Monthly Archives: April 2016

Raaka Chocolate Review

I’d like to consider myself a bit of a chocolate aficionado…well, maybe it’s not quite so impressive, but definitely a chocoholic. When Raaka Chocolate sent me some of their gorgeous virgin chocolate bars to review, I was psyched.

Virgin chocolate means the cacao isn’t roasted, which most chocolate makers/bars/chips do. By avoiding the roasting process, Raaka promises each bar will “bring you true cacao flavor.” Aside from the virgin process, they pride themselves on ethically sourcing the cacao–paying $500 per ton above market price to the farmers. As many of you know, I love supporting companies that are positively impacting others/our earth/fair trade certified, so I was just that much more excited to try these bars.

When the package arrived at my door, I couldn’t stop staring at the gorgeous, simple wrappers. Aren’t they beautiful?!

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So, after the madness of the end of my undergraduate classes, I hustled back to Chicago to help my mom move into her new place–where we celebrated with a Raaka chocolate bar to end the big move day. We decided the Himalayan Pink Sea Salt was going to be the bar–and I opened the wrapper to find the glistening sea salt!

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Chocolate that sparkles! I’m a fan.

Both my mom and I had the same verdict– the bar was a stunning flavor experience. We caught the flavor notes mentioned on the back of the bar (like raspberry and citrus) but it really hit almost every taste sensation (bitter, salty, sweet, sour, and savory) and landed on true dark chocolate as the final note. Absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to finish the bar and try others!

Be sure to visit their website to purchase bars, or even take a tour of the factory or a chocolate class in Brooklyn if you’re close by! Man, I’d spend endless hours if I were closer!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

GFAF Expo Chicago 2016!

On May 14th and 15th, the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo comes to Chicago! As an attendee the last two years, I cannot even wait to be a sponsored blogger this year.

Now, you may ask why I am so darn excited. The answer is simple: not reading labels is a wonderful feeling. Everything at the expo is 100% gluten free, and most are free of additional allergens (which are labeled on the tables themselves, making life super easy!) Additionally, there is an entire half of the expo hall for nut free items, so children and adults with severe nut allergies can safely take part. You’ll leave the expo loaded with goodies (usually tons of sample sizes perfect for packing lunches!) and coupons for your favorites, old and new!

As you can imagine, I usually spend the whole day roaming the hall munching on samples of old favorites and newbie products. Such an eating situation poses quite the challenge for a type 1 diabetic, and I personally decide not to read labels for carbs at the expo (seeing that it is the only time I can ever go anywhere without eating labels of every food that goes in my mouth). So, the last two years I’ve been on the pump and have set temp rates and done little boluses every hour or so, accepting the not-so-ideal outcome that needs attention when I return to the car. My first year I was on shots, which meant some larger fast-acting injections about 3 times throughout the day. Let me tell you– a CGM is glorious for days like these. But, it won’t be a perfect science, and the expo is worth it for me!

Are you ready to enter GFAF wonderland next month with a tote bag in hand to fill with endless goodies to take home? Well, you’re in luck! Not only can you get 30% off tickets until 4/13 (and 20% until 5/13) but I’m giving away 3 one-day tickets to the expo! 

Come meet me at the expo and I promise a big hug awaits you.

Check out all the excitement by using #GFAFExpo on Twitter/Instagram or go to facebook.com/gfafxpo

To purchase tickets: Go to goo.gl/I0WZLo and enter promo code EARLYBIRD (until 4/13) or ADVANCE (until 5/13)

To enter the giveaway: enter via the Rafflecopter below! I’ll draw the winners on Monday, April 11th (so you can still buy early bird tickets! 🙂 )

GFAF Expo Ticket Giveaway!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

PS- Here’s me at the last expo!

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