The Right Nuts
Bliss Nut-Butters to make debut at farmers market
Its hard to live up to a last name like Bliss, but Daniell Bliss does just that with her Bliss Nut-Butters.
Her delicious and nutritious product is a matter of wish fulfillment, because five years ago she was an avid marathon runner and triathlete who could not find the peanut butter she needed. None of the brands she tried had the right stuff.
Either the taste was no good or else it wasnt good for me, Bliss said.
Rather than continue to fill her body with subpar peanut butter, Bliss went into her kitchen and started throwing ingredients together until she came up with a magical recipe for what has been voted the number one peanut butter in the Portland area.
I knew honey would be a good ingredient, and I started grinding my own nuts, Bliss said. I liked sticking cheese into my peanut butter, so why not put cheese in my peanut butter?
Making a successful peanut butter only pumped up Blisss ambition, and she has gone on to make Chia Cinnamon Nut Butter (our biggest seller), hazelnut butter (because its Oregon), plus other flavors that hit the taste bullseye.
Somehow, the West Linn woman has been able to maintain her humility after such an achievement. Besides receiving the highest esteem from peanut butter lovers, Bliss Nut-Butters now are on sale in 500 stores, 12 farmers markets and 10 states. In perhaps her crowning achievement, Bliss mother-in-law is now selling her nut butters.
Its been a lot of hard work, Bliss said. My husband Rick and I havent had a day off since March.
In fact, Bliss is so busy that she had to give up competing in marathons and triathlons.
Still, with her butters exploding in popularity, Bliss figures she can compete later, and she is excited about selling her nut butters at the Lake Oswego Farmers Market for the first time. The LOFM is so popular that it has become prestigious for a vendor to be accepted into the market, and Bliss is glad she will be there on every other Saturday through the spring, summer and early fall.
Lake Oswego is a hard market to get into, Bliss said. Were really excited about it because we live in West Linn and this is our community. We have two new butters coming out for the Lake Oswego market, sunflower and cashew.
Blisss butters are highly anticipated by Jamie Inglis, Farmers Market manager and peanut butter lover.
We are thrilled to have Bliss Nut-Butters join us this season, Inglis said. Daniell is the perfect example of a local community member at her best. I was impressed by her intelligence, professionalism and kindness.
She is passionate about creating a wonderful product that is not only healthy and local, it also tastes great!
Today Lake Oswego, tomorrow the world. In the case of Bliss Nut-Butters that may turn out to be true.
The world? Bliss said. Thats our goal.
For more about Bliss Nut-Butters, go to blissnutbutters.com.