Which is better: Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
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Which is better: Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?

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Let's settle this. There is an argument to be made for both. On one hand, the texture of crunchy peanut butter gives any snack a unique sense of heftiness that is to be cherished. On the other, creamy peanut butter has an enticing quality to it; spreading it perfectly on a piece of bread is a sort of symphony. Do peanuts corrupt peanut butter or make it exponentially better? What do you think?

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Honestly, why is this even a question? Peanuts belong in peanut butter. It's in the name for a reason. There is not a more beautiful sight on this earth than the top of an untouched, fresh jar of crunchy peanut butter, and if you're the lucky enough to dig into the goodness first, enjoy that extra layer of peanuts–swirl that crunchy goodness on your chosen vessel and revel in your fortune.

And for those who say creamy peanut butter is easier to spread and to cook with, please imagine biting into a peanut butter cookie with no small peanut pieces in it. That slight crunch transforms a boring desert into a legendary one. Crunchy peanut butter has just as much culinary fortitude as creamy; anyone who says different is just lazy.

It is simply unfathomable that creamy peanut butter could actually taste better than crunchy. It's bland and frankly, a poser. Asking for peanut butter without peanuts is like asking for an Oreo without filling. 

Listen, peanut butter began as a mash, and it should stay a mash. Crunchy peanut butter is just creamy peanut butter with peanut pieces added in after the fact. Peanut butter is meant to be butter-like, and would you want chunks of curdled milk in your butter when you spread it on toast? I didn't think so.

And speaking of spreading, smooth peanut butter just works with everything better. You can spread it on bread without fear of decimating the bread itself, you can dip things in it, you can put it in a smoothie, you could even top your dessert with it. Who needs to look at a gross hunk of peanuts weighing down a perfectly good peanut butter and jelly sandwich; creamy peanut butter maintains the purity that crunchy peanut butter lacks, making it far superior.

In 2013, Survata found that 57% of Americans prefer creamy to crunchy peanut butter. The country has spoken. The debate is over. 

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