My husband absolutely loves honey, and on a recent grocery shopping trip to my local Fred Meyer store I was checking out the prices on honey. While I was in that area of the store, I decided to look for honey butter, a product that my mother bought all the time when I was a child. I couldn’t find honey butter, but I did find a product line that was totally new to me, called Peanut Butter & Company.
Peanut Butter & Company has been around since 1998, and makes a large variety of flavored peanut butters. The two that appealed to me were the Mighty Maple and the Bee’s Knees. However, since these small jars of peanut butter were so expensive, retailing for over $6 each, the Bee’s Knees won out.
What Is It?
Peanut Butter & Company Bee’s Knees is simply a peanut butter that has been blended with honey. The label says it is “all natural”, and unlike some natural peanut butters that have oil on the top that need to be stirred, this version is “No-Stir”.
The label describes it as a “peanut butter blended with scrumptious honey”. The front also explains that it contains no trans-fats and no cholesterol. (The other brand of peanut butter in my pantry also contains no cholesterol or trans fats).
One serving of the “Peanut Butter & Company Bee’s Knees” is 2 tablespoons (just like regular peanut butter), and contains 180 calories and 14 grams of fat. 2.5 grams is saturated fat, there is 60 mg of sodium, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 8 grams of sugars, and 6 grams of protein.
Likewise, my regular store brand of peanut butter has 190 calories per serving, and 16 grams of fat (3 grams saturated fat), 150 mg of sodium, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein.
Comparing the two, Peanut Butter & Company Bee’s Knees seems okay, as far as peanut butter goes. It has fewer calories and fat grams, significantly less sodium, more carbs, less fiber, and less protein.
I love the ingredients in Peanut Butter & Company Bee’s Knees! They are very few, and read: peanuts, evaporated cane juice, honey, natural honey flavor, palm fruit oil, and salt. It contains no hydrogenated oils, no added sugar, and is gluten free.
Taste is subjective, and you really have to taste this for yourself to be able to appreciate it. My all time favorite way of eating Peanut Butter & Company Bee’s Knees is to spread it on a slice of toast. Yummy!
It has a nice thick and rich texture, and the taste is a perfect blend of peanut butter and honey. It’s also not too sweet, which is kind of what I expected when I picked this up. The honey remains blended with the peanut butter and never needs to be stirred up. It can remain in the cupboard and does not have to be refrigerated like honey butter does.
Peanut Butter & Company makes a wide variety of flavored peanut butters, such as Mighty Maple, Dark Chocolate Dreams, White Chocolate Wonderful, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, and The Heat Is On (peanut butter with chili powder, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper and paprika).
If you love both peanut butter and honey, and you also don’t mind paying a little more for a natural product, this is the one for you. The palm fruit oil is used in place of hydrogenated oils, and it’s a healthy choice since it does not have trans fats or cholesterol. Cane juice replaces the less healthy sugars and high fructose corn syrup. This one is a winner, and I can’t wait to try the other flavors.