Happy Valentine's Day!!
Even though I make my own raw chocolate, it is my joy to order chocolate off the internet, + buy fancy raw chocolates around town.
I thought it would be fun to share with you, my personal favorite brands of Chocolate for Valentine's Day:
1) Lagusta's Luscious: This is a gourmet/ artisan vegan chocolate company out of upstate New York, New Paltz to be exact.
Wild blends include: Blood Orange, Thyme Caramel, Rosemary Sea Salt, + even Chocolates named after famous Feminists. I keep buying these as gifts + having them shipped, but have yet to try them myself (what's up with that??!!) This is a woman-owned company, + the owner (Lagusta) seems to be a total master of her craft, tuned into wild/ fair-trade/ local/ artisan/ microscopic details, + all around an amazing human being!
I would welcome anything off her website as a gift, just saying ;) !! .... P.O. Box 92841 Long Beach, CA 90809 I'm not playing! ;)
2) Coracao Confections: I know + love the owners of this raw chocolate company, but before I knew the owners, I knew I LOVED these chocolates! These are a raw foodist's dream come true: You can order yourself a REAL box of chocolates, + have it all be raw! Truly amazing! Varieties include: "Rolo"-style chocolate-covered caramel, rose petal chocolate truffles, + a version of a raw vegan "Snickers" bar. I ordered myself a fancy box online once, + it was such a gift of Self-Love. Now I am lucky to see them around in California, they even have candy bars too! ;)
3) Sacred Chocolate: I don't understand how these are raw or healthy, because they are the silkiest, dreamiest, creamiest chocolates I've ever tasted. Bonus is they come in the shape of a giant heart. Oh my gosh. Melt-in-your-mouth, creamy, amazing. Raw Vegan "Milk" Chocolate, Gogi, Nibs, Indian spices, Chinese immunity mushrooms, are some of the flavors you'll find. Love, Love, Love. + I know this owner too, + he is a total sweetheart. I believe his love + craft really is Sacred.
4) Hot Love Chocolate Truffles: Well of course these are my favorite! + They are the once I eat the most! (Did you know I love eating the chocolates I make?!!) Hot Love Chocolate Truffles have evolved over time: they started out with almonds ground in the food processor, then moved to using almond butter, then acquired the gogi berries, then the nibs, then the pinch of spice + sea salt. I've been told they are like a raw "Godiva" truffle + just recently my friend + chocolate client Danielle said they were "the best thing I've ever put in my mouth." They did win the 2014 Best of Raw Awards, after all. ;)
Whatever you are doing for Valentine's Day, I hope you honor yourself first: whether it be taking a hot bath with rose petals, going foraging for wildflowers around your neighborhood, writing yourself a card, sealing it, + then later in the day, opening it, or indulging in some delicious + guilt-free chocolate.
I also hope you get extra hugs + loving today, + who knows, maybe even a tantric chocolate ceremony awaits....
So Much Love + Gratitude for YOU,
P.S. For you locals, Ecstatic Dance LA is back, this Sunday, February 15th. If you didn't get all the loving (or chocolate) you were hoping for, do not fear! I will be there with Hot Love Chocolate Truffles, Cacao Elixir Drinks, Lemon Bars, Raw Vegan Spaghetti + Meatballs, + some amazing Green Juices + Smoothies that you will LOVE.
Dancing is SOO therapeutic to the soul, especially when you can dance however you want, wearing whatever you want, + take a 10 minute break on a massage table, pulling Doreen Virtue cards, or buying an Irish Moss shake....
See you on the Dance Floor!