When this arrived in the post today I literally ran to the kitchen clutching it lovingly against my chest. This may sound an extreme reaction but it’s a drink that tastes like peanut butter – why would not I not immediately drop everything I’m doing to consume it? Especially as I’m cold, jet legged and cranky.
Made from peanuts blended with ‘special flavour’ – a worrying term I admit – you simply spoon the powder into a cup and add hot water. A few stirs later you’ve got something that looks like tea but kind of smells like peanuts. So what does it taste like – erm, sugar at first. Not surprisingly as that’s the first ingredient – and it does contain 12.2g of the stuff per 20g serving (over 50 percent of the calories). But I admit there is a nice creamy aftertaste – and a faint hint of peanuttyness.
I’m not sure if I’m disappointed or not. I was expecting something like a melted peanut cup – rich, gooey, seriously sickening. I didn’t get that, but what I did get I liked. Whether I liked it more than the equivalent calories of real peanut butter is another matter.
You see they say it’s 83 calories per 20g serving – but if you stick to that it doesn’t quite pack enough of a punch in terms of taste – especially if you fill the cup. Follow the instructions on the pack – to use 4-5 heaped teaspoons and fill the cup about 3/4 full you achieve more taste, but, in my estimation clock in at around 100 calories a cup. That’s a hefty spoonful of real peanut butter – and that hefty spoonful won’t contain any sugar, or additives (there’s a worrying number in here – no wonder they call it special flavour) and adds a larger dose of healthy fat to your diet to boot.
So, my verdict. It won’t replace peanut butter in my house, but if you want a hot sweet treat it is nice and warming. Plus, unlike real peanut butter you’re unlikely to dip back in the jar a couple of times daily. It’s not a health food though – there’s too much ‘stuff’ in it. Find it now at Sainsbury’s priced £2.99. For more details check out their website – peanuthottie.com