Last Updated on June 25, 2019
I’m a peanut fan. I especially like them in the shells, but I’ll take them in the jars when necessary. I grew up eating them as a snack and I still package them as part of lunch. They also have the virtue of being filling.
Dollar General sells a couple of varieties of peanuts. One is its house brand, Clover Valley, which comes in unsalted, salted, and honey roasted varieties.
DG also sells brand-name Planters Peanuts.
I decided to try the Clover Valley Dry Roasted Salted Peanuts. They were $2 for a 16-ounce plastic container, which is a fair bit less than the Planters and about the same as Aldi’s Southern Grove Dry Roasted Salted Peanuts.
I noticed a couple of things about the Dollar General peanuts. One, the peanuts are … well, tiny.
This isn’t exactly a problem, per say, but wherever Dollar General gets its peanuts from, they don’t get as big, because I felt like I was popping sunflower seeds. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but suffice to say that the peanuts are small compared to a Planters Peanut or even a peanut from Aldi.
As for taste? They’re merely passable. Almost nothing tops a traditional Planters peanut, but among the various generic peanuts I’ve sampled over the years I’d say that Dollar General’s Clover Valley peanuts are, at best, in the mid-to-lower tier. They’re reasonably salty, but they lack the seasoning that many peanuts have, particularly Planters. That lack of seasoning certainly gives them a salty taste, but not the seasoned dry roasted taste one sees elsewhere.
Nutritionally, they’re about on par with many other peanuts I’ve tried.
Clover Valley Dry Roasted Salted Peanuts aren’t terrible, but they aren’t great, either. They are salty, but they don’t have a lot of seasoning. They’re also really tiny, for some reason. If you’re a real peanut fan, you might want to look instead at the brand-name Planters, which Dollar General also carries, or look for another generic, like Aldi’s Southern Grove Dry Roasted Salted Peanuts. Either way, these Clover Valley peanuts are a passable option, but that’s about it.