The Nut Butters
Barney Smooth Almond Butter ($10.99 for a 16-oz. jar). Blanched almonds make for a velvety, refined butter.
Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters Oregon Hazelnut Chocolate Spread ($13.99 for a 12-oz. jar). Bread hides the fact that you’re indulging in what tastes like a Ferrero Rocher truffle.
Smucker’s Creamy Natural Peanut Butter ($5.49 for a 26-oz. jar, smuckers.com). Just peanuts and salt for PB purists. The original still reigns supreme.
B. Nutty Irresistible Pretzel Gourmet Peanut Butter with Pretzels & White Chocolate ($8 for a 12-oz. jar). So extra: honey-roasted peanuts plus pretzels and white chocolate.
Wild Friends Classic Creamy Peanut Butter ($5.99 for a 16-oz. jar). Most natural PBs need a stir, but this one’s incredibly spreadable from the get-go.
American Spoon Wild Thimbleberry ($25 for a 9-oz. jar). This lavish jar tastes like a currant-raspberry hybrid with caviar-like seeds.
Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon ($8.30 for an 11-oz. jar). Elvis loved bacon and PB, so why not schmear like the King—with a kick?
Inna Jam Blenheim Apricot Savor ($15.95 for a 10-oz. jar). fancy-pants Blenheim apricots in this nectary preserve.
Happy Girl Kitchen Co. Strawberry Summer ($12 for an 8-oz. jar). Sun, not sugar, ripens these berries for true-to-the-fruit brightness.
Mountain Fruit Co. Raspberry Tart ($5.99 for a 9.5-oz. jar). The glossy, full-bodied jam has straight-from-the-bramble flavor.