We recently had an out-of-town guest who doesn't live near a Whole Foods. She noticed right away that we had one and became uncontrollably excited because, she said, it meant she could bring home some of that grind-your-own nut butter. "It's one of the best products they offer," she added.
She wouldn't stop raving about it, which was surprising to me because I've really never given the station a second thought. And lots of people I've spoken to since said they didn't even realize it was an option! (It's kind of small and tucked away, so you can easily miss it if you're not specifically looking for it.)
She told me about the selection of rotating mixes, sometimes with chocolate and other goodies, and how all you have to do is push a button and this machine crushes them. Out comes the butter — little by little — into a container! You can buy as little or as much as you want because it's priced per pound, so you can try a bit of each one before committing to an entire container. Note: She insisted that the honey roasted peanut flavor was by far the best.
We went to the store so I could try some — and so I could get her to stop talking about this nut butter, already!
Everything is pretty easy to use; you really just put a container under the spout and push the button of the one you want. You then choose the sticker with a description of the one you picked and they weigh it at checkout!
My friend was right: The roasted peanut one was, by far, the best. It was just the right amount of salty and slightly sweet. This Whole Foods didn't have any of those mixed-up flavors when we went, but I appreciated the simplicity of the offerings — just honey roasted peanut butter, roasted almond butter, and organic roasted peanuts. And that's all that goes into these peanut butters. They're literally just ground-up nuts.
If you haven't tried completely natural nut butters, know this: The lack of additives is great, but it has a slightly different taste and texture. It's much stickier and thicker than what you might be used to. But that's not a bad thing.
The prices started at $3.99 per pound (for honey roasted) and went up to $10.99 for the almond butter, which is pretty much on par with the top-notch jarred stuff.
Now that my friend has turned me onto this little kiosk, I'm on my own mission to spread the word (pun intended!) — starting with this story.
Do you love Whole Food's freshly ground nut butter as much as my friend and I do?