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R.I.P. tongue.

Thank you so much to Tristan and the other nice folks at Artisana for sending me the cutest care package of samples I have ever seen. Artisana makes raw, organic nut butters in the following fun (and delicious) flavors: Pecan, Walnut, Macadamia Nut, Cashew, Tahini, and Almond.  They also produce a line of coconut-based spreads: Goji Bliss, Cacao Bliss, plain Coconut, and Amazon Bliss.

Is it even necessary to clarify which flavor this chocolate-loving girl sampled first?  (Tristan, how did you know I’d be needing a bigger jar of the cacao than all the others?)

One lick of the Cacao Bliss nut butter and my tastebuds were forever altered.  The flavor is reminiscent of a Mounds candy bar, but the texture is unlike anything I’ve ever tried before– so smooth and velvety. Artisana describes their coconut-butter spreads as “melting in your mouth” and WOW, do they ever!

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Upon opening the jar, the contents are solid and crumbly.  But warm the container up a little (the instructions tell you to do this) and the nut butter magically transforms into a beautiful, melty-smooth spread that is out-of-this-world delicious.  Oh, and it’s super-healthy to boot. Don’t be alarmed at the high saturated-fat content; apparently sat fat from coconuts is not the same as saturated fat from animal sources.

Now, I promise that the reason I blog isn’t to get free samples.  But that being said, I’m certainly not complaining when they’re offered to me! Just take a look at the adorableness:

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Look at how tiny!! (As a reference, the cacao jar in the middle is the size of a regular peanut butter jar.)

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Unfortunately, the thing about free samples is that you run the risk of falling in love with a sample you wouldn’t have otherwise tried, which means you must then pay to buy more. If you can find this product, I highly recommend that you try it!  That goes for the other nut butters and coconut butters, too. Yes, I did try the other coconut butters, and yes, they were also very yummy.  But my credibility as a taste-judge was ruined when I chose to sample the cacao butter first, because—let’s face it—nothing will ever be as good as chocolate!

Chocolate-Covered Meal of the Day

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Artisana Cacao Bliss butter and Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

A post-workout snack for a hot Texas day.  (Another way I cooled off after my run yesterday: jumping in the pool, clothes and all.  I love warm weather!)

What’s your favorite warm-weather snack to help you cool off?

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. I’ve had my eye on those nut butters for awhile, but they’re just so expensive! Oh well, maybe it’s better that I don’t get addicted to them!

    AW!!! I love anything mini and those jars look adorable 🙂

  2. Eddie G says:

    Those sound yummy! I love the taste of coconut infused snacks…had lots of those last night!

    Warm weather snack: frozen mango chunks 🙂

  3. selina says:

    oh my goodness. i just saw the cacao bliss last weekend & i thought about using it in my granola bars. i spend about 10 min. debating on whether or not i should get it. now i might just have to go back get it to use for my next batch. i bet the other flavors would work well in the granola bars too.

  4. marafaye says:

    OH MY GOD those look incredible! I love coconut, coconut butters… amazing!

  5. jrsimon56 says:

    Aw man! Swimming! It’s still in the 40s here in NY. And how sweet is your care package? 🙂 I gotta get some of that stuff. I guess you can buy online? As for warm weather cool down, I love home made frozen fruit bars…as soon as it warms up here I’m bustin’ out the popsicle molds!

  6. Krista says:

    I’ve seen that product before but have never thought to buy it. After reading your review I think I need to try it out!!

  7. brandi says:

    those look so good! i’ve never heard of them before.

  8. Katharina says:

    That sounds delicious! My mom loooves coconut oil and has books on its health benefits.

    My favorite warm-weather cool off snack is a fruit smoothie. I loove mango, coconut, pineapple, papaya, any fruit basically. I also like a nice bowl of cold refreshing strawberry soup!

  9. Lauren says:

    I won a bottle of the coconut butter on a blog, I just love it!! 🙂 That company has some wonderful products!

  10. Emmy says:

    Neato- those look awesome. I’ll have to try some.

    -E

  11. Marianne says:

    I love my jar of the Coconut Butter. It’s so luxurious! I’ve only seen a couple of their other spreads in the store, but never the cacao one. So jealous! I bet it’s beyond awesome. What a great sample pack!

  12. Ricki says:

    This stuff sounds incredible! Oh, moan, woe is me. . . once again, NAIC (not available in Canada). sniff boo hoo. . .

    Having said that, how lucky are YOU to get such wonderful free samples?? You will be in nutbutter bliss for weeks to come, I’m sure! 🙂

  13. Kiki says:

    Wow, that looks amazing! I’m beginning to like coconut more and more so I’ll definitely keep an eye out for these. Those little jars are too cute!

  14. Kate says:

    OK this is just MEAN-;) I am SO jealous!!!! First, of all these nut butters!!!!! AWESOME girl. Second, jumping in the pool w/ your clothes on is seriously making me envision the end of school in anticipation of summer! That must have felt amaaaazing after a good run. But again, back to your free nut butter grub-so cool.

  15. Oooh, Katie, you spoiled child! Those look so yummy. They would be perfect with oatmeal!

  16. ttfn300 says:

    i’ve seen these at the store, but the price tag prevented me from picking them up. i’m going to have to get the cacoa bliss now that you’ve sung its praise 🙂

  17. Coconutgal says:

    Um. drool. Yum!
    I’m jealous it’s warm there…. please send some my way because it’s no where close to being warm where I live!! But homemade ice cream is my fav. way to cool down too.

  18. Sanja says:

    Wow: free stuff, coconut butter, strawberry ice cream, a pool AND warm enough weather to jump into a pool…

  19. coco says:

    these tiny jars are sooooo cute!!! want to read your review for each of them!
    your strawberry ice cream looks amazing too! 😀

  20. laci says:

    Hooray for free samples! the cocoa coconutbutter looks fantastic, I am not crazy fro DCD as much as WCW PB though 🙂

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