Are Grocery Stores Going Nutty?
We're noticing a trend in grocery stores lately -- they're all going totally nuts! Literally, that is. More and more local grocery stores are expanding their nut selections, venturing beyond stock bags of pistachios and cans of mixed nuts to bulk nuts, grind your own peanut butter stations and nut counters where customers can sample nuts and take them home by the pound.
Make your own nut butter at the Chandler Whole Foods store. Bulk pistachios we scored at our local Safeway.
Some Safeway stores, including the one at 32nd St. and Camelback Rd. in Phoenix, have similar machines, and also a gourmet nut bar that's set up like the chocolate counter at See's Candies. The "nut rep" behind the counter will give you a free sample if you're debating between macadamias or cashews or help you pick out the best nuts for your holiday recipes.
What's your verdict on these nutty developments: Would you grind your own peanut butter? Do grocery stores really need a nut bar?