Chocolate is My Sin, Valentine’s Giveaway

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Chocolate doesn’t naturally contain dairy. Dark chocolate is WAY better than milk chocolate! You have to look at the label though. The crappy grocery store dark chocolate (like Nestle, etc) usual contains milk. If you get it from a natural food store, or it says more than 60% cacao, then you are probably safe. Vegan chocolate is not hard to find these days. What is nearly impossible to find is chocolate that doesn’t contain white, refined sugar or cane sugar. Below are my favorite chocolates that are vegan and sweetened with unrefined sugar. All of them are raw, which you can feel less guilty while getting a rich, pleasurable chocolate fix. And check out the Valentine’s Giveaway at the end of the post!

Sacred Chocolate

I had the pleasure of sampling Sacred Chocolates and it is divine! Sacred Chocolate is the brain-child of David Wolfe, well known raw food chef and author. All their chocolates are organic, vegan, kosher, halal certified, and use low glycemic sugars. Sacred also does something I have not seen with other vegan chocolate companies, they use 2 types of ZERO glycemic sweeteners. The “Still Pointe Mint” uses Erythritol and their “Sun Sweet” uses Organic Inulin from the Jerusalem Artichoke as a sweetener. These are perfect for diabetics! I tried both these flavors. They did have an unusual flavor to them that is hard to describe, but still deliciously chocolaty and rich.

Sacred Chocolate has won many awards, including Best Organic Chocolate at the 2008 LOS ANGELES LUXURY CHOCOLATE SALON, ‘Best Organic or Fair Trade Chocolate’ at the 2008 International San Francisco Chocolate Salon, Bronze Medal winner at the 2007 International San Francisco Chocolate Salon.

From their Facebook Fan Page: “What makes Sacred Chocolate so Sacred you may ask? Steve Adler, AKA “Sacred Steve”, an ordained Minister of Spiritis Church, prays over every batch of Sacred Chocolate! Sacred Chocolate is certified ORGANIC (by CCOF), VEGAN (by Vegan Action), KOSHER (by Earth Kosher), and HALAL (by IFANCA). Sacred Chocolate is purchased above FAIR TRADE STANDARDS. Sacred Chocolate is also PASS4KIDS approved! All of our chocolate is dairy/gluten/soy FREE!”

My favorite thing I tried was the Goji Berry Love Brittle, which is sweetened with coconut palm sugar. With 22 flavors of raw chocolate hearts, the only problem you will have is choosing, but you can’t go wrong with any flavor!

NibMor raw chocolate is all organic, vegan, and made with no refined sugar. It is sweetened with agave. I have tried a lot of chocolate in my day, both vegan and just raw, and I can honestly say that this is the best chocolate I have ever tasted. Often raw chocolate can be a little too dark and bitter, not sweet enough, or hard and brittle. After nibbling on NibMor I couldn’t even tell it was vegan much less raw. It is rich, creamy, and just the right amount of chocolaty sweet flavor. I’m floored by this product and I think you will be too!

Righteously Raw chocolate bars have a rich truffle like filling surrounded by decadent raw chocolate. They come in 4 flavors: Caramel, Goji, Acai, and Maca. I really don’t have a favorite because they are all amazing. This bar is sweetened with agave nectar making it low on the glycemic index. The different flavors are full of superfoods like Himalayan pink salt, goji berries, acai, mesquite, coconut oil, and maca, which all have phytochemicals touted to have many health benefits.

Hopefully this post has shown you vegans, health conscious, and diabetic readers that there is an alternative to sugar-filled chocolate. Raw chocolate is like having a dessert that you don’t have to feel guilty about! Now enter the giveaway!

Valentine’s Giveaway!

Follow the rules below and get a gift basket full of vegan raw chocolate courtesy of Sacred Chocolates and NibMor. This delectable Valentine’s package is worth over $50!

Please enter by February 5th to ensure you get your treats by V-Day. The winner that has the best answers and follows the rules will be chosen on that date.

To enter the giveaway here are the rules:

1. Must live in the United States, no PO boxes please

2. Subscribe to my blog with your email address so I can contact you if you win.

3. What is the most romantic thing you have done (or would like to do) for your sweetie on V-Day? (or what is the most romantic thing you can imagine doing)

Extra credit (increases your chance of winning!)

Follow me on Twitter and Retweet the Valentine’s Giveaway post (@TheBlissfulChef)

Become a Fan on The Blissful Chef Facebook page and leave a comment under the Valentine’s post.

Comment List

  • Vegyogini 01 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    Hmmm…I think the most romantic gesture someone could give on Valentine’s Day is preparing a lovingly-cooked meal or dessert for the other person!

  • Elora 01 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    I would suprise and take my special someone to Disneyland.I think that’s be so cute! Who wouldn’t like going to Disneyland with their sweetheart? That would be a day/night to remember forever.

  • Nanette Labastida 01 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    once my dude was out of town but he had just texted me poolside from a fancy hollywood hotel, so i knew where he was. So i called the pool bar and had them deliver his fave drink and a rediculous fancy ice cream sunday. He was totaly suprised and thought some group of ladies had sent them over.

  • Bethany 01 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    My husband and I will be moving March first. THis is the last Valentine’s Day we will spend in the city we have lived in for over 15 years. I am hoping to make it an event that will be remembered for years to come, as in the, “Remember how wonderful our last Valentine’s Day in St. Paul was?”

  • Nicole 01 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    Hmmm…. renting a sailboat and sailing through the Mediterranean seas à la L’Avventura by Antonioni. Packing picnic lunches, lots of wine & lots of chocolate. Playing board games and singing songs while strumming an acoustic guitar all day long. Listening to music and sleeping under the stars. Getting a sun tan and forgetting about the real world. Feeling Italian and sexy = )

    Wow… that was like a writing meditation…= )

  • bitt 01 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    I subscribed and live in the US.

    The most romantic thing I can think of is to have a surprise trip or reservation planned at his favorite place or restaurant or to a show/concert. I think surprises are very romantic. In the past I’ve written some very romantic notes and poetry.

  • bitt 01 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    I retweeted and I follow you already.

  • Stephania Biddings 01 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    What is the most romantic thing you have done (or would like to do) for your sweetie on V-Day? (or what is the most romantic thing you can imagine doing)

    The most romantic thing I have done for my sweetie on Valentine’s Day, is made his favorite things from childhood memories; he shared with me long ago. It was so very special for him because he had long forgotten some of the shared memories–told while we were dating; traveling; or watching our own kids in different events. Before going vegetarian, I made his favorite ice cream–lemon curd; jelly cake; and blackberry-goobie. He was so giddy, he curled his toes and became watery-eyed while eating his treats!

  • Lori 01 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    I made my boyfriend three heart-shaped cakes with icing writing “I”, “Love”, and “You” on them, respectively. Since I’ve gone raw I think a really sweet thing to do would be the same, but raw and healthy and probably amazing.

    I just followed you on twitter, re-tweeted, subscribed on here. Hoping I winnn 😉

  • Abby 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    I think it would be uber-romantic for your significant other to plan a suprise, adventure-filled day…and arrange for you to have the day off!

  • Kara 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    mmm so excited to try these chocolates this year for Valentine’s Day! thanks for sharing!

  • Cole 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    I think a romantic time = a day spent doing fun couple things, a nice dinner, and then a relaxing night.

  • CacaoLover 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    The most romantic thing I can think of right now (I’m sure I’ll think of something a whole lot better as soon as I click the SUBMIT button) is to buy like a suitcase full of all the chocolates listed above plus a few of The One Bean raw vegan cacao bars which are also amazing, dump them on a bed on Friday night and just go to town. You can eat some chocolate, make love, eat more chocolate, make more love…

    And then wake up Monday and write about it in your blog 😀

  • Melinda Pollard 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    I subscribed and became a fan and left a comment on facebook! The most romantic thing that I would love to do for my hubby is to take him in a hot air balloon when the sun is setting and have champagne- I know it sounds cheesy, but I’ve always wanted to surprise him with something like that. HE would love it- I am going to one day!! 🙂

  • Melinda Pollard 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    I am also following you on twitter now!!

  • Melinda Pollard 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    And I tweeted about your giveaway as well!!!

  • Susan 03 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    For this year, my daughter and I are crafting a little Valentine’s Day project. My husband is a Chef so during special occasions, such as Valentine’s Day he doesn’t come home until really late. So this year my daughter and I are making shirts that we are going to make on the morning of Valentine’s Day. I will wear a shirt that says “I”, my 6 month old baby is going wear a onesie with a “heart(love)” on it, and my 3 year old will wear “You.” We want to show our love and appreciation, and who said you couldn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day with a family breakfast!

  • Maria 03 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    In February 2007 my husband and I discovered (On Valentine’s Day) that we were going to have our second child. Exciting right!!?? Yes, but as an even bigger surprise my husband took me on my dream vacation to my dream city – NYC!! He planned the entire week completely on his own down to the restaurants, broadway show (Phantom of the Opera) and arranged for my sister to stay at our house for the week with our then 6 year old daughter. It was, without a doubt, the BEST Valentine’s Day EVER!!!

    I just subscribed, am a twitter follower (@realfitmama) and am now a Facebook Fan!!! WOOT WOOT!

  • Tricia 03 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    Wow!!!! I love Valentines Day!!!!! I think it’s the idea of love that gets us all excited, as love is an emotion that triggers all other emotions and actions in the body……it is creative life force energy that is everflowing…..Now, as far as romantic goes, I really had to marinate on this one, as I’m not able to recall a romantic Valentines ever, but, one Romantic moment that changed my outlook & views on life and opened me up to a world of possibilities I never thought possible… This person has been a lover, a friend and someone who still makes me tingle inside by just the sound of his voice…. unfortunately, he moved last summer and we kept intouch every week up until 3 weeks ago????? and, now I feel like a part of me is missing, but I must go on…. So, in the realms of romanticism, I would love to go and get my “man” , of course this would be a surprise to him ;-))) Knowing our connection, he could probably smell me from miles away, ( before he left, I made him his own personal special essential oil “elixir”) ) show up on his job with the biggest smile and let him know just how loved & missed he really is. Since, Over the years, we’ve had the most physically, passionate, intense moments, it seems like at this point, there is nothing else left to give but the most sacred part of me… commitment & soul~ Blessings & Love~

  • Kate K. 04 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    The most romantic thing someone could do for me was cook an amazing vegan dinner, a nice bubble bath, some sweet champaigne and a couples massage. If you can give me a nice relaxing evening, you will win my heart!…a puppy would be nice too! 😉

  • Maryliny 05 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    I think the most romantic thing I’ve done for Valentine’s Day is to give my husband Valentine’s Day flexibility. When we were first married, money was even tighter than these days, and flowers on Valentine’s Day were soooo expensive. I told him I loved blue Dutch Irises even more than red roses, and that we could celebrate the day we met (Feb. 10) instead so that there would be less pressure. We both feel we can enjoy Valentine’s Day without the pressure, and really enjoy our own special Valentine’s on our own special day.

  • Christy Morgan 05 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    Congrats Nanette!! You are the winner of the Valentine’s Day Giveaway! Email me your address!

  • customized t shirt 13 / 02 / 2010 Reply

    This blog is pretty cool and I came across it looking for some ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts. I’m really late on buying my girlfriend a gift.. does anybody have any good ideas on what to get?

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