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Product Review: MaraNatha Caramel Almond Spread

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Looking for an alternative to peanut butter (aka, the Reese’s peanut butter cups I was inhaling prior to the New Year), I scoured the shelves of the local Publix for something new and different from the plain almond butter I’ve been living on. Bless my lucky stars, I stumbled across this hidden gem: MaraNatha Caramel Almond spread. It was approximately $7 for the jar – a bit steep – but I decided to give it a try.

WARNING: This is NOT Paleo!

I didn’t realize until I got the jar home that it contained both soy and milk derivatives – two things you’re encouraged to avoid on the Paleo/Caveman diet. However, given the fact that I’d paid so much for the jar and was curious about the flavor, I decided to count it as my “cheat” and dig in for a spoonful.

DearSWEETLordBabyJesus.

This stuff is AMAZING. Crack-in-a-jar.

It has a rich, buttery, and sweet flavor that hits your tongue in a foodgastic explosion of taste. It’s more of a butterscotch flavor than caramel but I assure you that I mean that in a complimentary way: it’s decadent. The texture is much like normal almond butter, only it had a creamier (more sinful) residue on the tongue.

A serving consists of two tablespoons packing a whopping 190 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated), 13g carbs (11g of which are from sugar – yipes!), and only 4g of protein.

Fortunately, the flavor is very strong, so I was able to use less of it and still get a satisfying experience. The label on the package actually suggests using it on cake, so I probably should have been prepared for the ambrosial experience. Who needs cake when you have this stuff?

Confession: I ate 1/3rd of the jar the first day.

I had to hide it from myself to avoid eating more. It’s so good, it’s bad.

So, for those of you looking for a heavenly sweet treat (and not worried about the extra sugars/lack of protein), I would strongly suggest picking up a jar of this stuff. But make sure you have a sturdy padlock to put on the cabinet you store it in because I promise you it’ll be a Herculean feat to stop yourself from eating it all once you taste it.

On that note, bon appetit!

~ Tori

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6 thoughts on “Product Review: MaraNatha Caramel Almond Spread

  1. Jackie knight says:

    I started eating this stuff about a yr and half ago and it’s killing my pocketbook but I love it. I have gone through a jar in two days many times. Two jars a week minimum when I can get it. It is very hard to find lately. My local Walmart has it but runs out constantly. It just jumped from 6.58 a jar to 7.58 a jar but still better than the one other place I’ve seen it which is a Kroger store and there it is $13 a jar, I couldn’t believe the difference. Lucky me I’m a thin person and it hasn’t made me gain weight yet. I eat it with sliced apples or a spoon or two by itself. I’m trying to find it by the case but right now amazon had the other flavored but not this one

  2. Sandra Dunn says:

    Only the BEST thing I’ve ever eaten in my life…..sooooo sinful!!! It is soo hard to find anymore and is expensive but somehow I can’t help but buy it…..

  3. Jen says:

    This stuff is unbelievably good!! Better than many desserts. I just discovered it (Whole Foods) and was looking for a cheaper online source (hard to find so far!) and came across your blog. Maybe I should quit searching in fear of eating too much of this stuff!

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