A foodie's quest to turn up the heat through strength and conditioning with whole food and a hungry mind.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Peanut Butter & Co Peanut Butter: A Sweet, Spicy, and Healthy Review

With a website address like ilovepeanutbutter.com, you know this company has some serious peanut butter lovers. Peanut Butter and Co offers 10 delicious, all natural peanut butters ranging from plain, decadent dark chocolate, and spicy cayenne-infused. If you haven't picked up one of their jars, don't wait any longer, to try.

I don't know of another peanut butter company that offers both a sweat inducing spicy pb and a super rich chocolate pb that will please anyone's tastes. Peanut Butter and Co graciously sent me their pure, Old Fashioned Crunchy and The Heat is On flavors to sample and review, and man am I glad they did!

I've noticed that most of the foodie bloggers out in bloggerdom (yes, it's a word; I looked it up in my brain) tend to love peanut butter, including me. If you're a fan of the peanuts and salt pb's, the Old Fashioned Smooth or Crunchy is a "must-try." If you want something a little sweeter, they offer the Smooth Operator or Crunch Time with a bit of added sweetness.  Although sweet foods are a real treat, plain pb suits me fine, and the Old Fashioned Crunchy was a delight on a sandwich or in a homemade protein dip.

On the topic of dips, The Heat Is On lives up to its name with four different spices; including Cayenne!  Just licking the spoon after stirring had my senses going at full throttle as sweat beads started to form.  How can anyone just dip or spread this on and still have taste buds left?  I am known to be extremely liberal with cayenne on just about everything, but this stuff is Hot!
The Heat Is On can really bring it on!  The heat, that is....

So in an effort to turn down the heat and have a delicious dip or spread as well, I decided to make a spicy cauliflower-carrot dip with The Heat Is On.  I added 1 cup each of steamed carrots and cauliflower, 1 heaping tablespoon of The Heat Is On peanut butter, 1 tablespoon honey mustard, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon cumin in a blender and mixed it all together.

The heat was still amazingly intense, but flavorful and addicting too.  I will make this again and add 1/2 cup of chickpeas or another bean for added protein and to use as a healthy filling in a wrap. It's basically hummus with peanut butter at that point; why not?  I haven't been using this dip as a dip at all because I enjoy plopping it on my salad at night for an extra spicy kick. Spicy peanut butter carrot dip dressing, anyone?

Check out Peanut Butter and Co's full line of pb's including White Chocolate Wonderful, The Bee's Knees, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, and Might Maple.  I think their names say it all and even my full stomach seems to set some room aside each time I think of these flavors. I'm not a fan of products with added sugar, and I loved that my samples of Old Fashioned Crunchy and The Heat Is On both had zero sugar added.

I'd like to thank Peanut Butter and Co for the opportunity to sample their quality peanut butter and can't wait to go try more. Maybe I'll get the Old Fashioned Smooth version for when I just want something creamy.  Straight from the jar or mixed into a healthy dip, their peanut butters are worth seeking out and trying.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a crunchy pb & chia jam sandwich to tend to; or do I want a spicy carrot dip?  Hmmm, maybe both! Have a wonderful Monday!
Vanilla pb protein dip. This big thing lasted only 2 days and it was all my doing to make it disappear!

Q: Have you tried Peanut Butter and Co before? What's your favorite flavor or one you'd like to try?


  1. i've been eyeing those nut butters for some time now and i'm thiiiis close to getting the heat is on! wait, i think you just pushed me over the edge!

    1. Awesome! You most definitely must try and let me know how badly it burns. Not that I wish you get hurt, but I swear the heat seems like it's ok at first, then 30 seconds later you're sweating and checking the ingredients.

      I love the spice and I love the runny nose, sweaty burny feeling I get.......weird? Yes, but I like it!!

  2. Hi RC!
    Ok! So I guess you aren't getting my emails? lol I sent one at 2:18 and then again two hours later to your work email addy. The last one included the aol account. The aol account bounced.

    I'm up for anything you want to send. No preferences. If you didn't get my 2 emails I will have to send my mailing address through Lindsay. I did see your two messages from last night and this afternoon.


    1. Hi Susie! We made contact! I actually just remembered we are both on Facebook and sent you a message through there. Hopefully you can just send your mailing address on the FB message.

      Please check and let me know if you didn't get the message. I sure hope that worked!


    2. Just sent a FB reply! thank you.