Contrary to popular myth, George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter, but he did pioneer spreading it on the roof of dogs' mouths to make viral web clips with satirical voiceovers. Discover peanuts’ other great purposes with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of nut-inspired goods at Krema Nut Company.
One of the oldest American peanut butter factories still in operation, Krema Nut Company packs protein-rich peanuts into butters, popcorn, milkshakes, and more. Peanut lovers and ambitious squirrels stocking up for winter rejoice in Krema Nut's store, snagging bags of fresh nuts that include extra-large Virginia peanuts ($3.29), giant cashews ($13.99), bright green shelled pistachios ($13.99), and chocolate-cloaked almonds ($4.99). Spice up brown-bag lunches sans self-touting love notes with Krema's specialty nut butters; a combo pack includes heart-healthy creamy peanut butter, crunchy peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, and hot-and-spicy peanut butter ($22.95).
Nutty connoisseurs can expand their palates at Krema's peanut-inspired café with hunger-squashing sandwiches such as the Classic Old Timer, which partners a thick layer of crunchy peanut butter with rich strawberry preserves and fresh sliced strawberries on Great Harvest Bread ($4.25), or the Buckeye, a sweet concoction of freshly ground peanut butter and nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread ($3.75). The café also serves up thick milkshakes ($3.50) and towering ice-cream sundaes such as The Ultimate, a stack of vanilla, chocolate, childhood memories, and strawberry ice creams smothered in bananas, peanut butter, whipped cream, peanuts, sprinkles, a cherry, and chocolate sauce ($3.75). The café uses ingredients from local companies, making each tongue-trapping mouthful a sustainable indulgence and sparing you the guilt-seeking speeches of eco-conscious polar bears.
Krema Nut Company
Since 1898, Krema Nut Company's presses and roasters have churned out a salty and sweet selection of preservative-free nuts, nut butters, and snacks, which have garnered attention from the Food Network's Unwrapped and Food Finds. The shop’s shelves support more traditional snacks, including bags of caramel corn, dried fruits, and roasted pecan halves, and more experimental morsels, such as wasabi roasted green peas and cashews tumbled in sea salt and black pepper. Alongside classic candies and its line of gourmet chocolates, the staff whips up a menu of sandwiches slathered in homemade nut butters and decadent peanut-butter ice-cream sundaes topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, freshly sliced fruit, and liquid happiness.