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Planters Smooth Peanut Butter at Costco: Product Review

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while since I posted a review, but here you have it, better late than never. Lots of stuff going on in my life, which had to take precedence over my blog. But now I’m back, and back in style with some delicious ‘new’ Planters Smooth Peanut Butter. I bought this at Costco a few weeks ago, on the principle that it was a half-dollar cheaper than the Kraft, and I’d never tried it. It’s a new addition at my Costco, although I’m sure it’s been around for a while.

Planter's Smooth Peanut Butter (Costco size)

Planter’s Smooth Peanut Butter (Costco 2-kilogram size)

When it comes to taste, and after a week trial, I’m happy to say to I like it – so far – more than the Kraft, and more than the Skippy, although it’s always a tough to call a ranking on such products without having both side by side for a comparison.

What I found most noticeable, and my wife concurs, is that it tastes less sweet and has a much more pronounced peanut taste, a little reminiscent of natural peanut butter, without the astringent factor.

As far as the ingredients go, while sugar is still in second place, it’s good to see that it’s just regular sugar and not high fructose corn syrup or some other insanely addictive garbage. Here are the ingredients, in decreasing order of appearance:

  • Roasted peanuts
  • Sugar
  • Hydrogenated vegetable oil (cottonseed, soybean and/or rapeseed oil)
  • Salt
  • Fancy molasses
  • Peanut oil

I bought this jar on October 18th, 2015 for $7.49, and it contains 2 kilograms of peanut butter, for a per kilogram price of $3.75, or $1.70 a pound, which is pretty cheap, as you can normally find peanut butter at the supermarket for around $4-5 per 500 grams (pound).

The nutritional facts are completely identical to those of the Kraft Peanut Butter, 90 calories per serving, 12% fat daily value, 4% sugar, et cetera.

Since the nutritional value is the same, I must remain happy that the taste is better, with a richer peanut taste without the dryness that comes with natural peanut butter. You’ll notice that I mostly refer to the bottom half of natural peanut butter containers. The top half is disgustingly oily. I know you’re supposed to mix it, and I do. Still gross.

I’m not so crazy about the Planter’s Smooth Peanut Butter that I now need to have it *all the time*, but as long as it’s the same price or cheaper than the competition, I’ll always pick it. Tastes great, excellent value.

Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter at Costco: Product Review

I love peanut butter. I wish I could eat it every single day of my life. Oh wait. Thanks to Costco, I can, and it’s not very expensive, either. For some reason I’ve always thought that eating peanut butter was basically a complete meal. Not complete as in “your teeth won’t fall out eventually” but complete as you’d be OK and it would kill your appetite for a while.

This is why I was so happy when my favorite, the Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter, returned to Costco after a lengthy absence. That it costs only $5.89 (Canadian) for a massive 2 kilograms (that’s 4.4 pounds for the metrically impaired out there) was just the cherry on the Sundae.

Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter at Costco

Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter at Costco

During its disappearance from the Costco sales floor, it was replaced by Skippy Peanut Butter, which is not bad but not nearly as good, and by some awful natural peanut butter. I would love to review it, but I purchase everything I review (so far) so that’s not likely to happen anytime soon, thank you very much.

Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter Nutrition Facts

Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter Nutrition Facts

I always thought that peanut butter was protein heavy, but close inspection of the label suggested that it was not the meat-replacement juggernaut I wanted it to be.

What peanut butter does have, is plenty of unsaturated fat, and not too much of the saturated kind, which is the sort that your doctor warns you about .

I know that non-natural peanut butter, such as Kraft or Skippy, has plenty of added sugar in it, which is not good for you. That being said, look at the numbers on the nutrition fact. There’s not that much sugar in there. Barely more than proteins, in fact. The main component seems to be fat.

What peanut butter is, like all things with lots of fat, is highly calorific, even more than say, olive oil (80 calories per tablespoon). Combined with the proteins and the sugar, it makes for a pretty well-rounded food. Of course, I would not recommend basing your entire diet around it, unless you’re a college student, or you don’t care if all your teeth fall out because of scurvy.

The bottom line is that peanut butter is a great part of any diet, except for those who are allergic to peanuts. Then it should be avoided like the plague. But joking aside, few things are as good as a delicious English muffin with some margarine and lot of peanut butter. I’m not going to get into the smooth vs. crunchy debate. It’s shockingly obvious that smooth is better. If you want crunch stuff, eat some chips. In the meantime, make sure you pick up your Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter at your local Costco before they decide to replace it with a lesser product!

Update – April 13th, 2015 – I’ve finished the jar of Kraft peanut butter I opened on March 5th, 2015. This means that my family and I consumed 2 kilograms of peanut butter in 39 days, or a little over a month. At $5.89 for the jar, this means that our consumption of peanut butter cost me a little over 15 cents a day, which is quite acceptable, considering my wife made some awesome peanut butter cookies, too.

Now, to the bad news. The cost of the same Kraft peanut butter container, at Costco, is now $8.49, an increase of almost 70%. This means that assuming that my next jar lasts as long as the previous one, my daily peanut butter cost will go up to over 21 cents per day.

Considering that the Kraft peanut butter at Costco is still about 4 times cheaper than at the grocery store, I will reluctantly accept this increase and keep buying my peanut butter at Costco. Maybe I won’t spread it on so thick anymore, though!

Update – June 18th, 2015 – As Professor Farnsworth (of Futurama fame) would say, ‘Good news, everybody!’. My last jar of peanut butter, which I opened on April 13th, was finished today. Since it cost $8.49, and lasted 66 days (including today) it cost me 12.86 pennies a day for my peanut butter. I guess that since winter’s over my wife has made a lot less peanut butter cookies, so the 2 kilograms lasted longer. I another stroke of good luck, the Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter at Costco is down to $7.69. Hopefully it drops more by the time I need it again!

Skippy Smooth Peanut Butter Product Review

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sucker for peanut butter. I love it. Peanut butter is awesome on toast with butter or margarine, with honey, even with – gasp – cheddar cheese and sliced meat, or whatever else is around. I’m really not that difficult. You won’t be surprised to learn that consequently, I eat quite of bit of peanut butter. This is why I was so happy to find the Skippy Smooth Peanut Butter on special at my very favorite store, Costco!

Skippy Smooth Peanut Butter (Costco Item number 271231 in Canada)

Skippy Smooth Peanut Butter (Costco Item number 271231 in Canada)

Costco is the place to go to get large jars of the stuff you love, on special. This 2 kilogram, or 4.4-pound jar of Skippy Smooth Peanut Butter was only $6.99, which is a great price to start with.

Of course, with such large quantities of food, you always have to be mindful of the expiration date. In this case, the best before date for all my jars of peanut butter is January, 2015, so I’ve got plenty of time to get my protein on.Skippy Smooth Peanut Butter Nutritional Information

It does, however, get better. It was also on special, with $2 dollars off! I ended paying a mere $4.99 per jar, so I bought a few. Thankfully, I now have a room dedicated to hoarding extra stuff so all’s well. Don’t tell my wife. She thinks it’s the guest bedroom.

The problem, if it can called that, is to the right. Prepared, as opposed to natural peanut butter, is made awesome with the judicious addition of soybean oil, maltodextrin, icing sugar and of course everyone’s favorite, hydrogenated vegetable oil.

At the very least, this is not something for someone on a fat-free diet. Like all things, Skippy’s Smooth Peanut Butter, bought in large quantity while on special at Costco, is to be eaten in moderation… Jeez, who am I kidding? I eat it by the spoonful, 100 calories at a time. Needless to say, getting  natural peanut better is a much better option, even though it is not nearly as user-friendly, particularly near the bottom of the jar.

I ended up paying only $1.13 per pound of Skippy Smooth Peanut Butter when I bought it a couple of days ago (on special) from my local Costco. The number of pounds I bought will remain undisclosed at this time. Let’s just say I won’t run out anytime soon. If you’re interested in the topic, feel free to read this Wikipedia entry about the History of Peanut Butter.