Jem crafts certified organic, non-GMO, vegan nut butters. Their facility is completely peanut and gluten-free, so their products can be enjoyed by a wide audience. 

The stone-grinding process is the secret behind Jem’s smooth texture. Sourced from fair-trade ingredients, their nut butters are only made in small batches and boast some complex flavors. While on the hunt for mess-free, filling dorm snacks, I was lucky enough to stumble upon Jem and sample their offerings. 

Hazelnut Raw Cacao Butter

banana, butter, peanut butter, bread, toast, cake, sweet, chocolate
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I tried this sweet flavor on toast with honey and banana slices. It's sweet and sharp with a thick texture, but doesn't have that heavier, oily consistency of a processed product. If you can't shake your Nutella cravings and are wondering how this classic flavor combo can possibly be improved, go guilt-free with Jem's natural alternative.

Superberry Maqui Camu Almond Butter

banana, chocolate, rice
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This mix of Spanish almonds and rare fruit gives off an earthy yet tart flavor. Maqui is a small purple berry that grows in  Chile. The camu camu berry is harvested in Peru and is widely considered a superfood because of its high vitamin and antioxidant content.

Cashew Cardamom Almond Butter

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This blend is a great mix of spicy and sweet. Cardamom, an herbal spice originally from India, is said to aid in digestion. Whether that's true or not, this one had me reaching for another spoonful.

Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter

coffee, chocolate, tea, cream, milk, espresso, sweet
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This flavor is thicker in consistency than cashew cardamom and the cinnamon gives the spice a sweeter edge. Maca is a root vegetable native to Bolivia and Peru that is said to have a hint of butterscotch. With a spoonful straight from the jar, you can't go wrong.

Cashew Curry Tahini

salad, vegetable, lettuce, tomato
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Jem suggests sampling their newest savory flavor on veggie bowls, rice, or soft-boiled eggs. I tried it as a salad dressing and it didn't disappoint. The curry is strong and there's a definite spicy aftertaste, but the bolder the flavor added to plain veggies the better.

Even after an afternoon of tasting, I've barely scratched the surface of possible ways to enjoy Jem's products. Their blog even suggests trying a spoonful in your latte, so if you're feeling adventurous you may just invent the newest Starbucks holiday special. 

jam, milk, dairy product, sweet, chocolate
Meghan Buonanno

Jem is on the pricier side at $12.99 per 6-ounce jar online, but considering the high quality of the uncommon ingredients, it can hardly be considered overpriced. While all the flavors had me wanting more, they're also quite filling and a little goes a long way. 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Jem for sending free product samples. This review is entirely honest and all opinions are my own.