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Culinary Spotlight: Butter Creations By Anne

Butter Creations by Anne began with a honey butter recipe so wonderful it needed to be shared. What started out as a Christmas gift for close friends and family grew to a line of products that can now be found in grocery and retail store coolers throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. Since late 2014, Anne and Adam Adrian have been perfecting their art, creating new flavors and expanding their product’s reach.

Before AllRecipes, Epicurious, New York Times Cooking and the endless blogs online, a recipe had to be tried and true before being written in the family recipe book. That means it was either shared by a loved one, a trusted friend, copied from a cookbook or magazine after being tested, perfected and determined it made the cut. This made it worthy of a page in the book and the use of your best handwriting.

This husband and wife duo can be found buzzing throughout the kitchen and the region sharing their love for honey butter by restocking their numerous wholesale accounts and charming their customers at trade shows. Let’s be real though, it’s not always honey and spice and everything nice having your partner in life be your partner in business, but this couple has found a way to play to each other’s strengths. From Adam’s creative flavor creations (did someone say Prickly Pear Honey Butter?) to Anne’s eye for design and attention to detail, they have found their natural groove and have grown this business from a few jars as gifts to a staple in fridges from Dickinson, North Dakota, to Perham, Minnesota.

A smooth blend of honey, butter and cream with so many flavor options you’ll have to try them all to find your favorite. Adam loves Huckleberry on toast while Anne loves the Original Honey Butter on banana bread and cornbread. Their customers have come up with so many great uses for their products including melting it and topping popcorn, creating an addictive kettle corn-esque treat. Add some Maple Honey Butter to your roasted sweet potatoes or top some ice cream with melted Strawberry Rhubarb and you will not regret it one little bit. It’ll likely be the best decision you made that day

Starting a business is no easy task. Starting a food business and getting in local retailer coolers is an even more daunting task. From labeling nutritional information to branding, everything plays a part in a retailer’s decision to put your product in their store. Butter Creations by Anne started by targeting local retailers that fit their target market. Red Silo was the first to carry their products locally, followed by SCHEELS Home and Hardware. Baker Garden and Gift and Breadsmith filled out their local boutique retailers. Now, you can find Butter Creations by Anne at Hornbacher’s and Cash Wise with new flavors being introduced regularly.

Another outlet that has really helped them grow has been being a Pride of Dakota member. From showcase events to meeting other vendors and hearing their stories, it has helped Anne and Adam take their honey butter business further. Now they have expanded to offering fundraising opportunities for school and youth groups as well as seeking out retailers in every larger community within the state.

So, swing on by any of the following locations and grab yourself a jar or two or three. Honey butter makes a wonderful gift and has so many uses. As a bonus, you know it was made locally with great care and passion by two wonderful people.

Where can you find Butter Creations by Anne Honey Butter?

You can order online through their website: buttercreationsbyanne.com

Fargo-Moorhead Area: Scheels Home and Hardware, Breadsmith, Baker Garden & Gift, Hornbacher’s. Within the last month, their products were introduced into Cash Wise and Family Fare on 25th street and 32nd avenue.

North Dakota & Minnesota: Grand Forks, Grafton, Jamestown, Thief River Falls, Park Rapids (Hugo’s grocery stores), Bismarck and Mandan (Dan’s Supermarket stores), Detroit Lakes, Perham, Dickinson, Steele, Rugby, Hawley.

Nolan P. Schmidt

Written by Nolan P. Schmidt

Nolan is the Editor of Fargo Monthly. Schmidt is also the Editor of Spotlight Media's Bison Illustrated and Future Farmer publications. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. and is a proud graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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