Two weeks ago gorkabear asked me to bring back to Barcelona some peanut butter as it is not readily available in Spain. The similar Nutella, based on hazelnuts, and its knock-offs are very popular there.
I went to a Lucky supermarket in Alameda and found at least a half-dozen brands. All of them prominently featured natural on their labels. But I knew better. All but two brands had added oil and/or sugar.
And not just oil, but hydrogenated oil. One brand even said that it contained fully hydrogenated oil. Another had palm oil, which is naturally hydrogenated. Tropical oils are best to be avoided.
As for sugar, some had added dextrose, some had corn syrup solids, and another had “sugar” (presumably sucrose).
One of the best brands in the past, Peter Pan, could not be found. It was probably removed from the market after a food poisoning problem a while back. In reality it is probably still on the shelf, but marketed under another name.
So two brands just contained peanuts and salt: Laura Scudder's and Adams. The Adams appeared to have less salt added, so I bought it. Both are made made by The J. M. Smucker Company, which probably accounts for the jars looking similar.
Oil separation is natural says the label. That’s because there is no added hydrogenated oil, which keeps the product congealed at room temperature.
I hope Xavi will like it.