I am a vegetarian. A committed vegetarian. I have often thought of going "all the way" and embracing vegan-ism. One of the only things that has held me back is that I hadn't ever found a vegan chocolate that I truly loved. Not one. Sure, there were some that were not bad but who wants a chocolate that's not bad? I want spectacular. It seemed to me that excellent chocolate and living vegan were wholly incompatible.
Their truffles are incredible ... as in ridiculously (are you sure these are vegan??) incredible. Perfect mouth feel, gorgeous presentation and deeeeeelicious. My favourite was the vanilla salted caramel but all of their flavour combinations are inspired.
Missionary Chocolates is operated by a dynamic duo of two sisters and every chocolate is hand-crafted. Not only are they vegan, but the truffles are gluten-free too! The first email I read from them had me smitten: "Truffles without heavy cream? Is this possible? Do we even want it to be possible?" Exactly! But not only is it possible - they are quite possibly one of the best truffles I have ever tasted ... not just vegan truffles ... any truffles.
Maybe that's because they've found the perfect way to use organic coconut cream as their base and then pair that with 55% fair-trade Guittard chocolate.
Their mom is a vegan, gluten-intolerant chocoholic so they started making the truffles for her. And now for us too. I kind of feel like I owe their mama a gift for mother's day out of appreciation for being the muse behind these spectacular chocolates.
Missionary's truffles can be bought at many stores throughout the USA and you can also order them online.
And this is what a happy chocoholic (who has finally gone all the way) looks like.
Remember our little eco-trip this past summer? We were hot.
And so was our sweet ride.
There is only one thing that would have made it sweeter ... if it were powered by chocolate. Yes chocolate.
Earlier this week I read about these uber-green Brits from a company called Ecotec that drove a chocolate powered truck 4,500 miles to Timbuktu. You gotta like a pair of guys who aspire to drive to Timbuktu inspired by chocolate. That's just cool.
My first reaction was mixed. The selfish, chocoholic side of me was all "whoa boys, don't you be diverting my chocolate in massive quantities for fuel?!". The green-lovin side of me was concerned about all the controversial issues surrounding crop fuels. Not to worry on either count. They aren't taking my chocolate. Or yours. They use waste chocolate from confectionery companies and then turn it into biodiesel. (Although how can any chocolate be waste? Really.)
Unfortunately the car doesn't smell or taste like chocolate and it took them equivilant to 80,000 chocolate bars for their Timbuktu publicity trip. But if these guys can do it with waste chocolate, and if Doc Brown can do it with banana peels, then what the hell are the big car companies waiting for?
I want a car powered by waste bio fuels. I want a car powered by chocolate.