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Tuesday, June 16, 2009


A few years ago, a good friend of mine, Gauri, who worked at Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan came to stay with me in London and brought with her a jar of peanut butter as a gift.

I have to be honest that, being the ungrateful wretch that I am, I berated her for hours for bringing such a crappy gift until, unable to take any more, she instructed me to “shut the fuck up” sat me down on the sofa and force fed me some of said nut butter straight from the jar with a spoon.

It was a revelation with just prime peanuts and a little salt as its contents and, once HP got in on the act, the large jar of KOEZE’S CREAM-NUT lasted less than twenty-four hours and I returned home the next day to find him with his head in the fridge making yummy noises normally reserved for pork products as he cleaned out the last of the jar with a wet finger.

On my next visit to Ann Arbor, I picked up a couple more jars, which disappeared just as quickly, but have not been able to find any since then having to suffice myself with our own crappy UK equivalents and fond memories of peanut butters past.

That is until a few days ago when I contacted one Marcus Carter.

I actually got in touch with him to talk about a fascinating virtual project he is working on and about which I shall write at a later date. However, during our conversation, Marcus mentioned that, as well as that, he was also an importer of foodstuffs from the US and South Africa. He sent me a link to his website and, as I glanced over the list of sauces, dips and marinades, my eyes stopped on the picture above.

There it was in all its glory KOEZE CREAM-NUT PEANUT BUTTER. If truth be told, I actually experienced an agreeable little shiver of pleasure and the rest of my conversation with Marcus was a bit of a blur as memories of eating the stuff came flooding back.

Kindly, despite my tele-idocy, Marcus agreed to meet me yesterday and gave me a tasting of the whole of his range. It’s good stuff actually it’s great stuff, with Braswell’s Wing Sauce from the US and a South African Peri-Peri sauce worthy of particular mention. But, star place however was reserved for the jar of peanut butter Marcus presented me with at the end of our meeting.

I could have hugged him, even though he was by his own admission rather moist from carrying around bags of samples he had been showing to customers all day. His range is available in lots of butchers shops, including the blessed Jack O’ Shea and also on line at his nascent website.

Well worth sampling and, even if you just get a jar of that peanut butter, trust me you wont regret it.

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Anonymous Paulie said...

Ordered a jar, plus a can of that Clam Chowder. Not cheap is it?! Expecting to be impressed.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 7:29:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 1 said...

Well mate, you recc'd Yildiz to us and it stank the place out so I wouldn't moan about a jar of PB and some tinned soup - not unless it came to £70+


Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:27:00 pm  
Anonymous Paulie said...

Yes, guilty as charged there I fully admit. Yildiz was good before. Honest.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:48:00 pm  
Anonymous chris said...

does anyone know the sizes of the products on that looks interesting but there is no info on the size of pb jar or can of chowder.You could end up with a thimbleful!

Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:43:00 am  
Anonymous B Mapes said...

So glad to learn that our U.K. friends love Cream-Nut as much as we do in the U.S.! If you like peanut butter and chocolate, another product you may fall in love with is the Cream-Nut Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters. They are kind of like a turtle candy, but with a peanut butter and white chocolate confection replacing the caramel. They even won a candy of the year award last year. Maybe Marcus will be able to get his hands on some of these new treats for you!

Also coming very soon: Cream-Nut crunchy Peanut Butter and Sweet Ella’s Organic Peanut Butter, in both smooth and crunchy. I did not think organic peanuts could make that big of a difference, but it's made with Spanish peanuts, and the flavor is just awesome.

The new peanut butter products should be on the Koeze website for U.S. customers within a week or so, available from the Peanut Butter page. You heard it hear first!

Friday, June 19, 2009 5:24:00 pm  
Anonymous B Mapes said...

Oops. Here's a working link to the peanut butter page URL. The one in my first post is does not work. Sorry about that.

Friday, June 19, 2009 10:03:00 pm  
Blogger tehbus said...

As chance would have it, I bought a few jars of this for my peanut butter loving dad today @ tastelondon. I thought it looked familiar, and there it is in your blog! They have some other great stuff. I particularly liked their cilantro and jalapeno mustard.

Friday, June 19, 2009 10:34:00 pm  

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