Given that Americans consume roughly one billion pounds of peanut butter
per year, odds are high that there’s a peanut butter
lover on your holiday shopping list. While most of these folks would be content with a jar of Jif and a spoon, we’ve gone searching for an array of unique gift ideas that are as diverse as the millions of different PB devotees out there. The one trait that unites nearly all of these items is that they’re edible. Sure, you could get your relative a t-shirt or mug declaring their passion for the butter
of the gods, and they might use it once in a while. But they’d probably prefer to simply savor the object of their affection. With that in mind, here are 13 ideas to delight the peanut butter
lover in your life this holiday
season! And be sure to check out the video above for Chowhound and NY Live
‘s top peanut butter destinations in NYC.
For the Spice Fanatic
Know someone would never even consider opting for “mild” or “medium?” Treat them to a spread that brings the heat. North Carolina’s Big Spoon Roasters handcrafts their Hot Peanut Butter
with dried guajillo, ancho, and habanero
For the Coffee Drinker
What could be more comforting than starting your day with the nostalgic flavors of PB&J
For the Caffeine-Free
Cold Stone Creamery is here for those who prefer hot chocolate
over coffee. The ice cream purveyors have ventured beyond the freezer aisle with a cocoa mix inspired by their Peanut Butter
Cup Perfection ice cream.
For the Adventurous Eater
From our PB&J days, we all know that peanut butter plays well with others. But jelly is just the beginning. Reginald’s Homemade, based in Virginia, offers a host of unexpected flavor combos like Chocolate Peppermint Pistachio and Coconut Sour Cherry. Over on the West Coast, Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters calls itself “The Bolder Nut Butter.” With options like Spicy Thai and Garam Masala, we’d say they live up to their claim.
For the Morning Person
On top of that unbeatable nutty taste, each serving of Erin Baker’s Homestyle Granola contains a good deal of fiber and 20 grams of whole grains to boot!
For the Brunch Enthusiast
Just when you thought weekend mornings couldn’t get any better, along came Peanut Butter Pancake and Waffle Mix from Williams Sonoma.
For the #PSL Addict
Pumpkin Spice. It’s not just for lattes anymore, thanks to the Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter
Blend from Portland’s Wild Friends company. Buy it as a three-pack or as part of a seasonal variety pack that also includes Gingerbread, Sugar Cookie
, and Chocolate Pumpkin Spice spreads.
For the Snacker
Peanut butter cups + caramel corn. Now that’s a pairing sure to make any peanut butter lover swoon.
For the Chocoholic
Max Brenner’s milk chocolate bar is filled with peanut butter, roasted peanut bits, and honey. Step aside, Reese’s.
For the One with the Big Sweet Tooth
If you’ve never laid eyes on a cookie from Levain Bakery, you should know that the word “cookie
” isn’t quite sufficient when it comes to describing these dense, scone-shaped hunks of heaven. The Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Chip flavor is available on Levain’s website in packs of 4, 8, or 12, or as part of a variety pack with Chocolate Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin.
For the Home Chef
Give your loved one the opportunity to discover even more ways to use their favorite ingredient. Ann Criss’ “Peanut Butter Passion” features over 100 recipes including some more unexpected occasions for peanut butter, like dinners and drinks.
For the Philanthropist
PB Crave produces peanut
butters in five mouthwatering flavors including Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
and Raspberry White Fudge & Dark Chocolate. But as if that wasn’t sweet enough, they also donate at least 2% of the profits from each jar to Project Peanut Butter
, a non-profit working to advance the treatment of childhood malnutrition.
For the Long-Distanced Loved One
Keeping in touch with friends and relatives in other cities can be hard. But buy them a subscription to a peanut
-of-the-month club and they’ll receive a monthly reminder of how much you care. Big Spoon Roasters and Peanut Butter & Co
offer subscriptions that range from 3 months to 6 months to ongoing.
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