Nutella Alternatives You’ll Love
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Nutella Is Just the Start: Fancy Peanut Butters and Other Spreads to Try

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Nutella Alternatives You’ll Love
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Forget the oversize jar of ordinary peanut butter or when being fancy, that familiar chocolate hazelnut spread. These days, creativity is what’s being spread on everything from crackers to sandwiches and beyond. Join us on a culinary tour of out-of-the-ordinary sweet and/or savory nut butters and other decadent spreads that leave plain ol’ PB in the dust.


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Amoretti Cinnamon Bun Milk Chocolate Spread
Amoretti

Amoretti Cinnamon Bun Milk Chocolate Spread

$6.46 from Amoretti

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Said to be “spicy, bold, silken,” this spread (available in an 11-ounce jar) features, “intense cinnamon with creamy undertones of cacao.” And its list of uses is seemingly endless — spread it on croissants, waffles, crêpes, bagels, and toast or dip your favorite fruits, cookies, pretzels, and other bite-sized treats. That’s versatile, huh?


Lotus Biscoff Crunchy Cookie Butter
Amazon

Lotus Biscoff Crunchy Cookie Butter

$10 from Amazon

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This non-GMO selection has no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives and is vegan-friendly and nut-free. Made in Belgium, this spread – which is becoming quite popular these days – gets its crunch from pieces of Lotus Biscoff cookies. It’s said to be perfect on toast or pancakes, as a dip for fruits, on a sandwich or by itself. Who knows? The 13.4 ounces may not be enough.


Nuts To You Habanero Honey Peanut Butter
Nuts To You

Nuts To You Habanero Honey Peanut Butter

$6 from NutsToYou

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This 8-ounce jar is packed with high protein, low sugar, and is also gluten-free. Oh, and it’s packed with flavor, thanks to its honey-roasted nut mix and St. Lucifer’s Habanero Blend. Billed as an ideal spread for apples, it’s also versatile enough to use in a Thai peanut sauce — or savor right out of the jar. As the company notes, “The heat-lovers in your life will thank you.” 


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Downey’s Genuine Honey Butter
Nuts

Downey’s Genuine Honey Butter

$6 from Nuts

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Those with a sweet tooth may just find a new favorite in this spread that’s created from just two ingredients — honey and butter (Yes, the name did give it away). This homey spread will liven up morning toast or add a sweet finish to baked goods such as cornbread, muffins, and more. The naturally low-fat product is sold in 8-ounce containers.


Robert Rothschild Farm Cherry Merlot with Smoked Black Pepper Spread
Robert Rothschild

Robert Rothschild Farm Cherry Merlot with Smoked Black Pepper Spread

$10 from Robert Rothschild Farm

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The description for this 4.7-ounce jar lets you know it's made for a sophisticated palate: “Perfect for glazing crispy bacon strips, roasted vegetables, or pairs perfectly with fontina, camembert, and Monterey Jack cheeses.” Bon appétit.


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b.nutty Irresistible Pretzel Gourmet Peanut Butter
QVC

b.nutty Irresistible Pretzel Gourmet Peanut Butter

$17 from QVC

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Combine pretzels and white chocolate with honey-roasted peanut butter and a tasty hybrid emerges. Spread on crackers or fruit, add to oatmeal, or even use this spread in baking. The gluten-free, trans fat-free, and Kosher product arrives in a set of two 12-ounce jars.


Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters
Amazon

Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters

$9 and up from Amazon

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Sure, this collection of “adult” nut butters, sold individually in 12-ounce jars, includes Classic Salted Peanut Butter, but there are plenty more, including Everything Bagel Nut Butter, Spicy Thai Peanut Butter, Espresso Nib Peanut Butter and Honey Chipotle Peanut Butter. 


Stonewall Kitchen White Fig Spread
Stonewall Kitchen

Stonewall Kitchen White Fig Spread

$8 from Stonewall Kitchen
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It’s said by this 9.5-ounce spread’s manufacturer that the white fig is a chef favorite for its nutty flavor. It’s billed as an ideal pairing for cheese but also finds a place at the breakfast table spread on croissants, scones, or in crêpes.


Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter
The Vitamin Shoppe

Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

$5 from The Vitamin Shoppe

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This gluten-free option, sold in 16-ounce jars, elevates everyday peanut butter to another level thanks to the addition of two traditional “comfort” flavors, raisins and cinnamon. As one five-star review notes, “It is so versatile to spread on fruit, toast, waffles, etc. I’m also guilty of eating it right out of the jar!”


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The Bacon Jam Bacon Spreads
QVC

The Bacon Jam Bacon Spreads

$28 from QVC

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As the saying goes, “Everything’s better with bacon.” Well, then this gift set of three 7.5-ounce jars sounds just about right for the bacon lover. Created to be spread on burgers, crackers, sandwiches, waffles or even as a glaze for the holiday ham, the spreads come in three flavors, Original, Sweet Chili and Black Pepper. As the product description notes, “Don’t fry it, just try it.” 


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Brontedolci Sicilian Lemon Cream
My Panier

Brontedolci Sicilian Lemon Cream

$12 from My Panier

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Imagine a sweet slice of fresh bread slathered with citrus flavor. That’s what this imported-from-Italy spread gives you. The 6.7-ounce jar offers a spread billed as “rich and dense with a zesty lemon scent.” It’s ideal to add to desserts, as well. As one reviewer noted, “The lemon flavor is so pure and it makes everything taste so good.”


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Vincente Delicacies Sicilian Cream of Pistachio Nut Spread
Amazon

Vincente Delicacies Sicilian Cream of Pistachio Nut Spread

$19 from Amazon

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This all-natural product of Italy, sold in a 7.05-ounce jar, is said to be excellent paired with toast or panettone. It can also top ice cream, add flavor to icings, be drizzled over cakes, or simply eaten off a spoon. Ideal for the holidays, it may just become a year-round pick.


Green Mountain Goodness Pure Vermont Maple Cream
Amazon

Green Mountain Goodness Pure Vermont Maple Cream

$17 from Amazon

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For those who’ve never tried maple cream (basically spreadable maple syrup) why not? This 16-ounce jar is filled with maple cream, a preservative-free spread produced by a family-owned and -operated company since 1912. With nearly 350 customer reviews and a 4.7 out of 5 rating, the over-the-top comments, with titles ranging from “Oh my lord” to “Heavenly!” seem justified. Spread on toast, biscuits, pancakes, add to oatmeal, use as a frosting … you get the idea.


Brownwood Acres Famous Cherry Butter
Fruit Fast

Brownwood Acres Famous Cherry Butter

$17 from FruitFast 

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Sure, apple butter may be a traditional country favorite — but this is a cherry of a twist that dates back to 1945. Inspired by the apple-butter tradition, Mary Louise Morse created this spreadable fruit butter with Michigan tart cherries. It went from a sought-after gift for her visitors to commercial production, and has been handcrafted by Brownwood Acres for more than 60 years. Sold in an 11-ounce jar, it’s billed as as spread that will become your breakfast stand-by.


Terrapin Ridge Farms Blueberry Bourbon Pecan Jam
Amazon

Terrapin Ridge Farms Blueberry Bourbon Pecan Jam

$10 from Amazon

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Can’t decide on a single flavor, or perhaps strawberry jam makes you yawn? This 11-ounce jar is filled with a made-in-the-USA, gluten- and dairy-free, and vegan product that can take you from breakfast (on waffles or toast) through the end of the evening meal (ladle it over ice cream for a decadent dessert). How’s it done? “Blueberries bursting with flavor are married with pecans, raisins, cinnamon, and a splash of bourbon,” for a sophisticated spread for those who like to mix it up.


PB Crave Banana Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Spread
Hampton Farms

PB Crave Banana Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Spread

$7 from Hampton Farms

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No need to craft a multilayered peanut butter sandwich — slicing bananas and adding a topping — when this spread’s on hand. Simply scoop some peanut butter out of this 16-ounce jar and get your peanut-y taste complete with bananas and chocolate chips already added in.


Bonne Maman Pineapple-Passion Fruit Preserves
Simply Gourmand

Bonne Maman Pineapple-Passion Fruit Preserves

$7 from Simply Gourmand

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This is so beyond squeezable grape jelly. The all-natural and perhaps unexpected flavor combination — one a reviewer called both “absolutely delicious” and “sweet and tangy” — is a product of France and sold in a 13-ounce jar. Created without high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colorings, or preservatives, the spread is ideal for toast, brioche, croissants or even a crêpe. (It is French, after all).

 


Marmite Yeast Extract
Amazon

Marmite Yeast Extract

$7 from Amazon

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Those who like Marmite, really like Marmite. It’s made from a yeast extract that is a by-product of brewing beer. It has a strong taste, and it’s unlike anything else you’ve tried. Intrigued? Test the waters with this 4.4-ounce jar of the vegetarian spread – and heed the directions found on its label, “Spread thinly.”


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Deli Direct Wisconsin Cheese Spread
Amazon

Deli Direct Wisconsin Cheese Spread

$39 from Amazon

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Sure, cheese spreads aren’t groundbreaking — but at this time of year, they certainly seem to be more popular. Ideal for hors d'oeuvres, quick snacks, or an easy lunch, cheese spreads make entertaining a breeze. Get three 15-ounce containers with more than a dozen flavor choices including not only the expected Sharp Cheddar Cheese or Swiss & Almond Cheese but also Roasted Garlic, Horseradish, Smokey Bacon Cheese, Garden Vegetable Cheese, and Aged Asiago.


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Jammy Yummy Caramelized Onion Jam
Amazon

Jammy Yummy Caramelized Onion Jam

$12 from Amazon

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Those in search of artisan products — something homemade, all natural, and vegan to boot — might find themselves ordering this savory spread. Made from just caramelized onions, cane sugar, extra virgin olive oil, and salt, the 8-ounce jar is billed as the perfect addition to a cheese board or grilled cheese sandwiches, as a topper for brie tartlets — or even spread on a hamburger, steak, or barbecued meat.


Colavita Artichoke Pate
Colavita

Colavita Artichoke Pate

$10 from Colavita The Store

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This 4.76-ounce jar features an all-natural Italian artichoke pate in extra virgin olive oil. The maker says, “Try it spread on a slice of bread for an easy and healthy snack,” but also use it to add unique flavor to salads, pasta or pizza. Y-U-M.


Black Olive Tapenade
McEvoy Ranch

Black Olive Tapenade

$9.00 from McEvoy Ranch

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Billed as “the definitive tapenade,” this spread, sold in a 7-ounce jar, features both black and Kalamata olives for depth of flavor. Spread on crudités or baguette slices for a flavorful treat or use it to create an easy “dressing” for pasta. Simply toss with spaghetti, fresh parsley and Parmesan for a complete dish.


California Sun Dry Sun-Dried Tomatoes Spread
Amazon

California Sun Dry Sun-Dried Tomatoes Spread

$12 from Amazon

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This two-pack of 9-ounce jars will allow you to experiment a bit. You can mix this tomato spread with cream cheese to savor on a bagel, add a gourmet touch to a grilled cheese sandwich, or give your meatloaf a richer flavor. The spreads feature tomatoes that dry 7 to 10 days. You can also use the spread as a substitute for tomato paste in any recipe.


Les Délices du Lubéron Green Olive Tapenade
Simply Tapenade

Les Délices du Lubéron Green Olive Tapenade

$6 from Simply Gourmand

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This 3.2-ounce jar of green olive tapenade is designed as a spread, condiment, or cooking ingredient. This French-made product that also features capers is from the family-owned Les Délices du Lubéron, which makes all-natural specialties with traditional Mediterranean recipes.


Albert Menes Beetroot and Pink Peppercorns Spread with Goat Cheese
Yummy Bazaar

Albert Menes Beetroot and Pink Peppercorns Spread with Goat Cheese

$11 from Yummy Bazaar

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The 3.5-ounce jar from this Brittany, France-based gourmet brand is sure to up the flavor profile of any simple bread or toast. It’s a creamy topper further enriched by crème fraiche and chickpeas. It contains no added flavorings, colorings, or preservatives, either.


Cellar Door Artisan Preserves Cranberry Jam with Orange & Rosemary
Giften Market

Cellar Door Artisan Preserves Cranberry Jam with Orange & Rosemary

$12 from Giften Market

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It’s cranberry season, no doubt about it. This 9-ounce jar of cranberry jam is filled with “perfect holiday flavor” thanks to its accents of orange and rosemary and is designed to complement a seasonal cheese plate or nestle into the holiday dinner table. It’s also a mindful gift as Cellar Door Preserves integrates sustainability into every step of its production.

The Happy Vegan Notcho Nocheez Classic Almond Spread
Walmart

The Happy Vegan Notcho Nocheez Classic Almond Spread

$9 from Walmart

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Gluten-, dairy- and soy-free, this vegan almond butter is billed as a “shockingly delicious plant-based vegan cheese dip alternative.” Available in 12-ounce jars in three flavors (Classic, Tangy, and Hot), the dip can be eaten with fresh veggies, chips or crackers, used as a sandwich condiment, or as a sauce for steamed vegetables, pasta, and rice.