Friday, March 7, 2014

Costco's New Almond Butter: Brad's Organic Roasted Almond Butter

You might have noticed that Costco has replaced the Maranatha almond butter, which I blogged about before, with Brad's Organic Roasted Almond Butter, a product of Italy.  

This new product is much more expensive, but organic.   I paid almost $14.00 ($13.69) for the jar; the Maranatha at one time cost under $7.00, but the price has been rising. At 24 ounces, Brad's Organic Roasted Almond Butter is two ounces smaller than the Maranatha jar.  Brad's jar is glass, which I prefer. Sometimes the Maranatha was in plastic, sometimes in glass.

I don't like Brad's as well as the Maranatha, to me, it is slightly bitter, less sweet. I think this bitterness may be the effect of roasting. Regardless, I eat it every morning on toast and sometimes as a snack on fruit during the day.  Here's a Costco pear that became part of the photo above after helping me with my photography class panning exercise.


  1. Brad's Organic Roasted Almond Butter. This almond butter is better because when the almonds were roasted the skins were not removed. This is the bitter taste. Anyone with another opinion? I would Brad's Organic to give us the reason this almond butter is bitter.


  2. The question I would like answered is...are the almonds used not pasteurized? All USA organic almond products by law must be pasteurized by steaming.

    1. Interesting! i don't know.

    2. If it's organic, it's not heated/pasteurized or chemically treated. That's why organic almonds are the only true almonds available. Stupid Democrat lawmakers in California required pasteurization of all almonds grown here, which kills the vitamins, enzymes, along with other bad results. The only real almonds are buying organic from small growers (exempt from the foolish state law) or buying organic almonds imported from Italy, which Brad's Organics uses.

      See this, which I found: "Non-pasteurized means that these Almonds have not been subjected to temperatures that will destroy the enzymes within. We don't describe any of our other products as non-pasteurized because this fact is something that can be taken for granted. It is not normal or beneficial for a food to be heated to a level that will destroy its nutritional value and we are committed to carrying live foods... The condition of the California Almond crop became an issue when some misguided politician took it upon himself to propose legislation that would require the finest Almonds in the world be made "safe" through pasteurization. In so doing the California Almonds were transformed into a dead food that is far diminished in its capability to contribute to the health and well-being of the consumer... Imported Almonds are not subjected to the mandated requirement of pasteurization and we are fortunate to find European growers who can provide high quality, superior tasting Almonds."

    3. I'm finding that understanding food origin, processing and politics is so much more confusing than I anticipated.