Monday, June 14, 2010

Natural Peanut Butter: Guest Post by Melissa Sonksen of Krema and Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter

My mom and Melissa were roommates on a Study Abroad to Europe back in their college days.  They have kept in contact all of these years and see each other from time to time.  Krema and Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter is a family owned company based out of Dublin, Ohio.  I asked Melissa to share a few things about their natural peanut butter and why it has been rated one of the best natural peanut butter's out on the market.  Trust me, this stuff is really good. They sent me some of their creamy and chunky and it's already gone.  I love that the only ingredient is peanuts.  

"Do you feel this good about everything you eat?" That's one of our slogans. Apparently Men's Health Magazine, Prevention Magazine and Cooking Light Magazine agree as they have named our Peanut Butters in the listings of their top favorite healthy foods. They love our single ingredient, minimal processing, and top quality ingredients as some of the reasons they recommend us to their readers. We were also featured on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda on March 10, 2010. They Loved tasting our Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter and they especially loved the smooth and creamy texture and pure peanutty taste! If you're wondering what's the difference between our two brands, there isn't any! It's the exact same Peanut Butter but Crazy Richard's is sold on the East Coast and Krema is sold mainly in the Midwest.

Why choose Natural Peanut Butter??

Why do Men's Health Magazine, Cooking Light Magazine and Prevention Magazine choose Natural Peanut Butter? They have chosen Peanut Butter by the Krema Product Company because of the fact that there are no hydrogenated oils, sugars, or salt added in. Our Krema and Crazy Richard's brands of Peanut Butter are just Peanuts! That's all ! We use the top quality runner split peanuts from Georgia in the good old USA, carefully roast and grind in our time honored tradition and get it quickly to you and your families. We have been doing it the same way since our founding in 1898. Forget all this new fangled reduced fat, low fat, smart whatever peanut butter. Many of those have hidden ingredients like evaporated cane juice (sugar), palm oil, defatted peanut meal and salt, yuck! All you do is stir it up to mix in the peanut oil that has separated to the top. Once mixed, your jar of peanut butter will stay that way if kept in the refrigerator. But don't take out word for it! There's a new nutritional scoring system that allows consumers to see - at a glance - the nutritional value of the foods they buy. It's a summary of the overall nutritional value of grocery store products. It provides one simple score from 1 to 100. The higher the nutritional value, the higher the NuVal Score. Many grocery store chains are adding the NuVal score right on the shelf tags so the comsumers can see at a glance which product scores the highest. The NuVal System is based on a unique patented food scoring formula developed over the course of two years of research by an independent team of nutrition and medical experts from leading universities and health organizations. Led by Dr. David Katz of the Yale University/Griffin Hospital Prevention Research Center, the team's mission was to develop a science-based formula for all foods and beverages to be consumed. So, without all the boring stuff here's how a few peanut butters have scored.

Krema Natural Crunchy & Creamy 51
Crazy Richard's Natural Crunchy & Creamy 51
Maranatha Organic Creamy 21
Jiff Natural Creamy 21
Jiff Regular Creamy 21
Skippy Regular Creamy 20
Smuckers Natural Creamy 20
Skippy Natural Creamy 18
Jiff Reduced Fat Creamy 7

I love that Krema and Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter is made from start to finish in the USA.  They were recently featured on the Today Show.  Check it out here.  You can go here to find out more about Krema and Crazy Richard's products, where they are sold and how you can order them.  They also have an awesome blog with a variety of recipes incorporating natural peanut butter.  Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes to use peanut butter in.  Luckily for me, I can purchase Krema at my local Kroger's.  

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