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Sweeties: Gnosis Raw Chocolate


Gnosis Raw Chocolate is definitely in its own category. This is the stuff. It will absolutely wow your Valentine. Made by hand in New York City, they offer TWENTY vegan, raw, organic chocolate bars. It’s quite an impressive array – and the flavor, texture and creativity are equally impressive.

We tried three kinds: Fleur de Sel, PommAcai and Mayan Heat.

Because the DH adores spicy food, Mayan Heat was first up. For those who like their chocolate HOT, the Mayan Heat bar pulls no punches!  Gnosis combines spices and herbs into cacao to support and quicken the heart and circluation. Cayenne increases metabolism and helps to open the heart, and warm you up during the winter months. Chipotle, cinnamon and nutmeg round out the spice in this bar, adding extra benefits for digestion and cleansing.

Gnosis1_lrThe Fleur de Sel bar offers up raw chocolate with three varieties of salt. Himalayan and Fleur de Sel salts provide 92 minerals, aid digestion, intensify deeper elements of cacao’s flavor profile, and play both sweet and salty on your tongue in an exquisitely balance.  Salt helps with digestion, is a strong natural antihistamine, and is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps. Fleur de Sel is naturally moist, and so fine it never touches machinery. Pink Himalayan salt comes from deep inside Tibet’s Himalayan Mountains, where it was deposited when the sea covered the area more than 250 million years ago. An elegant treat!

PommAcai is a bright, fruity bar that joins pomegranate and Amazonian acai berry with deeply healing raw organic cacao to provide the ultimate rejuvenating chocolate experience. The sweet fruit is tempered by rich cacao and leaves you refreshed and ready to face the world.

But Gnosis doesn’t stop there. They offer chocolate bars ranging from Cool Mint to Hazelnut to CocoAlmond to Turmeric to Nutmeg. Even more ~ they make trail mixes, spreads, supplements and elixir beverages. Basically, anything you could want to charm your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.

Try Gnosis – they make superior vegan raw chocolates and other treats; are a small, woman-owned business; and support ethical sourcing for all their ingredients.

Ready to buy? Use their maps to find a store near you, or shop online directly from the Gnosis website.


ExpoFinds: Evolved Caramel Coconut Cups


The Natural Products Expo East had no shortage of chocolate, but to end up on the list, things had to be spectacular. Like eatingEVOLVED’s Dark Chocolate Caramel & Sea Salt Coconut Butter Cups.

Having been vegan for almost 20 years, I had long since given up on caramel. After all, it’s pretty tough to create caramel without dairy. I’ve crossed paths with a few other vegan caramels over time, and yes, they were awesome – but after one bite of eatingEVOLVED‘s confection, I knew this little New York-based company had struck caramel-gold.

These Caramel & Sea Salt Coconut Butter Cups are vegan, soy free, cane sugar free and fair trade. How in the world do they do it, you ask? How do they make a soy-free, vegan caramel middle? We wondered that too, especially since the ingredient list is so short: organic coconut, organic cacao, organic cacao butter, organic maple sugar and Himalayan sea salt. But the gentleman I talked to at EXPO said the secret is all in the coconut and maple, and of course the method.

caramelcups_lrLet me tell you, whatever the secret method is, it WORKS and the resulting caramel cup is INCREDIBLE! Maybe the folks at eatingEVOLVED made a deal with the devil or something. But it’s damn tasty. The middle has sugary warmth and melts beautifully in your mouth. Just perfect – dark chocolate and vegan caramel.

eatingEVOLVED makes other confections too – in the line of “cups” they also have Classic Coconut Butter Cups and Mint Creme Cups. They also have Primal Bars, which are vegan as well and some that are 100% cacao content, including Fig & Almond bars and Midnight Coconut bars. Yum!

The philosophy at eatingEVOLVED is that chocolate is food, not candy-crap. All eatingEVOLVED chocolate is free of gluten, dairy, or soy (that’s right, no soy lecithin!). They use the fewest ingredients physically possible to create chocolate. No junk, no fillers, just the highest quality, Fair-Trade cacao lightly sweetened with organic maple sugar. Amazing!

Currently, you can purchase these wonderful chocolates online from the eatingEVOLVED website. They also list retailers that sell their wares at this link. Hopefully, they will soon be available, well, everywhere!