REVIEW (x2): Skippy P.B. Bites (Double Peanut Butter & Pretzel)

What is it about peanut butter that is so uncontrollably addicting? According to my research, 9 out of 10 doctors that I just made up felt that peanut butter is more addictive than even than the purest cocaine. If you take a jar of peanut butter to the couch with nothing but a spoon in hand, you are guaranteed to hate yourself in minutes. What’s worse – nobody knows for sure exactly how much peanut butter is a reasonable serving size. It’s high in fat and calories so you should probably eat less of it, BUT they’re healthy fats, so you should probably eat more of it. It’s a constant internal struggle. The next thing you know, you’ve polished off 5 jars of the stuff and you’re puking in the sink.

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Skippy P.B. Bites come in two flavors: Double Peanut Butter and Pretzel. They are little bite-sized snack balls ideal for two demographics: the absolute laziest of individuals, and fitness-minded fanatics that could use some quick and easy fuel.

For the Lazy: Spreading peanut butter onto anything (bread, crackers, your tongue) is a simple task that requires the bare minimum amount of effort. If you can’t be bothered with grabbing a knife or a spoon, then just shove some of these balls into your mouth.

For the Fit: This container transforms peanut butter into a more portable snack. At 150 calories, 10g of healthy fat, and 13g of carbohydrates per serving, these Skippy P.B. Bites provide a convenient boost pre-workout. Go ahead and stuff this small container into your gym bag right next to the Oreos… you’re not fooling anyone.

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Skippy P.B. Bites Double Peanut Butter is made with a peanut butter flavored center and a peanut butter coating. These are ideal for true peanut butter diehards – the word “peanut” appears 8 times in the ingredient list. These Octuple Peanut Bites have a smooth peanut butter coating on the outside and a slightly hardened center. The subtle textural contrast between the coating and the center make this a fun snack. The peanut butter flavor is authentic to the Skippy brand – a little sweet, a little salty. It’s not hard to describe this flavor – there’s only one node and it happens to be “peanut” 8 times over. Nitpicking: the peanut butter flavor is a little understated compared to Skippy straight from the jar with a slightly less roasted peanut flavor, but it’s not far off. At 6g of sugar per 15 balls, you could snack a lot worse. They are definitely sweeter than the Pretzel variety (more on that shortly). Their biggest flaw is that I just ate half the container without realizing it. See above note on peanut butter vs. cocaine.

My Fact-Checking on Peanut Butter vs. Cocaine Addiction Rating: 0.5 out of 10
How Many Healthy Fats I Just Consumed Rating: Definitely Too Many out of 10
Overall Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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Skippy P.B. Bites Pretzel variety takes the same peanut butter coating but this time envelopes a pretzel at the expense of 4 uses of the word “peanut” in the ingredient list. Let’s start with the obvious – you get a nice crunch from the pretzel center. To me, this texture is a huge advantage in and of itself. Listen, I could write a thesis on why crunchy peanut butter is better than creamy but I will save that for somebody’s eulogy. The snap from the pretzel makes this feel more like a true snack, and it adds bursts of doughy saltiness that give this variety another dimension than simply peanut-on-peanut (on-peanut, on-peanut, on-peanut, on-peanut, on-peanut, on-peanut). The problem is that I didn’t find them salty enough. The salt cuts some of that natural sweetness that I found endearing about the Double Peanut Butter variety. These are definitely still enjoyable – but going back to the Double Peanut Butter immediately after this confirms how much sweeter they are. Pick your poison – salty or sweet. I’m going sweet by a hair.

How Gross Hairy Peanut Butter Sounds Rating: 9 out of 10
I Think I Ate Too Many Balls Rating: 10 out of 10
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

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7 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    I wonder if these are healthier than pb2 powders, which are easy to dose, btw. (Shake an open jar into your mouth and begin the arduous task of removing the residue from the inside of your mouth with your tongue. Repeat until your tongue is fatigued.)

    Pb crisps, they do not appear to be. Damn. My inner fat girl child loved those.

    • Junk Male says:

      Off the top of my head, the PB2 powders are more natural and would surely be the healthier product. I, too, have spooned PB2 powder directly into my mouth. Very dry; but gets the done. PB CRISPS WERE AMAZING.

  2. Theresa says:

    Damn I sure loved me some pb crisps. They should bring those back.

    • Junk Male says:

      Theresa, please start a blog dedicated to why PB Crisps should come back on behalf of all of us. Thank you!

  3. Kaitlyn says:

    i’ve been searching for these for about 3 months. nowhere to be found in my crappy old town. sadface.

    ps: creamy >>> crunchy

    • Junk Male says:

      I’ve seen these at multiple Walmarts for a while, and just recently at Target and Giant. You will find them soon…

      Also, if you’re going to come at me with that creamy peanut butter nonsense, I will get started on that thesis.

  4. Sarah says:

    These sound dangerous. Do you prefer just a good old peanut butter filled pretzel to either of these (tjs has some). Because I feel like a regular pretzel has a good dose of salt to make that peanut butter pop. And I think I may prefer a salty peanut butter to a sweet peanut butter. But eh who am I kidding…anything peanut butter is absolutely delicious. Another awesome review 🙂