys, I like peanut butter with ice cream too.

Received my peanut butter in the post this morning, thank you!. Going to try it on some toast in a minute...yum!

trice Tue 10-Sep-13 08:57:01

I usually buy Suma to avoid the added sugar and fats, but I love the taste of whole earth crunchy, it is my second choice.

Dylanlovesbaez Tue 10-Sep-13 08:57:38

Non tester but crunchy all the way!

expatinscotland Tue 10-Sep-13 08:59:10

Smooth all the way. Crunchy is great for sauces, but smooth spreads better.

TheBoysMamma Tue 10-Sep-13 09:03:09

I wasn't a tester but love the smooth whole earth peanut butter

I usually prefer smooth.
But had whole earth crunchy as a replacement in my groceries delivery and I'm converted.

Pascha Tue 10-Sep-13 09:08:57

I always buy Whole Earth because its much less sweet than other brands. Much nicer taste. I used to be crunchy all the way but since having kids who demolish the stuff I've switched to smoooooooth and its lush.

So now I'm a smooth girl.

Kerosene Tue 10-Sep-13 09:09:23

Not a tester, but always and only crunchy. I tend to eat a peanut protein ball for breakfast, but need to lay in better stocks of peanut butter to make my own.

Non tester - preference is crunchy!

Belo Tue 10-Sep-13 09:12:31

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

We really liked the consistency. Nice big chunks of peanut. Much chunkier than the Meridian one we were currently using.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

We much preferred it to the Meridian one. Somehow sweeter even though no sugar was added. But, not sure if I want the kids having salt in their peanut butter. And, I'm going to be reading up about Palm Oil. I see some mumsnetters think that is a bad thing.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

Yes, I would be happy to pay it. But, not all the time as I do prefer products without added salt.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

We had it on toast, and my daughters love it spread on slices of apples. It went very quickly so the satay sauce I had planned to make with it didn't happen!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

For flavour I would recommend it, but I would state my reservations about the salt (and possibly Palm Oil)

Yonihadtoask Tue 10-Sep-13 09:12:44

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

I liked the texture and consistency. Very similar to our usual Skippy. The flavour was better in my opinion, not quite as sugary. DS was non-committal.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
As good as, if not nicer than, Skippy. Significantly better than stores' own brands, I have also bought the organic, health food brands but they are definitely more pricey, and the DC don't really like them.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not
If guess I would pay it. However we buy Skippy in the large tubs in Costco, so the price is better there

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
On toast. I have it with jam too often. I did try a. spoonful on its own, just to try it first.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, as it contains less sugar. It is tasty, and still not too bad for your health. Fat is good, sugar is bad!

I didn't cook with it - as I don't really bake.

Sparklingbrook Tue 10-Sep-13 09:16:40

waiting for mine to arrive, just marking place.

JaxTellerIsAllMine Tue 10-Sep-13 09:19:11

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

My children liked the taste and flavour, said it was natural. I love the crunch, however, kids prefer smooth peanut butter. Similar to what we usually buy.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I like that it is not full of sugar, it seems more healthy.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I try to buy Whole Earth on special offer - my children eat peanut butter often and it is pricey compared to some other more natural brands.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

On toast, with banana. In a satay sauce with chicken and salad. Mostly on toast. Delicious.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would recommend it, its a nice peanut butter, not full of additives. I do think the price will put a lot of people off though.

minidipper Tue 10-Sep-13 09:19:48

Hi,
I'm supposed to be a tester but it hasn't arrived...

We like different Peanut butters for different jobs. Crunchy for cooking satays and peanut butter cookies; smooth for bagels with jam and dolloped into banana bread recipes.

DH eats his smeared on bananas (ahem) and I like either on Ryvita.

Non-tester.

Crunchy definitely. Whole Earth is OK, although I find it a bit 'dry' and prefer Meridian (sorry!). I also think it's better value because you can buy it by the bucket - maybe Whole Earth would consider this?

footflapper Tue 10-Sep-13 09:26:51

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

Ds enjoyed it. It was different to what I was expecting. It really is a lot nicer than the brands I'm used to.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

It certainly is much better quality

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I would not of paid those prices before I tried it, but now I have I will buy it more often

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

So far I've only had it on toast. I will cook with it very soon and post back.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I pointed it out to Dm when we were out shopping on Sunday, I told her its good stuff. She agreed as she's already tried it. Will recommend to other people.
I think it is much nicer and better quality than anything I've tried before.

LaundryFairy Tue 10-Sep-13 09:28:39

Non-tester.

Crunchy every time.

Mmmm feel the need for some toast and peanut butter just thinking about it!

choccyp1g Tue 10-Sep-13 09:47:35

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting? better texture than my usual brand (Sainsburys), but I didn't feel it was as tasty

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
About the same

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not? I just compare the prices in the supermarket on the day, wouldn't move from current brand unless it is cheaper

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook? Tried it on a spoon ! and then on toast, which is how I normally eat it. DS doesn't like Peanut Butter, and has refused to try this "new sort" so far

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? No strong feelings about it, no advantage over own brand

PepeLePew Tue 10-Sep-13 09:51:48

Non tester - crunchy crunchy crunchy! Smooth is horrid...like that vile smooth branston pickle.

Iwaswatchingthat Tue 10-Sep-13 09:58:17

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting? The peanut butter was nice and crunchy whilst still being 'spreadable'. Some crunchy peanut butters we have had are harder to spread. I liked the flavour, but it was not as sweet as my dds are used to, so it took them a couple of tries to warm to it. They were also less used to the darker bits in it as the usual peanut butter I buy is pretty much all on colour - probably because it is the cheap own brand one!!

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall? It was definitely better quality and felt more nutritious and healthy!! Not sure if that was the name and the info I have read helping form my opinion though! It certainly looks more natural and has more colours and textures within the peanut butter, but definitely not as sweet.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not? I don't think the price is too expensive, but then again if I saw a jar on the same aisle which was cheaper I may be tempted to buy it instead as we are currently on a very tight budget.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook? So far it has been eaten on its own with a spoon, on rice cakes, on the top of fairy cakes instead of icing! Our family favourite however is spread on toast with bananas sliced on top. I find this is a really satisfying start to the day and that it keeps be full until lunchtime. I am planning to make Nigella's peanut butter and snickers muffins with it when I get some more time.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? I would recommend to my friend who eats all organic and is very health conscious. Also I have mentioned to someone at work who loves peanut butter. In terms of my own family I think I will be more likely to end up buying a cheaper and sweeter version, although I think I will buy a jar of this brand next to see if I can unsweeten my children's taste buds! I do think it is a really healthy and energy providing spread. I just wish it was allowed in school packed lunches.

Thanks for letting us try it.

aristocat Tue 10-Sep-13 10:00:15

I am a tester too, but still waiting for mine to arrive smile

vjhist85 Tue 10-Sep-13 10:04:34

Crunchy for me! Although it doesn't spread as far, so you use more, so it's much more expensive than using smooth.

pindorasbox Tue 10-Sep-13 10:10:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SlangKing Tue 10-Sep-13 10:13:25

Been eating Whole Earth PB since I first discovered it yonks ago. HATE the sugar in those other brands, they're inedible! Oh, Crunchy roxxx,,, Smooth is for wimps (and toddlers).

roguepixie Tue 10-Sep-13 10:18:19

Not a reviewer sad but a true fan of peanut butter...and Whole Earth peanut butter in particular.

DS prefers smooth. I prefer crunchy. Two jars of peanut butter in the house grin.

bryonywhisker Tue 10-Sep-13 12:30:41

Please, how can I post pics of my creation on this thread?

pudseypie Tue 10-Sep-13 12:32:32

Crunchy!

loubielou31 Tue 10-Sep-13 13:19:36

I'm not a whole earth customer but have been looking for a no added sugar peanut butter so I feel I might be about to become a customer, We buy both smooth and crunch peanut butter, the smooth always goes down quicker, the children have it on toast and it is used in peanut butter cookies that are a family favourite. The crunchy is for me marinades and satay sauce. grin

SuedeEffectPochette Tue 10-Sep-13 13:37:03

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

I enjoyed it and two out of four children did also. The other don't like the texture of peanut butter and the way it sticks to your mouth!

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I do think that this brand is better than supermarkets own. Somehow it seems less gloopy and greasy.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

Yes, I would pay that.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

I enjoyed it with jam on bagels. We also baked some peanut butter cookies with it. I will post a picture if I can work out how!
However, only half of my children enjoyed those - the other two weren't keen.....still - all the more for me!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes. I had confidence in this brand and I liked the product.

TimidLivid Tue 10-Sep-13 16:13:25

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
It was much better than I expected the crunchy bits are bigger than in other brands and the consistency is well blended

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

It tasted nice fresher and less processed more peanutty even

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not? not
Yes that sounds comparable with other brands

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook? on Bread so far would like to try to make cookies with it

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? I already have as it is really nice and I think it is nicer than other brands

Non-tester here, I only didn't apply because I'd bought a jar the day before I saw the thread.

I do try other brands but I always come back to Whole Earth, it is the best tasting brand and I like the fact that the palm oil is sustainable. Crunch only for us, mainly eaten in sandwiches and on toast, but also used for satay sauce from time to time.

amistillsexy Tue 10-Sep-13 17:01:17

Tester here! We've just had some PB sarnis for after school snack (DS2 had honey, he doesn't like PB. I didn't have any, as I'm on 5-2 and I don't want to undo my good work! grin)

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
"Excellent, brilliantly smooth, lovely, delicious"- DS1 (even though it's the crunchy version!)
"Lovely strong taste"- DS3

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
"I liked how it wasn't as gooey as the others" - DS1
I like the way you can see the 'whole'-ness of the peanut butter skins-all that fibre!

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
No, I've looked at Whole Earth before and rejected it because of the palm oil.
Also, I'm afraid it's out of my price range. That jar will be gone by breakfast, and two quid is too much for something that will only last a day or two.
I usually buy from a wholefood shop that has peanut butter made from...peanuts (and nothing else). It sticks the kid's tongues to the roof of their mouths, but it's good for them wink. If I can't get to that shop and I want PB, I'll get a large jar of Tesco's own brand, which does have sugar and salt, but uses peanut oil instead of palm oil. I think from memory the one Lidls sells is quite good on ingredients as well, but can't swear to it.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
Usually in sarnis or on toast. Love it with chocolate spread.
Recently discovered the joy that is a plate of raspberries and a dollop of Peanut butter...scoop PB into the hole into the raspberry and eat. Go on, try it, it's delish. I'm contemplating dipping some in melted chocolate for a posh after dinner thing.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
No. Palm oil lets it down big time.

gottasmile Tue 10-Sep-13 17:04:53

I'm a tester, we got ours today.

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

The consistency was good, not too oily but not too dry either. The bits of peanut were just the right size. The flavour was good, it doesn't need sugar, you get the real taste of peanuts!.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I've tried Sainsburys and Skippy. Whole Earth is better than these, but I'd say it's the same as Sainsburys organic

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I'm trying to remember what I paid for the Sainsburys organic (but can't!). If it cost the same or less I would definitely buy it, because it doesn't have sugar in it.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

The kids have just had peanut butter on toast and I did a taste test on its own. My son liked it (he's a real lover of peanut butter). He said he would prefer it with sugar, but he's happy enough to have the Whole Earth. That's good enough for me! I also like to make satay chicken with it and put it on ice cream - which is delicious!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend it and tell them that it doesn't have any sugar in it

EastFife5Forfar4 Tue 10-Sep-13 17:42:02

Dear Whole Earth

Please please find an alternative to palm oil. We all know how disastrously damaging it is to the rainforests and devastating for the orangutans and many other species. I won't buy Whole Earth while you continue to use palm oil.

Thank you.

ziggiestardust Tue 10-Sep-13 18:25:55

I prefer crunchy, and I'm the only bugger in my house that likes it! <eats another spoonful>
<stares hard at DH and DC>

buttonsforbreakfast Tue 10-Sep-13 18:31:18

Non-tester: always crunchy in this house!

VioletStar Tue 10-Sep-13 18:32:15

We love Whole Earth crunchy peanut butter - yum on toast for breakfast!

Numb71 Tue 10-Sep-13 18:34:50

crunchy

Blatherskite Tue 10-Sep-13 18:50:55

DH and I are both Atopic so I've always been wary of trying peanut butter with the DC's. I guess as they're 6 and 3 now an showing no signs of any other allergies, I should give it a try....

I think I'll start with smooth

crunchy. yum

Sparklingbrook Tue 10-Sep-13 18:53:32

It has arrived. I seem to have eaten quite a lot already on crackers. Yum. Will review properly soon.

trikken Tue 10-Sep-13 19:06:15

Smooth definitely. Smooth is creamier and sometimes I find that if I havr crunchy it can be rather gritty and I end up getting bits stuck in my teeth which isnt pleasent. Plus smooth peanut butter is easier for us to spread and I find you use less as you can spread it thinner than crunchy.

lambfam Tue 10-Sep-13 19:12:54

Crunchy for me. I love Whole Earth peanut butter - it is the only one I will buy. Smooth just doesnt seem right for peanut butter

babsmam Tue 10-Sep-13 19:49:04

None tester

DH prefers crunchy

Dd and Ds are not fussed and like either

IcedTeaOneSugar Tue 10-Sep-13 19:56:51

We only buy whole earth crunchy, the crunchy peanuts with the smooth bit and the butter on hot toast yummy smile

ApplesinmyPocket Tue 10-Sep-13 19:56:55

Non tester - crunchy, definitely!

meepsmum Tue 10-Sep-13 19:59:13

Smooth smooth smooth. Doesn't stick in your teeth!!
Unless using for baking then its crunchy all the way!

CheeryCherry Tue 10-Sep-13 19:59:38

Non-tester ..crunchy every time!

TweenageAngst Tue 10-Sep-13 20:07:52

Non tester- however I always buy whole earth both the smooth, preferred by DS and the crunchy which the rest of us prefer. I love the fact it is only peanuts and oil.
I find other brands too sweet in comparison
I love the texture of the crunchy and use it in cooking, it makes great satay sauce and the smooth goes into homemade ice cream to make peanut butter and choc flavour (mmmm cold reese peanut butter cups) as well as eating (usually on a spoon straight from the jar)
I don't buy other brands and think the product is competitively priced given the quality

CMOTDibbler Tue 10-Sep-13 20:11:21

Crunchy. Smooth can be a bit claggy for me

RubySparks Tue 10-Sep-13 20:12:34

Thanks, peanut butter arrived a couple of days ago!
Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter?
- we thought the crunchiness and flavour were just right and delicious!

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
- compares very well to other brands, nice flavour, good crunch.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
- seems reasonabl price for small jar

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
Just had it on toast.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
- sure if they asked, it's good

asuwere Tue 10-Sep-13 21:01:56

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

I thought it was really nice. DS1 doesn't usually like crunchy peanut butter but this isn't quite as lumpy as other brands so he liked it too which is good.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

Overall, nice flavour and as I said, texture meant we could all eat it.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

It is more expensive than what I would usually buy. If it didn't have the added salt, then I would consider paying the extra to have the pure form but don't think I will be buying it unless it is on offer, sorry.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

We have had peanut butter and jam sandwiches. We also made some mini peanut butter cookies and some peanut butter balls which DC loved!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

yeah, if I was asked, I would say that it tastes lovely but I would point out that it is slightly more expensive too. (and I'd probably point out the added salt as I feel that it's something that I wouldn't expect from the name IFYSWIM)

AFishWithoutABicycle Tue 10-Sep-13 21:03:14

Smooth but I normally buy crunchy because its cheaper.

Hopezibah Tue 10-Sep-13 21:18:41

non-tester! LOVE both! Smooth for cooking with and crunchy to have on a baguette - yum. x

Theimpossiblegirl Tue 10-Sep-13 21:24:03

My jar arrived today while I was at work. Half of it had been eaten before I got home! It was a tiny jar, don't mean to sound ungrateful, but I won't get much cooking done with it.

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting? They didn't like it much on its own, they said it wasn't sweet enough, but they loved it with jam/honey. I like peanut butter and Marmite so the unsweetened Whole Earth stuff went really well.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
I prefer the Whole Earth but the children have a sweeter tooth and like Sunpat.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
Of course I would rather pay less, so it would depend on if there were deals on other brands.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
So far, on its own, on toast with jam/honey/Marmite. The rest of the jar will be used to make cookies. If the jar had been bigger I wanted to do a Satay sauce, I bet it would work really well.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'm a bit torn on the whole Palm oil thing, but if it really is sustainable, yes.

sharond101 Tue 10-Sep-13 21:48:32

We are peanut butter addicts and couldn't possible choose between smooth or crunchy. We have a dilemma though as we were buying Kernel King peanut butter from B&M bargains which was only 59p per 340g jar adn we all liked it. Now they don't have it and we have tried the Aldi one and it tastes horrid so we need a new brand to like which won't break the bank as we go through 2 jars minimum per week!

carovioletfizz Tue 10-Sep-13 21:49:15

Not a tester, but my DC prefer smooth - they are funny about 'bits' in anything from yogurt to peanut butter.

UniS Tue 10-Sep-13 22:17:43

Son prefers crunchy this week. I prefer crunchy in sandwiches and smooth for cooking or sweet making.

tattiehowker Tue 10-Sep-13 22:27:57

Not a tester and haven't had peanut butter in years! Reading this thread is making me long for some crunchy peanut butter on wholemeal toast..

Firewall Tue 10-Sep-13 22:29:40

None tester. My toddler loves smooth!

wheretoyougonow Tue 10-Sep-13 22:31:50

Non tester- it has to be crunchy. Preferably on a hot crumpet (drools)

lorka Tue 10-Sep-13 22:34:41

Non - tester -- Prefer it smoooooth!!smile

lagoonhaze Tue 10-Sep-13 22:45:10

Non tester- smooth here!

duchesse Tue 10-Sep-13 22:53:22

Wasn't selected to test, but crunchy all the way for me!

LegoCaltrops Tue 10-Sep-13 23:01:04

I personally prefer crunchy. However we always buy smooth as it goes further (can spread it thinner) & DH will use 1/4 jar per day if he gets the chance as he spreads it SO thickly. Also smooth is better for toddler DD.

LegoCaltrops Tue 10-Sep-13 23:01:53

In a non tester BTW.

stephgr Wed 11-Sep-13 05:41:53

I'm not a tester but I love smooth peanut butter in sandwiches or on toast. In cooking I tend to use crunchy.

ILoveAFullFridge Wed 11-Sep-13 06:07:20

Non-tester here. We love Whole Earth pb, find it far tastier than most other brands, but also, unfortunately, far more expensive. And as we can sometimes go through a jar or two a week, we tend to get Waitrose own-brand version of it - except on the rare occasions when it's on offer, in which case I stock up!

Definitely prefer crunchy for almost everything, though we have smooth from time to time.

CPB with any of Marmite, jam, honey, banana, thinly sliced apple, thinly sliced cheese (esp Wensledale or similar) is delicious.

CPB is fab as a base layer on bread or dough for a sweet pizza. Top with other stuff, eg fruit, soft sweets, chocolate, and grill for a few minutes.

LaceyLee Wed 11-Sep-13 06:20:16

This is my favourite peanut butter, we prefer crunchy!smile

JulesJules Wed 11-Sep-13 06:32:39

Non tester.

It has to be crunchy in this house!

ValentineWiggins Wed 11-Sep-13 09:26:56

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

I loved it. I like the big bits of peanut!

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
I think it is my favourite - it's certainly the one that I look out for!

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
Yes - although I don't actually buy peanut butter because if I buy it I eat it with lots of toast and that's really not good for my diet!!!

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
Spoonfulls alone as a treat - then on toast for breakfast. I can't cook with it as husband HATES peanuts!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes - although I can't imagine it coming up in conversation!!

dahville Wed 11-Sep-13 09:38:17

Non tester - smooth for my son as he is still young but I like crunchy

BellaVida Wed 11-Sep-13 09:51:39

Non-tester here, but have always had crunchy. I don't think I've ever tried smooth.

I like the texture, because it's what I expect from a nut! My favourite is spreading it on fresh celery- double crunch!!

Frogcatcher Wed 11-Sep-13 11:53:36

Non-tester: crunchy here! Think DP might prefer smooth but until he does the weekly shop it will be crunchy all the way!

WowOoo Wed 11-Sep-13 11:59:18

Non tester:

The children prefer smooth, so that's what I mostly buy.

I like a change occasionally and like the crunchy for adding to a biscuit recipe.

I really wish I could afford to buy Whole Earth. I'll keep an eye open for it to see if it's ever on offer.

PiddlingWeather Wed 11-Sep-13 12:03:02

Smooth peanut butter is our favourite, it is so versatile,as it can be used for baking and smoothies smile

I much prefer crunchy, but everyone else in the house prefers smooth. Apart from DS who hates peanut butter the weirdo

NomDeClavier Wed 11-Sep-13 12:23:30

Non tester: Crunchy all the way!

Babycarmen Wed 11-Sep-13 12:25:14

Non-tester here - Smooth all the way! Lovely on Rice cakes YUM smile

ouryve Wed 11-Sep-13 12:26:09

Just picked mine up from the post office, this morning, so will comment in a day or two. I've noticed there's no doodah in this thread for uploading piccies, MNHQ, so is it OK to upload to Flickr and link?

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 11-Sep-13 12:30:15

ouryve

Just picked mine up from the post office, this morning, so will comment in a day or two. I've noticed there's no doodah in this thread for uploading piccies, MNHQ, so is it OK to upload to Flickr and link?

blush Good point - will check this for you!

mistlethrush Wed 11-Sep-13 12:31:04

Non-tester. Crunchy every time.

Liked on bread or toast with a scrape of marmite underneath and slices of tomato or cucumber on top.

Or on bread or toast with banana or honey on top.

Quenelle Wed 11-Sep-13 12:37:19

Non-tester. Always crunchy here.

Is it ok that Dad bought ours, not Mum? [churlish]

Smooth for me, so much better on warm toast!

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 11-Sep-13 12:43:42

Hi everyone, apologies if you've had any problems uploading pictures onto the thread. This has now been fixed. You can post pictures by using the Browse button under the Add Message box. You can only post one pic per message - and it will always appear above the text of your message, whichever order you browse/type in. If your pic doesn't load, try making it smaller (50KB max). We're afraid that you can't post up pictures if you're using the MN Talk App. And if you're not running IOS6 on your iPad or iPhone, you won't be able to browse for images on your Apple device.
Thanks

Spirael Wed 11-Sep-13 12:58:43

Not a tester. I much prefer crunchy peanut butter to smooth!

Flossie82 Wed 11-Sep-13 13:02:17

Non tester.
I can't stand peanut butter! but DD loves it.
DD (2.7) prefers crunchy, although we have smooth at the moment as DS (10 months) enjoys that - although plan to start him on crunchy when we next need a new jar

MothershipG Wed 11-Sep-13 13:10:55

Non-tester who prefers crunchy and would like to win the draw, please!

SnowyMouse Wed 11-Sep-13 13:16:20

I'm not a tester. I prefer smooth peanut butter.

flamingtoaster Wed 11-Sep-13 13:41:59

Not a tester - much prefer smooth peanut butter.

Lizzylou Wed 11-Sep-13 13:42:13

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

I loved it, DS1 is unchanged in his hatred of peanut butter and DS2 wolfed it down! It was like healthier or fresher normal peanut butter if that makes sense!

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

Far nicer, tasted more wholesome, less messed about with.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

*I think I would. I am not eating sugar at the moment so it is a really nice "sweet" treat for me whilst still healthy.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

I had mine on rice cakes with sliced strawberries, very nice. DS2 had his on toast. I may try and make some satay chicken at the weekend if there is enough left

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would, I have lots of friends who watch their sugar intake

RedBushedT Wed 11-Sep-13 13:51:13

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

Loved it. Its really crunchy and full of flavour. Only DD would try it, but she liked it too.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

This was my first trial of peanut butter. Would you believe I'm in my thirties and have NEVER had it! So I can't compare it... But we did really enjoy it and will definitely get it again.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

Yes, that is good value.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

I tried it on it's own with a spoon, and then on toast. Then DD and I had it on toast with banana (yum). I've had it on crackers and now that I've heard that there is a Nigella recipe for muffins.. I'll be trying that too

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I really loved the consistency. There are decent sized peanut chunks in there and I am now converted to peanut butter.

tanfastic Wed 11-Sep-13 13:51:49

Not a tester (unfortunately!) but I much prefer crunchy. I have yet to find a low fat crunchy peanut butter though annoyingly. You can get low fat smooth but not low fat crunchy. Anywhere.

I eat crunchy peanut butter on toast every single morning. I love it.

ouryve Wed 11-Sep-13 13:56:27

Thanks, Michelle!

I love whole Earth and always buy the crunchy which appears to be diminishing even though I haven't been eating it every day - I'm sure Hubbie knows something about this !!

LovingKent Wed 11-Sep-13 14:05:34

Non tester here. My mum used to buy Whole Earth for us as children as it doesn't have sugar in it. I prefer the taste of this over other brands and the lack of sugar, additives etc. I prefer crunchy but the current one is smooth as DS chose it! We have it mostly on toast and DH always has some when testing his homemade bread! I've used it to make peanut butter and choc chip cookies.
For those concerned about palm oil, Whole Earth does at least use sustainable palm oil.

anchovies Wed 11-Sep-13 14:35:10

Not a tester but I much prefer crunchy. Only buy Whole Earth as it has no sugar and I prefer the taste. We get through a big jar every week blush

I prefer crunchy, but buy smooth because it's better for the boys.

goldface Wed 11-Sep-13 14:58:05

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
My dd loved it!! she loved all the pieces of nut. DH and DS refused as they claim that PB is 'icky'. I liked it all though it was much more nutty and less buttery than my usual brand.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
This tasted healthier than usual but didnt spread as far iykwim.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
In all honesty that is a bit more pricy than my usual so would prob get if it was on offer.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
on toast and on toast with jam, on cream crackers and out of the jar!! lush!!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes i think i would.

thanks for the freebie!

Fillybuster Wed 11-Sep-13 15:04:49

Thank you for selecting us for the trial smile

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

I love it and barely managed to stop myself from eating the whole lot with a spoon when it arrived the other day especially on toast and straight out of the jar. I usually buy smooth PB (don't think I have ever tried crunchy before...) and am quite sold. The dcs were mixed: they liked the crunch, but dd1 immediately noticed that this was less sweet than our normal brand. She liked it, but was less keen than ds who was quite enthusiastic. Dd2 decided to stick to cream cheese for breakfast and has refused to try it so far.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

We normally buy Tesco own brand; I like the Whole Earth version for its crunch and for being sugar free, but am disappointed that it contains palm oil. I've just checked, and the Tesco version contains peanut oil and vegetable oil (as well as salt and sugar) but no 'nasties' such as palm oil (actually, I was surprised as was expecting a load of E numbers and preservatives....)...I would need to be very convinced about how sustainable the palm oil really was before buying products containing it.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

It is a little pricey, but I would be happy to pay it if I knew that everyone in the family preferred this product and I was comfortable with the palm oil. The jury is still out on whether we should make the switch from a flavour/preference perspective and I guess I need to find out more about Whole Earth's sustainable approach...On the other hand, the world of crunchy peanut butter has been a revelation smile

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

On a spoon and on toast. There isn't enough in the jar to use it to cook with!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably - we quite liked it, and I do like the fact it is sugar free and seems a bit healthier than our normal brand, but I don't think I would be evangelical about it.

DoubleMum Wed 11-Sep-13 15:27:18

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

I love crunchy peanut butter so I liked it, and it was what I was expecting. DS would rather have gnawed off his own arm than eaten any however.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I felt it was a bit less cloying than some.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

It's expensive given that I usually buy Tesco Value to cook with! I would probably buy it when on offer however.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

I was going to make cookies but there wasn't really enough, it's a small jar! I eat it off a spoon and had banana and peanut butter toasties, yum.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Peanut butter hasn't actually come up in conversation with friends in my lifetime I don't think, but on the offchance that it might, I'd say that this is pleasant but expensive.

MinesAPintOfTea Wed 11-Sep-13 15:29:21

I always buy whole earth since I noticed a "chemical" taste in other brands. Generally go for smooth because I not like sharp nut bits in my food.

I add it to my standard "hob-nob" biscuit recipe to get slightly nutty, oaty biscuits or have it on toast with marmite.

minidipper Wed 11-Sep-13 15:39:46

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

Loved the consistency. It was much less stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth than I expected.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I loved it. I don't mind the salt. I exercise quite a bit, so does DS1 who is a real peanut butter fan, so we need the salt. Loved that it didn't taste as sweet as the cheaper varieties.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

In theory, yes. It's nicer and it's not overpriced. In practise, until DH gets a job, we have a fairly tight budget and are likely to buy the supermarket own brands for now.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

It arrived yesterday afternoon, so I've only had it on Ryvita so far (Actually that's a lie. DS 2 came down in the middle of the night to catch me eating it from a spoon out of the jar blush ) But I intend to try some in a chicken satay with lime and coconut milk, and some in peanut butter cookies with chocolate drops this weekend.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would. I really like that it has no added sugar and its texture is great.

Lent1l Wed 11-Sep-13 16:39:27

Crunchy every time. Need that little bite to help wake me up in the morning!

TheTempest Wed 11-Sep-13 17:27:33

We are testers and huge peanut butter fans in my house! We received the crunchy one which I am really chuffed about as its my favourite! We made a chocolate banana and peanut butter cake yesterday, and it was lush.

BBc good food recipe adapted smile I also had it on toast for lunch.

I thought the consistency was slightly gritty, DD said it was yummy. I thought the taste was very peanutty and I really liked the crunch!

I have tried many peanut butters and I think it is the most textured I have had. I also like that it is a healthier option, and makes me feel less guilty about giving it to the baby.

I would pay that much although when times are tough it is expwnsive and it would be more of a luxury.

I would recommend it, as its tasty. I would probably add a caveat that although its expensive it tastes good!

RachelHRD Wed 11-Sep-13 17:30:04

Non tester - has to be crunchy grin grin

TheTempest Wed 11-Sep-13 17:30:38

Here is the cake- a lot nicer than it looks. We already ate one!

Chocoflakes Wed 11-Sep-13 17:37:57

Not a tester but we prefer crunchy whole earth peanut butter.
Yummy on icecream.

peronel Wed 11-Sep-13 17:41:46

Non-tester, I love crunchy peanut butter. A surreptitious spoonful staves off the hunger pangs! smile

jennycoast Wed 11-Sep-13 17:47:59

Non tester. Crunchy every time. Smooth is just wrong.

NettleTea Wed 11-Sep-13 17:58:30

crunchy for cooking
smooth for eating by the spoonfull - half and half with Nutella

Tommy Wed 11-Sep-13 18:02:00

not a tester but LOVE crunchy
(and smooth)
I just love peanut butter grin

Smooth with chocolate spread. Crunchy on its own!

k8vincent Wed 11-Sep-13 18:24:02

Definitely crunchy, although it does involve picking bits out of your teeth!

BikeRunSki Wed 11-Sep-13 18:26:24

I love the crunchy on toast, but tend to buy smooth because you cam spread it thinner (wright conscious)!

Lucyhas Wed 11-Sep-13 18:27:46

I love crunchy but always buy smooth so the dog can have some!!!

llynnnn Wed 11-Sep-13 18:45:31

Crunchy smile

I had crunchy peanut butter on granary toast for breakfast today and didn't feel peckish at all all morning like I do when I have my usual cereal, and it was deliciousgrin

Tyranasaurus Wed 11-Sep-13 18:49:30

Both equally

beccabee123 Wed 11-Sep-13 19:15:29

I prefer crunchy peanut butter as the texture gives it that added dimension. I always have peanut butter on toast for breakfast and it keeps me full till dinner time, on days that I don't have this my stomach starts rumbling loudly about 10 AM!

zimbamummy Wed 11-Sep-13 19:23:03

Another vote for crunchy & we usually have Whole Earth which is yummy. Makes me think haven't had peanut butter for ages!

angell74 Wed 11-Sep-13 19:24:05

Oh dear it has to be crunchy - the smooth stuff just sticks to the roof of your mouth .... yuk!

Totesamazeballs Wed 11-Sep-13 19:34:09

Crunchy generally. The crunch gives you an added dimension to the taste.

fancyanother Wed 11-Sep-13 19:35:52

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
Was very different to normal peanut butter. Had bits of peanut skin in which put kids off a bit, but they did like it on toast. I liked it. Husband likes the crunchy but me and kids prefer smooth.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
Much better. Not nearly as sweet. Had normal peanut butter in cupboard. Could really notice the difference in sweetness.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
Yes. lasts a long time. Much better for you than cheaper peanut butter, although still contains palm oil and doesn't say it's sustainable, like some products do and i would expect a product like this to be also.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
On toast with sliced bananas, also put a teaspoon into a stir fry which gave it lovely nutty taste, but will try peanut butter cookies when I have the chance.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes. taste, few ingredients. sugar free.

dedado Wed 11-Sep-13 19:51:08

Not a tester. I've a toddler so buy smooth nut butter.

serin Wed 11-Sep-13 19:58:16

Non tester here, my DC's prefer crunchy.

KingJoffrey Wed 11-Sep-13 20:04:25

Crunchy all the way!

Hot oatmeal and hot berries with cold Greek yoghurt and crunchy peanutbutter. Heaven.

LittleMilla Wed 11-Sep-13 20:07:21

Crunchy - and my 2.4 year old son has taken to picking off every single bit of nut before eating his toast. So I guess we end up with both!?

Catmint Wed 11-Sep-13 20:11:13

I am a tester.

Just going to try it now:

Method of eating: licked off spoon.

Good points: lovely large crunchy bits. Nice amount of salt.
Bad points: slight aftertaste of peanut skin. Gets less the more you eat.

Conclusion: better in recipes than off spoon, but really nice.

Price: dearer than I usually buy, but would buy in preference to supermarket version when on offer.

tinypumpkin Wed 11-Sep-13 20:11:41

Non tester, smooth here for me and DC please. DH likes crunchy however (no taste!)

Catmint Wed 11-Sep-13 20:14:07

Sorry me again, I forgot the questions while typing and eating.

I liked the texture and consistency.

I thought it compared well with some other brands, which can be a bit greasy.

It is a bit on the expensive side.

If it came up, I would say I liked it. I am not sure I would go so far as to recommend it.

littlemonkeychops Wed 11-Sep-13 20:15:09

I'm not a tester, but i definitely prefer crunchy to smooth, a bit of texture to food is always good!

Lomaamina Wed 11-Sep-13 20:16:01

Non-tester but bought it to try. I love the crunchy version and the fact that it has no sugar (ugh sweet peanut butter is an abomination). The consistency is better than others I've bought, which can be oily or grainy, so a top buy for me, except for the concerns over palm oil. Your packaging doesn't state the source of the palm oil. It would be helpful if it did.

Price is ok. I'd go for the smaller size even though pricer per gram, as I'm the only one in the family who eats the stuff.

charlieandlola Wed 11-Sep-13 20:26:32

Tester here :

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

We ( me and 2x 10 yo DC) thought it tasted great. Not at all cloying, salty rather than sweet and was just as we were expecting

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

We normally eat Waitrose own brand Wholenut Peanut Butter Crunchy 334 g. It tasted as salty but with bigger peanut lumps and was a lighter colour. I have had the misfortune to try Sunpat smooth and Skippy Smooth. All smooth peanut butters are like sugary glue that glues your jaw shut, and frankly should be banned from the shelves on both taste and health grounds. It is a shame it uses Palm Oil, which I would prefer not to use, but at the moment can't afford to pay premium prices for products that do not use it.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I thought it was a bit topside, if I am honest. I pay £1.50 ish for 340g Waitrose own brand from Ocado. I liked the product but if I am being brutally honest would only buy it if it were on offer. I would certainly struggle to pay top dollar for a product containing Palm Oil
Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

I would have loved to have used it on my regular Jamie Oliver Satay Chicken recipe, but 2 x breakfasts for us all, spread on wholemeal toast with strawberries ( my daughter), and bananas on top ( me and my son), plus one after school sandwich round, finished off the fairly small pot. My current Waitrose brand makes a great crunch sauce, so I am sure the exta peanut bits in this would make it super delish

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Peanut butter wars come up regularly. My sister and her children will not tolerate the crunchy PB and I absolutely abhorr the sweet wallpaper paste/glue that they eat for breakfast, aka Skippy Smooth.
I am a huge advocate of Wholenut Crunchy and will continue to recommend it. I would recommend Whole Earth heartily if if you can cope with the price, and the palm oil, which I was disappointed to see. Why not peanut or vegetable oil?

FairyPenguin Wed 11-Sep-13 20:27:52

Non-tester. Prefer crunchy, and tend to buy Whole Earth but I would always choose crunchy over smooth no matter the brand. DH hates peanut butter and whole family has eczema and hayfever so have not tried DC with it yet (age 3 and 6) as wary of allergic reactions.

I tend to eat it spread on toast or bagels, either on its own or with Nutella.

webwoman05 Wed 11-Sep-13 20:35:33

Received my tester jar yesterday. Thank you!

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

It was thicker in consistency and didn't taste as sweet as the normal one that we have.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I think it is probably good if you find regular peanut butter too sweet. Think I need to further taste test tomorrow for breakfast!!!

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

Bit pricey but I think it would probably last longer as it didn't spread as easily so I think you would use less.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

I tried it this morning on a couple of pieces of toasted French Boule! Yummy!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I think it is an acquired taste - perhaps a good one if introducing children to peanut better as it is less sweet. So yes I would recommend it as an alternative to regular supermarket branded peanut butter.

FrazzleRock Wed 11-Sep-13 20:41:29

CRUNCHY! For sure.

Smooth is just plain boring, don't feel like I'm eating anything

. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

It was very crunchy and there was no seperation like many other leading brands. the texture was good, strong flavour. more for adults than the dc i think

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

didnt taste as sweet as other leading brands on peanut butter

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I would be happy to pay this as a treat but wouldnt buy it reguarly as sunpat is usually on offer around £1 so cost would be a major factor in the decision

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

Eaten on its own at first, used to top biscuits

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not

I would recommend as a treat probably more for the adults than the children and now and again rather than a weekly purchase.

lilacmamacat Wed 11-Sep-13 20:53:17

Non-tester but we have both - crunchy for me and smooth for our toddler. I prefer crunchy though.

ricecakesrule Wed 11-Sep-13 20:54:29

Smooth every time! Peanut butter on toast is my ideal evening snack!

M22kids Wed 11-Sep-13 20:55:58

Non-tester

Strangely, I prefer crunchy but always seem to buy smooth because I don't like getting bits stuck in my teeth... Makes me sound really old...

ilovepicnmix Wed 11-Sep-13 20:58:59

It's got to be smooth for me!

sealight123 Wed 11-Sep-13 21:04:12

There is a fine knack for getting the right peanut butter combination!

For example-
Smooth for Peanut Butter and Jelly (Jam) sandwichs
Crunchy for homemade peanut butter ice cream

and for the more adventurous tastes....crunchy peanut butter and coleslaw on toast....a creation from my stepdad which is a lot nicer than it sounds :P

Crunchy is most definitely the best though!!!

missinglalaland Wed 11-Sep-13 21:08:34

Not a tester. We prefer smooth.

OldBagWantsNewBag Wed 11-Sep-13 21:13:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I slightly prefer crunchy. Although I do love smooth. It's a close contest. I bloody love peanut butter. grin

Bollard Wed 11-Sep-13 21:15:18

We buy crunchy for me, DH, DS1 and DD1
Smooth for DS2 and DD2

GetKnitted Wed 11-Sep-13 21:16:01

We prefer crunchy on toast or smooth in cooking smile

FrillyMilly Wed 11-Sep-13 21:29:18

I love crunchy but the kids prefer smooth, so we just have two pots on the go.

majjsu Wed 11-Sep-13 21:29:23

A non tester but my LO and I love smooth.

Coffeechick Wed 11-Sep-13 21:30:52

I prefer crunchy myself

manfalou Wed 11-Sep-13 21:31:46

DS has only tried a little on toast... wasn't that fussed =( it was smooth.... if any of the testers made the Peanut butter cookies and would kindly send me the recipe that would be fab ;) I love peanut butter and these sound rather interesting.

I prefer.. CRUNCHY

imawigglyworm Wed 11-Sep-13 21:35:17

im a non tester & I don't eat peanut butter personally. My DH & DS's do and they all prefer smooth peanut butter.

Viewofthehills Wed 11-Sep-13 21:39:22

Not a tester, but we have always buy this. Prefer crunchy unless we're making peanut butter cup mixture which needs smooth :-)

tutu100 Wed 11-Sep-13 21:50:27

I prefer crunchy peanut butter. The kids aren't keen on peanut butter as they find it quite cloying in their mouths, but they will only try smooth peanut butter, they've refused to try my crunchy one.

tutu100 Wed 11-Sep-13 21:50:29

I prefer crunchy peanut butter. The kids aren't keen on peanut butter as they find it quite cloying in their mouths, but they will only try smooth peanut butter, they've refused to try my crunchy one.

incogKNEEto Wed 11-Sep-13 21:51:02

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

We liked the consistency and texture, especially the chunky lumps of peanut. Nice big chunks of peanut. Less sticky than other brands we've tried.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I prefer it to our usual brand, but that could be because we've been on an economy drive recently so have been trying value level products. It is thicker, less sticky and a more pleasant taste and texture to these brands.

As another tester has mentioned, my only concerns would be the added salt (for the DC) and the use of palm oil, which I understand is environmentally damaging as a crop. Further research required though!

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

It seems quite a high price, but again that could be due to the recent austerity drive in our house. It feels like a premium product to me, so I suppose it would command a premium price to match.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

I had it on toast, and my daughter loved it in a sandwich with bramble jelly. We haven't cooked with it yet, but may attempt some peanut butter cookies at the weekend (if there's any left...)

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend it for it's taste and texture, but I would also probably mention my reservations about the salt and palm oil content.

zipzap Wed 11-Sep-13 21:51:19

Non tester here.

I like both crunchy and smooth peanut butter so tend to ring the changes for a bit of variety.

However my all time favourite way to eat peanut butter was in some delicious bars that were made by a chain of cookie shops back in the early 90's (something like Mary Mapple Cookie shops but I can't remember the name exactly). Anyhow, they made the most wondrous peanut butter bars - thick dark choc on the top, a layer of salty peanut butter and then a crumbly delicious wonderful biscuity/oaty/nutty/brownie/not sure what exactly layer on the bottom that was great. And the overall combination - heaven! Would love to know how to recreate them...

Actually it's probably just as well that I don't as my waistline is significantly larger than it was in those days sad

Clary Wed 11-Sep-13 21:52:13

1/ they liked it, tho I think they missed the sugar content of the other brand we buy. I prefer it without the sugar.

2/ I think Whole Earth was yummy.

3/ No it's too dear for me in my current state of austerity shopping. PB lasts a few days for a jar in this house.

4/ Ate it on toast and also made Ngella's Peanut butter cookies.

5/ would recommend it with a rider about the price.

DownyEmerald Wed 11-Sep-13 21:56:01

Smooth!

tigerchair Wed 11-Sep-13 21:57:30

Crunchy every time here... even straight from the jar, yum smile

EstoyAqui Wed 11-Sep-13 21:58:27

I like crunchy but DD and DS both prefer smooth. That being said smooth is nicer in a toasted peanut butter and jam sandwich. Mmmmmm

KateOxford Wed 11-Sep-13 22:02:03

My son prefers smooth because he likes to dip crunchy things into the peanut butter (in a bowl!) like breadsticks or carrots.

I love crunchy peanut butter as do DS1 and DD. However, we prefer smooth when combining it with banana on toast. Yum!

whatagreatname Wed 11-Sep-13 22:16:22

I love the crunchy best

whatagreatname Wed 11-Sep-13 22:16:26

I love the crunchy best

GrassIsntGreener Wed 11-Sep-13 22:20:19

I always thought I hated peanut butter having tried sun pat as a child. I tried Whole Earth and LOVED it! Crunchy is my secret addiction. wink

firawla Wed 11-Sep-13 22:35:04

Non tester I like crunchy!

WhoPutThatThere Wed 11-Sep-13 23:07:26

non tester:
used to be crunchy all the way but I am a total convert to smooth after we had to switch because of DD (had to put her on high calorie foods during weaning because of poor weight gain). It's also better for using in smoothies (peanut butter and frozen banana smoothies - amaze!)
That said, DS prefers crunchy so we have a jar of each in the cupboard.

divasparkle21 Wed 11-Sep-13 23:21:52

Not a tester but a long time consumer of Whole Earth PB. My son likes both creamy and crunchy and I like the crunchy! I often make PB cookies and PB and banana sandwiches on Sunflower Seed Bread is a great after school snack! Love to use it for satay sauce too.

poachedeggs Wed 11-Sep-13 23:38:19

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

It is quite dry but lovely and crunchy. It is very nutty (I know!) in flavour.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

It is pleasant but not as good as the one we usually use.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

No. We usually have supermarket value peanut butter which is really really good, although sweetened, and has no palm oil. It costs a quarter of the price so I won't be changing.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

We had some on toast and some on oatcakes. And DD and DH had some on spoons! I'd use it for cooking savoury recipes because it's unsweetened.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend it for being unsweetened and very nutty but I'm not convinced it's worth paying the extra if cost is a concern. We eat a heck of a lot of it though!

Thanks for letting us try it. It is very nice but if I'm honest I prefer Tesco value, which is sweetened but vastly cheaper. I'd definitely try other products in this range though.

Springcleanish Thu 12-Sep-13 05:34:50

Non-tester, definitely crunchy, smooth is bleughhhh

Faithless12 Thu 12-Sep-13 07:38:50

Non-teste I love both crunchy and smooth. Smooth for PB and banana smoothies and for PB and J sandwiches.

glorious Thu 12-Sep-13 08:13:11

Gotta be crunchy grin

VileWoman Thu 12-Sep-13 08:20:42

Non-tester. I hate the stuff personally (worked in the kitchen of an American summer camp and had to make hundreds of PBJs a day, it scarred me for life!) but have a family of addicts who all like smooth. It was a food we introduced early in weaning so smooth was the way to go then. And peanut butter is particularly good for dairy and egg allergic DS.

HormonalHousewife Thu 12-Sep-13 10:24:23

Non testing household here

Its only ever Whole earth Crunchy in our house.

PostBellumBugsy Thu 12-Sep-13 10:26:42

Tester

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

The DCs and I both liked it. It was spreadable but had lots of bits of nut still in it. The flavour was of freshly squished peanuts and best of all, it wasn't too sweet or too salty. It was better than I expected.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I think this peanut butter compares well with other brands. It tasted and looked like a good quality product.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

In isolation, those don't seem like unreasonable prices. However, I am very cost conscious & if there are special promotions on in the supermarket, then I would probably go for a cheaper option.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

We ate the Whole Earth on corn cakes, on toast, on biscuits and on bread. I didn't cook with it and probably wouldn't, as the recipes I have using peanut butter, all ask for the smooth variety.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

In the unlikely event of peanut butter coming up in conversation, I would say to anyone that this was a good brand and that I'd enjoyed eating it.

missorinoco Thu 12-Sep-13 10:54:11

Tester

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

DC2 was put off by the nuts. We usually eat crunchy peanut butter, so I have no idea what she thought she was eating. I liked the consistency. It wasn't homogenised like the other brands. It was noticeably less sweet.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

Well. More natural. I think the children prefer the sweeter brands, as they are used to them.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

It is slightly more expensive than other brands. i would be keen to use this for cooking, as it is less sweet, and for my youngest who isn't used to sweet peanut butter. I wouldn't use it for daily sandwiches due to the higher cost. I would buy it on promotion.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
On it's own, in sandwiches and in peanut butter cookies. I would have made soup but I didn't fancy photographing it.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

An unlikely conversation, but yes.

nemno Thu 12-Sep-13 11:15:29

We buy Whole Earth peanut butter already.

Crunchy all the way!

daisychicken Thu 12-Sep-13 13:05:24

Non tester: we all prefer crunchy PB - yummy spread on celery for a low carb snack!

MoogDroog Thu 12-Sep-13 13:29:21

My peanut butter hasn't arrived yet. Should I be worried??? sad

DS (the worlds fussiest eater) was fully on board to try it and keeps asking if the postman has brought his peanut butter yet. sad sad

I'm going to have to buy some aren't I?

1) We all liked the texture and consistency, although it is very different to other peanut butter and took some getting used to.

2) This peanut butter is very different to what we are used to, less sweet and salty and less processed, really really delicious!!.

3) Money is quite tight for us at the moment but as it is healthier, I think I would choose this one from now on.

4) At the moment we have only tried it on hot buttered toast and on a spoon straight from the jar but we cant get enough of it!. Will do some baking with it if there is any left!.

5) If it came up in conversation, I would definitely recommend this as it is healthier and so much tastier.

ouryve Thu 12-Sep-13 14:14:46

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

We've had whole earth peanut butter before, but usually buy the smooth, as DS2 picks out all the bits of nut and ends up with it in his hair and everywhere. I love that it's not sweet - sweet peanuts are an abomination. After years of only eating smooth PB, the crunchy is a refreshing change. The bits of peanut are properly crunchy, rather than hard, and the rest of it is much lighter in texture than smooth PB usually is.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

We much prefer this, because it's not sweet. There's another brand that we sometimes get that isn't sweet, but i definitely prefer the flavour of the Whole Earth PB, as the nuts taste more toasted. I love peanuts, but don't much like their raw flavour.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

We're happy to pay this, but would most likely stock up if there's an offer on.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

So far, I've eaten it straight off the spoon and I've cooked with it. I normally have PB on toast, or in a sandwich with salad, but I decided that I should try being more adventurous. I've just had some of this for lunch (only I omitted the mange tout, which make me gag and added some cooked chicken, which needed using up. I slipped with the fish sauce, mind, and I'm thirsty, now!)

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Most definitely. I already have done. Like others, though, I would prefer if something other than palm oil, even than "sustainable" palm oil, was used as a stabiliser.

snowgal Thu 12-Sep-13 15:09:55

Not a tester but we get the smooth Whole Earth peanut butter at home - like the fact it doesn't contain "nasties". Smooth mainly because I find it easier to spread but thinking of getting the crunchy version for some experimental baking!!

StellaMarie Thu 12-Sep-13 16:07:50

Non tester - crunchy PB is a winner in this house. Smooth is claggy and gets stuck on the roof of your mouth!

CelticPromise Thu 12-Sep-13 16:11:41

I prefer crunchy, and buy it sometimes for cooking but I usually buy smooth for DS. I suppose I could try him on crunchy now.

Geniene Thu 12-Sep-13 16:14:53

Ooh I prefer crunchy and my little ones seem to aswell.

MrsTittleMouse Thu 12-Sep-13 17:04:46

Definitely crunchy for me - and for my Dad who is completely addicted to whole earth and gets through pots and pots of it! My preference is for marmite and peanut butter sandwiches and I am now craving one. grin)

MaryannM Thu 12-Sep-13 17:18:20

A non tester here... I love smooth peanut butter on toast. Devine.... Was One of my pregnancy cravings :-)

NorbertDentressangle Thu 12-Sep-13 17:38:39

DDs peanut butter cookies..
Review to follow

NorbertDentressangle Thu 12-Sep-13 17:39:53

hmm - first attempt at putting a photo on MN obviously an epic fail.

Nerfmother Thu 12-Sep-13 17:45:46

1. Taste etc- hmm. Dh took one look and said mmmmm muddy peanut butter. Ds (5) was perturbed by the red bits and didnt want to eat them (peanut skin) and then got really confused by the lumps and spat then on the plate. It looks a lot more natural than the usual smooth stuff was get.
2. Comparison - much more earthy and smaller lumps. Tasted less bland.
3. Price - I go for cheap at the moment but mum who can afford to would definitely buy this - she prefers organic, natural, tasty food.
4. How we eat it - sandwiches, toast, rice cakes.
5. Recommend? Yes to grown ups with developed taste buds.

NorbertDentressangle Thu 12-Sep-13 17:54:10

Couldn't add it from my phone so have had to take another photo with the camera and add it via laptop

<fingers crossed>

I'll add my reviews after dinner

NorthernFlower Thu 12-Sep-13 18:46:51

I wasn't a tester, but I prefer my peanut butter crunchy. My lo will be weaning very soon so I'll be buying smooth for her.

NorbertDentressangle Thu 12-Sep-13 18:59:02

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
It was crunchier with bigger bits of nut than I was expecting but we all preferred this to the usual crunchy peanut butters that we buy. Flavour-wise both DP and I preferred to it but the DC say they prefer our usual one (I think they noticed the lack of added sugar)

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
The grown-ups preferred it (both the texture and flavour) and the DC preferred the texture but not the flavour

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
Its a lot more than the one we tend to buy (Lidl) so wouldn't pay that much for day to day peanut butter, especially as we get through so much. However if I saw it on offer I would buy a few.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
We ate it on bread and toast for breakfast or after school snack and DD also made some peanut butter cookies which were delicious!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend it especially to families with very young children as they can be introduced to a peanut butter without all the added sugar etc

Non tester. Love crunchy Whole Earth - has been our preferred brand for twenty years or so. PB and coleslaw sandwiches - so wrong, yet so right. Also used for cooking, sandwiches, in curries, it's great. No DC here - just a mostly veggie pair of adults.

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

We all like the consistency. It was less claggy than our usual brand as it was not so oily. It had bigger chunk of nuts in. It did seem blander than our usual(tesco value) because it wasn't so salty. However, we quickly got used to the taste and enjoyed it. I had no particular expectation.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

Much prefer it to Sunpat. Slightly nicer than Tesco value but on price Tesco wins

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

To us that is quite a lot of money and we get through a lot of peanut butter. Maybe would buy if on offer or for a recipe which I thought it would suit.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

I made a peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake with mine. Hopefully there is a pic attached. We also had it plain and will be having the remainder either with chocolate or breadsticks. I usually make peanut butter cookies or chocolate cups with peanut butter

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would, it was tasty and not too sticky.

gottasmile Thu 12-Sep-13 19:49:51

Forgot to mention up thread in the q and a that we love crunchy, but would never say no to smooth!

maddiemostmerry, that cheesecake looks delicious!

Uzma01 Thu 12-Sep-13 20:09:13

I wasn't a tester, but have to say I totally prefer crunchy peanut butter.

MrsMcMorn Thu 12-Sep-13 20:51:38

Definitely Crunchy! Although I use the whole earth smooth to make peanut butter biscuits.

janekirk Thu 12-Sep-13 22:02:43

Has to be smooth, crunchy always get stuck between my teeth!

aristocat Thu 12-Sep-13 22:35:49

We have never eaten PB before so it is all a new experience for us.

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
Sorry but neither myself, DH or DCs liked it. The consistency was good and thick but we didn't like the texture and the huge chunks of nut.
It tasted much more nuttier than I was expecting (I realise how daft that sounds!)

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
No previous knowledge of PB, but perhaps the smooth texture would have been better for us to try first.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
Yes, but only if we like the product. It is good to know there is no added sugar.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
Initially we all had a spoonful out of the jar. I also tried it on a sandwich. None of us liked the texture though (sorry). Today myself and DD made Peanut Butter cookies. ((see photo)) They are rather good - crumbly with a delicate nutty taste.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, unfortunately not. I will definitely look out for other WE products. Thank you for the opportunity to taste this.

JParkson Thu 12-Sep-13 23:09:16

I love peanut butter no matter the consistency! But if I had to choose, it'd be crunchy all the way!

I haven't bought peanut butter for well over a year, as the slimming plan I follow isn't very peanut-butter-friendly! (or at least, in the quantities I prefer it in... jar + tablespoon = sofa + glued-together mouth = happy JParkson!)

daisybrown Thu 12-Sep-13 23:20:50

Smooth, especially nice when used to make a Cheesecake.

smileykc Thu 12-Sep-13 23:21:46

Whole Earth used to be my favourite brand of peanut butter, but the last jar I bought tasted far too salty, so I haven't bought it since. I much prefer crunchy

VerySmallSqueak Thu 12-Sep-13 23:26:54

Crunchy here.
Smooth gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.

Mumrobbo Fri 13-Sep-13 06:45:29

I used to buy whole earth all the time but stopped when they started adding palm oil into it. I now go to my local health food store in Edinburgh and buy "real" peanut butter which is crushed and made by machine on the premises. There's also plenty of jars from other brands that are pure peanut butter and would never ever put palm oil into their product. I'm disappointed with the Whole Earth brand.

webster147 Fri 13-Sep-13 07:56:56

Whole Earth is the only Peanut Butter we buy, it taste's more natural than others, we love smooth in our house.

I am a non tester, but personally I prefer crunchy. DC's prefer smooth as they both have a 'thing' about bits. Everything - jam, yogurt, soup etc etc - has to be smooth!

supermam Fri 13-Sep-13 11:20:27

Used to buy smooth, but now prefer crunchy. Probably linked to son's age (10), now I think about it.

SleeplessInBedfordshire Fri 13-Sep-13 14:05:52

Not a tester but I prefer smooth peanut butter. Plus I'd only give smooth peanut butter on toast (rather than crunchy) to my 10 month old son.

Bert2e Fri 13-Sep-13 15:15:30

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting? Texture was fine but the taste was rather bland - needed more salt.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall? Didn't like this as much as other brands

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not? No - my Lidl one is cheaper and I prefer the taste

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook? On ryvita crackers

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? No - I didn't like the taste!

Non tester here - I prefer crunchy but DS only likes smooth.

goldenretriever Fri 13-Sep-13 18:55:21

Non tester, but definitely crunchy all of the way.

dottyaboutstripes Fri 13-Sep-13 19:00:14

Non tester but we love crunchy in this house!

Sparklingbrook Fri 13-Sep-13 19:02:08

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting? I couldn't get the DC to even try it. I loved it. haven't had PB for ages.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall? It was better than other brands I had tried previously.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not? I am not sure if I would spend the money on something only I would eat.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook? On crackers, and on toast.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, but don't chat much about peanut butter.

Vagndidit Fri 13-Sep-13 21:40:23

Q1: We thought the texture was a nice blend of smooth with a bit of crunch, but not too crunchy that I would hesitate giving to a child. The flavor was nice, fresh and peanutty but not entirely savory (despite having no added sugar).

Q2:I definitely prefer this brand to others I've tried before. Just the right blend of flavor and texture, reminiscent of natural fresh-ground peanut butters I've tried in the past.

Q3: I think the price is very good for the quality of the product, certainly compared to store brand peanut butters at a similar price point.

Q4: We ate it on toast, bagels and in sneaky pb&j sandwiches for tea. I sometimes add peanut butters to stir fry dishes but have not (yet) tried tht with this product.

Q5: I would certainly recommend the product to friends and family if the topic should arise in conversation.

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
The children loved the flavour and consistency of the peanut butter. We normally get one with added sugar, so I was surprised they didn't comment on lack of sweetness.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
It is a very good, high quality product. We normally use Waitrose own brand and have tried various others. The Whole Earth one is definitely superior in taste and quality.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
It is a touch expensive, but I have seen it on offer in other supermarkets, so may stock up on it when it is on offer. DH said he would preferably buy it and just use less than our normal one.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
We tried it on toast (delicious). I also made some satay sauce to ahve with chicken (adding soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce) which was a big hit with DH and DCs. I made some chocolate-peanut butter crispies too, which disappeared rapidly from the fridge.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would definitely recommend, but would make them aware it is more expensive than normal.

I'd also like to comment on the palm oil content. A few people mentioned they wouldn't buy it as it contains palm oil. However, I looked at the Whole Earth website and was happy with the statement regarding commitment to sustainable production. It isn't viable to completely stop using palm oil in food production. Sustainable use will mean employment for local people and a commitment to preserve wildlife. I am happy to buy products which support both.

forcookssake Sat 14-Sep-13 10:41:45

Crunchy for general eating purposes - tastes so wholesome and like it's doing you good! Definitely my favourite.
I do keep a jar of smooth for baking purposes... in the interests of full disclosure wink

bryonywhisker Sat 14-Sep-13 13:53:09

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
like there was no oil, like that it looked like nuts and not brown gloop
taste too bland, added a twist of sea salt and it brought out the flavour

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
colour and texture superior to any other brand I have tried

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
As a treat but couldn't afford it as a cupboard staple

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
wholemeal bread on its own, toast with squished bananas and peanut butter, a spoon on vanilla ice cream
I also incorporated some into my autumn fruits crumble topping - roughly 4oz plain flour, 1oz rolled oats, 1oz wheat bran, 2oz soft marg, 1 heaped tbsp whole earth crunch peanut butter 2 tbsp sugar

please see photo of the delicious results

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
probably as a luxury item

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
DSs loved it though I am not sure they actually realised it was any different from our usual brand until I told them. I personally felt it wasn't salty enough for my taste

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
It had a thicker texture than our usual brand and boys said it was more nutty!

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
My kids get through jars of the stuff so on a tight budget could not say I would be persuaded to swap it for my usual supermarket own jars

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
I often make cookies with peanut butter and jam and use it as a cup cake frosting as well as adding it to curries and for satay. I had planned to use it in a recipe I had found for peanut butter cups this morning sadly my teenagers had got there first and eaten it all! Would be happy to do some cooking if Whole Earth would like to send me some more jars!!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Certainly to friends who don't have to stick to such a tight budget as myself would probably buy it again of I saw it on offer

ouryve Sat 14-Sep-13 15:26:44

Muffins!

DS1 helped me to make these, this afternoon. Even though the end result is more bananary than nutty, he still couldn't be tempted to try some. Not even lick the spoon! DH, who isn't a big peanut fan, seemed to be pleasantly surprised, though, and DS2 cried all the time they were cooling down until it was safe for him to have one!

hermancakedestroyer Sat 14-Sep-13 18:21:24

Crunchy peanut butter all the way on fresh bread

WorkInProgress Sat 14-Sep-13 20:12:21

Hi, tester here and thank you very much for the peanut butter

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
Did a blind testing with DC's against sunpat - they preferred the sunpat. DH preferred the whole earth. similar to what I would have predicted, they are used to the sunpat.
Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
I liked the fact it had no extra sugar, but disliked the fact it still had palm oil. Yes I know it is ethically sourced but just using it is creating a market. Would be better to avoid all together

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
No, it is much too expensive.If my children preferred it I might buy it if it was on special but as they don't I would not buy it.
Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
On toast and bread. And tried it tonight in a satay sauce, which was very very good ( but still not good enough to justify the extra cost)
Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
If someone asked me to recommend a really nice sugar free peanut butter I might, but it is unlikely to happen !

ld7675 Sat 14-Sep-13 22:18:37

I prefer crunchy peanut butter.

kslatts Sun 15-Sep-13 11:09:16

I prefer smooth

zippyrainbowbrite Sun 15-Sep-13 11:37:06

Q1: lovely texture - nice big crunchy bits, nice consistency.

Q2: currently also have Waitrose own brand organic smooth PB on the go, which is good in sandwiches but not exact comparison as not crunchy). Tend to vary what we buy between crunchy and smooth, and organic own brand or organic Whole Earth, depending on where shopping.

Q3: RRP - fine, am happy to pay more for quality.

Q4: on toast, PB &J sandwiches, and my masterpiece... PB, the Whole Earth whipped choc spread and sliced bananas, made into a sandwich then dunked in egg and fried (like eggy bread) - I figure there's fruit and protein in it, so it's kind of good for you, right?! grin

Q5: some concern about the use of palm oil in ingredients, but would recommend on taste basis.

helterskelter99 Sun 15-Sep-13 12:04:22

Non tester
Crunchy although smooth for some cooking - damn I have both in the cupboard!

acsec Sun 15-Sep-13 16:12:48

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
I liked the flavour and texture - I only tried a bit on a spoon, but DSS loved it on his toast! It was different as we usually buy smooth, but we liked it.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
DSS says "It's nice, it's like the other one but with bits in". I liked it and found it to be as nice, if not tastier than our usual.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
I would probably buy it as a treat, not all the time.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
DSS had some on toast and then I made peanut butter cookies. The recipe calls for smooth but they were just as yummy with crunchy and no one complained!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would and already have to my DM as she is a peanut butter lover smile

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 15-Sep-13 17:31:31

I have already posted a review but came back to add more. Had people staying this weekend and they loved it! I had put peanut butter, jam etc. on the table at breakfast and the jar was commented on at once in an "Oooh this looks nice" way. The jar is now finished and all of the adults thought it was really good PB and are planning on buying it themselves.
smile

I cooked Crumpies (a crumpet/yorkie mix( and had mine with peanut butter and jam. They were yummy.

BornToFolk Sun 15-Sep-13 17:36:26

Tester here! I'm currently making some peanut butter and chocolate squares which smell amazing. I'll report back, with photos, later.

oricella Sun 15-Sep-13 17:49:17

Consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter: Have eaten it before, and somehow I think it tasted better before. Children not keen on the big chunks

Overall I found it OK - and improves once you get unused to the ones with added sugar

RRP is on the pricey side: I might buy on offer, but when using in cooking or baking (adding sugar) I don't think the price difference is justified

Ate it on rye bread, plus made a peanut sauce (mix about half a year, big clove of crushed garlic, teaspoon of Indonesian Sambal, 1/tsp of ground coreander, bit of cumin and kurkuma, Ketjap Manis and lemon. Usually make it with smooth peanut butter, but it was still yummie.

I don't really discuss peanutbutter in general conversation, but if someone were searching for a no-sugar alternative I might point them in the direction of whole earth

BornToFolk Sun 15-Sep-13 18:39:23

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
I've tried Whole Earth before so knew what to expect. I really like the crunchiness of it, and the fact that it's too sweet. The consistency is thicker than other brands which makes it harder to spread but I don't mind too much.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
The flavour is better and I really like that it's no added sugar

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I wish I could buy it all the time but I don't feel I can justify it when I can buy jars of other brands from B&M Bargains for less than £1. I do quite often buy Whole Earth when it's on offer though. DS frequently has peanut butter sandwiches for lunch so I'd really prefer him to have a no added sugar brand

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
On a bagel with chopped banana. This is my favourite way to eat peanut butter! I also like it with slices of apple, as does DS.
We also made peanut butter and chocolate slices and there's hopefully a photo attached! They were divine...but really should be as they contain vast amounts of butter as well as sugar and condensed milk. Totally delicious though!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yeah, definitely. Like I say, if I could afford it, I'd buy it all the time myself.

BornToFolk Sun 15-Sep-13 18:46:29

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
I've tried Whole Earth before so knew what to expect. I really like the crunchiness of it, and the fact that it's too sweet. The consistency is thicker than other brands which makes it harder to spread but I don't mind too much.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
The flavour is better and I really like that it's no added sugar

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I wish I could buy it all the time but I don't feel I can justify it when I can buy jars of other brands from B&M Bargains for less than £1. I do quite often buy Whole Earth when it's on offer though. DS frequently has peanut butter sandwiches for lunch so I'd really prefer him to have a no added sugar brand

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
On a bagel with chopped banana. This is my favourite way to eat peanut butter! I also like it with slices of apple, as does DS.
We also made peanut butter and chocolate slices and there's hopefully a photo attached! They were divine...but really should be as they contain vast amounts of butter as well as sugar and condensed milk. Totally delicious though!

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yeah, definitely. Like I say, if I could afford it, I'd buy it all the time myself.

BornToFolk Sun 15-Sep-13 18:47:22

Argh, sorry! Two posts and no photo. The photo actually wasn't all that great but they taste better than they look

MegGriffin Sun 15-Sep-13 18:53:44

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

The texture seemed dryer and less sweet that our usual peanut butter.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

It was different to others we have tried and doesn't compare. It was definitely of a better standard.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

Our usual brand is cheaper and we would probably only spend a bit more if it was on offer/bogof.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

We ate it on toast which is how we always have our peanut butter.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

We might suggest we had tried it in conversation and that it was of a good quality.

HeathcliffeItsMe Sun 15-Sep-13 19:23:33

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
I really liked the consistency and texture of it, ticker than our usual brand. Taste was lovely, more nutty and less sweet than the usual brand we get (Morrisons value). Ds1 preferred our usual sweeter brand, ds2 really liked it and would eat it by the spoon if he could.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall? It tastes more nutty and less sweet.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not? price seems reasonable, I would buy at this price, although slightly cheaper would be preferred. One jar lasts us quite well though, if we got through it faster I would probably be less likely to buy at that price.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook? We ate it on its own blush, on toast and also in a red thai curry. I hadn't had peanut butter in a curry before, it was really nice, very popular with everyone and we would definately have it again.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, I would mention it was nice, as we enjoyed it and seemed less sugary than others we had tried.

Thank you for the peanut butter!

antsypants Sun 15-Sep-13 21:02:02

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

I was really surprised that it was not overly sweet or brightly coloured, it look very natural, DD (4) liked the packaging and the ease with which she could open it

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I have had sunpat before but did not like it, whole earth was much nicer

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I would be happy with this price, because the product is very rich and heavy you would use sparingly.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

We had some on toast, which I enjoyed, but DD was not keen, I also made some peanut butter choc chip and banana muffins which were really nice and light.

I would use this in savoury food because there is no artificial sweet taste. I still have half a jar left and may do a thai style stir fry and use some in that.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would recommend this.

If you used Whole Earth peanut butter in any recipes we would love you to post some pictures on this thread. Please note that any photos or comments may be used in marketing material by Whole Earth.

Cantdothisagain Sun 15-Sep-13 21:52:49

Tester...

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

It was crunchier than I thought - the little pieces were chunkier. I liked it.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I preferred this - less sweet, more textured.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I would pay it probably but would prefer cheaper obviously!

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

On its own first, and then I made Lorraine Pascale's chocolate peanut butter squares - really good with this in it. I can't upload the photo from my mobile or I would - they look and taste great and the texture is good.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes and in fact it already has, with people who've tasted my Lorraine Pascale squares and loved them too! I would recommend it because it is less sweet and I like the texture.

I hate the marketing jargon about Mums choosing it though - please get rid of that; it sounds like an Asda advert.

Thank you for letting me try this - I will buy it again.

UserError Sun 15-Sep-13 22:15:33

I'm a non-tester.

One of my favourite breakfasts, when I manage to remember to buy bananas, is peanut butter on toast, topped with sliced banana and sprinkled with cinnamon.

The peanut butter has to be crunchy. Anything else is just wrong.

michelleblane Sun 15-Sep-13 22:52:08

Non tester. Prefer crunchy but use both in recipes.

Lightshines Mon 16-Sep-13 00:19:02

I am a tester.

Q1. The consistency, taste and texture were what I would have expected for a high-end, organic brand. The 'crunchy bits' were about the same size as in other brands and the darker brown mix gave the peanut butter a more wholesome/healthy appeal. Whether that is true or not, I am not sure, but it felt as if it was healthier!

Q2. I am not a devotee of any particular brand - I just tend to grab a jar off the shelf and I am not a big label reader. However, cost is an issue, I usually go simply for the cheapest. Recently we have had Sun-Pat, the LIDL brand and ASDA Value (!). Its not a very fashionable view, but in terms of taste, I actually prefer a little bit of sugar and salt. Also, I did find the Whole Earth quite 'claggy'.

Q3. It is more than I would usually expect to pay and so I probably wouldn't. Not because I don't feel as if the price offers good value for money, as it does for a premium product, but because £1.99 is more than I can afford for peanut butter within our usual weekly food budget of £90/£100.

Q4. My breakfast/snack of choice - brown toast, peanut butter, squished banana on top!

Q5. I would definitely tell people that I have tried it and its lovely.

lottietiger Mon 16-Sep-13 11:30:05

Non Tester - Definitely crunchy for me!

maxmissie Mon 16-Sep-13 13:20:18

Tester...

Q1. Both kids (and me and dh) like the peanut butter as much as the ones we normally buy (Sunpat and own brands crunchy). The consistency as slightly stodgier than some of the other brands but not too its detriment. Although the Whole Earth is not as sweet as the other brands this didn't bother the kids at all.

Q2. I think it compared well to the other brands, not massively dissimilar except for being slightly stodgier and less sweet but not to a great extent.

Q3. We eat a lot of peanut butter (usually two 454g jars over two weeks) so the price would be quite high for us. I would probably buy it occasionally. The price difference between Whole Earth and other brands is quite high; there is only 4% more peanuts in the Whole Earth one so other than economies of scale not sure why the price is so much higher?

Q4. We ate in mostly on toast (our favourite) but also in sandwiches at lunchtime. Didn't have time to do any cooking with it!

Q5. Yes would recommend as being a healthier version of the usual brands.

painterly Mon 16-Sep-13 15:30:59

Not a tester.

I had great trouble weaning my baby who is currently 13 months. Your peanut butter was a breakthrough moment at around 9 months when I offered her some. Actually she stole my toast.

She will always eat if she sees me get out the jar. She will eat it on anything from rice crackers and toast to dipping breadsticks in it or licking it off carrot sticks! She loves crunchy and will pick out the peanut bits.

The other two (4 and 6) both love crunchy in pitta pockets with banana slices, on toast with nutella, in sandwiches with cucumber slices, on crackers with marmite or on egg noodles with coconut milk as a stir fry sauce. Both were eating your peanut butter by 7 months.

Whole Earth is our preferred choice. It is definitely tastes saltier than some of the other brands, but it also has a deeper, more rounded taste and isn't as claggy on the palate as some of the others.

CaramelisedOnion Mon 16-Sep-13 16:36:20

Always crunchy. ALWAYS.

I put it in my hot chocolate and in my porridge with banana.

Peanut butter is the best!

CRUNCHY Peanut Butter.

janx Mon 16-Sep-13 20:27:40

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting? The dcs found it too crunchy but both me & do loved it. Dp thought it was less oily than other brands. Nice flavour.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
We eat a lot of peanut butter. I think whole earth compared well to others.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not? Bit expensive - we eat loads so wouldn't buy it all the time

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook? Mainly on toast though I like a spoonful on its own

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes would recommend

If you used Whole Earth peanut butter in any recipes we would love you to post some pictures on this thread. Please note that any photos or comments may be used in marketing material by Whole Earth.
No time to cook with it!

dividey Mon 16-Sep-13 22:10:02

Tester...
Q1, consistency was as expected as we've had this brand before. My kids won't eat any other brand!
Q2, we've tried other cheaper brands but the kids refuse to eat them, too sweet, too greasy and too sticky they say. I agree I would rather eat less of the good stuff than suffer.
Q3, would rather it was cheaper! But happy to pay as we all prefer it. Always stock up when on offer though.
Q4, kids eat it on toast, it's my guilty pleasure so I eat it a lot...with a spoon out of the jar, spread on cut up apple, on a digestive with a slice of cheese, in a sandwich.. For the family I make a speedy satay by mixing half peanut butter, half cream cheese then slacken to a creamy consistency with soy sauce. Spread on top of chicken breast fillets, bake and serve with noodles.
Q5, would definitely recommend.
Have added a photo, not my best work, tastes much better than it looks!

Leeanne2205 Mon 16-Sep-13 22:10:46

Crunchy crunchy crunchy winner every time

Turnipvontrapp Mon 16-Sep-13 23:05:04

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
I liked the taste of it. I didn't really have any expectations.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall? It's as good as other brands I have tasted.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
Would buy the 227g but not the bigger one as seems a lot for a treat snack.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
I ate mine on toast and by the teaspoon.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes I would as I liked the taste.

Non-tester - we much prefer our peanut butter to be crunchy. Goes down really well on some multigrain bread that has been smothered with mashed banana.

HazelDormouse Tue 17-Sep-13 13:30:45

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting? The
flavour was what I was expecting. I wasn't surprised by the consistency or texture, however dc was - he was a bit dubious.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall? I prefer it, however dc prefers the smoother peanut butter. I think it compares very well to other brands. It is too sweet and seems to be a more natural product than other brands.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not? I would rather it was somewhat cheaper, however I would pay this amount for this product.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook? We ate it on own (I did any way), on bread and toast. I did not get around to using it in a recipe. (Sorry) I saw the product in our local Sainsburys in the larger size, so I will probably buy that soon and then I will attempt the peanut butter cookies.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, I would recommend the peanut butter to family and friends. It really is yummy.

Kendodd Tue 17-Sep-13 15:04:13

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

Similar to expected, not at all salty though.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

We did a taste test with Tesco own brand, Tesco won, sorry.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

No, see above

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

For the taste test we had then on their own.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think so.

SaltySeaBird Wed 18-Sep-13 07:48:18

Non tester - I prefer smooth!

gazzalw Wed 18-Sep-13 09:44:30

Non-tester - crunchy particularly for using in Thai cooking!

Smooth for peanut and jello sandwiches - yum!

AllThatGlistens Wed 18-Sep-13 09:48:20

Non tester - I currently have a jar of crunchy in for DH and I and a jar of smooth for the DCs!

Love the stuff grin

DifferentNow Wed 18-Sep-13 10:26:28

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

The DC didn't like the big bits of peanut and said it tasted salty. I was surprised as they really like peanuts and are good at trying new things. I think that they were disappointed it wasn't tastier.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

We don't usually buy peanut butter.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I think this is fairly reasonably priced.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

We had it on toast.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I can't really imagine chatting about peanut butter!

iwanttoscream Wed 18-Sep-13 11:43:18

q1 I liked the consistancy, texture and flavour. But my kids prefer smooth peanut butter.
q2 I would buy it for myself.
q3 I would buy it when it's on special offer.
q4 I had mine on toast and in a sandwich. Will try out a recipe at the weekend.
q5 If it came up in conversation i would.
I am a tester

BadlyWrittenPoem Wed 18-Sep-13 11:59:14

I prefer smooth.

rightsaidthread Wed 18-Sep-13 12:46:44

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

We all liked the consistency, really strong peanut taste.



Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

We much preffered Whole Earth, our normal brand is very cheap and it really made us notice the difference in quality.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

We would pay £1.99 for a smaller jar. Probably wouldn't buy a bigger jar as only two of us eat peanut butter so a small jar lasts ages

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

Peanut butter was eaten on toast. Dd is planning some peanut butter fudge with the remainder if the jar

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes definitely really enjoyed the flavour

scrappydappydoo Wed 18-Sep-13 12:50:43

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
I loved the texture and taste -felt like I was actually eating peanuts.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
We normally get supermarket own brand - I preferred whole earth as it was less greasy

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
As much as loved whole earth - price wins everytime so this would be a little on the expensive side - I would definitely buy it if on offer.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
I love peanut butter sandwiches with and without jam smile I also love to spread it on apple slices for a healthier snack

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend as it does seem better quality taste wise.

TheHuffAndPuffALot Wed 18-Sep-13 13:07:54

Non tester here.

I hadn't eaten peanut butter since I was at school some 20-odd years ago. It was only once I started weaning dd that I bought some. We have smooth but personally I prefer crunchy.

I liked that it tastes more of peanuts than of sugar (we had the crunchy jar), but the children said it wasn't sweet enough (heathens!).
Some of the nuts were almost whole, it could have done with being a little more consistent.
The RRP is quite high, I'd prefer a larger jar (or even a tub) that cost less per gram of peanut butter.
it's nice and nutty, but I'd have thought you should aim at making this the first peanut butter a child tastes, so they don't have the sweet stuff to compare it to.

HALA Wed 18-Sep-13 13:37:57

I love the taste of crunchy peanut butter !

malteser17 Wed 18-Sep-13 15:35:30

I'm not a tester but I always buy Whole Earth peanut butter because it's less sweet than the other varieties. And it's got to be crunchy all the time (apart from when I start feeding it to my son in a few months in which case I will relent and buy smooth) I love peanut butter and jam on toast (yes, on the same slice!).

halcyondays Wed 18-Sep-13 17:41:01

I prefer crunchy, so does dd1. DD2 doesnt like peanut butter.

applebread Wed 18-Sep-13 18:10:05

We get both sorts. I use the smooth sort to put a bit of protein into pancake mix or biscuits and I use the crunchy stuff on toast when I'm not eating it straight from the jar.

VerySmallSqueak Wed 18-Sep-13 19:24:22

I really really fancy crunchy peanut butter,right now.
That's it really.

Thatsinteresting Wed 18-Sep-13 19:53:13

Smooth for the toddler, crunchy for everyone else.

thecatfromjapan Wed 18-Sep-13 20:06:31

I have made, so far, peanut butter chicken - sold to the children as Satay Chicken Tortillas.

I'm going to make peanut butter milkshake at some point, too.

I'm a bit late to the thread on account of my children having eaten the original jar of peanut butter and it's replacement. We do get through a lot of peanut butter, but I had explained to them that I needed to cook something particular and could they just leave this jar ... it appears not. Oh well.

Q1. It was as expected, since we do buy Whole Earth as a rule. We buy the crunchy version. The tasters like it very much. Too much, frankly. <still cross>

Q2. We've done taste testing on most brands. Whole Earth has a more intense, less salty-sweet flavour. It does pack the peanut punch.

I really like peanuts: I like the Caribbean drink "Peanut Punch" and I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and peanut butter milkshake. Naming no names, but other supermarket brands don't really come close.

To be honest, I remember Meridian being quite good - and I saw the poster on the other thread saying that they don't use palm oil - I am tempted to hunt them down (because of the palm oil), but they are available mainly in health stores - which are a schlep - whereas Whole Earth in in supermarkets (convenient).

Q3. We're pretty much a peanut butter/honey household. They are our indulgences, and I am willing to put cost below taste as a consideration when it comes to buying these two items. I quite ruthlessly don't look at the prices for peanut butter and honey. I think I am parsimonious and careful elsewhere in the budget, so I can choose to not think about the cost here. I do think about the taste, though.

Q4. so far I have cooked Satay Chicken Tortillas. It was supposed to be Satay Chicken Lollipops but I was a bit tired, and this was a very quick meal ... with almost no washing-up afterwards (ha!).

As I said, I would have cooked more, and hopefully will cook more, but you have to be pretty darn quick in this house to get the peanut butter.

thecatfromjapan Wed 18-Sep-13 20:08:15

Oops.

Q5. Would I recommend it?

Yes. If you like peanuts, this is the sort of peanut butter you want.

thecatfromjapan Wed 18-Sep-13 20:11:22

Honestly, I am tired and headache-y tonight.

"Its" not "it's" - I cannot believe I did that with a possessive. <sad face>

and ...

... what I meant to begin with, I shall finish with ...

... Thank You. I very much enjoyed receiving a parcel, and the family really enjoyed the peanut butter that was in that parcel. It was lovely. smile

Not a tester: crunchy. And I like the organic (red top) better than the normal (green top). And I but whole earth because it doesn't have added sugar.

ViviDeBeauvoir Wed 18-Sep-13 21:06:42

Crunchy!

There's nothing quite like a hot toasted peanut butter and jam sandwich.

2 slices of white sandwich bread, toasted.
One slice slathered in peanut butter (whole earth is actually my peanut butter of choice because it tastes peanutty and not synthetic) so it melts a little bit.
On the other slice; bonne maman strawberry jam with lots of strawberries in it.

Slap them together and cut in half.

Devour. Mmmmmm.

Tester

Good texture and flavour. Not sweet and not gloopy.

I liked it more than some of the supermarket brands which can be a bit greasier.

Price is OK as I would expect to pay a bit more for a healthy
version.

I made some peanut butter and honey flapjacks for the children to have after school.

If someone mentioned they were looking for alternative to supermarket own brands or well known commercial brands I would suggest they tried it.

Therealamandaclarke Thu 19-Sep-13 02:39:24

Non tester.
Love crunchy and smooth.
FYI: you should store opened jar of peanut butter in the fridge, I believe, to prevent growth of mould spores that can grow on the peanut skin.

Non tester but DHs favourite peanut butter in the world is Whole Earth peanut butter.

florencebabyjo Thu 19-Sep-13 08:01:13

Hi, I am a tester and this was a tasty challenge!
Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting? They loved the crunchy texture and it was what I expected it to be. Nice chunks and a good mixture of smooth and pieces.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall? It was much less salty than the others with a good naturally sweet taste.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
Yes, on taste alone I prefer this one.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook? I did have a few sneaky spoonfulls straight out of the jar, but we had it in sandwiches, made peanut pork balls with satay sauce and also mini peanut and chocolate pies which was gorgeous. I did have to buy another jar as we got carried away.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, it was a great texture and taste and would be happy to recommend it.

addle Thu 19-Sep-13 08:50:06

Q1. Really enjoyed it; crunchier and fuller taste.

Q2. Nicer, less greasy, more taste.

Q3. Don't think there's anything wrong with the RRP but personally it would depend on finances and would devolve back to usual brand if skint

Q4. on toast with jam for breakfast/on toast with sliced banana for hangover cure/on toast with sliced fresh tomato and sprinkling of salt for treat

Q5. Have done when talking about testing it, said it was delicious

apatchylass Thu 19-Sep-13 11:15:26

Tester here too. We got the crunchy.

1. Loved the texture and flavour, though DS prefers smooth normally.

2. It didn't taste too palm oil-y, which was a surprise as I don't like palm oil and it usually taints food imo, but this just tasted of nuts and salt. I liked the salty flavour and that it had no sugar, as the supermarket brands tend to taste a lot more processed. (The salt content was fine btw - we all need some salt in the diet and this is a tasty way to have it.)

3. The price is good value for what it is, but I would tend towards cheaper brands these days simply because the budget is tight.

4. Mostly just eaten and enjoyed on hot toast but I used the last of it to make a citrussy curry with skinned boned chicken thighs, coconut milk, lots of grated fresh ginger and the zest and juice of 2 limes, a lemon and an orange, plus a bit of turmeric, cumin and fenugreek powder, cooked with butternut squash and peas, served with brown rice. Lovely! Sorry, I didn't take a photo as DC scoffed it down before I had a chance. But the peanut butter gave a lovely savoury density to the sauce. I'd do it again, and would buy Whole Earth for this recipe as I don't think cheaper brands with sugar in would work well.

5. Yes

BigGapMum Thu 19-Sep-13 11:18:18

Not a tester.
It's crunchy all the way in this house. You can't beat those little lumps of nuts.
We love peanut butter cookies too.

Loved the crunchy version. It's much more intensely peanutty than any other nut butter I have tried. As well as being good on toast/ in sandwiches/ on celery it's got enough flavour to cook with. The fact that it has no sugar means can use it while low carbing. Love it.

jennymac Thu 19-Sep-13 15:40:18

Crunchy definitely!

SweetSeraphim Thu 19-Sep-13 18:08:28

Tester...

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

One of mine loved it, the other hated it! Personally I thought it was delicious. Just the right amount of proper peanutty texture.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

Much better. It's very flavoursome, and I love that it's natural.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I would be happy to pay it, although I suspect I'll have to buy a cheaper one as well for dd.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

We had it on toast and in a peanut butter and banana wrap.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Definitely. I'm a convert!

Lotstodo Thu 19-Sep-13 20:21:29

I love Whole Earth peanut butter and much prefer crunchy especially melted into toast.

hjmiller Fri 20-Sep-13 05:31:55

I wasn't a tester but love Whole Earth and am crunchy all the way!

SmeeHee Fri 20-Sep-13 10:35:57

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?

DS1 (6) wasn't keen on the crunchy bits, but then he isn't a big fan of peanut butter anyway. DS2 (2) and I both liked it.

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?

I used to have crunchy SunPat as a child but have always bought smooth SunPat for the children (out of habit more than anything else, although don't know why I started on the smooth rather than crunchy). When directly comparing the Whole Earth peanut butter with the SunPat it definitely tasted less sweet but I don't know if I'd notice it otherwise. The children didn't comment on any differences in flavour, just the texture.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?

I've never really considered the price aspect but I'm now having to watch what I spend so have just checked the prices of other brands on a supermarket website and I am shock at the difference in price. SunPat costs about 46.5p per 100g and Waitrose Organic is 58.5p so I'm afraid that I won't be buying Whole Earth!

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?

Ate it on toast. Haven't cooked with it yet but I'm planning on making a satay sauce or maybe cookies.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes - if money really isn't an issue for them!

poopoopoo Fri 20-Sep-13 11:24:51

I prefer crunchy, but kids like it smooth!

fiddlemethis Fri 20-Sep-13 11:46:21

Hi there, I am a taster so here is my feedback.

Q1. What did you/your DCs think of the consistency, texture and flavour of Whole Earth peanut butter? Was this similar/different to what you were expecting?
We all loved the consistency of this, its not really sticky and gloopy, the taste is great, not too sickly. DD loves it so much she likes to have a snack of peanut butter fingers as per Joey from friends (dip fingers in peanut butter, scoop out, eat)

Q2. If you have tried other peanut butter brands before, how do you think Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter compared overall?
I think this peanut butter is the best I have eaten so far, we have tried other brands along with this one before this taste test and this is the brand we now buy regularly.

Q3. The RRP for 227g of Whole Earth Crunchy Original peanut butter is £1.99 and 454g is £3.19. Would you be happy to pay this? If so, why. If not, why not?
I'm happy to pay this bit extra for the no added sugar and other additives. The fewer ingredients the better as far as I am concerned. I am disappointed to see palm oil as an ingredient though.

Q4. How did you eat your peanut butter product? On its own? On toast? Did you use it in a recipe? If so, what did you cook?
We ate it on toast, on fruited loaf, on rich tea biscuits as an after school snack, its lovely. Oh and dd obviously enjoyed peanut butter fingers. I don't think I would cook with it though, it would make the recipe quite expensive if I were making something like cookies which would need a large amount, I would probably use a cheaper peanut butter.

Q5. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Whole Earth peanut butter to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes definitely, I have already recommended it to my mother prior to this taste test.

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 20-Sep-13 15:17:28

My Dd asked me to buy her some 'healthy' peanut butter and yours was the healthiest I could find in Asda. I chose smooth organic. As others have said, not entirely happy about the added salt or palm oil. I eat pb on a tasted bagel or from a dish with a stick of celery.
Id love it if you did other nut butters (but without the palm oil or salt).

BeCool Fri 20-Sep-13 15:24:53

I was a crunchy peanut butter fan for years and years. I never ate smooth at all! Then one day, in my 30's, I just changed to smooth. Now I only buy crunchy to make satay sauce!

Thank you Whole Earth for your sugar free peanut butter!!!

Perfection for me is Vogels Sunflower & barley toast, with smooth peanut butter and a cup of coffee. OMG it rocks!!

Tobagostreet Fri 20-Sep-13 15:41:52

No contest - crunchy every time.

It just feels more wholesome and natural when you eat it.

Smooth has that uncanny knack for sticking to your palate and making eating it (despite the wonderful flavour) an overall unpleasant experience.

Littlecherublegs Fri 20-Sep-13 15:52:48

Non tester - I like it smoooooooth!

Scrambledchocpancake Fri 20-Sep-13 15:53:12

I thought that I would like the crunchy peanut butter best but I realised very quickly that I prefered the smooth much more! I am just glad that my DDs don't really like it much at the moment so it is all mine!!!! grin

pants228 Fri 20-Sep-13 15:53:20

crunchy but also a bit partial to smooth!

atrociouscook Fri 20-Sep-13 15:57:44

I prefer the crunchy one, but saw a recipe to make a cream filling for cookies using smooth peanut butter. I used Whole Earth and it made an absolutely delicious filling with butter, single cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract. I didn't tell the children what was in it, as they do not like peanut butter, and when I did they were amazed and said they wanted to try peanut butter again - Success!

katiewalters Fri 20-Sep-13 16:19:28

I will only eat smooth peanut butter. I have it on toast with jam

Slippysnow Fri 20-Sep-13 16:32:40

Non tester: I love crunchy! I have it mixed into my porridge to give it some texture. I also love it as a treat on toast with honey or jam !

boatclub Fri 20-Sep-13 16:33:46

I am a tester. DS and I both liked the taste and texture. So far we've had it on toast and in sandwiches. The price is OK - midway between supermarket own brand and posh ones like meridian. If cost wasn't an issue I'd prefer a peanut butter which didn't have added ingredients especially salt and palm oil but at the moment price is an issue and I definitely preferred whole earth to some of the claggy, overly sweet own brand ones I've tried. We like crunchy best.

I only ever buy crunchy peanut butter, and will buy whole earth peanut butter if it is a good price - I do think it is a nicer product.

I don't use peanut butter in cooking a lot, but I do use it in Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meal satay kebabs (and it goes down a treat with the family). I sometimes make fridge cake/tiffin, and put peanut butter in that - I like the saltiness it adds to the chocolate.

We are a crunchy family. It's nice to have some texture and it's great it cookies too

Highanddry Fri 20-Sep-13 16:48:29

Crunchy for me definitely although will take smooth in an emergency - better smooth than no peanut butter.

Rollerskaterabbit Fri 20-Sep-13 17:02:09

None tester. Love the crunchy one the most!

cosysocks Fri 20-Sep-13 17:05:46

Crunchy all the way.

CozyOtter Fri 20-Sep-13 17:15:49

Smooth smile

ShatnersBassoon Fri 20-Sep-13 17:15:52

I prefer smooth, but I'll eat any.

Non tester: crunchy. Every single time.

maxybrown Fri 20-Sep-13 17:22:09

I've only recently discovered whole earth peanut butter and it is soooo much better! Crunchy for us though, I feel it has more ummm substance grin

treaclesoda Fri 20-Sep-13 17:32:12

Also a non tester. A huge lover of crunchy peanut butter though!

Not a tester, but I love Whole Earth peanut butter - doesn't matter if it's smooth or crunchy - love them both! lol and glad to be able to buy an unsweetened peanut butter in my local Asda! ;)

Nicola27 Fri 20-Sep-13 17:50:46

Not a tester. We as a family like both but if I had to choose I'd say I probably buy more smooth than crunchy.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 20-Sep-13 18:00:05

I only like smooth , out of the jar by the spoonful ! DH likes crunchy so we have to have two lots on the go grin

hanahsaunt Fri 20-Sep-13 18:36:08

Non-tester but big lover of peanut butter - has to be crunchy though! Love it spooned straight from the jar, pb and many assorted item sandwiches, cookies, satays etc. A most versatile foodstuff smile

Lilymaid Fri 20-Sep-13 18:40:45

I love Whole Earth Crunchy Peanut Butter - like the fact there is no added sugar (but it is naturally sweet enough for me). Would like it not to contain Palm Oil - any chance of a change to a more ecologically friendly oil?

Glitterfairys Fri 20-Sep-13 18:48:31

I wasn't a tester but definitely crunchy peanut butter all the way grin

nocake Fri 20-Sep-13 18:48:36

At the moment we have Whole Earth Smooth Peanut Butter. I'd rather have crunchy but my toddler sucks the bits of peanut and leaves them on the table.

IncaAztec Fri 20-Sep-13 19:23:34

Non-tester - Smooth all the way.

maggiemou Fri 20-Sep-13 19:50:46

we are huge fans of peanut butter - I love crunchy peanut butter smile

gingercat12 Fri 20-Sep-13 19:55:08

We love it smooth on a toast with a banana grin.

Gumgardener321 Fri 20-Sep-13 19:59:53

Not a tester.
Crunchy for me and DS. Great on crackers just before a run

KuppiKahvia Fri 20-Sep-13 20:01:26

Non tester here.
We always have both Crunchy and smooth in. Dd1 and DH only like Crunchy, dd2 only likes smooth and I like smooth on sandwiches and Crunchy on toast!!
LOVE whole earth as it is all natural, it is expensive though, I stock up whenever it's on offer!

Chulita Fri 20-Sep-13 20:44:35

Always crunchy in this house, we add it to porridge and smoothies and the little bits make it more interesting!

Non-tester but a big "clean" peanut butter fan!

PastaBeeandCheese Fri 20-Sep-13 20:58:47

Smooth 'pea-ut' for 22 month old DD and I. We love it much to DH's horror.

kateandme Fri 20-Sep-13 22:36:46

think they should do a half and half jar as i am very much a where the mood takes me on smooth or crunchysmile

MaeBea Fri 20-Sep-13 22:48:38

We are crunchy all the way! Non tester here, but my kids have it for breakfast almost everday (sometimes lunch too). Ilike it because it ensures they have some protein, but is much quicker and easier than alalternatives such as scrambled eggs. Also is easier for them to eat when they are tired.

I also love it in a sweet potato stew.

I only buy smooth for baking.

Whole Earth is the only brand I like. Others don't taste of much. But then, I think I may have been raised on it - but in the '80s you had to stir the jar vigorously as the top was all oil and the bottom dry as dust.

Jinty64 Fri 20-Sep-13 22:58:39

Shocking but, I have only ever eaten smooth peanut butter. It has never occurred to me to buy crunchy. I will buy some tomorrow.

Cherrygrape Sat 21-Sep-13 06:51:41

Non tester here, smooth for sure!!

MrsMaryCooper Sat 21-Sep-13 07:18:46

Non tester. I prefer crunchy - DH prefers smooth but will eat either!

puggywug81 Sat 21-Sep-13 08:39:35

Non tester, I love love love crunchy peanut butter, This has been one of my cravings I eat it straight from the jar or put it on cheese and onion crisp sandwiches mmmm!

lottytheladybird Sat 21-Sep-13 08:57:19

Not a tester, but I prefer crunchy!! smile

bealos Sat 21-Sep-13 09:46:57

I always buy crunchy - great for curries and satay sauces, and the occasional peanut butter on toast.

When I was a kid, we used to go to the health food shop when we'd see - literally before our eyes - whole peanuts being crushed and turned into peanut butter. If I remember rightly, there was a dial that you could turn to go from smooth to crunchy. This was 100% peanuts which makes me a little skeptical about Whole Earth's claim of 97% peanuts - what's in the other 3%. Am sure Whole Earth is infinitely better than other brands such as Sunpat or supermarket own though which seem to have loads of added sugar and salt.

Crunchy definitely, but I'm not very healthy with peanut butter I'm afraid - I add extra salt because it tastes better and then eat it on toast with raspberry jam (salty and sweet mmmmmmm)

cheryl59 Sat 21-Sep-13 10:39:07

I prefer crunchy but the kids prefer smooth so we buy both !

NotAFeminist Sat 21-Sep-13 11:15:47

Non-Tester: I haven't had peanut butter in years! So who knows if I still like it or not? I know when we were kids, my parents always bought the smooth Sunpat stuff which was nice. I loved it with jam on toast! I haven't tried it with DC yet but I'm sure I'll get around to it and will probably start with the smooth kind because of the whole peanut allergy thing! :D

bealos what an interesting experience!! like your very own charlie and the chocolate factory experience... but with peanuts! ooh... has there ever been a chocolate peanut butter? that would be fun!

AllSWornOut Sat 21-Sep-13 16:05:56

I'm not a fan of peanut butter on toast, but it's chunky all the way for cookies!

Carlat86 Sat 21-Sep-13 16:24:21

Got to be crunchy otherwise what's the point. My little brother and I used mix it with chocolate spread in sandwiches and my mum has it with pickled onions! Peanut butter literally goes with anything - always a winner in our house.

loopyloou Sat 21-Sep-13 18:04:16

Non-tester here.

I prefer crunchy peanut butter smile

loopyloou Sat 21-Sep-13 18:04:51

P.S. ... off the spoon! shock

YoungBritishPissArtist Sat 21-Sep-13 18:44:04

I prefer crunchy, but when I use it in milkshakes I prefer smooth. I always buy Whole Earth grin <shines badge>

Punkatheart Sat 21-Sep-13 19:46:16

It has to be crunchy. Every time.

CourjorH Sat 21-Sep-13 21:03:50

None tester! We have both in the house because the people in our house that like it, like both!

Siri1 Sat 21-Sep-13 22:22:27

Non tester
Smooth is just claggy & makes your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth. Crunchy rocks!

DoctorGilbertson Sun 22-Sep-13 07:28:49

Non tester. I tend to buy on price rather than consistency. Local supplies therefore dictate that we usually eat crunchy and so on this basis crunchy is indeed our preference

newfashionedmum Sun 22-Sep-13 17:17:46

crunchy!! smooth sticks to the roof of your mouth...