4.30.2014

3-Day Sambazon Purifying Cleanse

The SAMBAZON PURIFYING CLEANSE™ consists of three organic superfood beverages and a sensible meal plan that helps prepare your body for renewal, eliminate toxins and recharges your energy levels. Sambazon partnered with renowned registered dietician Ashley Koff, RD to develop this simple, tasty and effective program.  The Sambazon Purifying Cleanse helps you consume a balance of key nutrients - carbohydrates, protein and fat - at regular intervals and it allows you to take in significant amounts of non-starchy vegetables and a variety of cleanse assisting ingredients like herbs, spices, and lemons.
When you cleanse your body, your mind and emotional well-being get a cleanse too. Part of that is because the physical body is integrally linked to the emotional one which is a complicated way of saying that when we clean up areas of the body like the digestive tract, it makes it easier for the body to get healthier emotional messages, too.
Preparation is important for the cleanse. You should read the nutrition plan ahead of time and see how it will fit within your schedule.

 
The drinks and the meals Sambazon suggests are delicious. It will take some time to prepare the vegetables and cook lunches and dinners, but the meals are worth the time, and are filling. Your body will feel great after the three day cleanse.
The drinks are delicious enough to even enjoy while not cleansing. The juices are great as a snack as well. Notice how the drinks are organic, gluten free, and Non-GMO!

Sambazon even has their meal plan on their website which will give you a good idea of what it looks like.

PREPARE:
The "Prepare" beverage is an acerola cherry, lemon, and cayenne blend that typically makes up the start of any cleanse program.
From a flavor perspective, it's great. This juice has a nice kick to it and combination of lemon and cayenne pepper is perfect. It is a perfect juice for the morning and lemon and cayenne kick start the liver to start the detoxifying process. The cherry and lemon flavors provide the base, and the cayenne gives it a kick! Sambazon has done a nice job with the formulation - clean and well-executed.
 
ELIMINATE:
This afternoon juice is green and it tastes great! Made with USDA organic blend of kale, apple, cucumber, parsley, water, lemon and lime juices. Elimiate is the second juice in the Sambazon Purifying Cleanse. You can identify each of the listed fruits and vegetables, and the juice is palatable. The cucumber is a nice base for any vegetable juice, while kale is a great superfood that provides nutrients and enzymes for detoxifying the body. You will appreciate every sip! This juice tastes good, so whether you are cleansing or just want to drink juice this is a great choice. The design is appealing with the vibrant green accent color.
 

 
RECHARGE:
Recharge is amazing. It is like a melted chocolate ice cream or a delicious chocolate smoothie. The final variety of Sambazon's three day cleanse program, Recharge is a superfood smoothie made with Brazil nuts, cashews, cocoa, soymilk, cane sugar, and a few other ingredients. This is the only smoothie out of the three drinks and this one has the most sustenance to it. The product has 8g of protein per 8oz serving as well as vitamins, potassium and magnesium. The smoothie has a mellow sweetness and cocoa flavor which are at perfect levels. This is also great to have after dinner.
 
We recommed giving this Sambazon a cleanse if you are looking to get motivated and start on the path to eating healthy.
 
If you are interested, you can find these juices at Costco, or check them out on the Sambazon website!
 

4.28.2014

Mary's Gone Crackers Giveaway


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Mary's Gone Crackers


 
Mary's Gone Crackers has great Vegan, Organic, and Gluten-Free crackers, cookies and pretzels. Their cookies are made with real food ingredients and low glycemic sweeteners so you can eat them anytime. They use coconut palm sugar which is a pure, whole food sugar made from the nectar of the coconut palm tree. They also have chia seeds which are a superfood high in healthful omega-3 fatty acids. Their crackers are how it got started ! With 5 varieties, Mary's Gone Crackers' line is made in the USA in their dedicated organic, gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, dairy-free facility to ensure there is no cross contamination.  Their pretzels are a great organic, gluten free, vegan, snack that are also great with dips! They have organic gluten-free ancient whole grains and nutritious seeds. There are three flavors: Sea salt, chipotle tomato, and curry.


"We've slightly altered our traditional gluten free cracker recipe of organic, wheat free, whole grain brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, and sesame seeds to exclude tamari for our new soy free Super Seed Crackers. Made with sunflower, pumpkin and poppy seeds, these crackers remain as crispy and satisfying as the Original Mary's Gone Crackers®, but with a distinctively different taste and look all their own."

Mary's Gone Crackers' Superseed Crackers are a treat. Tasty on their own and pairs nicely with hummus or a nut butter! Prominently tasting of sesame seeds, these work great with savory spreads. They also contain healthy plant fats and have protein and fiber, as well as a bit of iron. The texture is nice with a crisp and satisfying crunchiness.

"Our new Hot 'n Spicy Jalapeño Crackers offer a spicy take on Mary's Gone Crackers® traditional gluten free cracker recipe of organic, wheat free, whole grain brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds and sesame seeds. The crackers are soy free too! They offer the right amount of tasty heat from jalapeños for a crunchy, mouthwatering standalone snack, yet they also pair well with a variety of complementary toppings."

Mary's Gone Crackers Hot 'n Spicy Jalapeño Crackers are spicy! These gluten-free crackers are not soggy like many other gluten-free products on the market. They are nutritious and this flavor is true to its name. You get the flavor and spice jalapeños should have! 

"Mary's Chocolate Chip love Cookies are delicious buttery tasting cookies with plenty of dark chocolate chips. You'll find these organic, gluten free and vegan cookies are rich in flavor and, because they are made with unique whole food ingredients and low glycemic sweeteners, they satisfy your sweet tooth and you still feel good after eating them!"

Mary's Gone Crackers Chocolate Chip Cookies are delicious and crunchy. Free from what, dairy, egg and non-GMO, vegan, allergy friendly, certified organic and kosher, with low glycemic sweteners, no hydronated oils or fats, you won't feel guilty eating something so delicious! Very addictive and a delicious way for those who are wheat-free/ low-carb to satisfy their sweet tooth with a little treat.  





"We use organic, whole grain brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, sesame seeds, amaranth, millet and chia seeds to make our unique Pretzels. A light and crunchy snack, Sea Salt Pretzels are dusted with sea salt, accenting the pure nutty flavors of our ancient grains and seeds."

Mary's Gone Crackers Sea Salt Pretzels will be a recurring staple in your pantry. Better than any other pretzels these are so addicting. They have a satisfying, crunch, salty flavor that you will love. So much better for you than a standard pretzel and so much more delicious!

We recommend Mary's Gone Crackers products! They have a great variety of flavors and prove that healthier can taste MUCH better.

"It seems like such a trend to go gluten free and I frequently hear people say that gluten free food is healthier, which is not necessarily true. Most gluten free products are made with the same highly refined, empty ingredients that lots of common foods are made of. If you have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, eating gluten free, even gluten free junk food, is going to help you feel better. But junk is junk, whether it’s gluten free or not." - Mary Waldner, Chairman and Founder of Mary's Gone Crackers. You can view an interview we recently did with the founder here.



Interview with Mary Waldner: Chairman & Founder of Mary's Gone Crackers


As founder of Mary’s Gone Crackers, Mary Waldner leads both product development and brand strategy for the company. Mary is responsible for the development of all of the company’s products, and has been a Director since the company was incorporated in 2004.
Inspired by her own struggles with Celiac Disease, Waldner created Mary’s Gone Crackers after finding a shortage of nutritious, gluten free options that tasted good. Her handcrafted recipe became a hit not only with Celiac sufferers, but with consumers eager for delicious snacks they could feel good about eating. Mary’s Gone Crackers Original was awarded the Sofi Gold for the most outstanding cracker at the New York Fancy Food Show in 2008.
Waldner is a member of the Organic Trade Association and the Celiac Sprue Association.
Prior to co-founding Mary’s Gone Crackers, Waldner practiced as a psychotherapist for 26 years; she holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Mary Waldner is married to Dale Rodrigues with whom she created Mary’s Gone Crackers. She resides in Paradise, CA.

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about yourself? How did you get started?
Mary Waldner: I grew up in suburban Chicago.  I have a BA and an MA in psychology, am a licensed marriage and family therapist.  I had a psychotherapy practice for 26 years in the Bay Area (northern California) prior to starting our company in 2004.  I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994 after having been ill for most of my life and not knowing why.  I knew it was related to food, but I didn’t even know what gluten was prior to then.  My son was diagnosed at the same time, he was 9.  So I began learning how to eat gluten free and baking my favorite things in gluten free versions.  My health was transformed very quickly and I was really happy.  The only hard part was going out to restaurants and going to parties.  There was no bread, or crackers or breadsticks to eat or dip or spread.  It was hard to sit and watch everyone eat and not be able to eat anything myself.  So I played with all these whole grains that I loved to eat and eventually, after much trial and error, came up with the recipe for the Original crackers.  I liked them a lot and made them for myself and brought them in little bags whenever I went to a party or out to dinner and was very satisfied.
 
Sarah Velasco: How did Mary’s Gone Crackers begin?
Mary Waldner: After many years of making the crackers by hand and watching others eat them and LOVE them, I knew that the response people were having was not a normal, everyday reaction to a cracker; that I had something much more special than that.  I also knew, given how labor intensive they were to make, that even if I gave everyone the recipe, or put it in a cookbook, no one would bother to make them because it was too much work.  So I woke up on New Year’s day, 1999, and said to my husband Dale, “I think we need to manufacture these crackers.”  And he agreed!  So for the next 5 years we worked on learning about the food industry, writing a business plan, finding investors, looking for someone to manufacture our crackers, translating my handmade recipe into a more automated process, and on and on.  We got it all together and in 2004 we opened our business!
 
Sarah Velasco: What is your vision behind the company?
Mary Waldner: Originally it was just about offering an organic, gluten free, whole food product that I knew everyone loved.  As we grew I quickly realized that people were starving for our message as well:  Conscious Eating; open, transparent practices; using whole, real, organic ingredients; real people making real food with honesty and love.  Those have always been my values, how I eat, so the vision behind the company is about offering food that is made the way I want food to be made, and it seems to be working really well!
 

Sarah Velasco: What is conscious eating?
Mary Waldner: Conscious Eating means being aware of what you are eating—what’s in your food, where it comes from, how it is made, knowing how and where the ingredients were grown.  And also how does eating certain foods make you feel?  Do you think what you’re putting into your body is truly nourishing?  I know that eating whole, real, nourishing food can transform your life, can put you on a path of health and well being.  I want everyone to be their best, most vital self and no one can achieve that while eating garbage.
 
Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us how you incorporate conscious eating into your products?
Mary Waldner: By not compromising on our ingredients—organic, gluten free, ethically produced ingredients is the foundation for all our products.  No GMO ingredients, no highly processed products.  Our food is made the way you would make something in your own kitchen, only on a bigger scale.
 
Sarah Velasco: Are your products gluten free, nut free, sugar free or soy free?
Mary Waldner: All of our products are gluten free, vegan/dairy and egg free, and peanut and tree nut free (except coconuts.)  We use soy in the form of fermented tamari in many of our crackers and pretzels (there are a few that are free of soy), and we use sweeteners in our Love Cookies—but the only cane sugar is in our chocolate chips.  Otherwise we use coconut palm sugar, tapioca syrup, some molasses. 



 
Sarah Velasco: What types of products do you have?
Mary Waldner: We have 7 flavors of our seed crackers:  Original, Herb, Black Pepper, Onion, Caraway and our two newest flavors, Hot ‘n Spicy Jalapeno and Super Seed.  We have 4 flavors of whole grain and seed Pretzels:  Sea Salt, Chipotle Tomato, Curry, and our newest addition, the Everything Pretzel.  We have 4 flavors of our Love Cookies:  Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Ginger Snaps and “N’Oatmeal” Raisin (no oats!)  We are just now launching our fabulous Graham Crackers in two flavors:  Classic and Chocolate.
 
Sarah Velasco: Are there any common misconceptions people may have?
Mary Waldner: It seems like such a trend to go gluten free and I frequently hear people say that gluten free food is healthier, which is not necessarily true.  Most gluten free products are made with the same highly refined, empty ingredients that lots of common foods are made of.  If you have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, eating gluten free, even gluten free junk food, is going to help you feel better.  But junk is junk, whether it’s gluten free or not.
 
Sarah Velasco: Where can readers find your products?
Mary Waldner: Our products are sold in all natural food stores, co-ops, Whole Foods, and such.  We are also in lots of grocery chains like Safeway, Wegmans, Raleys, and more.  Sometimes our products are in gluten free sets inside a store, so you have to ask where we are.  You can also buy our products on Amazon, on our website (www.marysgonecrackers.com) where we have a Store Locator as well.
 
Sarah Velasco: Anything else readers should know?
Mary Waldner: The most important aspect of Conscious Eating is pleasure and joy and all of our food tastes GREAT! 




4.26.2014

ChocoSol

"At ChocoSol we make Mexican-style stone ground chocolate at an artisan scale. Our chocolate is literally made from cacao beans and is commonly known as bean-to-bar chocolate. We use low heat and low shear to preserve the healthful and nutritional components of the cacao."`- ChocoSol. You may view our interview with ChocoSol here



ChocoSol products are great quality and have fantastic presentation. Their products are made with such care, and everything at ChocoSol is done with sustainability in mind.  
ChocoSol chocolate is absolutely delicious. Their chocolate is also free from dairy, gluten, soy and nuts. Plus, they are vegan! ChocoSol specializes in eating chocolate and drinking chocolate and they offer other sustainably grown ingredients sourced directly from farmers. Their drinking chocolate is a water-based Mexican - style drink that is amazing hot or cold. 
Everything is open-sourced and made with little processing. They start from the bean and their process is low shear and low heat.
We think ChocoSol is amazing, and absolutely recommend it! (Especially for those that love dark chocolate) The chocolate is intense and leaves you wanting more!




They recently moved to a new location (1131 St. Clair West, east of Dufferin) and May to October farmers’ markets will be starting soon 


They also relaunched ChocoSol’s Tortilla Project this month and fresh corn tortillas are now available at select farmers’ markets: www.ChocoSolTraders.com/Tortillas.




4.24.2014

Interview with ChocoSol



Sarah Velasco: Can you tell readers about ChocoSol? How did it start?
ChocoSol: At ChocoSol, we take the ‘food of the gods’ - cacao - and turn it into fresh, stone ground artisanal chocolate. Our chocolate is made from organically grown, horizontally traded cacao that we source directly from Southern Mexico. All of our chocolate is free from dairy, gluten, soy, nuts, and is vegan to boot. You won’t find any GMOS, additives, or preservatives, either!

At the end of 2014, we’ll be celebrating our 10th anniversary. It all started when ChocoSol’s Founder, Michael Sacco, brought back organically grown, forest garden cacao from Mexico to grind chocolate on his front porch and sell at farmers’ markets in Toronto.

In 2002, Michael drove down to Mexico with a solar concentrator as part of his Master’s in environmental studies program. He was energized by the community and conviviality in Mexico and was first introduced to chocolate making informally by an elder who asked him to make traditional drinking chocolate with her.

He had an ‘aha’ realization that chocolate could be channeled as a vehicle to fund future environmental projects and research, instead of depending on government grants. And the seed was planted!

Sarah Velasco: What is ChocoSol?
ChocoSol: ChocoSol is a social enterprise/learning community. We’re more than just a business. Each ChocoSolista (what we call ChocoSol staff) comes to ChocoSol with that passion and expertise that fuels them and their work, and that also strengthens and re-invigorates the work that we do. For us cacao and chocolate are symbolic products that represent the values we carry with us. We don’t draw a line between our “work lives” and “our personal lives” in the sense that what we do at ChocoSol is an extension of the community and values that we engage in outside of “work”.

ChocoSol’s name also has layers to it. In Spanish, ‘sol’ means ‘sun’ and is a direct reference to the first 1,000 kilograms of cacao that were roasted with solar power. In French, ‘sol’ means ‘soil’, which draws us back to the earth and the importance of the soil ecology that grows our food. And in English, ‘sol’ sounds like ‘soul’ and is a reminder to do things with good spirit and integrity.

Sarah Velasco: What is ChocoSoil? What is that process?
ChocoSol: The ChocoSoil Project is an urban agriculture project that takes a cradle-to-cradle approach to waste management. Basically, it integrates soil making into the day-to-day operations at ChocoSol and reflects our work towards producing healthy urban soil ecosystems and rooftop grown spices for chocolate making on site at our location in Toronto.

We recently added a page on our website about ChocoSoil. Check it out: www.ChocoSolTraders.com/ChocoSoil

Sarah Velasco: How is it ChocoSol different from regular chocolate?
ChocoSol: At ChocoSol we make Mexican-style stone ground chocolate at an artisan scale. Our chocolate is literally made from cacao beans and is commonly known as bean-to-bar chocolate. We use low heat and low shear to preserve the healthful and nutritional components of the cacao.

We work directly with the farmers who grow the cacao beans and pay them above fair trade prices. Child slavery is a very serious, real, and prominent component of the chocolate industry and we don’t source cacao from regions where this occurs (i.e. Africa). Check out the Food Empowerment’s Chocolate List as a resource and starting point.

We also avoid preservatives (most chocolate contains soy lecithin) and use fair trade and organic sugars. And ChocoSol chocolate is free of major allergens, including gluten, soy, dairy, and nuts.



Sarah Velasco: Why vegan chocolate?
ChocoSol: ChocoSol chocolate is an open invitation to all. Unless you are allergic to cacao, we’ve got you covered. This includes making chocolate that is free from dairy and other animal products.

Even our drinking chocolate is a water-based Mexican-style drink and can be enjoyed hot or cold. We have a great video on our website for how to prepare the drinking chocolate at home: www.ChocoSolTraders.com/OurProducts.

Sarah Velasco: What is your best seller?
ChocoSol: Our eating chocolate is definitely our best seller and the most popular flavour is Sinfully Raw Vanilla. It’s an 82% chocolate made with roasted cacao and it’s name is inspired by the whole bean vanilla we use and the raw cacao nibs that are sprinkled on the back.

Our coffee is also becoming more and more popular. We bring in green coffee (horizontally traded and organically grown) from Southern Mexico and have it roasted fresh weekly by a local eco-roaster.

Sarah Velasco: Are there any common misconceptions when it comes to whole food, stone ground chocolate?
ChocoSol: From time to time, we have people express surprise that our chocolate doesn’t have the exact mouth feel of Swiss-style chocolate but once we explain that our chocolate is made in the Mexican style and is stone ground things are good.

When is comes to cacao itself, many people are surprised to learn that you can eat cacao beans as is - including the shell.



Sarah Velasco: Where can readers find ChocoSol?
ChocoSol: Our kitchen location is now open 7 days a week and we’re at farmers’ markets throughout Toronto (we even have some year-round markets). Health food and retail stores/co-ops also carry our products. And we’re always doing special events (like our Artisanal Chocolate Workshops) and festivals (like the Mariposa Folk Festival and the Hillside Community Festival).

For a full list of where to find us, visit: www.ChocoSolTraders.com/Where-To-Find-Us.

Sarah Velasco: Anything else we should know?
ChocoSol: We recently moved to a new location (1131 St. Clair West, east of Dufferin) and May to October farmers’ markets will be starting soon (on top of the year-round ones) so come by, say ‘hi’, and enjoy a chocolate sample.

We also relaunched ChocoSol’s Tortilla Project this month and fresh corn tortillas are now available at select farmers’ markets: www.ChocoSolTraders.com/Tortillas.

Our website is a great tool to learn more about us: www.ChocoSolTraders.com. We’re on Facebook and Twitter (both @ChocoSolTraders) and we’re always happy to answer questions via info@chocosoltraders.com.

DormCo Preview Post

You've finally decided on which college you will be attending. You have visited the campus, finalized many of your plans... and need to start thinking what you will be packing!

DormCo is a great company for first time or returning college students. They have so many great items not only for dorms but for students moving out of the dorms into their own places. It is so much fun browsing their website to find great, affordable items that suit your personal style.

DormCo is the perfect website to go for organization, bedding, and decor. It is a great college dorm superstore with everything you could possibly need to feel right at home. 

We love these items!


These minimalistic, sleek fold- up laundry hampers look great for any dorm room or bathroom! With an easy shut and lock lid, and collapsable feature, who knew storing dirty laundry could be so chic? 



Dorm trunks protect valuables in your dorm room and make great organizers.  Why not add a pop of color while you're at it? DormCo has a huge variety of colors which will add a nice touch to the typically plain dorm wall colors. 


DormCo also has a great selection of bedding, as well as mattress pads, pillows, bedrests... Everything you could need for your dorm room at college. This Pink Mural Comforter set looks so elegant. You can view more designs here

DormCo also offers inexpensive shipping ($2.99 for all orders) so it's easy and economical to stock up on everything you need at their site!

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4.23.2014

Sun Cups


DAVID LURIE – CEO/FOUNDER

A Swiss-trained chef, David has had a 30-year career in the hotel and hospitality industry. Opening GM of Boulder’s St. JulienHotel, David has broad experience in creating high-touch hospitality and food businesses. Highlights include Director of Catering for the Atlanta Hilton, GM of Merv Griffin’s Resort Hotel & Givenchy Spa, and Director of Operations La Mansion del Rio San Antonio. In addition to his role as CEO, David leads our sales, finance and R&D efforts. The company was originally started as a high end Chocolate Truffle Manufacturer. 


Sarah Velasco: What is your story?
David Lurie: In 2008, a man knocked on the door at Seth Ellis Chocolates with a jar of sunflower butter and a challenge: create a candy cup his peanut-allergic son could eat. The chocolatiers got to work, inspired by the idea of a peanut butter cup for everyone. A jar of sunflower butter, a handful of test batches and a day later, they had cracked the code. Sun Cups were born.
Being a peanut butter cup for everyone is no small task. It calls for unseen levels of nut-free, gluten-free, Certified Kosher deliciousness. And being the overachievers they are, the chocolatiers also made their creation all natural, using cacao from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. That means the chocolate in Sun Cups  comes from farms that look out for their workers and the planet. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Milk Chocolate  and Dark Chocolate Sun Cups  debuted in 2009. And in 2011, we added Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups  and Dark Chocolate Mint Cups  to the lineup to spread the love to even more dessert-earners worldwide.
Today, our Boulder chocolate factory is buzzing around the clock churning out chocolate safe for nut, tree nut, gluten, corn, coconut, sesame allergies. Today Sun cups are also Non-GMO Project verified.

Sarah Velasco: What is the vision behind the brand?

David Lurie: In five years, we will be the dominant confection manufacturer in North America that produces awesome tasting candies that address the top ten food allergies.

Sarah Velasco: How are Sun Cups different from other kinds of buttercups?

David Lurie: Dark & Milk Sun Cups are made with Roasted Sunflower seed butter.

Sarah Velasco: What is the shelf life for Sun Cups?
David Lurie: Milk & Dark Sun Cups 12 months from date of Manufacturing
Mint Cups & Caramel Cups 6 months from date of Manufacturing

Sarah Velasco: Where can readers find these products?
David Lurie: Our product is in retailer store across the country and also sold on our website.



Sun Cups are nut- and gluten-free “peanut butter” cups that are absolutely delicious! Not only are they delicious, but they are made with ingredients you can trust. You can easily identify all of the ingredients because they are REAL. Plus, Sun Cups keeps it simple with just a few sourced ingredients. Aside from being gluten-free they are also Non-GMO Project Verified.

Dark Chocolate Cups  - Amazing! When you unwrap the packaging you notice that these are solid. A treat to bite into, Sun Cups are filled with a smooth and creamy sunflower seed feeling that is better than any peanut butter we have come across. The mild flavor of the sunflower seeds goes well with the rich cocoa notes of dark chocolate. 

Dark Chocolate Mint Cups  - A delicious treat, these mint cups have a wonderfully blended center packed with a peppermint punch. Another great and unique feature about these are that the flavors are blended into the sunflower seed butter center. 

Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups  - The perfect blend of sweet milk chocolate and a rich caramel/ sunflower seed butter center. The cream is amazing with a salty note that one looks in for a caramel product. 

Milk Chocolate Cup  - This milk chocolate cup has the same delicious milk chocolate as the caramel cups. Instead of caramel, these have a plain sunflower seed butter center. There is a hint of salt, which adds a nice touch to the flavor. The salty contrast to the sweetness, plus the super creamy texture makes a nice treat!

We highly recommend Sun Cups, they make such a delicious treat! 




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4.21.2014

Sjaak's Organic Chocolates



"Jacques, the creator of Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates, has brought his talents as a confectioner over from Holland, his homeland. His extensive knowledge of confections and his flare for creativity allows him to create endless amounts of gourmet treats for us all to delight in! When he is not in the kitchen, at home, or in the Sjaak’s factory concocting another mouth watering treat, he is either gardening (a landscape worthy of a wedding location), painting, or playing with his grandson, trying to teach him to say OPA (Dutch for grandpa)"

Below is our interview with Sjaaks!

What does Sjaaks mean? 
Sjaak's is an alternate spelling of Jacques, which is the owners name.

What is your mission? 
To create delicious organic chocolates!

What type of products do you have? 
A large variety of organic chocolates including chocolate bars, candy bars, gift boxes and extensive holiday selections.

Can you tell us about your vegan products? 
All of our products are vegan. 


Are there common misconceptions about vegan chocolate? 
People often think vegan chocolates will taste much different, but any good dark chocolate is vegan and the recipes Jacques creates are amazing!

What makes your products different from other ones on the market? 
We are a small family owned and operated business. 

For readers that haven't tried Sjaaks, what three products would you recommend to them first? 
Any product is great to try, they are fantastic!

Where can readers find your products?
www.sjaaks.com  and many natural food stores
Sjaak's Organic Chocolates is a family owned business that has organic, free-trade, eco-friendly, vegan chocolate. Their chocolate is amazing! Many people have the misconception that vegan chocolate tastes different but any good vegan chocolate tastes absolutely delicious. Sjaak's organic chocolates are sweet, smooth and creamy and come in very nice packaging. 

Sjaak's makes a variety of gourmet organic & fair trade chocolate including truffles, bite-size chocolates, candy bars, and holiday gift boxes. Plus, everything is natural with no artificial content. 


Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates also developed Eli’s Earth bars which are also vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and certified organic. These bars are named after Eli, the grandson of the owner Sjaak Jacques Holten

Eli's Earth Bars come in three incredible varieties (all of which are delicious!):
Treasure Bar - a peanut butter crunch & caramel bar
Dream Big Bar - a caramel & peanut butter bar topped with whole peanuts and coated in creamy chocolate
and
Celebrate Bar - a coconut caramel bar topped with whole almonds surrounded by chocolate


Sjaak’s makes great quality, tasty products. We highly recommend them for any occasion!