Breaking up is hard to do.
When peanuts and I decided to call it quits so many years ago, we agreed we'd see other people, so my classmates would continue to enjoy PB&J's and I would find alternatives like cheese and meats. I never assumed that something like WowButter or I.M. Healthy Soy Butter would walk into my life wearing the same look, smell, and texture of my ex-friend peanut butter. When I first got wind of this new and improved lunch room snack I was a little unsure. What if someone got it confused with the real deal? or lied? There were a number of concerns running through my mind.
Since my significant other gave up eating all nuts and peanuts he was the most excited about these new kids on the block. So we ventured out to find some soy nut butter. When we found out where it was sold (health foods sections of my most grocery stores) we were bombarded by the overwhelming choices. For someone who hasn't had peanut-butter really, I couldn't believe the amount of choices. Crunchy, smooth, sugar, no sugar, honey infused, chocolate. Who knew there were so many ways to eat peanut-butter. After finally deciding on a smooth, normal version, to take home and try it. To my surprise it looked so much like peanut-butter but there was no mistaking it for it. The packaging makes it very clear there are no peanuts in it, using words like substitutes and 100% peanut free in big bold writing. So immediately my worries were put to ease.
My first impression was, bleeckkk! It taste and smells exactly like peanut-butter. It looks like, spreads like, hell it even gave me the same uneasy feeling when it was first opened. Which is actually great for them since that's what they're going for. And, according to my significant other (SO), the taste is parallel with the real peanut-butter. I was overwhelmed with conflicting feelings, I hated it, it reminded me to much of my ex but my SO LOVED IT! The joy in his face was beautiful. I loved the fact that he gave up something for me, and I was so happy I could help him find a substitute or a solution to both our problems.
To be honest, I really don't like it, the smell and taste just reminds of the thing I was told to stay away from my whole life, and it's a feeling I can't seem to wrap my head around. BUT what is amazing about it, is the fact that all the people around me who sacrificed something they enjoyed can now have it again without worry. And just because they like it, doesn't mean I have to. I love the idea that parents can now send kids to school with a classic lunchbox staple, now with a twist SB&J. So I say good riddance to that ex-jar of substance we shall not name and hello to the future of lunch room sandwiches, cookie fillings, and chocolate partners. These substitutes are making it easier and easier for younger kids to enjoy school life and other activities just like everyone else. I don't like it since I've never grew up with it, but now children who are diagnosed with a peanut allergy can experience the same snacks as everyone else.
Now, when I travel with friends or have people stay over I always have a jar ready, so when they ask for peanut butter and toast, or a PB&J, I can show them the new creamy/crunchy/salty-sweet jar in my life.