I am a peanut butter obsessive and thought I could never be swayed from the path of the salty, buttery legume for the sake of a worthier nut.
But after eating a twice daily overdose of Sun Pat for a decade, I was stranded in California with only a Wholefoods to supply me with my fix. They do not sell salty, sweet, oily Sun Pat. They only sell wholesome, pure, nut butters.
At first I missed my fix, and sent to England for supplies.
But by the time it had arrived, I was a convert.
When I dipped my spoon into the crunchy Sun Pat, for so long my big treat, I found its sweetness cloying, it added oil sickly.
Now I have gone one step further and ditched the legume altogether for the more healthy nut.
First discovery? Hazelnut butter. It’s like the essence of Nutella, which is of course hazelnut-based.
This spread though has no sugar, no emulsifiers or lecithin, or flavourings. Just the nut – which tastes surprisingly indulgent, negating the need for Nutella.
Indeed, now Nutella tastes distinctly oily and enhanced. There, I said it!
Bring on the brazils next.