Meet Our Vendors! is an ongoing series where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of who you’ll see in November! Feel free to leave comments and questions–for us and for the vendor–about products, practices, and anything else that’s on your mind.
Ah, yes. The ubiquitous sandwich. A must-have for our lunches, nothing offers more comfort, memories, and taste than… a classic PB&J. Unless, of course, you’re one of the three million people with nut and peanut allergies. Thank goodness there is SunButter, a nut-free and peanut-free spread that’s processed in a strictly nut-free facility.
Not only that, it’s gluten, dairy, and egg-free, too! But it gets even better.SunButter isn’t just an “alternative” to nut and peanut butters… Instead, it’s so gosh darn tasty that it’ll be a standby in your pantry regardless if you have food allergies. The sunflower seed-based spread goes beyond the basic sandwich, with seven varieties that you’ll love.
We’re excited that SunButter is our Gift Bag sponsor for the event, and the first 1000 guests will receive a unique SunButter bag loaded with surprises! Here’s a preview of what the team at SunButter has to say:
1. We all know a common classic is the PB&J, so tell us, how do you build YOUR classic SB&J?
We ask people to try the classic PB&J using SunButter all the time. Schools are serving this classic because it makes a very convincing PB&J! SunButter is also great on sandwiches with banana slices, fresh berries, honey, marshmallow fluff, thinly-sliced apples and even a bit of maple syrup. Our best SunButter-Sandwich-Building-Secret-Tip: Spread SunButter on BOTH sides of the sandwich so any fillings don’t make a mushy sandwich.
2. What is the story behind SunButter and how did it come to fruition?
SunButter started as an idea that was assisted in development by the USDA as an alternative to peanut butter and it was introduced to schools about 2003. Retail then was also introduced starting with North Dakota market. We have been very active in supporting the allergy consumer and the organizations surrounding this. The rest is history. We are now being served in schools in all 50 states and are growing in the retail market with about 17,000 stores.
3. What is one of those, “I know this sounds crazy, but it is so delicious” SunButter recipes or concoctions that you tell people, “don’t knock it ’til you try it”?
These have been a hit (and we love how SunButter is the star, not tucked inside).
Here is a savory selection of recipes that a lot of people actually prefer to “peanut sauce” in Asian dishes!
And we always get great response on these “Greenies“.
4. What’s the craziest/funniest/most memorable time you’ve experienced with a SunButter fan?
I think I can speak for the entire SunButter team when I say that the thing we appreciate the most is when our SunButter fans either write us letters, call us to thank us and send us their favorite pictures and/or share their recipes with us. I, personally, will never forget one Allergy Walk I attended and a young girl came up to me and gave me the biggest bear hug!! Because of our customers we love what we do! (~ Janet)
5. If you could create a recipe using SunButter inspired by a Disney park or attraction, what would it be?
We’d love to create a SunButter Fruit Pizza, with a gluten-free crust, sweet SunButter “sauce” and loads of Disney-style colorful fresh fruits. It would be something that even kids with food allergies could savor on a sweet visit to a happy place (and give their parents no worries since it was just fresh, simple ingredients).