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Sunday 21 October 2018

Peanut butter with a difference

I love peanut butter. On toast, in a sandwich or as the major component of a satay sauce.

So when Bega announced a new style of peanut butter my ears pricked up.

Apparently, the new Bega Dark Roast Peanut Butter is different because the nuts are roasted at a higher temperature, giving a darker, richer flavour.

Available in both crunchy and smooth varieties, the new product is making its way into major supermarkets right now.

The blurb says Bega Dark Roast Peanut Butter "uses Hi Oleic Peanuts as they have a higher monounsaturated fat content than ‘regular’ peanuts". That means good fats allow the peanuts to stay fresher for longer and gives them extra crunch.

The bad news, for me anyway, is that each serve offers over half of the healthy daily nut target (30 grams). I'm over target already after three slices of toast for breakfast.

"We are thrilled to launch Bega Dark Roast Peanut Butter and we’re confident that it will satisfy consumers’ palates," says Barry Irvin in the press release. Although it is not explained who Barry is some Googling discovered he is the Bega executive chairman. I'm sure he's a good bloke, too.

"Although we’re offering a delicious and robust new variant, Australians can still enjoy the original, never-oily, never-dry Bega Peanut Butter they have been for decades,” he adds.

I actually preferred the high-intensity new version, which retails for $5.70.

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