Caffeine-spiked peanut butter offers a bittersweet buzz

(credit: Beth Mole)

Last month, New York Senator Charles Schumer brought to our attention the existence of caffeinated peanut butter, which immediately seemed like something we should try. Of course, that was probably not an outcome that Schumer was going for, since he brought it up only in hopes of getting the Food and Drug Administration to ban it. Nevertheless, as a peanut butter fan and a coffee enthusiast, I happily volunteered to eat some and report back.

(credit: STEEM)

To recap, the peppy peanut butter is made by a company called STEEM, based in Greenfield, Massachusetts, which sells 8-ounce jars online for $5.99 each plus $7.50 for shipping. Jars can also be acquired in select grocery stores in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York. But, as far as I can tell, it’s only offered in smooth variety. (Sorry, chunky fans)

The spread is jam-packed with caffeine, the company boasts, with every two-tablespoon serving offering 150 milligrams of caffeine. STEEM says that’s as much caffeine as two cups of coffee. But that entirely depends on how you make your coffee. According to health researchers, a typical 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee contains anywhere from 95 to 200 milligrams of caffeine. So, maybe STEEM employees make weak-ass coffee.

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