Power to the Peanut
You can’t get more homemade or handmade than Reginald’s Homemade Nut Butters, a Central Market Foodie Find.
He and his team drive more than an hour every few days for Reginald’s key ingredient – fresh, blanched Virginia peanuts. That’s when the artisans at Reginald’s get down to the business of making gourmet peanut butter.
Founder and owner Andrew Broocker (whose name is not Reginald, but more on that later) is all about making peanut butter and making it right, all by hand.
Even though Reginald’s Homemade Nut Butters are minimally processed, all natural, and come in tantalizing foodie flavors like Apple Sin (not your ordinary apple cinnamon), Nana Honey (bananas + honey + peanut butter = awesome), and Bourbon Pecan (think bourbon pecan pie in a jar), for Broocker, “gourmet” is about the process.
Batches of Virginia peanuts are roasted by hand with nothing by a few drops of oil in pans dedicated to that purpose, and each jar of peanut butter is prepared by expert hands – mixed, poured, weighed, lidded, sealed, and labeled with handwritten freshness dates.
The team at Reginald’s also go the extra mile in creating their fun-flavored, comfort food. Each of Broocker’s flavors is specially crafted to actually taste like its name without overwhelming the pure taste of Virginia peanuts. What you get is the perfect mix of gourmet and just plain good.
And just plain good, it is. So good, in fact, that you can forget jelly, bread, pretzels, apples or anything else that normally goes with peanut butter. Just grab a spoon!
So if founder and owner Andrew Broocker is not Reginald, who is? Reginald was the family dog – a 25-pound Cockapoo who, according to Broocker, “ruled the world for 14 years and who would be proud at how the company’s turned out.”