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Nuts are portable and pack a nutritious punch, making them an ideal on-the-go snack. But if you’re looking for more cream and less crunch, nut butters offer the same protein-packed flavor with the bonus of being spreadable on anything from toast to fruit. Here is a sampling of innovative new nuts and nut butter varieties hitting store shelves. 

Big Spoon Roasters Hot Mamba Peanut Butter with Chiles & Sea Salt. Spicy peanut butter is one of Haiti’s most popular condiments, and it’s present in almost every one of the country’s households and food markets. An homage to this spicy peanut butter tradition, Big Spoon Roasters’ Hot Mamba Peanut Butter blends freshly roasted and milled Runner peanuts, dried guajillo, ancho and habanero chilis, raw organic cane sugar, and sea salt to create a fiery spread. Combine it with your favorite pepper jelly on slices of banana or make it a base for a spicy dipping or noodle sauce. bigspoonroasters.com

Fiddyment Farms Barbeque Pistachios. Fiddyment Farms new and improved gourmet Barbeque pistachios are roasted and have a bold smoky flavor with the perfect amount of sweetness, all packed in a resealable bag available in a variety of sizes. Other Fiddyment Farms pistachio flavors include Chili Lime, Fiddy Fire, Garlic Onion, Lemon, Sea Salt & Pepper, Lightly Salted, and Salt Free. fiddymentfarms.com

Forty Thieves Salted Macadamia Butter with Maple and Vanilla Bean. This award-winning butter is crafted from a short list of premium ingredients including New Zealand grown macadamias, pure Canadian maple syrup, and real vanilla bean. Enjoy a treat packed with monounsaturated fats known for their heart-healthy benefits. Stir Salted Macadamia through coconut ice cream, pour over weekend pancakes, or drizzle over fresh fruit salad. kiwiimporter.com

Lehi Valley Trading Co. Ginger Citrus Almonds. These fresh and crisp almonds are smoothly glazed with cool citrus flavors and a hint of ginger. Lehi Valley Trading Co. is a snack food company with more than 30 years of experience and a strong commitment to superior quality, handcrafted products, and rigorous food safety standards. lehivalley.com

Marchese XXL Italian Chestnuts. Pre-peeled and precooked, Marchese’s XXL Italian chestnuts are ready to use in your favorite recipes. They can be added to any stuffing or dressing, or chopped to add texture and sweetness to grain salads, sautéed vegetables, and baked goods. Pureed chestnuts give body to soups or dips and lend sweetness to desserts like cakes, puddings, and even hot chocolate. marchesecastagne.com (Not pictured.)

Nature’s Greatest Foods Organic Hazelnut Spread. This hazelnut spread blends organic hazelnuts and chocolate. Try this USDA Organic and kosher certified spread on a piece of toast for breakfast or a banana for an enjoyable snack. Nature’s Greatest Foods is a brand under Greenfield Products, which has a mission to bring customers the freshest organic foods and make environmentally friendly household products more affordable. greenfieldproducts.us

Oregon Orchard Rosemary Hazelnuts. These hazelnuts are grown in Oregon, then quickly harvested, steam pasteurized, roasted in small batches, and seasoned with rosemary. They are rich, buttery, and provide a good crunch and piney aroma. Eat on-the-go, share with friends, or serve at parties. Oregon Orchard delivers high-quality hazelnut products made by the Hazelnut Growers of Oregon. oregonorchard.com

Santé Specialty Foods Bourbon Pecans. Pecans and bourbon: two of the best things the South has to offer, are paired together. Serve at your next Kentucky Derby party or jazz brunch, or any time you want to turn a regular snack into a celebration. Santé Specialty Foods is a woman-owned family business based in California’s Silicon Valley. santenuts.com

Setton Farms Chili Limón Seasoned Pistachios. Each resealable bag is packed with 3 ounces of shelled pistachios that are heart healthy, easy to enjoy on the go, and kid friendly. With no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, these all-natural, seasoned kernels are a good source of plant-based protein. Grown in California’s Central Valley, Setton Farms pistachios are vegan, Non-GMO Project verified, certified gluten-free, and kosher. All Setton Farms pistachios are roasted and packaged using renewable energy and eco-friendly practices. settonfarms.com

SuperFat Macadamia Coconut Nut Butter. Macadamia and almond nut butter packed with plant-based fats for deliciously creamy super fuel to support metabolism and brain function. SuperFat is a new brand of nut butters started by the founders of Grasshopper that are made with simple ingredients like MCT, probiotics, and cacao. superfat.com 

Find more products from Specialty Food Association members in the Product Marketplace on specialtyfood.com.


Arielle Feger is content associate for Specialty Food.