March 1, 2012

National Peanut Butter Lover's Day

"No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut." - Channin Pollock

It's National Peanut Butter Lover's Day!

Sponsored by: Kettle Brand

When I was a sophomore in college I had started growing increasingly interested in organic foods. At the end of our semester, we were asked to write a ten page essay on something in the natural sciences world that we were passionate about. I wrote mine on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's). It was then that I learned of the evil empire - the Monsanto Company. They are the leader in biotechnology and are the number one advocates for why GMOs are an advantage in our economy.

Monsanto was also the company that introduced both PCB's and Agent Orange to the world.

Yum, right?

Years later I would read both "Skinny Bitch" and "Living Green" which would affirm my drive to not only eat organic, but to scrutinize ingredient lists on the foods I consumed. Why are we a society that's completely okay with eating things we can't pronounce?

For example: when I eat peanut butter, there should really only be one ingredient.

Peanuts (okay, and maybe oil).

Kettle Brand, a chip company that I've been a little in love with for a couple years now (as in: I've been known to polish off a bag of their Sweet Onion flavored chips), sent me some of their organic peanut butter to try for today's National Food Holiday. Which I was super excited about, since I had no idea it was something they even made. But apparently they had been making roasted nuts and other natural goodies for a few years before their chip endeavor even started in 1982.

Besides cranking out my own peanut butter at a natural foods store, this is exactly what I want from a peanut butter. It contains the only ingredient it should contain, it's got an ideal consistency throughout (there's no layer of oil floating on the top which happens with all-natural peanut butters), and it's actually more flavorful than you would expect. There's a mild, unexpected sweetness behind the rich, creamy peanut butter flavor.

What Kettle Brand promises, it delivers. They make handcrafted foods that contain absolutely nothing artificial, no trans fat, no preservatives, they use non-GMO ingredients, there's no gluten or MSG, they only use natural colors and flavors, and when you read the ingredients list you aren't stumbling over scientific looking words that you're secretly too afraid to Google.

I'm sure Kettle Brand peanut butter would taste awesome melted on toast. Or spread on celery, topped with raisins. I think it would be outstanding layered with cream cheese in-between pancakes (don't knock it 'til you try it), too. But I wanted to do something a little different in honor of today, so used it to make my own Thai-inspired sauce.

Happy National Peanut Butter Lover's Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.