Top Pick Of The Week

December 15, 2009

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Spread Peanut Butter

This peanut butter is the stuff desserts and hors d’oeuvres are made of. Here, we put different flavors of spread in the center of flower cookies. All photography by Evan Dempsey | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Gourmet peanut butter and almond butter.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: For starters, there are some 170 flavors, including flavors for canines.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Skill and thrill: flavor combinations handmade with great skill that thrill the palate.

Gourmet Peanut Butter & Almond Butter: Spread It On!

CAPSULE REPORT: Some people are specialists who do what they do better than anyone else. Like Spread.

Spread’s specialty is luxury peanut butter and almond butter. How luxurious? One variety has edible gold flakes. But most are slightly less ornately-embellished PB and AB. Four ounces of nut butter cost $12.00 or $13.00, the PB/AB equivalent, ounce-per-ounce, of a box of luxury chocolates. And there are quite a few luxury chocolate PB and AB flavors to choose from in Spread’s repertoire of 170 or so.

It you’re still looking for that special gift, this could be it. You can buy Spread in individual jars or in a variety of themed gift boxes, including “gentlemen’s,” holiday and Latin flavors, plus two collections just for canines.

If you’re looking for a new gourmet food addiction, you’ve come to the right place. Once you start, you can’t stop—and why should you? Each of the 47 or so flavors currently listed on the website sounds equally tempting, unless you have something against butterscotch, cherry, chile, cinnamon, cookies and cream, lavender, pretzels or the myriad of other inclusions.

One thing we guarantee: Just look at the list of flavors and you’ll never look at peanut butter/almond butter the same way again. Join us as we visit Spread’s spreads—strictly for adults, except for child gourmets and pampered pooches. Read the full review below.

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Our recommendations are based purely on our opinion, after tasting thousands of products each year, that they represent the best in their respective categories.

More Top Pick Nut Butters

Artisana Nut Butter PB Loco Sunland PB
Artisana Nut Butter. Sautéed mushrooms and garlic take on new excitement with a few flakes of coconut butter. You can use cashew butter instead of peanut butter on a sandwich, or make pasta sauce or ice cream. Read the review. PB Loco Peanut Butter. These flavored peanut butters are not just bread spreads: They’re ingredients for sauces, dessert toppings and more. If you can’t imagine Raspberry White Chocolate peanut butter, read the review. Sunland Infused Peanut Butter. Here’s what to do with a jar of onion parsley peanut butter: PB sandwiches, crackers, canapés, dips, and anything savory you’d do with regular PB. Read the review.

Gourmet Peanut Butter: Spread It On!


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Spread Peanut Butter Overview

We’ve written up gourmet peanut butter lines before. But they’re nothing  quite like Spread peanut butter.

Spread peanut butter and almond butter are the offspring of Spread the Restaurant in San Diego, which serves organic vegetarian and vegan “nouveau comfort food,” plucked from local farmers markets by chefs/owners Andrew and Robin Schiff.

Their “outside the box” approach to creative menus show itself in the 43 or so flavors of peanut butter and almond butter made for humans, plus four flavors for canines.

While each precious jar makes just four sandwiches—or in our case, a week of dipping spoonfuls from the jar—this is gourmet indulgence as its finest. They also make wicked sauces, spreads for canapés and garnishes for desserts.

You’ve never spread anything like Spread—as you’ll see the moment you turn to the next page.

—Karen Hochman


Spread Peanut and Almond Butter
Whether you prefer peanut butter, almond butter, or both, Spread will seduce you with irresistible flavors.


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