Two New Ice Cream Bars to Welcome Home
The True Bliss of Intertwining Simplicity with Expansion
With our new products, we continue a tradition of bringing you food with clean labels that list organic ingredients that are good for you, the communities they support, and the environment. We choose organic, because it promotes healthy soil, contributes to cleaner water, and builds a foundation of sustainable agriculture for generations to come. When you choose Coconut Bliss vegan ice cream, you can focus on enjoying your divinely creamy treat instead of wondering what it’s doing to your health and the health of the planet.
THE DIVINE BALANCE OF VANILLA AND CHOCOLATE
Introducing Madagascan Bean Vanilla in Chocolate Bars
This is the quintessential frozen treat that wraps the delicately sweet flavor of organic coconut milk in rich, smooth, fair trade dark chocolate.
Pairing the warmth of vanilla with the soothing familiarity of chocolate provides a no-nonsense experience that is sure to satisfy whether wrapped in a blanket next to a fire or meandering through freshly cut grass on a summer day.
Our vanilla doesn’t merely feel like home, it helps improve the lives and homes of those who grow and harvest it. We are proud to partner with Lochhead Manufacturing Company based out of Evergreen, CO. This family-owned business supports its own community and the communities of their suppliers in Madagascar.
Producing vanilla requires knowledge, focus, patience, and care. When the vanilla pods bloom in the Spring, the flowers must be pollinated within 12 hours of opening. The farmers patiently do so by hand and personally attend to their plants for the next five to six months while the plants mature. They are dried in morning sun for an additional six months. After the growth process, the pods provide pure, organic vanilla that is the inspiration for our Madagascan Vanilla Bean flavor.
Vanilla doesn’t just tempt our taste buds and offer pleasing aromas, studies suggest much broader benefits. Vanilla extract is a source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, and calcium. It has also shown positive impacts on mood, inflammation, immune system function, and heart health.
Our vanilla is inspiring in many ways, including our supplier’s community work. Lochhead Manufacturing Company seeks to care for their vanilla growers in the way that their growers care for their vanilla – with compassionate attention. Through the Vanwell Project, Lochhead installs fresh drinking water wells in the region where their growers live. Providing support at the community level ensures continued growth in the region and positively impacts the wellness of its people.
The Lochhead team also prioritizes sustainability and social responsibility within their workplace. They have initiated internal company programs that focus on energy efficiency, waste reduction processes, recycling, and low impact packaging.
Please read more about our vanilla sourcing process and Lochhead here.
THE ALLURING TREASURES OF RASPBERRY & ACAI
Introducing Raspberry Acai in Chocolate Bars
The flavor combination of juicy red raspberries mixed with the bold tartness of acai nestled within velvety organic, fair trade dark chocolate is exotic and blissful.
To achieve this enticing flavor combination, we use only pure and simple fruit powder. Most fruit-flavored items – even in the natural food world – include “natural flavors” or “natural color” in their ingredient lists. Not us. We want you to know what’s in your dessert – plain and simple.
The vibrant color and stunning flavor of these vegan ice cream bars is the result of the nutrient-rich raspberry and acai fruit powders.
Fruit powder is simply what it sounds like – finely ground dried fruit. The technique creates quality fruit preservation minus the moisture. This allows for superior fruit additions without over-processing or nutrient loss.
Most of us are familiar with the tastiness and availability of raspberries. They are one of the world’s most popular berries. They’re known for inspiring candy flavors and oatmeal garnishes, but do you know how good raspberries are for you?
This plump little fruit is packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants are often at the forefront of conversations regarding disease prevention. They counteract the damaging effects of oxidation and fight free radicals. Raspberries are also full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to improve your immune system, cardiovascular health, and vision. Don’t forget (pun intended) that raspberries also help prevent memory loss and cognitive decline related to aging. When you add minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron, and magnesium to the already packed nutrient index, raspberries go from just yum to beneficial.
First off, it’s completely normal to ask “What is acai?” and “How do I pronounce it?” Before we go any further, we’ll offer this: ah-sah-ee. That helps, right?
Even for those in the Western world who are more frequently exposed to acai, many still wonder where this small blueberry-grape-like fruit comes from, how it ended up an Instagram star and what it is good for.
The small dark purple berry grows on a palm tree in the Amazon region. In its natural state, acai has an earthy taste that is often compared to wild berries with chocolate undertones. Foraged as a food staple since before recorded history, Amazon natives used acai for energy, nutrition, and medicine. Understanding its benefits is an important element to grasping how and why this South American fruit is going mainstream – and why you’ll find it wrapped up with raspberry and organic dark chocolate in our new vegan ice cream bar!
Western exposure to acai came after two Americans witnessed the frequent consumption of acai during a trip to Brazil in the late ‘90s. Due to its highly perishable nature, acai had barely made its way out of the jungle into urban South American neighborhoods for enjoyment. At the time, foragers had to shimmy up palm trees to gather the berries, and acai had to be eaten within 24 hours before it lost its freshness. Export was not an option, but those who lived in the region used acai as a component in nearly every meal.
The two travelers loved the fruit and sought it out during their trip. They wanted to bring some back to the United States. The transportation of the berry was a conundrum. When they returned to the US they devised a method of frozen transport that would allow them to bring the berry to the United States in bulk.
It was touted as a superfood, and after cafes and other food manufacturers started using acai regularly, less people were asking “What is acai?” and more people were asking “What is acai good for?” One of the people keenly interested in acai’s health benefits was Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who included the berry in his book, The Perricone Promise: Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps. The book hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and acai gained popularity – especially after garnering mentions by Oprah and Dr. Oz.
Research shows the berry to promote heart, skin, and digestion health. It has received a superfood label to accompany its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, acai even has more antioxidants than the ever-popular blueberry. The powerful fruit’s Essential Fatty Acid content is a pleasant surprise; one would not imagine such a benefit in a berry. Essential Fatty Acids are called essential because the body cannot produce them on their own. They must be gained from your diet. Essential Fatty Acids contribute to healthy cell membranes, proper brain, nervous system, and thyroid function, as well as the regulation of immune response. In addition to a laundry list of beneficial vitamins and minerals, amino acids comprise a little over 7% of acai’s make-up. A protein building block, amino acids can positively contribute to muscle and metabolic health.
THE COMFORTING CHARM OF CHOCOLATE
An Old Favorite With New Partners
It was an easy choice to add more chocolate-dipped bliss to our treasure trove of treats. The dark chocolate we use in many of our other flavors deserves a larger stage to reflect its glorious magic. It was a no-brainer to wrap it around our delicious new bars.
Dark chocolate provides an array of health benefits that go beyond happy taste buds. Studies show that dark chocolate consumption promotes heart health, improves mood, sharpens cognitive function, and harnesses the power of antioxidants, fiber, and minerals.
The organic fair trade dark chocolate we use for these dipped bars is the same exquisite chocolate used in our Sea Salt Caramel in Chocolate bars, Coconut Almond in Chocolate bars, and our other blissful offerings with chocolate flakes. Sourced from a family-owned, allergen free facility in a small coastal town south of Lima, Peru, we couldn’t be prouder of the partnership we have with this team. The purchase of this chocolate supports small-scale farmers and builds community, social, and business support programs. You can learn more about it here.
BRING THE BLISS HOME
Coming to a Freezer Aisle Near You
We couldn’t be more excited to bring you these luscious, clean label, organic coconut milk bars dipped in decadent organic, fair trade dark chocolate. Delicious food doesn’t have to be bad for you or the planet. If you haven’t spied Madagascan Vanilla Bean in Chocolate and Raspberry Acai in Chocolate bars on your favorite freezer shelf yet, please visit this link and submit a request. With summer just around the corner, we want you to have these delicious treats whenever and wherever you choose.