Spicy foods: The Kicker at Krema Nut Company

From the 03/03/2011 edition

That kiddie classic - the PB&J - receives a much appreciated in-your-face adult makeover with Krema's swingin' The Kicker ($4). It's anchored by thick-cut slabs of dense, locally baked Great Harvest bread (I go with the grown-up whole wheat option), and at first bite, the old schoolday staple tastes mostly how you remember it, albeit with a premium ingredient upgrade.

But pull away after about three more chews, and the Kicker flickers with a tickling flame lit by Krema's incredibly delicious, cumin-kissed spicy peanut butter plus a healthy slather of thick, fruity and surprisingly hot raspberry preserves.

Heat factor: 2 out of 4