The Apple Collection (Nutty Butter News)

by Sarah on September 27, 2012 · 116 comments

As of Tuesday evening’s succesful state inspection, Nutty Butter, LLC is officially licensed for business.An official license to sell means a new and different business model…and I’m not just talking about a future Etsy shop and potential farmers market booths.*

*Now that I can actually advertise the brand, and not just instagram the bejeezus out of it.

the genius of calee himes at work

You see, the reason I haven’t been sharing very much about Nutty Butter lately–except for hints very obvious revelations of flavors I have been working on–is that I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make operating a business I truly love manageable, while also giving time to a job, a blog, and a LIFE I truly love as well.

blog tip #451: when lacking an appropriate photograph, just throw in some nutty butter porn

 What I have come up with is this:

Every month, I will offer 2-3 flavors for purchase. It is just too much to try and offer more than that, with each recipe requiring very specific–and often different–ingredients. Also, the time it takes to switch batches when I am working in a commercial kitchen, with a set amount of time, and an inability to mass produce, means I am losing money unless I streamline.

I will announce the next month’s flavors during the last week of the previous month via the blog.

I will then accept orders for two weeks. This will allow me to calculate the quantities of dry goods, jars, and labels I will need to produce.

Production will occur mid-month, and Nutty Butter will be shipped during the third week of the month. [For the holiday season, your orders will arrive just in time for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. I apologize that I cannot guarantee Hannakuh deliveries, but when we get to December, I will do my best to expedite.]

nutty butter jars don't actually fit in this size box anymore...but I am too lazy to hunt through my photos for a more accurate example at this moment

This plan will allow me to focus on making the best product possible and continue creating new flavors (my favorite part of the business!) while maintaining the small batch, made-to-order business model I started with. I will reevaluate in January, but for now, I think it is the best for me…and therefore the best for Nutty Butter! :)

and what is best for nutty butter is what is best for everyone

So what are the flavors for October? What is this deliciousness I have set before your feasting eyes? Obviously, I was inspired by the flavors of fall, and the first of those is apple.

Caramel Apple

Apple Pie

slightly false advertising, as this is actually another flavor i am testing...but apple pie pretty much looks like this

Trust me. You want them. You want them both.

But you only have until October 11th to e-mail nuttybutterbrand@gmail.com and order them.

Of course, as usual, with the revelation of any new flavorI mean, did anyone catch that I have made a Nutty Butter that tastes like CARAMEL APPLES?–comes a giveaway!

i just don't see any reason to hold back on the gratuitous images of the glory that is caramel apple nutty butter, do you?

To win a jar of Caramel Apple Nutty Butter with which to make your neighbors jealous, and inspire your IG followers to kick themselves for not ordering it (or prod them to do so), simply leave a comment with your favorite way to use nut butter–yours, mine, or Justin’s–or perhaps your dream flavor creation.

Additional entries:

  • Like Nutty Butter on Facebook
  • Follow Nutty Butter on twitter.
  • Tweet about the joy of apples + nut butter combined: “@thesmartkitchen is giving away a jar of caramel apple @Nutty_Butter! http://tinyurl.com/bvcnh9u”

I wish I could show you what it will look like when it is labeled…but I’m still not 100% sure on that. Fingers crossed it will look like thisbeautiful creation:

again, can we all just cheer that calee himes' artistic abilities exist in the world?

Everyone who DOESN’T win can start a-prayin’ that they win November or December’s flavor of the month…one of which involves something quite orange……and the other gets a little sweet-and-spicy. ;)

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Meghan September 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm

My favorite way to eat nut butter is on its own, straight out of the jar!

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning September 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Yay!! This is so awesome and exciting!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Memememememe!!!! My favorite way to eat ‘em is simple – with a finger… errr… spoon. We’re sanitary here… LOL!

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Renata September 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Love Peanut Butter just as is – straight out of the jar on my spoon!

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Renata September 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I like Nutty Butter on Facebook!

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Renata September 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Following you on Twitter via @serene_streams!

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Renata September 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Tweeted too! Thank you and best wishes to your growing Nutty Butter Adventure!
https://twitter.com/Serene_streams/status/251499902453026817

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Calee September 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Yayyy! Such an awesome biz model. thanks for the shoutout.

Also … With a baby spoon. One jar, er, bite at a time.

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Jordan D September 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Lately I’ve been making peanut butter microwave cookies…barely more effort than dipping into the jar with a spoon, a little extra protein from egg whites, and alllllll of the peanut butter flavor. I so want to try your caramel apple nutty butter this way!

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Jordan D September 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I already like Nutty Butter on facebook

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Jordan D September 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I follow Nutty Butter on twitter, too!
@j_mosh

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Jordan D September 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm
Alison September 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I liked Nutty Butter on facebook! This is so exciting! :) The flavors look deeeelish! My favorite way to use nut butter is in my OOIAJ or banana soft serve. YUM.

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Alison September 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Just a separate comment saying I liked Nutty Butter on Facebook! :)

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Ray September 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I like nut butter spread on my morning breakfast toast!

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Ray September 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I like Nutty Butter on Facebook too!

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Melissa @ Treats With a Twist September 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Congratulations!! This is such a huge accomplishment! And my favorite thing to do with nut butter is to put a dollop in the middle of my hot oatmeal, like a giant reeses with a surprise center!

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Catherine September 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

My favorite way to eat nutty butter is spreading it on apple slices… and I have to say, I’m super excited to put apple nutty butter on apples! Super apple!

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Catherine September 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

and I like Nutty Butter on facebook! I may join Twitter too, just for this giveaway!

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Carol B September 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I love it straight from the jar! Favorite flavor would be pumpkin

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Carol B September 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I like Nutty Butter on FB

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Carol B September 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I follow on twitter. Twitter name is rizzogurl.

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Kelly O-ski September 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I love nut butter on cinnamon raisin bread…but I like just eating it with a spoon too :) .

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Kelly O-ski September 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm
Kelly O-ski September 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Aaaand I followed you on the Twitter!

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Glen September 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I mix nut butters with pumpkin or mashed bannana and smother that on plain Greek yogurt!! I would love to try a creme brulee flavor of nut butter!

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Lacey @ Life Hands You Limes September 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm

mmmmm!!! Looks delicious!! My favorite way to eat nut butter is in OIAJ:) (I even sometimes cheat and smear nut butter on the inside of an already emptied, washed and saved jar hehe). My second favorite is a plop on top of warm oatmeal, but I always eat around it to save the warm melty goodness for last!

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate September 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I love it in my oats!

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Sydney September 28, 2012 at 1:34 am

OH my gosh these look INcredible!!! My favorite way to enjoy nut butter is plopped on top of some overnight oats or else smeared on some toasted whole wheat bread….Mmmm mmm!!!

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Sydney September 28, 2012 at 1:35 am

I follow Nutty Butter on Twitter!!

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Sydney September 28, 2012 at 1:36 am

I like Nutty Butter on Facebook!!

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Krista September 28, 2012 at 1:43 am

Yay! I love love love nutty butter with my morning oatmeal and my afternoon banana snack. Or you know, by the spoonful. :o )

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Krista September 28, 2012 at 1:44 am

Following on Twitter

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Krista September 28, 2012 at 1:45 am

Following on Twitter :o )

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Georgiana September 28, 2012 at 6:53 am

I love mixing nut butter in my smoothies too with a banana and yogurt!

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Georgiana September 28, 2012 at 6:53 am

I like Nutty Butter on Facebook too!

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Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 28, 2012 at 7:02 am

I love nut butters on rice cakes. That way, being a Weight Watcher Lifetime member, I only have to fork over 1 Point for a rice cake and can use the rest of my points for the nut”ty” butter!! Congrats on everything, Sarh!!

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Cynthia September 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

I love eating Nutty Butter straight out of the jar with a spoon. :)

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Cynthia September 28, 2012 at 7:22 am

I have liked Nutty Butter on Facebook.

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Allie September 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

Congrats on all the exciting business happenings! It sounds like you have this all responsibly thought out and planned, so BOO-YA, you are going to be a success!

And “eat straight with a spoon” is totally my favorite way to use nut butters ;D

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

finger in jar. done.
(so excited for you!!)

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Allie September 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

And I followed Nutty Butter on Twitter!

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Allie September 28, 2012 at 8:23 am

And I tweeted about it :)

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Ashley September 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

I like to put nut butters on pretty much anything from oatmeal, yogurt, and ice cream to sweet potatoes! :)

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Ashley September 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

I like Nutty Butter on facebook.

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Ashley September 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

I follow Nutty Butter on twitter

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Ashley September 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

I tweeted the giveaway :)

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jill September 28, 2012 at 8:43 am

I love nut butter in oatmeal :-)

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

So exciting!! And I’m thinking some caramel apple nutty butter would be NUTTY on an apple!! (see what I did there?) ;)

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

And of course I follow Nutty Butter on Twitter – I mean, come on!

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Carla September 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I like to use nut butter on carrots, apples, and straight out of the jarrrr mmmm..

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Carla September 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Following nutty butter on twitter, too!

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Carla September 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

And just throwing it out there, but that first November/December test pic looks like…honey mustard nutty butter? WOW would that be good!

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Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles September 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm

So exciting! Good luck! Your flavors sound delicious

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Dina September 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

straight out of the jar!! YUM!!

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Natalie @ Free Range Human September 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Love using peanut butter in oatmeal!!

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Carolyn September 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

YUM! caramel apple sounds absolutely delicious! it would maybe be interesting to try a gingerbread nut butter?

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Alexandra September 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

This is genius!! I am emailing you to order Apple Pie ASAP! One of my favorite ways to eat Nut Butter is on top of pancakes!! Or just spread on a banana as a snack :) And of course I am praying to win November or Decembers deliciously creative flavors as well!

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Alexandra September 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Also, following you on Twitter via @TheUltimateRose

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Alexandra September 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

and Liked you on Facebook!

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Shannon September 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Congrats on the license! I think this is a great plan. All the best with your nut butter business!!!

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Ashley P September 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I love eating nut butter with bananas, apples, or straight out of the jar!

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Ashley P September 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I liked you on Facebook!

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Ashley P September 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Following you on twitter @geckogirl688

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Ashley P September 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

And I tweeted about the giveaway @geckogirl688

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated September 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Hey lady … don’t forget about my Cake Batter Nutty Butter!! ;)

And I won’t even put myself in this contest, since I won one of your more recent contests! :)

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Danica @ It's Progression September 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

What don’t I put nut butter on?! :) my favorites are on top of oatmeal, cereal, and on bananas

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Danica @ It's Progression September 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I like Nutty Butter on facebook!

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Danica @ It's Progression September 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I’m following Nutty Butter on twitter!

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Danica @ It's Progression September 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

just tweeted about the giveaway! (@Danica_ipnp)

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Lauren September 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm

My favorite way to eat nut butter is on oatmeal or overnight oats.

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Lauren September 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I follow Nutty Butter on twitter!

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sara September 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm

mmm my fav way to eat it is drizzled or plopped on a smoothie in a bowl :)

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Maria September 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Congrats on officially being official :) Can’t wait to see where Nutty Butter takes you!

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Madeline September 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Congratulations!! I’m so excited for you :) I love nut butter with apples or just straight from the jar!

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Madeline September 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I liked Nutty Butter on FB :)

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Madeline September 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

And I follow Nutty Butter on Twitter too!

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Diana @ VeggieNextDoor September 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Mmmm… by any chance is that a Gingersnap Nutty Butter coming up? That would be to die for!

I keep a jar of peanut butter on my desk at work. Seriously. And today I got really lazy and was dunking my carrots and celery directly into the jar, instead of scooping it out first. Apples dipped in PB are another favorite of mine.

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Diana @ VeggieNextDoor September 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I follow you in Twitter too (and I think your new business model sounds great!)

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Diana @ VeggieNextDoor September 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

And I already like you on Facebook (though I don’t think the link in this post is directing right – seems to go to Twitter instead)

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Diana @ VeggieNextDoor September 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm
Nana Phyllis September 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

Sounds super yummy! I think Chocolate mint sounds like a wonderful Christmas flavor!! Or any time. I love apple slices (honeycrisp) dipped in nut butters.

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Lori Z September 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I don’t think I could pick a favorite way to eat nut butters, they are good on everything! So I will just say on a spoon by itself!

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Lori Z September 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I liked Nutty Butter on facebook. You might want to check the link you posted – it took me to Twitter instead of fb. I don’t have a twitter account, but did find you on fb.

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile September 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Honestly, straight by the spoon :)

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile September 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I like nutty butter on facebook!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile September 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I follow on twitter

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile September 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I tweeted:) @thextramile

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alek September 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Twitter follow @runservecook

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alek September 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

facebook liked!

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Justin September 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I love it on top of oatmeal

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Justin September 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I liked Nutty Butter on FB

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Lauren September 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I tweeted @TeenEatLive

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Kylie S. September 30, 2012 at 12:34 am

I tend to eat nut butters like a lot of other readers – straight outta the jar! It is a guilty pleasure.

I also mix it in green smoothies for extra protein. :)

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Kylie S. September 30, 2012 at 12:34 am

I liked Nutty Butter on Facebook!

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Kylie S. September 30, 2012 at 12:35 am

I follow Nutty Butter on Twitter.

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Kylie S. September 30, 2012 at 12:37 am

I tweeted!

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lindsay September 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

i need to follow your business advice! so wise. come mentor me!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies September 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I love your business model – a great way to keep life in balance while you get things off the ground!!

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Tara September 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Loving the sound of these new flavors!
I like to mash a banana, add nutty butter and microwave for a special warm dessert!

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melissa September 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm

i love eating peanut butter on an apple (so this flavor is fitting) with granola and a glass of milk!

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Sara October 1, 2012 at 2:56 am

I love nut butter on a little toast or with my apple!

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Sara October 1, 2012 at 2:56 am

I like Nutty Butter on Facebook!

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Nicole @ Curly Mommy October 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

Umm, definitely love to eat nut butter straight up out of the jar, or in a sandwich. I’m so boring!

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Nicole @ Curly Mommy October 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

I liked Nutty Butter on the ‘book! :P

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Corey October 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I like nut butters straight from the jar with a spoon! Or as a dip for pretzels!

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Elizabeth October 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Favorite way to eat nut butter is with banana!

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Jolynn October 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Straight from the jar but if I haaave to put in on something, a banana, oats or toast.

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Megan J. October 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm

On an apple! Yum! :)

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm

OH my holy yum!!!

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Sue October 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

My favorite way to use nut butter is on freshly baked raisin bread…..so yummy!

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Alex October 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

So excited for you!!

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Amy G October 6, 2012 at 5:21 am

The best way to eat it is right out of the jar. So good!

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Mollie @Sprinkles of Life October 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

my favorite way is with apples! I think the caramel apple flavor would be a perfect combo!

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Kristin October 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm

My favorite way to eat nutty butters is swirled with a little honey in a small dish or on top of toast! yuuum :)

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