What Happened To My Peanut Butter?

Smart Balance Peanut Butter

I reached for a recently opened jar peanut butter today, only to discover it had been moved and I couldn’t find it. John had rearranged the shelf where my peanut butter stock from America sits while looking for something for his lunch.

Peanut Butter Supplies

I buy it at Walmart and you’d think that since Walmart owns ASDA, (a grocery store near us) I might be able to find it here as well, but they don’t carry it so I’m forced to bring it back in bulk in my checked baggage.

The TSA folks always go through the plastic bags I wrap it in and rightly so. Imagine all of those jars lined end to end looking like rounded rows of things we’d rather not have mucking up our air safety.

I thought I had plenty to see me through until my next visit stateside, but I was shocked to discover that four jars are all I have left.

You probably think I’m overreacting and it is kind of funny in a way to think of a 51 year-old woman as peanut butter dependent, but I am going to be in a real fix if I don’t get some more. We’re talking withdrawal symptoms!

Smart Balance Peanut Butter With Omega 3

Four jars are nowhere near enough! While I’m not a vegetarian, I don’t eat a lot of meat. I usually have it once a week or less so peanut butter is an important source of protein for me. They do make it in the UK, but I’ve not found any as tasty as the Smart Balance brand or with such a healthy balance of ingredients.

Smart Balance - Quick Facts

I had fifteen jars in total when I flew home to the UK on August 3 so it doesn’t seem so far-fetched to me to think that something must have happened to it. John insists that I’ve eaten it, but I’m beginning to wonder if the fairies have been nipping into the cupboard for a taste.

Empty Jar of Smart Balance Peanut Butter


Do you have any food you’d miss if you couldn’t find it where you live?

18 thoughts on “What Happened To My Peanut Butter?

  1. LOL – for me it’s Marmite. I love the stuff even though it brings me out in spots and my family here in Denmark all wail that it smells awful! We used to be able to buy it here in Copenhagen until earlier this year when the Danish government decided to make it illegal. They were not enthused about the added vitamins. Did I say that not all Danes are on the right side of sane?

    • Bob, I’ve tried some of the UK brands and I can see why you can’t stand the stuff. None I’ve found here even come close to Smart Balance in taste or healthy ingredients. They tend to be kind of gritty in the UK as if they had sugar added and it didn’t dissolve before it was packaged. Thanks for your suggestion.

  2. Well you might wonder no more why I eat an in ordinate amount of spice gum drops ..and drink (diet) root beer while in USA …same reason! My local Tescos had what they called root beer on the shelf – it was absolutely disgusting.

    Do you have any friends in the US military who might gift you some at Christmas? I hates the stuff myself, Skippy and all other US brand variants included. Your PB is safe with me, not that it’s any consolation. John, have had a change of culinary heart?

    Maybe learning to make it from scratch will be a new skill in 2012?

  3. I miss the German fanta when I’m home in the states. It’s not as sweet, nor is it that awful orange color that we see here on the shelves. Orange juice with carbonated water is close but not quite there.

  4. Funny. But I agree, if I lived in a peanut-butter free zone, I’d stock up, too. I used to adore Nutella when I was younger and went to great lengths to find it in the States, but I don’t crave chocolate the way I used to. Peanut butter is ……well, I think I’ll go have some right now. I prefer Trader Joe’s.

  5. Taylor is the same way about Peanut Butter. she would definitely be one to stock up if she thought it wasn’t readily available to her. When she went off to school this semester I sent her with a HUGE jar from Costco and I think it’s almost gone, if not already gone.

  6. We’ve been eating almond or sunflower seed butter and I really prefer them over peanut butter now (we quit pb because of anti-cancer diet). It’s quite expensive, but I found this blog that tells how to make almond butter. We don’t eat much meat either so we consume lots of sourdough with almond (or sunflower seed or soy) butter.

  7. I just had to laugh that you tuck the peanut butter in your luggage. I would probably do the same thing! Peanut butter makes everything better. 🙂

  8. I have found pretty decent peanut butter at Whole Foods here in London — healthy and not full of yuck. That said, I’m going back to the States for a bit in January, and while I’m staying awhile, my husband is coming back a week later. I can have him put a few jars in his luggage for you and then ship it to Cornwall when he gets home? I know what it feels like to run out of the good stuff!!!

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