Level up your sandwich with these tasty spreads.
$8.20, Available at Cold Storage, Jason’s and Marketplace supermarkets.
When it comes to eating, I’m a bit of an extremist. If I like something, I’ll have it everyday for months (even years) at a time. And if I don’t, I’ll avoid it at all costs. Anyway, my point is – I love peanut butter sandwiches and have gone through multiple jars throughout the years. Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter, I have to say, is hands down one of the best I’ve tried.
Unlike most brands, the peanut butter has a more fluid consistency – very much like a creamy dip rather than a traditional spread. It goes well over sliced bread, but also tastes excellent with apple slices or bananas. There seem to only be two variations available in Singapore though – No Salt Crunchy and No Salt Creamy.
What I appreciate about Pic’s is that while the peanut butter taste is strong, it doesn’t have that odd chemical-like aftertaste you tend to get with some other brands.
My only gripe about Pic’s is that because of its fluid consistency, things can get pretty messy when making a peanut butter sandwich (read: peanut butter errrwhere). Also, I seem to go through the jar much quicker than other brands but maybe that only goes to show just how much I love it?
Oh and take note that when you first open the jar, the natural oils might have separated from the peanut butter. It’s nothing to worry about though, just give the peanut butter a stir and you’re good to go.
$9.55, Available at Meidi-Ya.
If you like your peanut butter thicker and more solid, Whole Earth is a good one to try. The peanut butter taste is a bit more understated than Pic’s, but it has a nice nutty aftertaste that reminds you why you love peanut butter in the first place.
Whole Earth peanut butter also has minimal salt and no added sugar, so it’s probably one of the healthier options in the market. It goes great with your usual suspects like toast and bagels, but you can also use it for baking and smoothies.
$8.90, Available at leading supermarkets.
Ahhh Ovomaltine…where do I even begin? If you love Nutella (which I’m sure you do), you will most likely love Ovomaltine Crunchy Cream. It has the same chocolate hazelnut undertones as Nutella, BUT with crunchy Ovomaltine granules mixed in. If that’s not a winning combination, I don’t know what is.
Consistency-wise, Ovomaltine Crunchy Cream is quite fluid (unless you refrigerate the jar) so it works well as a dip or spread. It is quite rich though, so I recommend pairing it with plain cookies (try Arnott’s Shredded Wheatmeal Cookies) or regular bread.
As much as I love Ovomaltine, I wouldn’t have this everyday if I were you (ate this for a week straight and my face broke out like a pepperoni pizza it was disastrous) – save this as a treat for days when you really need a pick-me-up.
$7.10, Available at selected Cold Storage outlets, including Jelita.
There are a few different brands of Speculoos spreads in the market and unsurprisingly, most of them are quite good (including the Lotus brand one available at Candy Empire).
However, I usually find myself reaching for Penotti’s take on the popular sweet spread because it’s not too sweet. I know what you’re thinking – Are you kidding me? The richer the better! Or, as Emeril would say, BAM! Kick it up a notch!
In my defence though, cookie spreads can be a bit too overpowering if they are too rich – especially if you’ve had one too many spoonfuls (which I guarantee you will, when it comes to Speculoos spreads). The Penotti Cookie Nottie Speculoos Spread has just the right amount of sweetness, without compromising on flavour or texture.
The spread is quite versatile as well, so you can have it with anything from croissants to cookies…or even straight out of the jar (no judging here). Oh and the Crunchy version is much better because it has Speculoos cookie granules mixed in, so don’t waste your calories on the Original one.
$9.70, Available at Isetan’s supermarket.
Peanut Butter & Co is a somewhat elusive brand (I’ve only seen it at Isetan’s supermarket so far), but it’s still worth a mention because they have quite an extensive range of peanut butters. I’m not just talking regular Smooth and Crunchy, but Honey Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and even Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter.
The American brand actually first started out as a sandwich store in New York, but over the years they expanded their repertoire to include 10 different types of peanut butter spreads. If you want to mix things up from your usual peanut butter, try Dark Chocolate Dreams – which, as its name suggests, is peanut butter blended with dark chocolate. The spread has a chocolatey taste reminiscent of Nutella, but not as sweet or calorific. And dark chocolate is healthy…right?