Whole Foods 365 Every Day Value Smooth Peanut Butter
Don't be alarmed upon opening the jar of this Whole Foods butter: there's a solid half-inch of oil on the surface, but the excess simply makes for an easier stirring process. (And, yeah, after testing six or seven of these things, stirring in oil becomes a bit of a tedium.) Once it's fully integrated, the peanut butter is still absurdly thin. Refrigeration helps, and the taste is certainly solid, a kind of grown up, subtle Jif, but, still: not ideal for a sandwich.
The gist: Passable for spoon-to-mouth consumption, but one of the rare butters that probably works best in less conventional cooking, like as the base for a Thai sauce or a Vietnamese dressing.
Price: $3.95 for an 18 oz. jar