The Un-Peanut Butter Cup…

18 Apr

The best non-peanut butter cups!

These things are awesome! Let me give you a little back story to my struggle…

I have loved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups since I was a kid.  I love Reese’s Pieces, the mini cups, and the big ones!  It has been 3 and 1/2 years since I’d eaten any type of Reese’s product.  I became allergic to peanuts and soybeans at the age of 33!  I had to give up A LOT of my favorite childhood treats, actually, all of my favorite childhood treats because everything has soybeans in it and if it doesn’t have soy in it, it’ll have peanuts.

So anyway…

I am an activist against slavery and all that as well, so most of my favorite childhood treats are made with slave-harvested chocolate and cane sugar as well.  I am really limited as to what I feel morally comfortable eating already, plus add to that my allergies, and that takes pretty much everything off of the table…literally!

I shop at Whole Foods and I always peruse the chocolate candy isle because I’m always looking for soy-free, peanut-free, and slave-free chocolate to eat.  I saw this new brand, Sun Cups and thought, hmmm….what is that?

The front of the package said Nut Free, so I picked it up to investigate further.  It is made with sunflower butter!  I thought to myself, ‘ yeah, but I’m sure the chocolate has soy lecithin in it…’  I read the ingredients and I didn’t see any soy listed and it also stated that it does not contain soy, which is confirmation that I can actually eat this treat!  I was getting so excited standing there in the aisle and I had to restrain myself from shouting out loud!  I continued to read the small print and when I got to the part of Rain Forest Alliance Certified, I couldn’t believe my eyes!  I felt like I won the lottery.

Rain Forest Alliance Certified Sun Cups...

What are the chances of finding something that is free of allergens and slavery!

The only thing left to do was to taste it.  Once I paid for my things and got into my vehicle, I tore open the packet and it looked just like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup!  I bit into it with anticipation and it tasted so delicious!  My taste buds were doing the happy dance!  It has been so long since I was able to enjoy nutty chocolatey goodness!  I was supposed to take a picture of the chocolate for this blog post, but I didn’t take the time to stop eating to snap a photo!  Oh well!

Thank you SunCups!!  I love companies that think outside of the box!  They also make caramel and mint varieties as well.  I can’t wait to try them!



2 Responses to “The Un-Peanut Butter Cup…”

  1. Amy April 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    I did the happy dance when I found these too! Nut allergies suck…but the cruelty of developing them after a lifetime of nut loving?

    • The Cooking Activist May 5, 2013 at 8:17 am #

      Yes…It’s been rough but I have come to enjoy cashew butter and other nut butters too!

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