As the cute, little singer, Harper Phillips croons, "I am USDA certified in love with you"— Justin's Nut Butter. I love to see local talent make it big. In this little story I see two Boulderites on their way to doing just that. Justin Gold's line of almond, peanut and hazelnut butters just can't be beat and the growth of his company is proof of that! Justin's Nut Butters recently launched a decadent chocolate version of their Almond Butter. I find it reminiscent of Nutella® (which we can't/won't eat). I have yet to try it, but I bet Justin's new Chocolate Hazelnut Butter tastes even MORE like Nutella (maybe he'll send me a sample for this plug), since Nutella is made with hazelnuts.
Below is an ingredients comparison. When I see words like "modified" and "artificial" I promptly put the product back on the shelf. I like that Justin uses "natural" and "organic" ingredients. My only gripes are that it is sweetened with evaporated cane sugar (which we eat very little of) and is made with palm oil (which the jury is still out on). Aside from those two things, it makes for a nice treat (everything in moderation) on slices of apples or mixed into a bowl of hot cereal!
Ingredients in Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter: Dry Roasted Almonds, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Natural Vanilla, Sea Salt.
Ingredients in Nutella®: Sugar, Modified Palm Oil, Hazelnuts, Cocoa, Skim Milk, Reduced Minerals Whey (from milk), Soy Lecithin: An Emulsifier, Vanillin: An Artificial Flavor.
And now, for the second part story. I first heard Harper Phillips' sweet, folky voice on Justin's Nut Butters website. I think her voice and charm will take her places. Here is a "love song" for Justin as seen on Justin's Nut Butters site. Cute! And, she plays the ukulele! Love it.