Like many Americans, I am a total peanut butter person. Thanks to my mom, I am actually a pb addict. Germans are not really peanut butter people, and finding a good one is quite difficult here.
I was fortunate that for my first five years here, I was able to buy my peanut butter at the commissary on base. But, since moving off base, job-wise, I've been at other's mercy in terms of getting my fix.
I met up with two colleagues last week for coffee. One of the things that came up was, peanut butter. You'd actually be amazed how often a simple spread comes up in conversation among expats. We discussed Skippy in particular. I completely gave up on Skippy years ago, while on the South Beach Diet, avoiding sugars. I became a natural pb eater. I love Smucker's natural. Mmmmmmm.
Last night, in the grocery store, I meandered over to the peanut butter. They do sell it here, but most of it tastes much worse than Skippy. Then, I noticed the small, unassming jar of Peanut Mush. Peanut Mush has definately been here forever, and is actually housed in the organic and healthy food section. I never gave it a second thought, thinking, it must taste gross. But last night, I decided to pick up the jar and inspect. The longer I looked at the jar, and reading the ingredients, the more I realized it looked like natural pb. So, I decieded to take a chance and bring a jar home.
Turns out that it is natural pb! And almost as good as Smucker's!!! While it is a bit pricey, it definately does the job, and now, I am in peanut butter heaven! I guess it really will be okay to live in Germany for the next 20 years. As long as I can always get my Peanut Mush!!