The Sriracha Peanut Butter Combination You Need To Try

It doesn't matter if you're team crunchy or team smooth — when you think of peanut butter, you likely also think of jelly. There's no sandwich as iconic as the trusty old PB&J. Maybe it's the combo of sweet and salty, or maybe it's the nostalgic flavor that takes you right back to the years of lunchboxes and recess. Whatever it is, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich has earned its spot as one of America's favorite sandwiches.

But peanut butter also pairs well with other spreads and foods, like bananas, cinnamon, honey, marshmallow fluff, and even pickles, to name a few (yes, the peanut butter and pickle sandwich is a thing). One of the more recent discoveries, however, is the unique combination that is peanut butter and Sriracha. Apparently adding a dash of the iconic hot sauce to your nut butter sandwiches is a new trend. Is it worth trying? Here's what you need to know.

Peanut butter and sriracha tastes better than it sounds

If you think pouring Sriracha on your peanut butter sandwich sounds disgusting, you aren't alone — a brave writer at Philly Mag who volunteered to test out the combo (with some added basil) thought the same thing. But, she says, don't knock it 'til you try it. "It was weird and extremely off-putting," she describes her first impression of the sandwich, which she says smelled like bologna. But she was won over at first bite. 

"It was really, unexpectedly delicious," she says. "The smooth and sweet taste of the peanut butter perfectly dulled the spicy taste of the Sriracha ... and when you think about it, it's pretty similar to all the ingredients in a peanut-y Thai dish, just in a new format."

Others agree that the pairing is a must-try, even if you're skeptical. "I can also attest to the awesomeness that is peanut butter + sriracha," one Reddit user gushes. Even the New York Times has published a peanut butter, sriracha, and pickle sandwich recipe. Lunch tomorrow, perhaps?