I’m very excited about a new product I picked up yesterday! WOWBUTTER is a soy-based peanut butter alternative that tastes like peanut butter (well, mostly) but more importantly it’s a safe product my entire family can eat.
You see, my 5 year old daughter has had a nut allergy since she was a year old.
No, I didn’t give her nuts at that age – we found out while running other allergy tests so thankfully I never had to deal with a frightening nut reaction. Instead, I got the cold sweats when her pediatric allergist handed me a prescription for an EpiPen and explained how much time I’d have to get her to a hospital, should she have a severe reaction.
So, we look for alternatives and explain to family, friends, and teachers why my daughter has to avoid nuts at all costs.
Fortunately, all the schools in my area have a nut-free policy. No nuts are allowed at school. While it may tick off some parents, I will loudly state that my daughter’s life is far more important to me than your little darling’s distaste for peanut-butter-free sandwiches. Deal with it.
I noticed something interesting on my new purchase. WOWBUTTER comes with stickers that you can place on your lunch container, stating that while what’s inside may look like peanut-butter, it’s not. It’s safe.
The company also has printable letters for the school to “keep on file” and also a FAQ page to print. Oh, and a classroom poster. While this is done of course to educate, it’s also done to market. What better way to promote your product than a poster to advertise it in the classroom!
Note: We have successfully addressed every issue that a school may have regarding the use of WOWBUTTER. If you do encounter resistance for this product at your school, ask them to review this entire website including the “Information for School Principals” section and challenge them to provide you with a valid reason in writing why they are not willing to work with this AWARD WINNING School Lunch Procedure solution like other schools are doing for the benefit of the entire school community. The FAQ section does provide answers to many of the most commonly asked questions.
Look, as a mom of a child with a nut-allergy, I get that this product is a good thing. Having nut alternatives is fabulous, especially if they don’t taste like cardboard and actually mimic peanut butter in taste and texture. Our family appreciates that – I love a good peanut butter and banana topping on toast but for 4 years now we haven’t had actual peanut butter in our house, so WOWBUTTER may be a great new addition to our pantry.
I just get very very nervous when the company encourages you to bring this product to school, and I won’t be sending it with my kids.
Why? Because for one, little Johnny sitting beside my son may not understand that the sandwich is made of a soy-nut product when it looks and smells like peanut butter. Johnny will then go home to his mom and say that my son had peanut butter. Mom, thinking “if one kid does it, mine can too” then sends a peanut butter sandwich to school with her son.
Or – parents understand that soy-nut butter is being sent and wonder how difficult it would be to slip in a peanut butter sandwich in their kid’s lunch. After all, no one in THAT class has a nut-allergy. Unfortunately, contact occurs elsewhere and a child has an anaphylactic attack on the playground.
It’s just a slippery slope to me. While a school would be hard pressed to state “No peanut butter or nut products and no nut-alternatives or peanut-butter-looking products” as a mom I just think avoiding the whole issue altogether is a more sensible – and safe- route.
What about you? If you’re a parent of a child with a nut-allergy, are products this a good thing to send to school or no?