If your culinary fantasies involve Reese’s or a big jar of chunky peanut butter with a spoon, your peanut butter dreams just may come true at the new Smithville Peanut Butter Co. Located in the Village Greene at Historic Smithville, just a stone’s throw from Atlantic City, the shop’s grand opening was December 6.
It’s everything peanut butter: peanut butter fudge, nut brittle, and even a selection of peanut soup. Browse the treats in the peanut butter bakery case. Pastry chef Lisa Palmieri, formerly of the Bay Head Yacht Club and Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck, is busy baking up an array of freshly-made scones, cookies, bread, biscotti, and cupcakes.
The star of the show, of course, is the freshly ground peanut butter. According to General Manager Marcus Vause, their sister store in Cape May goes through 1,800 pounds of peanut butter during a high summer season week. Sample to your heart’s content—Vause graciously provides tiny sample spoons to help you decide among their yummy selection of nut butters: honey roasted, chocolate, cashew, and hazelnut as well as unique cappuccino and sunflower. If you are looking for a natural butter for your morning smoothie or your Bob Harper PB&J oatmeal, this is the place. The almond butter is all almonds and the natural peanut butter is simply that, just the dry roasted nuts and salt. You will, however, become instantly addicted to their best seller, butterscotch peanut butter. Try it on a graham cracker or a slice of pound cake. Someone get me a spoon!
Take a few treats with you as you browse the shops in Historic Smithville (there are more than 90!), and grab a bite at the Historic Smithville Inn or Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern. The Smithville Peanut Butter Company, is easy to reach. Take exit 48 of the Garden State Parkway, just off of Route 9 in Smithville. And when you need more of that butterscotch peanut butter (which you will), you can reorder online. They are also on Facebook.
NOTE: As of Jan 20, the Smithville location is temporarily closed for construction, but you can still place online orders!
Smithville Peanut Butter Company
615 E. Moss Mill Road
Mary Wozniak is a South Jersey mom, lawyer, and freelance writer who lives in Leeds Point, the home of the Jersey Devil. She is the Jersey Bites editor for Atlantic County, which is a foodie’s dream—from the celebrity restaurants of Atlantic City to the blueberry farms of Hammonton and the oystermen of the Great Bay. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.