Whether you grew up on Jif, Peter Pan or Skippy – or maybe your parents were a little bit hippy and fed you PB&Js spread with Adams, the OG natural peanut butter – it’s time to expand your taste buds. If you take a stroll down the spreads aisle at your local supermarket, you’ll notice the offerings have greatly expanded since you were a kid. According to Mintel, the nut-based and sweets spread category grew to $3.9 billion in 2018, due in large part to greater awareness of the health benefits associated with nut butter, including heart-healthy fats and satiating protein.
Unlike many big brands that have added sugar, oils and preservatives, however, a new crop of companies is producing craft nut (and nut-free) butters using only the best ingredients. Some are even incorporating nuts such as pistachios and pecans to create unique textures and flavors. We stirred, spooned and sampled our way through the latest small-batch spreads to bring you 10 of our favorites.
Bridget Baxter grew up eating peanut butter sandwiches made with Jif almost every day – an eating habit she continued even into college. Once she realized how processed most commercial peanut butters were, she got a food processor and started making her own, launching Moxie Nosh in spring 2016. Based in Missoula, Montana, Baxter’s butters are made by hand, without any sugars or palm oils, and infused with spices, coconut oil, and seeds. Trail Mix Butter – with a chunky texture thanks to the addition of seeds and dried cherries – is a top seller. “It’s a fun, crunchy flavor that is best by the spoonful!” says Baxter. Coming up for fall: pumpkin spice and gingerbread cashew butters.
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