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Creamy versus crunchy is only the beginning. The abundance of new and inventive nut butters means choosing a favorite stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth salty-sweet spread has never been more delicious. These six will help you get your fix.

Artisana Organic Raw Cashew Butter is superrich and naturally sweet. Try piping it into Medjool dates for an hors d'oeuvre, or thin a few spoonfuls with coconut milk and a pinch of cayenne pepper for an easy stir-fry sauce.

Bits of pretzel swirled into honey peanut butter makes Wild Squirrel Nut Butter Pretzel Pizazz an enticingly crunchy addition to banana bread—just bake it into the batter.

Stir Saratoga Peanut Butter Company Adirondack Jack—a 50-50 blend of peanuts and almonds, mixed with sunflower seeds, cranberries, flaxseeds, cinnamon, and honey—into oatmeal for a silkier texture.

Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter has a short, all-natural ingredient list and a strikingly nutty flavor. Perfect for smearing between chocolate wafers for a semi-homemade cookie sandwich.

Proof that almond butter doesn't have to be gritty: Barney Butter is as creamy as your childhood peanut butter and a natural pairing with anything crisp, like sliced pears or celery sticks.

You can spread the ultrasmooth Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter on still-warm-from-the-oven brownies for an instant icing. Or you can have at the jar with nothing but a spoon and a craving.