A Hundred Citronella Candles. And SunButter.

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If I discovered that I was given a remote island, and I was able to move my family to said remote island, I would need very few things. Before the big move, I’d stock up on J. Crew sweatpants and Aerie bralettes (I know; they’re marketed to 19 year olds, but they’re super comfy and please let me live my life), but my “I live on an island now” Amazon subscribe-and-save list would always include:

1) A hundred citronella candles, cause island bugs don’t play.

2) Vitamins, so I don’t get scurvy or whatever.

3) SunButter, every shipment, every time.

As the mom to two food-allergic children (my third child is a cyborg who is allergic to nothing), SunButter has been a staple for us and peanut-free households alike for the past five years. My eldest daughter had an anaphylactic reaction as a toddler, and while I’ve mourned the absence of peanut butter M&Ms in my life, we’ve all taken to loving SunButter. Plus it’s free from the top 8 allergens, making it widely loved and adored among food-allergic families.

School lunch? Three SunButter and jam sandwiches, sliced diagonally.

Tasty homemade granola bars? Throw some SunButter in it.

Decadent “milk”shake? Milk in quotations, since we’ve got dairy allergies as well. Blend some ice, rice milk, SunButter, honey, and banana for a frothy treat.

Plus, it contains double the fiber and the same amount of protein as peanut butter, which is great for us. Since we’re dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free (among other things), I’m always eager to add protein to their diets.

I brought my two food-allergic daughters with me to the Gluten Free / Allergen Free Expo earlier this year. It was cool for them to walk around and try out new foods. When we spotted the SunButter booth, they were passing out portable SunButter packs. Golden sunlight descended from the heavens. P-portable? SunButter … on the go?

Yea, verily.

Portable SunButter

Convenient and Portable SunButter

Yummy and portable SunButter

Just knead them (fun for kids), rip them open, and go to town. I throw a couple in my bag when we’re running out for errands (they take after their mother with the whole hungry = cranky thing), and they’re nice to fall back on if we end up somewhere with limited food options.

We’ve been big fans of, you know, the huge five pound tubs, but these easy-to-travel packs have stolen my heart.

If you need me, I’ll be on an island with mimosas for the adults and SunButter milkshakes for the kids. Hnnnnghhhh I mean in snowy/icy/rainy Connecticut with a furry hat and, like, four layers of clothing. But with plenty of snacks.


Roo Ciambriello

If Scratch or Sniff founder/editor Roo Ciambriello could list all of her favorite things, they'd include her sweet little family, food trucks, and every AMA Snoop Dogg has done on Reddit. Roo is a copywriter out of New Haven, Connecticut, and loves writing fun stories on the backs of potato chip bags and cereal boxes in Whole Foods, Target, Nordstrom, Kroger, y mucho mas. Roo creates voices for brands, ghostwrites for celebrities, writes a personal website, and is (much to the chagrin of those around her) pretty active on Twitter. You can also find her providing commentary on advertising/branding at Adweek and eating fajitas on deadline days.

7 Comments to A Hundred Citronella Candles. And SunButter.

  1. Lorrie

    SunButter is not free from the top 8 allergens. It is made on shared equipment with soy. So those with a soy allergy should proceed with caution. We don’t use it because of a soy allergy.

    • Lorrie

      Let me clarify – those of us without the soy allergy use it, but the one with a soy allergy does not and we are careful to avoid cross contamination with it.

      • Roo Ciambriello

        Hey Lorrie, we have soy allergies in our family and feel comfortable using it (I realize that statement is subjective and varies by family). The verbiage from SunButter’s site:

        “We do make SunButter from sunflower seeds roasted on equipment that also roasts soybeans. We use a thorough cleanout process, yet if you have soy allergies, please read the details of our roasting process.

        I would like to first of all thank you for your interest in our SunButter® products. To answer your question about soy I will have to explain our current process so you can make your decision on using our products using your best judgment.

        The only step of our processing that shares equipment with soy is the roasting step. This is the very first step of our process. The sunflower seed used to make sunflower is never roasted together with soy and there is a thorough cleanout process in between roasting soy and sunflower. The cleanout involves pressure washing with 180 degree water. Therefore the likeliness of any trace amount of soy being present in our SunButter® is very small, but there still is a chance of contamination because of the shared equipment.

        Once the roasting is completed the sunflower is then processed (ground) into SunButter® on our equipment here which ONLY processes sunflower seed. All of our processing facilities are completely Peanut and Tree‐nut free.

        We also receive a fair number of questions about the mixed tocopherols which we add to our SunButter products. This is a soy based vitamin E which accounts for less than 1% of the ingredients in our product which is added to extend shelf life. While being derived from soy, it is a highly refined vitamin E with all of the proteins being removed. The proteins are the source of just about all food allergy concerns. Any trace amount of soy contamination would be derived from shared equipment, not the tocopherols being added.

        This is our current process that I have explained. I hope this information helps you to make an informed decision on whether or not you will use our SunButter® products.”

        • Lorrie

          Thanks Roo! I have read their statement before. The shared equipment from the roasting step is what concerns me. As many allergies as my daughter has, I don’t want to chance this being the drop in the allergy bucket that causes it to overflow. I have been on the fence with this for her for some time.

          I just wanted to point out that there is the cross contamination risk, so if can’t really be called free of the top 8 allergens, because it really isn’t guaranteed that it is. I am aware of the fact that some other people with soy allergies have reacted to it.

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