By Kate Malin

What do you do when you can’t find peanut butter that’s just the way you like it? In Mark Overbay’s case, the answer was to make it himself, just the way he remembered it from his days in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe, where communities have been making peanut butter for generations. What started out as a side project making 30 jars at a time quickly turned into Big Spoon Roasters.

Amongst flavors like Peanut Cashew and Chai Spice Nut Butter, the Almond Cocoa Butter stands out as a mix of Mission almonds and roasted cacao nibs, with a touch of North Carolina wildflower honey, organic dark chocolate and sea salt. The slightest bit sweet with an intriguing balance of smooth and crunchy, it is perfect for spreading on toast, or snacking right off the spoon. Free of palm oil and preservatives, it is rich in protein, fiber and calcium. Each batch is hand roasted, milled, and jarred to order.

Almond Cocoa Butter is available at and in stores nationwide. Big Spoon Roasters is part of the Good Food Awards, a project to honor food and drink producers making the sort of food we all want to eat – tasty, authentic and responsible.


From her grassroots work at the Good Food Awards to her continued education at NYU’s Food Studies Master’s Program, Kate Malin brings an unparalleled passion for great food and good people.More Food Finds: