The Best Peanut Butter Brands

By , Yasmin Sabir and Lauren McInnes, Woman's Day
Woman's Day editors tasted 65 jars of the sandwich staple to determine these top picks. (Someone had to do it!) But before you see the winners, learn some necessary PB lingo.

Peanut butter has to be at least 90% peanuts with no artificial sweeteners, 
flavorings or preservatives—otherwise it must be labeled peanut butter spread.

Natural peanut butters don’t contain hydrogenated oils as stabilizers, so they may separate (you’ll see peanut oil at the top of the jar) and need to be stirred.

TIP: After the oil’s been stirred into natural peanut butter, store the jar upside down. Then you won’t need to restir before every use. 

Peanut butter contains heart-healthy fats, but reduced-fat versions replace these with less nutritious carbs or extra sugar. Choose the healthiest options: unsweetened or ones with only peanuts as the ingredient. 

Planters Regular Creamy

New on the scene in 2012, this thick, rich spread is bursting with old-fashioned roasted peanut flavor. Just one taste will confirm to you that Planters knows their nuts. ($2.49 for 16.3 oz)
Jif Regular Extra Crunchy

With a healthy handful of crisp, coarsely chopped peanuts and just the right amount of salt, this age-old classic truly stands the test of time. ($3.59 for 18 oz)
Peter Pan Natural Crunchy

Of all the peanut butters tasted, this all-natural option was the most jam-packed with real peanut pieces, making it a dream come true for PB-lovers who prefer the extra crunch. ($2.99 for 16.3 oz) 

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The article recommends non-sugar peanut butters, but then highlights three brands that use sugar in most of their peanut butters. (Well I know at least Jif and Peter Pan do ... I would assume Planter's does too.) Growing up, the classic taste of peanut butter that we get used to is heavily sweetened, so sweetened peanut butter tastes the best until we get used to eating non-sweetened peanut butters. Report
What really matters are the nuts! Most types of peanuts produce a mold which is what is causing all the allergic reactions with people. “Aflatoxins are naturally occurring mycotoxins that are produced by many species of Aspergillus, a fungus.” They are toxic and “among the most carcinogenic substances known.” There is only one type of nut that is not susceptible to the growth of Aflotoxins and that is Valencia peanuts. READ LABELS.
We buy Smucker's Natural Creamy. My husband is addicted to it. Report
I am a Jif girl. Love my Jif :) Report
I really like the Costco Kirkland Organic peanut butter. Great value (two 28 oz jars for $12) and only the basic ingredients. Make sure you get the organic kind. Same stir in oil process. This product went away for a year or so, but it is back! I bought Smuckers before and it was pretty good, but pricey. Report
mmm...was wondering what to have for an evening snack - needed a bit more protein for the day...this inspired me to have some celery and PB! I love any of the natural varieties, and also love one called Naturally More - it has flaxseed in it. Yummy! Report
Smuckers crunchy Natural. Only added ingredient is salt. Report
Thank you Sparkpeople for the article. One of my favorites is Trader Joe's smooth. However, I understand that you wouldn't include this since it isn't as widely available as supermarket brands. I'm also a Teddy's All Natural PB fan. And as a couple others have suggested, if you store natural pb in the refrigerator, you don't need to stir it every time you use it. Report
I like a natural that doesn't need to be stirred, but as long as the ingredients are just peanuts and salt, I am happy. I wish I lived close to a store where you can just put the peanuts into a grinder and get the amount you want.
I only buy one brand of peanut butter, and that's Nature's Promise Peanut Butter. I don't mind stirring it. I store it upside down, which seems to cut down on how much stirring I need to do. When it's on sale, I stock up, buying 5 - 6 jars for my pantry. I go through a jar fairly quickly even though I only have half a serving at a time (1 spoon versus the serving size of 2 spoons). I switch up and get almond butter and cashew butter sometimes. For those I like Trader Joe's. Report
I actually prefer Almond butter but have been eating mainly natural peanut butter lately. The Planters is GREAT!!! I just recently started buying that. I also like Peter Pan Honey Natural Peanut Butter No Stir. Personally, I can eat peanut butter for EVERY meal! I like crunchy natural too. I buy Kroger's brand for that. Thanks for sharing. ENJOY my healthy fats! Blessings! Report
I generally stick with the same brands but only smooth - crunchy is disgusting. Report
A big thumbs down on this article. Everything from a photo with white bread to advocating grossly adulterated products. Shame on you, Sparko. What do I want in peanut butter? Peanuts... no pesticides - so make that organic peanuts - and nothing else (OK maybe a little salt, but I am fine without it.) Jiff??? Peter Pan??? gimme a break Report
I really love peanut butter, but the high fat content, even though they are healthy fats makes it definitely a sometimes splurge. The rest of the time (almost daily), I substitute with peanut flour that I mix with water and a pinch of salt and sweetener. It still contains a little bit of the healthy fats, but MUCH reduced. I also use it in cooking, baking, smoothies and anywhere else that you would use peanut butter or want peanut flavor since it is made with 100% pure peanuts. Report
I go to Ingles and buy Olde Style honey roasted peanut butter .... you grind the peanuts right there and fill up the container. ALL NATURAL! Nothing added! Love it .... but have to exercise will power because I can eat PB by the spoon full! :/ Report
I love peanut butter, but the calories and fat make it a "splurge" item. My favorite way is in a smoothie, but I've discovered "peanut flour". In a smoothie, it is delicious and 1/4 cup is only 110 calories, 4 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbs and you even get 4 grams of fiber. Protein Plus is the brand I use, but there are a few different ones out there. Report
I only buy it if the only ingredient is "Peanuts" so nothing that Sparkpeople recomends. I'll think for myself on this one sparkpeople Report
I'm not so much a peanut butter eater, but my husband buys, Kraft Smooth. I'd love to try Planters. I do like peanut butter on my toast. I only eat it, if I'm in the restaurant, though. Normally, I don't eat, a lot of bread, either. Report
I always used to get Peter Pan Creamy (didn't eat much and creamy because I'm not really a peanut fan). Now I look at labels and get whatever is the least expensive natural with just peanuts and salt or once in a while it will have sugar if that is all I can find. Sometimes get the stuff that is ground at the natural food store. Report
In Canada we have a brand called blue menu for products that are very healthy not neccesarily low in calories though. That is my favorite PB Report
SP, quit pushing "frankenfoods"! How gullible do you think your readers are?

I only eat organic 100% peanuts/salt in a glass jar peanut or other nut butter. Report
I only like Jif creamy. I've tried many others and this one is the only one that has the right consistency and taste for me! Report
I cannot stress this enough. ALL Natural and ORGANIC! No salt no sugar and when it comes to peanut butter ORGANIC. Peanuts are highly sprayed with pesticides and are a ground nut. So if I must buy peanut butter this is what I look for. Report
best p'nut butter is pb2. All the oils are taken out , it is a powder. you rehydrate it with whatever you want, water, honey, oil, or jelly. so it saves you all the sugar and fat or however much sugar and fat you want to save. stays on your shelf indefinitely. great product.
Overall I found this article to be misleading and uninformative. Most of the brands mentioned contain sugar, of all things, and some contain other UN-natural ingredients. I'm with the people who think SP should be more discerning. I also don't like articles that take me off the SP site.

Now, to answer the question. I happen to live in Mexico where it can be difficult to find natural peanut butter. I can find Laura Scudder -- at about $8 US per jar, but it's worth it. Simply peanuts and salt. If I want a sweet taste, I add jam or honey to my bread.

BTW, I also make my own almond butter sometimes for a change. Report
I use Wal-Mart brand "no stir creamy natural". It has roasted peanuts, palm oil, salt and sugar. It has less calories than JIF and it's creamier. Report
I have been using Teddie for years--it is the best peanut butter unless you make your own! There should only be two ingredients for peanut butter--peanuts and salt--for those who do not want or need salt--then there should only be one ingredient--peanuts! Anything else is not peanut butter! Report
I'm going to have to give this article a big "NO GO." Neither one of the brand name peanut butters mentioned contain simply two ingredients that a natural peanut butter should contain; that is, "Peanuts, salt." Period. The cheap brands like Jif and Peter Pan remove the peanut oil and sell it--they replace it with palm oil or another less expensive type of oil. Bottom line, if there are more than two ingredients and they're not peanuts and salt, leave it on the shelf. Report
I've never heard of Teddy natural peanut butter. I've been using Skippy as it's the healthiest I've found (without going organic). Report
I that REALLY white bread in the photo? [**gasp**] Report
I too am a BIG Teddie fan... I love that it has 2 ingredients! Salt and peanuts. Can't beat that! Report
So lucky here in Northern California. I go down to my local Natural Foods Coop and choose the organic locally grown almonds and grind my own butter. Just almond. Nothing else. Put it in a smallish sterilized jar I've brought from home and it easily lasts a week... or more. We just finish it in a week because it's super simple and yummy to get it fresh weekly. Report
Kraft Natural is the only PB I buy. Avoiding trans fats and added sugar is important to me. I love that peanut butter is healthy & offers great taste as well as versatility. Report
Organically grown peanuts make the best PNB. Conventionally grown peanuts are heavy pesticide users, so I only buy organic. And preferably in glass jars. Yep, I'm a peanut butter purist! Report
I've been a big fan of Teddie's All Natural peanut butter for years. I love the super crunchy ! I've found that if you don't want to stir the natural peanut butter, store it in the frig. it won't separate.

For years I've enjoyed organic Laura Scudders Peanut Butter and Adam's Peanut Butter (but only when I traveled - they were not available in my home town). I would put up with Smuckers natural peanut butter. At some point, Smuckers bought out both Laura Scudders and Adams. In the process, Smuckers got the management secrets that allowed their Smucker branded peanut butter to taste better...and in some areas, the Laura Scudders label is still produced and sold. I've not seen if that's the case for Adam's (as I'm in Kansas and the only place I'd ever seen Adam's was in Hawaii on vacation.).. Smuckers has since come out with an organic natural peanut hopefully one could possibly "assume" that these are also non-GMO, although I'm not holding my breath.

In general, I refuse to buy peanut butter in plastic jars, because I'm just not confident that the oils etc don't pick up some of the plastics - that's just not been proven to my satisfaction, and I've noticed I will taste a plasticy aftertaste in my PB. I just prefer it in glass jars and then I'm happy to stir the oil back in (I got a cool peanut butter stirrer tool that fits through a PB jar lid and the "paddle" scrapes around the sides of the jar and really helps to mix in the oil and the peanut butter.). Report
PB2 by Bell Plantation! Nothin but roasted peanuts, a little salt and a little sugar. Below are the nutrition facts:

Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Calories: 45
Total fat 1.5 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Trans fat 0.01 g
Cholesterol 0.01 mg
Sodium 94 mg
Total carbohydrate 5 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 5 g

If you like your peanut butter a little sweeter, you could technically add a 1/4 tsp of sugar and you'd never know how good for you it is!

My favorite is PB2 on top of the Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Granola Thins.
Another push by Spark People to get us to buy GMO nastiness. Report
I tried "Better Than Peanut Butter" because its half the calories/fat of regular PB, but beware! it's expensive (2X the price at $6 a jar!) and (to me) tastes awful! I
hoped it would be worth the price, but I'm going to have to mix it with regular PB just to use it up. Report
Since when did SP start runnng ads as thinly disguised health tips? Report
Skippy is my favorite, but looking at these others I may just have to try them. Report
My favorite is Krema! Just peanuts...not even salt added! Absolutely delicious! It needs to be stirred before the first use, but unlike some other natural brands, it does not need to be refrigerated so it is super easy to spread. Report
My favorite is Planter's. Cheaper (and in a slightly larger jar) is Jif (I get extra crunchy). My husband and daughter prefer the sweetness of Reese's... I can barely even eat that, because it's SO sweet. Someday, I want to try some other nut butters, but they're so darn expensive!! I've been thinking about making my own, but that's not particularly cheap, either. Report
Jif creamy for my family. Report
I mix 1/2 & 1/2 Smuckers natural crunchy with the peanuts I grind at the health food store--I like the lower level of sodium that results, but avoid the too-bland sweetness (for me) of completely unsalted peanut butter. Report
I make my own Peanut Butter at my local Health Food Store. 100% Peanuts and extremely delicious. Report
Smucker's All-Natural, chunky-style--sure you have to stir the oil back in, but you can also dump a little of it out and still get a great product for less fat. And with just peanuts, oil and a little salt you can't go wrong ;-) Report
Skippy natural for me or skippy natural with honey. Yummmm! Report
What about PB2? Report
I do like peanut butter, but I keep going back to almond butter. I recently ordered hazelnut butter over Amazon: heaven! It was runny so difficult to make banana, nut butter sandwiches with. But it was tasty! Experiment with different nut butters, it makes a world of difference! Report
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