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I won the Coconut Butter Lottery

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Welcome to Artisana Nut Butter Week

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About a month ago, the following items miraculously appeared on my doorstep. What? For me?? But I didn’t order anything… I haven’t even talked to anyone from Premier Organics in months! Perhaps it just so happens they’re aware of the fact that I’m the company’s #1 fan.

It’s true: When you google “Artisana coconut butter” my blog url comes up first, only after the company’s own. That’s how much I blab about it! So even Google knows I’m their #1 fan! In any case, it felt like winning the coconut butter lottery (they really oughta have one of those).

I opened the package and my eyes almost popped out. I’m thinking Raw Macaroons for all!

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The box just showed up, completely unannounced.

Coconut butter lottery, I tell ya. Coconut butter lottery!

I’m so excited to use these little packets for all of my Coconut Butter recipes. Can you guess the flavor about which I was most excited?

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OMG now their coconut butter comes in squeeze packs??? Squeeeeeeee (ze)!

*Calms down (but not really)*

Now the only conundrum is deciding which of my Coconut Butter recipes to use first. Oh heck, who needs a recipe? I’ll just eat it straight outta the tube!

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Or, I might just have to make another raw Carrot Cake, for an excuse to ice something! Chocolate-covered is so last year. Anywhoos, I am so grateful to the Artisana Company for this amazing surprise package. Obviously, I loved the coconut butter. But just as exciting were all the other nut butters, including Cashini, Walnut, Macadamia, and Pecan butter. So, tomorrow, I’ll move on to highlighting these other flavors. If I must. More nut butter reviews coming your way!

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Nut Butter Week Schedule:

  • Tomorrow: Other flavors, and what I did with the Cashini butter
  • Wednesday: Raw “Sneaky Veggie” Cheesecake!
  • Thursday: A quick giveaway and maybe another recipe
  • Friday or Saturday: the mega giveaway, and more chocolate-covered nut-buttered “meals of the day”

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Let’s talk $$$

I wanted to say a few words about the steep price tag, because people often ask: “Katie, how can you rationalize shelling out $10 for these nut butters?” My answer is that, sure, something like a Big Mac only costs a buck. But do you know how much triple bypass surgery costs? I can guarantee it’s more than a jar of nut butter! Besides, you consume a Big Mac (or a candy bar, etc) in a single sitting. With Artisana coconut butter, a little goes a loooong way; even I wouldn’t eat the whole jar at once. And I save money in other areas of my life. I don’t buy designer handbags, I paint my own nails, and I rarely go to the movies or out to dinner (i.e. no dropping $80 on one steak dinner). So, in the end, it all evens out.

What items in your life do you splurge on? When do you save?

If you’ve tasted Artisana coconut butter, you might agree with me that it’s totally worth the price. I’d brush my teeth with that stuff if I could. Heck, I’d even marry it. Is it legal to do that yet in California?? 😉

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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. What an AMAZING package!

    I agree, investing in your health can save you TONS of cash down the line. So splurge on the food and paraben-free, etc!

  2. Nicole says:

    Wow, they MUST love you, Katie. I’ve seen other bloggers getting samples, but you seem to have gotten even more than that.

    You even got a bigger free sample than HEAB!

    Certainly bigger than me who got nothing. But I guess the company would gain no benefit from sending me anything. I don’t have a blog! Incentive to start one? 🙂

    1. Oh yes, you should start! It’s so much fun! 🙂

      1. abby says:

        i’ve been thinking the same thing, myself. not for the free samples, although that’d be nice, but because it does seem like fun. like an online scrapbook!

  3. Pam says:

    Hey Katie – I just had to comment about this topic, as it’s something I’m passionate about now!

    I started reading your blog a couple of months ago(never commented before – too shy!) in my quest for a healthier, more fulfilling way of eating – you were the first blogger to help me on my path…and now I follow you and others, and am very glad to say I have made huge progress – yay! I have broken the repeated on/off diet-cycle, with success.

    One of the things I battle with is the amount of money that some foods cost: But now I balance that out by remembering I used to spend £s and £s(I’m in the UK!) on rubbish chocolate and snack food, every single week. So not only was I spending a small fortune on poor quality foods, I was putting that into my body as well.

    So I think there’s nothing wrong with spending a little extra on good quality foods, with good quality nutrient-content….and I’ve learnt to respect my body and health by doing this. And because I’m listening to my body, and feel so satisfied by the meals I eat, I don’t binge on large quantities either – and that saves pennies too!

    Thanks for all your posts Katie – you’re great, they’re great, and I look forward to them.

    All the best,

    Pam

    1. Oh Pam, thank you! What a truly sweet comment :).

  4. 40apples says:

    I am SO excited to see what you can do with this treasure trove!!! 🙂 I’m sure it’ll all be mind-blowing.
    I definitely splurge on nut butters. In lieu of buying expensive cuts of meat or cheese, I get my protein in this form. Seems to me like an equivalent investment… except this one’s much healthier 😉

  5. emma says:

    Wow, that was really nice of them, that package looks fantastic!
    As for me I splurg on coffee, really lovely coffee, almond milk to sometimes, I eat mainly raw veggies so its pretty cheap, I just spend the extra on a coffee upgrade!

  6. Katy says:

    Wow, I so agree with you and I am so glad that someone finally wrote it! Everyone gives me grief for spending a lot of money on health food products: my readers, my parents, my friends…, but the fact of the matter is that I don’t go out to eat, I buy cheap clothes, and I am really eating a healthy diet that will SAVE me money in the long run! People are always like, being vegetarian is so expensive. What?!!! No it isn’t. Meat is expensive. Healthcare is expensive!

  7. Melissa says:

    I splurge on pricey veggies like asparagus. And fancy apples/seasonal fruit.
    I also like to have LOTS of extracts for baking and really good quality cocoas.

    I guess I can’t think of much that is super pricey that I buy. It helps that my Whole Foods Market employee discount jumped to 27% after I did my health screen! 😉 That amount off on my food makes everything seem less insane.

    That said, I NEED to finally buy some coconut butter. I’m just worried I’ll want to eat that out of the jar as much as I do peanut butter. Ha.

    1. *Runs to apply at her nearest WF!*
      And yeah, be careful of that cnut butter!!

  8. Melissa says:

    I splurg on Almond Butter, especially the Dark Chocolate Almond Butter. It is awesome!! Eating clean and healthy is very expensive and it shouldn’t be. The news is constantly talking about how overweight our country is. Well when you can buy a box of little debbie’s for $1 instead of apples that are $4 a bag. Seriously…that should be flipped around. Healthy foods should cost less then junk food. Any whoo…..
    I try to save $ on bread. I know the “better” ones are more money but I just can’t afford everything that is “better”. 🙂

  9. abby says:

    yummy!!! i’m coming over for breakfast! 🙂

  10. WOW. That’s all I can say. I’m so jealous of your bounty! Congratulations. I know you’ll be making us all drool for weeks with that haul 🙂

  11. I splurge on food often and clothes and shoes occasionally, usually I save on clothes, going out, drinking, dining out, etc 😉
    Im eating coconut butter as we speak, and its all cause of you katiee

  12. Marianne says:

    I’m officially jealous. Love all the little squeeze packs, even though I hate how they create so much packaging. And Artisana Coconut Butter cost around $17 dollars here, so consider yourself lucky. I still buy it though – I’m used to the high cost of living in Van-City.

    1. Wow, even I don’t know that I’d shell out that much for it. Although I’d still be tempted!
      You’ll be happy to know that the packages say that the company uses a buy-back program to offset the use of the packaging. 🙂

  13. Holy moly I am jealous of your loot! I look forward to your recipes this week!

  14. VEGirl says:

    I definitely do all the splurging on foods! I don’t buy new cloths, cars (where I;m 14, of course not!), nail manicures, or face lifts. Food directly nourishes my body and soul, my overall well being! I think it’s funny how people say: “Oh but doesn’t your diet get expensive??!!” Well, I COULD just go with cheap and healthy bulk foods, the least expensive vegetables, etc- and that IS what my family does! But just as people spend money on all the latest supplements to get their fiber, nutrients, and minerals that they aren’t getting form there diets, I buy nutritious (expensive) novelty foods that keep my diet exciting. I would so much rather be getting my fiber from coconut butter, and not pills! Besides, all the tests, doctors visits, and physical discomfort of being sick, in my opinion, isn’t worth the cheap, crappy food. I’d much rather out my money where it will most benefit me, and for me, that is food!

    VEGirl

  15. Robin says:

    There’s nothing wrong with spending money on what you love! I think Artisana is worth every cent. I can’t imagine not having it in my cupboard!

  16. Erica says:

    I splurge on groceries- especially nut butters 🙂 But I can justify it because I don’t drink or eat at restaurants or go shopping very often. Artisana nut butters are definitely worth the price IMO!

  17. Kiki says:

    Holy mackerel, that is a LOT of nut butter! I definitely splurge most on food (and yeah I do mean I splurge; if I want an expensive food I buy it instead of making my mom) because having yummy, healthy food is worth it to me. No shame 🙂

  18. Namaste Gurl says:

    Katie, you and I both. I secretly (actually NOT) think of coconut butter as my long, lost love 🙂 And he definitely is an expensive love, but he’s worth the $10.99 at Whole Foods. So is Mr. Coconut Oil who makes all my cooking taste better (he’s only 6.99 on sale though).

    People often ask me why I spend a majority of my paycheck at Whole Foods on expensive, high-quality food. Why? Because it’s well-worth the money– I enjoy it and that’s what I’d rather be spending my mula on than getting pedicures, shopping (well, I do some of that), going out to dinner, etc. When people my age later in life are getting diseases, cancer, etc, I’ll know that I made the right choice for my body to buy wholesome, but yummy food 🙂

    1. Namaste Gurl says:

      Oh, and I’m REALLY jealous you received all that coconut butter and raw nut butters in the mail–I could definitely take some off your chest if you needed 🙂

      Premier Organics is actually sending me some samples in the mail soon. I hope it’s as good as yours, it may not be since you’re their #1 fan!

  19. *Andrea* says:

    i rationalize steep prices on nut butters and dark chocolate bars (& starbucks iced soy lattes 😉 ) by thinking of it as an investment in my health. sure, mcdonalds is cheaper as are twinkies and over-processed breads/snacks, but when i feel healthiest i am a more kind person, i am able to be more efficient at work and with errands, and i am taking care of myself in order to live a longer life to do the other things i enjoy 🙂

    i do however also splurge on manicures once a month, a designer wallet or purse maybe once a year and too many shoes but a) i don’t think anyone should really have to apologize for how they spend their own money, and b)i save elsewhere – i am living at home for a year so i am saving in rent, i don’t buy 5-7 drinks when going out on weekends like some of my friends, i rarely buy lunch like my coworkers often do, etc.

    you definitely scored jackpot with those nut butters! the squeeze pack coconut butter is amazing!!! i love squeeze packs and sometimes have one for dessert since it’s fun to eat and portion controlled 😉

    1. Ok, how wise are you?! I love that you said no one should have to defend how she spends her OWN money! Other people have no idea how hard some people work for their money. It’s just like if an overweight person wants an ice cream. An onlooker might have no idea that the ice cream is a reward for diligent dieting the rest of the week… and even if it isn’t, it’s just none of anyone else’s business!

  20. Anita says:

    I splurge on good quality, healthy food. My current obsession is almond butter and Mana bread.

    I have been so curious to try those nut butters. Maybe next time I am at Whole Foods I will have to pick up a couple of squeeeze packets.