Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Won't Miss #521 - peanut cream

When I first arrived in Japan, it seemed that there was no familiar peanut butter on the shelves. It was only in later years that one or two of the bigger local markets started carrying incredibly over-priced and small jars of Skippy peanut butter. Not knowing what was going on, I bought a carton of the substance pictured above. It was stocked with the jelly and jam and had pictures of peanuts on it. It was also a lot cheaper than peanut butter. Of course, I could not read the Japanese at all.

The carton actually says "peanut cream" and it's not peanut butter. It's much more like a cross between jam and peanut butter. It's glossy, sweet, sticky, and pretty disgusting. To complicate matters, there is another version of this which is "whipped" that is very decadent, but is more like frosting than peanut butter. There may be some Japanese companies that make real peanut butter, but the only type I ever saw was Skippy. The whipped variety is fantastic, but really not "food" so much as a treat. You see it most often spread into French-style bread in bakeries.

I don't miss the peanut cream nor the absence of affordable peanut butter. 


  1. A friend of mine bought that once for whatever reason. I decided not to try it. I'll stick to the overpriced Skippy jars.

  2. however, the peanut butter sandwiches from Lawson or 7-11 are divine! I look for them immediately upon arrival in Japan and try to eat a package daily :)

    1. I've never seen peanut butter at those shops - peanut whipped cream (which are so decadent and yummy, but pure calorie evil),but not peanut butter!

  3. i recently became acquainted with them, as my wife prefers peanut cream over the beautiful, real peanut butter i imported from TJ's in Berkeley. unbelievable.

    i have to say that while the taste itself isn't horrible, it's the translucent, caramel-like characteristics that so fraudulently offend my authentic PB sensibilities.

    next time i'm out shopping, i'll have to look for the whipped version.

    thank you for the rather timely post :)

  4. If anyone has ever had any luck finding Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (no substitute brands please) in Tokyo, please let me know ;-)


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