The second weekend of July is quickly approaching, and everyone here at Bliss HQ is buzzing about getting ready for the Oregon Country Fair. This gathering has been happening just outside of our hometown of Eugene, Oregon for over 40 years. Coconut Bliss has had a presence since the company's humble beginnings in 2005 and the culture of the Oregon Country Fair is definitely a huge part of the culture here in our offices.
Luna had this to say about it: "The Country Fair was the initial motivation for me to jumpstart Coconut Bliss back in 2005, although I couldn't possibly imagine the ride this would be for all of us! The Fair has a way of bringing me back down to the roots of Coconut Bliss; sweetness, beauty, service, creativity, and family."
If you regularly follow this blog (All Thai'd Up in Bliss & Where's My Bliss?) then you know already that we’ve had issues with our supply of coconut milk. Our main supplier, a family farm in Thailand, suffered the worst drought in twenty years this past season. Sadly, this shortage is affecting our ability to maintain stock on all of our flavors throughout the summer months.
For years our customers have asked us to make a "coconut milk beverage" as an alternative to soy milk and rice milk. Since other companies have recently started coming out with coconut milk beverages, we've received even more questions as to why Luna & Larry's does not offer our own version. There are two main reasons:
Reason #1: Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss specializes in making the best ice cream available, without the use of dairy, soy, rice, sugar, fillers, or anything added that is not available in your local natural foods store. While we have certainly had discussions about diversifying our product line, at this time our entire staff is dedicated to providing and perfecting this one thing. We are enjoying an experience of simplicity and devotion to our Coconut Bliss.
Did you know that today, May 14th is World Fair Trade Day? To celebrate we are giving away a basket full of Coconut Bliss Goodies: 2 Free Pints, 1 Water Bottle, and the Diana Stobo smoothie book "Naked Bliss". Leave us a comment on this post along with a way to contact you if you are our winner, we'll randomly draw a winner on Friday May 20th at noon PST.
Recently we’ve been getting reports that our four newest flavors have been making their way onto store shelves across the country. There is one flavor that seems to be the darling here at Bliss Headquarters: Mocha Maca Crunch.
We can’t seem to keep it stocked in our employee freezer for more than a day or two! It is a luscious blend of Bliss made with Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Maca, and Mesquite. So what the heck is a Cacao nib exactly? Maca? Mesquite? Not to worry, we’re here to demystify all of these superfoods for you. First off, check out this video of Marc, our national sales manager, as he talks about the exotic and beautiful Cacao Nib.
Dear Bliss Lover,
Two factors have recently converged into a perfect storm that has left us in the unhappy situation of not having as much coconut milk as we need to keep the Bliss flowing and the freezer shelves fully stocked.
Last year Thailand suffered its most severe drought in 20 years, seriously impacting the harvest of important food crops throughout the country, including the crop of organic coconuts at the family-owned farm that has been providing our coconut milk since we first started making Coconut Bliss in 2005.
In addition, you may have noticed that there has been a veritable explosion of new coconut milk products that have come to market in the last year, resulting in tremendous competition for remaining supplies. We are still a relatively small company and do not have the resources to compete with some of the much larger players.
While we have been vigorously exploring and experimenting with other sources of organic coconut milk from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, and India, none that we have found so far match the exquisite flavor and creaminess of our Thai source. We are continuing the search, but in the meantime, rather than compromise the quality of our products, we are choosing to slow down our production until the Thai coconut harvest resumes. The good news—our grower tells us that this year’s crop is looking abundant!
What this means for you is that over the late spring and summer of this year some of your favorite flavors of Coconut Bliss might be out of stock, and there may even be brief periods where there is no Coconut Bliss on the shelf at all, as we furiously work to catch up on production and fill our orders.
We sincerely apologize for any disappointment this may cause you, and hope that you will stand by us through this time, knowing that we are doing everything we can and more Bliss, including our 4 new flavors, will be back in abundance very soon.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Larry & Luna
Recently we were introduced to a wonderful Children's Illustrator and Artist name Molly Hahn. After trying one of the Chocolate Coconut Bliss bars about a month ago she was inspired to create this cute little sketch. She says "As a hypoglycemic, this frozen dessert is something I can definitely stand by and feel inspired to create art about. Plus, Coconut Bliss is out of this world YUMMY."
You can check out more of Molly's art (which she updates daily with new & kid-friendly art) at http://www.mollycules.com
And if you want to share your Coconut Bliss inspired creative works we LOVE to see what people come up with. Just visit the "Share Your Bliss" page to share pictures, poems, videos, art, or whatever you feel inspired to create. You'll make our day here at Bliss HQ!
Imagine yourself preparing a delicious meal for some special guests. You are
grateful that you get to create your favorite dish and share your bliss with friends.
As you sing and twirl around your kitchen, collecting ingredients and spices, you are
shocked to find that you are out of a crucial ingredient. You still have time to run to
the store. When you get there, you see in place of your favorite ingredient is a little
sign that says “temporarily out of stock”. A moment of panic – what now?
At Coconut Bliss, this parable became our reality a few months ago.We knew our
supply of coconut milk was diminishing, but did not expect to open the cabinets and
find the shelves bare. Our primary supplier of coconut milk, a family run organic grower
and processor in Thailand, was out of coconuts. The 12-year drought cycle had kept its
word and left the land without enough water to grow the amount of coconuts necessary
to bring endless bounties of Bliss to the people.
What ensued was a siren call of epic proportions...
Last week we revealed our four newest flavors (Mocha Maca Crunch, Luna Berry Swirl, Ginger Cookie Caramel, and Chocolate Walnut Brownie), which all feature Coconut Sugar. Since then we've been getting lots of questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages from fans asking about this new sweetener. So here's the lowdown for all you foodies, healthy eaters, and non-dairy ice cream lovers out there. We're sure that you'll be convinced and excited too about this delicious and sustainable sweetener.
Photo courtesy of www.coconutworld.com.