I’m a self-proclaimed peanut butter junkie (and more recently, a self-proclaimed nut butter junkie in general). I loves me some good PB. I’m also a daily reader of Kath’s blog, Kath Eats Real Food. KERF has been responsible for quite a few of my healthy eating habits, as well as my how-did-I-exist-before-this habit of eating homemade whipped banana oatmeal with a blob of nut butter on top.
Flying Squirrel Peanut Butter was founded by two college students in Eugene, Oregon. They love peanut butter, and started making their own, mixing in all kinds of different flavors and add-in’s. There’s Spazzy Squirrel, with dark chocolate chunks, raisins, cinnamon, and coconut. Or Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed, with coffee and dark chocolate. Nutty Buddy combines peanut butter with honey and sunflower seeds.
They had me at Squirrel. I had to try some of this peanut butter!
Sneaky Cinnamon – peanuts, cinnamon, raisins, agave nectar, salt
Pretzel Pizazz – peanuts, honey, pretzels, cinnamon, salt
Unfortunately for my taste buds, I ordered over spring break, and had to wait until the squirrels returned to campus to get my peanut butter – but their communication was great and I was informed up-front about the delay.
Shipping seemed expensive. It was $10 for one jar! However, it was still $10 even for 2 jars, and I later saw they use the medium sized flat rate Priority Mail box from the USPS ($10.95 flat rate). So my suggestion to anybody buying Flying Squirrel PB is to buy as many jars as you can for that $10 shipping! I bought two. I bet 4 could fit in that box.
The peanut butters are currently $4 for an 8 oz. jar. My initial impression was that the jars are small, but indeed they are 8 oz. I’m just used to seeing larger peanut butter jars. It took me a while to figure out that the lids twist off instead of pop off. (Maybe I’m just slow!)
But enough of the shipping and logistics. How is the peanut butter?
Here’s my morning oatmeal, starring Sneaky Cinnamon peanut butter. Perfect texture, perfect flavor – just as the name says. Just a touch of cinnamon that sneaks up on you!
Sneaky Cinnamon is a very spreadable peanut butter. My favorite texture.
But the flavor hit of the week, for me, has been Pretzel Pizazz. The combination of salty pretzel bits right in my peanut butter? Irresistible! I’ve been known to say out loud, after each bite while devouring PB&J sandwiches this week, “OMG, this is SO good!” Lots of crunchy chew. Oddly, I don’t really like “crunchy” style peanut butter, but it’s a whole different story when the crunch comes from pretzels!
Pretzel Pizazz is a dry peanut butter. It’s not just chunky – it’s actually dry, as in, it doesn’t spread very well on bread. So I just lob a few blobs on there and smash ’em down, then smother in jelly and nom. (As you can tell, I’ve already nom’d a good portion of this jar!)
These peanut butters are delicious. I love the story behind the company. I love the initiative that these girls have taken to share their peanut butter passion with the world. I love the creativity of the flavor combinations, and the logo is adorable. (Hey, I love squirrels too!)
Check out the Flying Squirrel Peanut Butter flavors and buy a few jars. They’re definitely a treat!