March 15, 2012

National Peanut Lover's Day

"Everyone has the talent to some degree: even making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you know whether it tastes better to you with raspberry jam or grape jelly; on chewy pumpernickel or white toast.” - Anna Shapiro

It's National Peanut Lover's Day!

Sponsored byCrofter's

I am totally fascinated by "the peanut butter and jelly sandwich," because it really is one of the most versatile foods out there. You can alter the entire sandwich - the flavor, the texture, the smell - depending on which bread, kind of peanut butter, or type of jelly/jam you use. Despite it being this idyllic Americana food, there truly is no standardized way of making it. I love that! It's the "universal" go-to (especially for school kid's lunches), yet it varies from region to region, subculture to subculture how it's made.

If ever there was a food that could unite a young country like ours . . . I'm thinking the peanut butter and jelly sandwich might have that ability!

Today was a special day for the foodie in me, because I got to try an entirely new fruit spread for my PB&J called Crofter's Organic. According to their website, they "take ripe, flavor-packed organic fruit; add as few things as possible; preserve, capturing peak fruit goodness; and, share with fellow fruit lovers for year-round delight." Sounds like a beautiful recipe to me!

I decided to try Crofter's Superfruit Spread, which are full of antioxidants since I've had a pretty rugged head cold all week. This new line by them offers four unique fruit combinations sourced from around the world that contain some well-known antioxidant rich-fruits which have been linked to a lower risk of age-related diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, along with having positive effects on cardiovascular health, stabilizing blood sugar and fighting inflammation (and hopefully help a food blogger get back on her feet!).

And: it tastes DELICIOUS. I tried Crofter's North America Superfruit Spread, because it features fruits from my neck of the woods: cranberries and blueberries, which have been used therapeutically for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. And as a girl who has grown up eating locally made blueberry spreads, I was interested to see how theirs might compare. But I was shockingly impressed. They truly capture that irresistible, comfortingly mellow, "made by the farmer's wife down the street" flavor (which I honestly didn't think was possible from a big company!). It's super chunky too, which I wasn't expecting, but was something I appreciated: I felt like I was actually eating blueberries and cranberries!

I feel good about my PB&J, too. All of Crofter's Organic spreads are organic (and also non-GMO Project Verified, which definitely puts my mind at ease) and have 1/3 less sugar than traditional jam meaning they have more fruit content. And, there are loads of options since they have 11 "Premium Spreads," 7 "Just Fruits", and 4 "Superfruits" choices.

So how do you make yours?

Me? I'm a blueberry beer bread, unsalted peanut butter, and Crofter's North America Superfruit toasted-on-a-grill-kinda of gal.

Happy National Peanut 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.