Peanut butter alternatives

My coworker and I were interested in trying out the different peanut butter alternatives to see the kind of options that are out there for people who may be allergic to peanut butter. Especially now that many schools are declared ‘peanut free’ zones, it will be interesting to see what other options are available.

Here are the different types of nut butters we provided:

Smooth peanut butter
All-natural peanut butter
Almond butter
Soy butter
Sunflower butter
My theory:
I think that people will be able to tell the difference between the different nut butters. However, I think that the peanut butter and sunflower butter will be similar in taste. I think that almond butter and soy butter will be pretty easy to pick out (although I’m curious how the taste of soy butter compares to peanut butter). Would people choose a different nut butter besides peanut butter if given the option?
Taste testers:
Please try each sample and indicate any flavour and texture differences between each sample. Is there one that you would choose over the others?The Reveal:
Thank you everyone for submitting your comments. Here are the results:
A: Sunflower butter
B: All-natural peanut butter
C: Soy butter
D: Almond (1 person’s favourite)
E: Smooth peanut butter (5 people’s favourite)My thoughts:
Well, this was very interesting! Some people could easily identify which samples were peanut butter versus other nut butters and other people couldn’t. Most people found the taste of the sunflower butter too strong, which is very interesting because one of the first experiments we did was peanut butter versus sunflower butter and at that time we thought that they weren’t that different. However, compared to almond butter and soy butter as other possible options, it was obvious how different sunflower butter tastes compared to other nut butters.

Most of the taste testers still preferred the taste of regular, creamy peanut butter (not the all-natural). Looks like old habits die hard. With this taste test, it was all about familiarity with people choosing the nut butter they were most used to in terms of taste and texture.

Almond butter and soy butter tasted quite similar to peanut butter, so much so, that some people thought that these two butters were actually peanut butter. I actually preferred soy butter over the regular, creamy peanut butter because it was slightly sweeter than peanut butter. Almond butter was also a close runner up. However, if I had to choose a peanut butter substitute, I would choose soy butter.