It is official. Our family has officially switched brands...
My family grew up in Chile where peanut butter simply didn't exist. My mother used to make the homemade stuff which was good, but you know.
Then my mom used to run a daycare center out of our house when we lived in Nebraska. The government would provide certain generic foods to be used to feed the kids - one of these was Peanut Butter. Maybe because of these sub-par peanut butter experiences, I grew up with choosier tastes.
Shortly after we arrived in Italy in 2000, I quickly realized that living here without peanut butter would be nigh impossible. We did find an occasional store that sold it, but it was small, Dutch and expensive.
That year, we began having people send or bring us Peter Pan Peanut Butter, the Creamy version. We have been a faithful Peter Pan family for the past 6 + years and I have even, on occasion, proposed to people that anything else was not edible.
About a month ago, Jen Hill came to visit us. (Jen works with Team Expansion and will be coaching our Pathways group this summer.) We asked her to bring us another gallon tub of Peter Pan since we were forced to throw our 2/3 eaten one out because of salmonella warnings. Well, when Jen went to buy one, the shelves were empty and she was 'forced' to buy Jif instead. When she arrived and gave it to us, I was grateful, but VERY skeptical.
Now, let me 'skip' ahead and tell you this. The tub is half gone and it is delicious. I've consulted with the rest of the family and we have officially deposed Peter Pan and placed the crown on Jif instead. (Harrison calls it all 'be-butter' and LOVES it.)
For all the years of disrespect, Jif, I beg your forgiveness. For the rest of you out there, maythis fear-of-salmonella-induced season of Peter-Panless shelves inspire you to take the plunge. You won't regret it.