Saturday, July 11, 2009

ORGANIC VEGETARIAN SUNLAND FLAVORED PEANUT BUTTER AT FANCY FOOD 2009


If you're the kind of person who thinks of peanut butter as something to quickly spread on a rice cake before heading out the door in the morning, then you probably haven't been missing the ten different varieties of organic peanut butter that Sunland makes. 

I eat the occasional peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich, but what I really enjoy is savory not sweet peanut-based dishes, soI had high hopes for this range of flavors, which is fairly evenly divided between sweet and salty or spicy. 

Unfortunately, I would have enjoyed the Vanilla Cranberry if it had had more tang. It seemed over-sweetened to me. The Onion Parsley was flat, more like unflavored peanut butter, with a strange aftertaste. The Southwestern was so spicy I could only see using it as a dip or sauce heavily diluted by another ingredient. 

Despite these reservations, I can't say enough good things about the Thai Ginger, which was spicy and complex, not heavy-handed yet strong enough to be part of a sauce. I'm thinking of trying a salad dressing with it as well. Versatile and delicious. 

With ten choices in the organic peanut butter range, and more beyond that (other nut butters as well) you might still want to check out this product for yourself. 
Though the peanut butters I've tasted have no gluten-containing ingredients, and I was told at the Show that all flavors are gluten-free, they are not produced in a gluten-free certified facility. I have consumed them with no ill effects, but you must take that into consideration if you are celiac and extremely sensitive. For more information, go to sunlandinc.com. 

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