Best Peanut Butter
Taste Test

GAYOT Rates 8 of the Top Peanut Butter Brands

GAYOT’s blind taste test includes eight brands of peanut butter listed in order from least appealing to best tasting. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but we tried a solid selection of popular brands including organic options. It should also be noted that we only sampled creamy peanut butters since it’s more classic than crunchy.

If you’re allergic to peanuts, you’ll need to pass on this list. But for the rest of us, peanut butter is an addictive snack that’s found in practically every pantry in America — 94 percent of American households to be exact. The flavor is enhanced by nostalgia, hearkening back to lazy afternoons with friends enjoying peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We recommend taking a close look at the nutrition label to avoid peanut butters containing hydrogenated oil and palm oil, they're no good for the body or the environment even if they're organic. 

History of Peanut Butter

The inventor of peanut butter is not one individual but three: Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Canada patented peanut paste in 1884; in 1895 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts and it was marketed as a meat protein substitute; lastly in 1922, chemist Joseph Rosefield developed the partial-hydrogenation process for making smooth peanut butter that kept the oil from separating. Peanuts and peanut butter became an integral part of the Armed Forces rations in World War I and World War II. It is believed that the U.S. army popularized the peanut butter and jelly sandwich for sustenance.

Peanut Butter Fun Facts

  • The USA has had two Presidents elected who were peanut farmers: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.

Pros & Cons of Peanut Butter

It’s clear most Americans can’t resist the taste and texture of peanut butter, but in theory, none of us should be eating it. That’s because peanut butter is made with roasted peanuts and the best way to eat nuts in general is raw. When nuts are roasted, it releases oils that aren’t beneficial to our health. But with anything in life, it’s all about moderation.