Sunbutter?!?!

Posted on: Thu, 09/07/2006 - 2:29am
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Last night, I stopped by our local grocery store to pick up a few things. As I walked by the peanut butter section to get to the bread, I glanced over and what do I see??? SUNBUTTER! It's the actual real-life SUNBUTTER! And, it is being sold for less than $3 (USD) and they even have the crunchy variety. They just started selling it because it had the "new item" sign next to it. I just about fainted. After scooping up as many jars as my little cart would carry, I stopped and had a conversation with the store manager about how great this is for our family and families like ours. He is going to contact the buyer to make sure they continue to stock it.

I had been going about an hour out of my way to buy the Trader Joe's variety for both us and our daycare (which I provide Sunbutter for in trade for it being peanut free). And, our Trader Joe's doesn't carry the crunchy type. Wow - it really is the small things in life.

BTW, my two year old PA son loves this stuff - as does everyone at daycare and our families. YUMMY!!!

Posted on: Thu, 09/07/2006 - 3:21am
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was this at a grocery store that is easy to find? by that, i mean one of the big names that might be in my area. i live in southwest missouri. our local walmart just recently started carrying soybutter but i really prefer sunbutter and would like to be able to buy it locally. i have never seen it around here; even when i check the healthfood or specialty type stores. i would LOVE to find sunbutter in my area. we love the creamy variety.

Posted on: Thu, 09/07/2006 - 3:55am
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I've found Sunbutter locally too. Yeah!!! I do notice that it's actually the smaller grocery stores that carry it rather than the larger chain groceries. I've now tried the crunchy kind too. MMMM!

Posted on: Thu, 09/07/2006 - 4:26am
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This was at a Haggen's grocery store in the Seattle, Washington area. As far as I know, they only have stores in Washington and Oregon ([url]http://www.haggens.com[/url]).
We don't care for soy butter either. We have the original jar we bought back when we first received our son's PA diagnosis last February. I bet we've been through 2 cases of Sunbutter since then!

Posted on: Thu, 09/07/2006 - 4:39am
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I had the exact same thing happen to me. Walking past the pb and there it was! I haven't been able to find sunbutter ever before. This was in Albertson's (not sure if they have different names in other parts of the country).
Rebekah

Posted on: Thu, 09/07/2006 - 5:07am
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Our Publix also carries it. I have found both, Kroger and Publix to be wonderful about ordering products that might be "off the wall" to some. A Publix by my parent's house has a huge section devoted to PKU products.
I would consider asking at your local grocery chains. They usually ask that you have the UPC, size and manufacturer. Possibly stress to them that as peanut allergies are on the rise and schools are becoming peanut free that this could be a niche market for them!
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Mommy to Aiden (1/26/05) PA,wheat,barley,soy,egg and others yet to be discovered and Connor (7/21/06) with possible egg allergy

Posted on: Thu, 09/07/2006 - 12:02pm
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In the New England Area Hannaford is now carrying it,in their Organic Food section. It is in with the soybutters (YUCK!) and the almond butters!
It is YUMMY! My 9yo with no PA is beyond THRILLED.
My 3yo (PA) jsut somehow KNOWS not to eat something looking peanut...he won't go near the stuff...and for me I am thrilled by that until he is old enough to read labels and KNOW he is abotu ti injest sunbutter, NOT PB!

Posted on: Thu, 09/07/2006 - 12:36pm
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one of my PA daughters is like that too. she won't even TASTE sunbutter or soybutter. the look, the smell, everything about it turns her off instantly. she is my youngest PA child. my other PA daughter used to feel the same way but at 10 years old now, loves sunbutter, creamy and likes soybutter too. she even likes to take it packed in her lunches for school now. i just always considered their aversion to it at such a young age a bonus....like some kind of natural protection. they REALLY hate the smell of peanut butter, for example.
for us, the sunbutter creamy and the soybutter are more for the non-PA members of the household; the ones who miss the taste of pb and are willing to go without it forever.
my kids get a kick out of how sunbutter cookies turn green the next day....for some reason, the green makes them more attractive to kids. haha. it doesn't affect the taste at all either.

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 3:53pm
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I had an almost identical thing happen. lol I homeschool my two, and this year Matt (my PA boy) decided to study Zoology for science. The animals we're studying are birds, bats, and insects. Naturally, one of the activities/experiments involves those infamous pinecone bird feeders. lol I figured...well, I'll look up at WalMart (where I have to get groceries) just to see if by some freak they have some soybutter, and if not we'll use Crisco. I'd never seen soybutter up there before and totally anticipated using shortening instead, but lo and behold...WalMart had soybutter! Generic label even (which seemed even more surprising to me). So, I picked it up and put it in his Zoology supply kit along with everything else.
Matt has *always* instinctively disliked/avoided things he's allergic to. Well, except for the time last summer when the dodo put a "green thing" in his mouth in a friend's yard to make a silly face...a 'silly' face full of hives later he tells me this, mind you...it was a great big ol' pecan! Anyhow. He was digging through his supply kit the other day, checking out all the goodies he'll get to use in class (spray paint, lots of glass jars, sandpaper...the oddest things got him excited, the biggest reaction was a packet of straws!), and noticed the soybutter. He hollered at me, "PEANUT BUTTER??! MOOOOOOM WHY did you get me PEANUT BUTTER?!" Ooooo boy was he ticked! LOL I picked up the jar (that he wouldn't touch) and told him no, SOYbutter...for a bird feeder. He still wasn't too pleased. lol I told him he could try it when we got to that experiment if he wanted to. "NO WAY! YUCK!" was his reply to that. LOL
I do believe a lot of the allergic little ones have a built in instinct to things that can/will harm them. I've seen it over and over in Matt. Not a bit of it in my oldest (milk, egg, strawberry, red dye...all outgrown now), but NONE of her allergies were ever as serious as her brother's. Severe in the sense that teensy amounts would cause a reaction...but the reaction was always eczema, nothing life-threatening. Perhaps the allergies that *could* result in far more serious reactions are the ones that come with a built-in avoidance????

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 10:48pm
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I think that you should read the label of sunflower seeds because they are processed in same facilities with peanuts, nuts. I think x contamination is the biggest problem. My son eats Davids sunflower seeds in the shells all the time. I can't find any that are shelled that aren't cross contaminated.
He will not eat sun butter though, thinks it's creepy b/c it looks & smells like PB.

Posted on: Fri, 09/22/2006 - 6:27am
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It took me a while to try Sunbutter and soybutter. Geez, I've only been eating them for just a year now?
I bought soybutter at Trader Joes (label states peanut and tree nut free) --- I took it home. Smelled it. ACK! It took me a good 2 weeks...everyday I came home and smelled it --- gradually it started to smell 'toasted nutty sesame' type smell, which smelled really good. Then I tried it.
It was an unsubstantiated fear...just in my head...my initial mental reaction was "oh no! smells like PB!" But it wasn't.
now - it's yummy, and filling...
graham crackers, soybutter/sunbutter, and raspberry jelly in the afternoon.
Adrienne
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