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These Are the Most Popular Trader Joe’s Items in Every State

These Are the Most Popular Trader Joe’s Items in Every State

The most popular item across the board may surprise you!

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Though not everything at Trader Joe’s is perfect, if you do a little digging you can find plenty of healthy items—from frozen meals to sparkling water. Even our nutritionists love to shop there (seriously, check out our favorite staples for under $5!)

That's why we were so excited when Workwise, a company specializing in customer-relationship management software, released their list of the most-Googled Trader Joe’s products by state. There are so many amazing finds at TJ’s, we wondered what people from each state were digging the most—and what the most popular item across the country would be.

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We were especially excited to see that a number of states were digging healthier and plant-based choices. Colorado and Oregon are there for TJ's vegan banana bread, Connecticut and Maine are into the turkey meatballs, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island all like the spanakopita, which is not terribly high in sodium and according to at least one reviewer has a good bit of spinach (but needs more feta).

Not every state had healthy choices, of course. Unsurprisingly Florida seems most interested in the Key Lime pie, which is (unsurprisingly) high in sat fat and sugar, but we'll give them a pass, after all, it is their state pie. And there are a number of other states with sweet tooths, that could stand to start buying more of Trader Joe’s healthier chocolate picks instead.

But the most surprising result was that Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce cinched the top spot in 13 states! We don't know what it is about this particular blend that makes it so good, but Amazon reviewers tend to agree, saying the combo of sweet and spicy works really well, and pairs with almost any protein. As one reviewer put it: "I use it on my Salmon. I do not like salmon that much but with this stuff, I love salmon."

Everything but the Bagel seasoning was only the third most searched-for product, which is pretty surprising, if you ask us, since it’s incredibly versatile!

Wondering which TJ’s product won in your state? Here’s the full list of winners:


Everyday Castile Soap Uses

A few days ago, I got some questions about castile soap. These are great questions, so I thought I’d answer them in a post, since I know others are wondering this, too.

First off, what is castile soap? Castile soap is vegetable-based, meaning no animal products, like tallow, are used to make the soap. Yep, it’s vegan. It’s also biodegradable, making it an excellent choice for camping and other outdoor uses where it might wash into streams.

When I first started using castile soap several years ago, I got the Trader Joe’s brand. It worked well and was much cheaper than Dr. Bronner’s. Unfortunately, they discontinued it. Sad day.

After that, I started using Dr. Bronner’s, mostly because it was easy to find. Now, I purchase it in bulk from our local buying club and many natural food stores have dispensers that you can refill your old bottles with.

How much do you dilute the Castile Soap when making shampoo?

To make homemade shampoo, I use 1 tbsp baking soda per 1 cup of water. I don’t always add castile soap, but when I do (like if I’ve used some kind of product in my hair – castile soap is great at cutting grease), I add about 1/2 tsp to the mixture and rub it into my hair.

Follow that with a vinegar hair rinse – 1 tbsp vinegar to 1 cup water (increase these ratios if you have longer hair). It really helps soften the hair and prevent tangles.

Do you use the same concentration for body wash and hand soap?

I’ve been reusing a couple of foaming handwash pumps for a while now and castile soap works well in them. When I refill it, I use 1 oz. of soap and fill it the rest of the way with water.

For body wash, I fill an old 8 oz. container about 2/3 with soap and the rest of the way with water.

Castile soap actually works best when it’s diluted – the recommendation is 40 parts water to 1 part soap, which comes out to 2 1/2 cups of water to 1 tbsp soap.

Can you explain how you make vegetable wash with it?

You’ll want to use the ratio above to make vegetable wash. I suggest mixing it in a spray bottle so you can spray down fruits and veggies as needed. If you need to use more than that, just unscrew the lid and pour it in the sink or a bowl.

I do suggest getting the baby mild version and adding your own essential oils to it. That way you can have unscented soaps for things like veggie wash and face wash, and different scents for your body wash and hand wash.

Do you find that you save money by using Dr. Bronner’s instead of shampoo/body wash, or do you just use it because it is all-natural and organic?

When I started buying castile soap, it was to save money on our toiletries/supplies budget. Granted, I did start with the Trader Joe’s brand, which was much cheaper than Dr. Bronner’s, but when they discontinued it, I wasn’t about to go back because I’m able to use castile soap for so much more:

  • Body wash
  • Hand soap
  • Face wash
  • Veggie wash
  • Dish soap (though it’s not sudsy like “normal” soap, so that takes some getting used to – still not sure if I like it)
  • Laundry detergent (I grate a bar for this)
  • House cleaner (it goes into many a cleaning recipe)
  • Mopping
  • Carpet cleaner (mix 1/4 cup soap and 1 cup water in a blender until it’s a nice foam and rub it into carpet stains)

You can replace a lot of products with one bottle of castile soap. Win! Buying in bulk will yield even more savings.

Also, in doing some research for this post, I found another brand of castile soap that is much cheaper than Dr. Bronner’s, called Dr. Wood’s. Not sure what it is about doctors making castile soap …

Anyway, a 32-oz. bottle of Dr. Bronner’s from my local buying club costs $12.73, but the same size of Dr. Wood’s brand costs $8.43. This size bottle lasts us about 2 months (more if we don’t use it for dish soap).

*Update: I purchased Dr. Wood’s soap and after a month, my husband asked me to get Dr. Bronner’s again. Dr. Bronner’s soap is more concentrated, meaning we have to use less. I also like the essential oils they use better – they don’t stink.


Enchiladas Verdes (Green Enchiladas)

Traditional Mexican green chicken enchiladas, made lighter than the typical restaurant dish served throughout the US. These are made with white corn tortillas, poached chicken breasts and a light coating of queso fresco, this dish is satisfying but won’t weigh you down – SO good!!

If you have known me for a while, you probably know that chicken enchiladas are one of my favorite dishes! I’ve been making my chicken enchiladas in red sauce for years in my home, it’s one of my most popular Skinnytaste recipes. SO when my friend Liz from the Lemon Bowl told me she came out with her 2nd edition of her ebook Food From Our Ancestors series: The Ultimate Mexican Sunday Dinner I knew exactly what I was going to make. The ebook features fifteen authentic recipes including ceviche, posole rojo and traditional steak tacos, to name a few.

The original recipe calls for frying the tortillas before dipping them in the salsa. This is done to prevent the tortillas from cracking. To skip the frying, I microwaved the tortillas a few at a time before dipping them in the salsa, this really helped keep them from cracking without the need to fry.


The BEST Candied Pecans

  • Author: Kelley
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1 x

Teenage Summer Bucket List for 2021

This is a fun list of summer activities for teens. I like that my daughter included activities like building a fort and have a water balloon. You are never too old to have fun like a kid. There are activities for every type of summer day.

This list has 50 Summer Activities for Kids and Teens. It would be fun to pick out a few activities to do together as a family. You could even let your kids pick a family activity to do from this list once a week.

  1. Make homemade lemonade. This is our favorite homemade lemonade recipe.
  2. Make Sidewalk Chalk Art.
  3. Have a water balloon fight. These are the best water balloons to use.
  4. Watch a sunset or sunrise.
  5. Go to a water park
  6. Play mini golf.
  7. Host a Sleepover
  8. Play board games
  9. Do a photo shoot.
  10. Swim in a lake.
  11. Plant sunflowers
  12. Have a camp out.
  13. Make S’mores.
  14. Do tie dye.
  15. Decorate cupcakes
  16. Make homemade Popscicles.
  17. Sing karaoke.
  18. Catch Fireflies
  19. Build a pillow fort
  20. Learn a new skill.
  21. Go hiking.
  22. Have a movie marathon. Here is a list of 50 Must See Movies for Teens.
  23. Paint pottery.
  24. Go for a bike ride.
  25. Play laser tag or paint ball.
  26. Make snow cones. This is fun sun cone maker that we own.
  27. Watch fireworks.
  28. Light sparklers.
  29. Go out for brunch.
  30. Have a picnic.
  31. Explore a new place.
  32. Go on a road trip.
  33. Ride a ferris wheel.
  34. Volunteer for a charity.
  35. Have a garage sale.
  36. Go on a boat ride.
  37. Try jet skiing or parasailing.
  38. Do a craft project.
  39. Go kayaking.
  40. Play a new instrument.
  41. Go to a fair.
  42. Make root beer floats.
  43. Read a book series.
  44. Go strawberry picking.
  45. Sleep in a hammock.
  46. Have a sleepover on a trampoline.
  47. Go rollerskating.
  48. Visit a Farmer’s Market.
  49. Have a paint fight.
  50. Build a sandcastle.
  51. Go to a baseball game.
  52. Ride a roller coaster.
  53. Play in the sprinkler.
  54. Make a vision board.
  55. Create a travel dream list.
  56. Shop at a Garage Sale.

There are so many fun things for teens to do in the summer. Childhood summers are fleeting and as kids get older they get so busy! It is still good for them to fit in some fun summer activities with friends!

We never forget what it felt like to be a kid in the summer.


The 9 best canned beans from your grocery store

Chuck Blount puts the finishing touches on his own barbecue bean recipe that was heated on the grill.

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Chuck's Food Shack features nine different types of canned baked beans including (top to bottom from left): Van Camp's Pork and Beans, Vietti Butcher's Cut Chicken & Baked Beans, Ranch Style Beans, Vietti Butcher's Cut Beef & BBQ Baked Beans, Ser!ous Bean Co. Sweet and Sassy Dr. Pepper Baked Beans, H-E-B Borracho Beans, Bush's Best Original Baked Beans, Bush's Best Steakhouse Recipe Grillin' Beans and Trader Joe's Organic Baked Beans.

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Bush’s Best Steakhouse Recipe

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Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans

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Vietti Beef & BBQ Baked Beans

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Vietti Chicken & Baked Beans

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Trader Joe’s Organic Baked Beans

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Shown is Chuck's own BBQ bacon bean recipe, which uses Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans as a base, with cooked onions and red bell pepper added with yellow mustard and barbecue sauce.

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The finished recipe of Chuck’s Bacon BBQ beans.

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Chuck Blount puts the finishing touches on his own barbecue bean recipe that was heated on the grill.

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Chuck Blount puts the finishing touches on his own barbecue bean recipe that was heated on the grill.

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Chuck's Food Shack features nine different types of canned baked beans including (top to bottom from left): Ranch Style Beans, Vietti Butcher's Cut Chicken & Baked Beans, Van Camp's Pork and Beans, Trader Joe's Organic Baked Beans, Ser!ous Bean Co. Sweet and Sassy Dr. Pepper Baked Beans, Vietti Butcher's Cut Beef & BBQ Baked Beans, H-E-B Borracho Beans, Bush's Best Steakhouse Recipe Grillin' Beans and Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans.

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Chuck's Food Shack features nine different types of canned baked beans including (top to bottom from left): Bush’ Best Original Baked Beans, Vietti Butcher's Cut Beef and BBQ Baked Beans, Van Camp's Pork and Beans, Bush's Best Steakhouse Recipe Grillin' Beans, Ser!ous Bean Co. Sweet and Sassy Dr. Pepper Baked Beans, Vietti Butcher's Cut Chicken and Baked Beans, Trader Joe's Organic Baked Beans, H-E-B Borracho Beans and Ranch Style Beans.

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Every day, Stewart Peacock and the Barbecue Station staff makes a 27-pound batch of pinto beans that are fired up around 6 a.m. so they will be ready for lunch service by 10:30 a.m. or so. The way they see it, beans are an obligation for a proper Texas barbecue experience.

&ldquoIn South Texas, you have to have the pinto beans, just as you need to have brisket and sausage,&rdquo said Peacock, who co-owns the restuarant that&rsquos been in business for more than 25 years off Loop 410 near Harry Wurzbach with his father, Bobby.

If you want to start from scratch making your own beans, go for it, but understand that it&rsquos going to be a process that can take hours. I prefer to use that time focusing on the meat, and the good news is that there are lots of great baked bean options out on the grocery shelves that deliver a wide range of flavors and are extremely affordable.

These beans, which are already cooked to optimal tenderness and only need a quick simmer, can also be customized with the addition of other ingredients for a quick side that can be ready in 15 minutes or less.

I scoured San Antonio looking for the best of the beans and came away with nine choices that are worthy of consideration for your next barbecue spread, or a routine Tuesday night.

Bush&rsquos Best Original Baked Beans: Bush has been making beans since 1908, and the original blend is a classic that works fine on its own with hints of brown sugar and bacon. But these are also perfect for experimentation and customizing your own recipes. Drain and rinse the beans, and you&rsquoll be left with a batch of whites cooked to proper tenderness without the fuss of starting from a raw bean that requires an hour or simmering. ($1.36 for 16 ounces)

Bush&rsquos Best Steakhouse Recipe: If you want your beans loaded with so much sugar they can double as desert, these fit the bill. But there&rsquos enough steak sauce in the beans for a slight vinegar bite. ($1.77 for 22 ounces)

Dr Pepper Baked Beans: Invented in and the pride of Waco, Dr Pepper is standard on the competition barbecue circuit as a basting sauce, so mixing the soda in with beans was a natural evolution. Eat &rsquoem hot, eat &rsquoem cold, but those 23 flavors give the beans a zing and deep red coloring. ($1.48 for 15 ½ ounces)

H-E-B Borracho Beans: The &ldquomade with Shiner Bock&rdquo label makes for great window dressing, but the noticeable jalapeño heat, along with chopped onions, cilantro and tomatoes are what put these beans over the top as the best of the bunch. They would pair perfectly with a big old steak or a platter of sizzling fajitas. (98 cents for 15 ounces)

Ranch Style Beans: The PC police got to these pinto beans, and the &ldquoHusband Pleasin&rdquo slogan was replaced with &ldquoAppetite Pleasin&rdquo years ago, but the classic black label remains. Revel in beans soaked in a thin spicy sauce that&rsquos so good, it will make you want to grab a horse and hit the Chisholm Trail. (98 cents for 15 ounces)

Trader Joe&rsquos Organic Baked Beans: They come from a can, but feel free to keep that a secret. The white beans mix the sweet with a tangy tart finish and taste genuinely homemade. Added bonus points for the 7 grams of fiber per serving, compared to 6 grams in most other varieties. ($1.49 for 15 ounces)

Vietti Beef & BBQ Baked Beans: Chili purists who insist beans have no place in a proper bowl might have second thoughts after sampling these. The roles get reversed, with the beef relegated to sidekick status, and the end result is a satisfying experience that will make you hunt for a piece of cornbread on the side. ($1.88 for 15 ounces)


Trader Joe's Reveals the Most Popular Products of 2019

While some look forward to the annual celebrity award season, many people overlook another crucial award announcement that happens this time of year: The Trader Joe&aposs Annual Customer Choice Awards. According to The Kitchn, this year marks the 11th choice awards for the grocery store giant, and they&aposve once again asked customers to pick their overall favorite product from the previous year. Which item won the prized honor in 2019? The "Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend."

Trader Joe&aposs revealed customers&apos raving reviews of the seasoning, and one customer even said, "This stuff is, quite literally, my everything." The runners-up in the overall favorite category included the cauliflower gnocchi, mandarin orange chicken, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, and the Unexpected Cheddar. Those same items came out on top in other categories. Mandarin orange chicken was dubbed favorite entrພ, cauliflower gnocchi was rated the best vegan/vegetarian item, dark chocolate peanut butter cups won for sweet treat, plantain chips took home the top spot for snack, non-dairy oat beverage was the favorite beverage, avocados were the top pick in produce, Unexpected Cheddar won for cheese, and seasonal scented candles were the favorite in home, bath, and beauty.

Even though the grocery store keeps up with the choice awards each year for customers, it is not the only way it connects with shoppers. A Trader Joe&aposs employee previously revealed on Reddit that kids who spot purposely-hidden toys in the store can get a treat. "Each store has a stuffed animal of some sort hiding somewhere," the employee wrote. "It&aposs really just for kids to run around and find the missing animal, and they get a treat. Kids seem to LOVE it and parents go along with it, too."

Kendra Friend-Daniel, the Public Relations Director for Trader Joe&aposs, confirmed this in a statement to The Kitchn. "Now, I cannot say that there is one in every single store, but in general, stores typically have one," she said. "It&aposs a way to engage with kids in our store. If they locate the hidden stuffed toy, they just let a Crew Member know and they&aposll receive a treat. The type of stuffed toy and treat may vary store to store, but for example, in my local Trader Joe&aposs there&aposs a hidden penguin and when my daughters locate it, they receive a lollipop."


Trader Joe's Reveals the Most Popular Products of 2019

While some look forward to the annual celebrity award season, many people overlook another crucial award announcement that happens this time of year: The Trader Joe's Annual Customer Choice Awards. According to The Kitchn, this year marks the 11th choice awards for the grocery store giant, and they've once again asked customers to pick their overall favorite product from the previous year. Which item won the prized honor in 2019? The "Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend."

Trader Joe's revealed customers' raving reviews of the seasoning, and one customer even said, "This stuff is, quite literally, my everything." The runners-up in the overall favorite category included the cauliflower gnocchi, mandarin orange chicken, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, and the Unexpected Cheddar. Those same items came out on top in other categories. Mandarin orange chicken was dubbed favorite entrée, cauliflower gnocchi was rated the best vegan/vegetarian item, dark chocolate peanut butter cups won for sweet treat, plantain chips took home the top spot for snack, non-dairy oat beverage was the favorite beverage, avocados were the top pick in produce, Unexpected Cheddar won for cheese, and seasonal scented candles were the favorite in home, bath, and beauty.

Even though the grocery store keeps up with the choice awards each year for customers, it is not the only way it connects with shoppers. A Trader Joe's employee previously revealed on Reddit that kids who spot purposely-hidden toys in the store can get a treat. "Each store has a stuffed animal of some sort hiding somewhere," the employee wrote. "It's really just for kids to run around and find the missing animal, and they get a treat. Kids seem to LOVE it and parents go along with it, too."

Kendra Friend-Daniel, the Public Relations Director for Trader Joe's, confirmed this in a statement to The Kitchn. "Now, I cannot say that there is one in every single store, but in general, stores typically have one," she said. "It's a way to engage with kids in our store. If they locate the hidden stuffed toy, they just let a Crew Member know and they'll receive a treat. The type of stuffed toy and treat may vary store to store, but for example, in my local Trader Joe's there's a hidden penguin and when my daughters locate it, they receive a lollipop."


The Best Trader Joe's Foods, According to @traderjoeslist

Synergistically Seasoned Popcorn

Seasoned with a blend of white vinegar powder, yeast extract, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and smoke flavoring, this crunchy munchie isn't the standard, artificial butter-flavored popcorn you're used to noshing on. "The flavors of this new item come together in my mouth like a symphony of flavors that are highly addictive: tangy, spicy, salty and smokey," says Fischer. "Trader Joe's has managed to season each popped corn kernel perfectly." Be warned: This best Trader Joe's food is so tasty, you'll want to polish off a bag in one sitting.

Ube Ice Cream

When you're craving a frozen treat that satisfies your sweet tooth but doesn't feel like it'll give you a cavity, turn to this best Trader Joe's food. The seasonal ice cream is made from ube (aka purple yams), which gives it a vanilla and nutty flavor profile. "It's creamy, sweet but not too sweet, and has flavors of matcha minus the tart," says Fischer. "The lavender color feeds my eyes, while the flavor profile of this ice cream feeds my soul! I look forward to this item every year and it sells out quickly!"

Chili Spiced Pineapple

For a healthy-ish midnight snack or office munchie, stock up on this bag of dried, seasoned pineapple, which Fischer calls "100 percent delicious." "The jerky-like texture of the sweet, dried pineapple is perfectly matched with the chili and sugar spice that coats each ring," she says. More specifically, the sweet-and-spicy seasoning is a blend of cane sugar, salt, cayenne pepper and paprika that have you going back for seconds. And that's totally OK: Two slices of this best Trader Joe's food will provide you with 6 grams of hunger-quelling fiber. (Wait, is dried fruit healthy?)

Patio Potato Chips

If the package's adorable illustrations of potatoes grilling and swimming in blow-up pools doesn't instantly capture your heart, the best Trader Joe's food's variety of flavor offerings definitely will. "If you're looking for a bag of chips that will satisfy every chip craving, this is it," says Fischer. "There are four types of chips in this bag ranging from Dill, Ketchup, BBQ, and Sea Salt & Vinegar. The best part is the seasonings marry together in the bag creating a whole new flavor of chip that is 100 percent delicious and may prompt you to buy several more bags."

Vegan Cookies & Cream Vanilla Bean Bon Bons

Of all the plant-based items TJ's has to offer, these vegan bon bons score some of the highest marks - and they don't even taste dairy-free. "You would be surprised to learn there is coconut in the base, as the vanilla bean flavor steals the show," says Fischer. "The cookie to 'ice cream' ratio is perfect, lending a fair amount of cookie to each bon bon." Stash a box of the best Trader Joe's food in your freezer so you can treat 'yo self when you need it most. (Related: Vegan Ice Cream Brands Worth Giving Up Dairy For)

Spindrift Spiked

This alcoholic bevvie may not technically be one of the best Trader Joe's foods, but it's novelty makes it well-worth a mention on this list. Available in Mango, Lime, Pineapple, and Half & Half flavors, the hard seltzer tastes just like regular, booze-free Spindrift but boasts a 4 percent ABV, says Fischer. "I have always enjoyed a spiked sparkling water, but I had no idea how good they could be until Spindrift released their 12-pack in Trader Joe's," she adds. "This is 100 percent going to be the drink of this summer." (Don't forget to stock your fridge with these other canned alcoholic drinks too.)


Other

Credit: Trader Joe’s

Soft And Juicy Dried Mango: I find dried fruit to be hit or miss and, while the majority of the TJ options are great, there are still some dried fruit products of theirs that just don’t do it for me. The soft and juicy dried mango, however, is an absolute staple of mine and something I always have on hand. It is the perfect combination dried yet still juicy — and sweet but not too candy-like.

Credit: Trader Joe’s

Chomps: If you’re a jerky person, do not sleep on these. They’re a more flavorful — and real ingredient-focused — take on a Slim-Jim. I wish I was kidding when I said I have one of these on me at all times when I leave the apartment. My personal favorite is the jalapeño beef stick!

Desserts and treats:

Credit: Trader Joe’s

Crispy Peanut Butter Filled Milk Chocolate Peanuts: Addicting is an understatement when it comes to this product. Think of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, but better. Shaped like peanuts in a shell, this chocolate covered peanut butter treat is the perfect blend of my favorite combination — peanut butter and chocolate — with an additional crunch from the crispy rice.

Hold The Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones: If you’re an ice cream lover like myself, these will not last long in your home. They’re the perfect mini ice cream cone for a post lunch or dinner dessert that has a crunchy chocolate-filled cone, deliciously creamy ice cream and a hard shell on top. They come in multiple flavors, but my favorite is the original vanilla ice cream flavor.

Gone Bananas: Frozen chocolate covered banana slices… need I say more!? Dipped in peanut butter, there is truly nothing better.