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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