Coconut-milk based ice creams are being celebrated in vegan kitchens across Toronto. I remember how excited my Mom was when she first saw them in a Guelph health food store. Luna and Larry is a small company (just 8 employees) who pour their hearts into each creamy pint of coconut bliss. The flavours impart a sense of tropical luxury. I find myself transported to an evening spent languishing on the beach with each creamy spoonful. I was told the whole line will be in Toronto stores in February (tough time to launch an ice cream line..but I know we’ll find a way to enjoy it despite the frigid temperatures…maybe we’ll hang out in a sauna first).
I was really excited to see Zukay’s booth at the show. I have seen so many reviews of the products on other blogs. It is a line of live fermented condiments. I was told that by the end of October Torontonians will be able to enjoy this delicious source of probiotics. I liked all of the flavours I tried but I especially enjoyed the carrot ginger dressing. It is hard to find a completely raw line of condiments. I look forward to Zukay’s arrival.
Ruth is a local leader in the health food world. Her hemp products are of the highest quality and well respected across the market. She has been using chia in her breakfast cereal (muesli?) and has now created a Chocolate Chia Goodness variety. It is very decadent…but full of fibre and protein as well.
When I stopped by this booth they had their whole line up of nut butters spread out to sample. After checking out the range of options I was encouraged to try the Fall Harvest nut butter. Wow, I’m so glad I did. The Brazil nut, pecan and pumpkin seed flavours created a whole new experience in my mouth. It was sweet and smooth and rich. I have never been so impressed by the flavour of a nut butter right out of the jar. I hope to find these products on store shelves soon.
Ever since I heard that they serve quinoa milk at Heather Mills restaurant in England I have been interested in given this dairy alternative a try. Finally, at the show I had my chance. Rice Universe has a Thai Rice/Quinoa blend that has no added sweeteners but was surprisingly flavourful, thick and creamy. I enjoyed it on its own, which is a really big compliment. I love that we now have so many options beyond soy to top our cereal, balance our chai tea and thicken a cup of soup. Quinoais a great source of calcium and protein. I’m glad to have an easy way to enjoy it.
Oh man, these brothers from Vancouver were understated and gentle in their introduction to their products but once I took a bite of the bliss balls I was under their spell. It was the best thing I tasted all day. I really hope that someone will pay attention and bring this phenomenal vegan, raw treat to Toronto. I was impressed by the simple ingredients and the sublime, rich flavour. You could never create such joy with high fructose corn syrup (not all of the varieties are vegan, some are sweetened with honey).
This where the labeling debate began. Theobroma is an amazing company. The proprietor is a lovely man who is obviously really concerned about the source of his ingredients and the impact of the processing on the planet. He says he does not label anything as vegan because he uses shared equipment.