Pretty much my favorite place to do grocery shopping is Trader Joe’s. Well, that is because there isn’t a Wegmans close by (DC residents, have you heard the latest rumor about the Fannie Mae building on Wisconsin Ave and them looking at the space??).
Anyway, there is of course point-of-purchase stuff at TJ’s and one I opted to grab recently was their Mixed Nut Butter. It’s a blend of Dry Roasted & Salted Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Hazelnuts & Pecans. Sounds great. I’m just not a huge fan of the Brazil nuts, but I’ll eat them. It doesn’t say smooth anywhere, which is cool, too.
The flavor was ok, but it was almost too many flavors fighting with each other. When you buy mixed nuts you can taste each one on its own. I also love chunky nut butter and it was a bit too smooth, for me. Not much salt in it, though salt was an ingredient. Not something I’ll buy again, but glad I tried it. Price was $5.99, I think. Not cheap, especially for the size. Totally worth the test.
Simple things for simple minds? Or simple, old school favorites tweaked to make lactose intolerant people thrilled? Maybe they go hand in hand. When I was at the store the other day there were some (unfortunate?) free samples of peanut butter cups. Normally I just walk by them because they are the typically milk chocolate. But, these looked a bit darker than usual. Then I saw the display bag — dark chocolate. I did some investigative work by reading the label because (too) many companies say their product is dark chocolate and have milk, lactose, cream, etc in them. Oh, no, heaven be thy name. There is no dairy in these things! Thank you Justin’s. You have brought me to eternal peanut better cup bliss! And, aside from the little sample pieces, the store was giving away full size treats. Simple things…