Em's Gems: Guilt-Free Chocolate!

Does the sight and smell of chocolate make you weak in the knees?

If so, you have GOT to check out The World's Most Nutritious Chocolate!

This is the REAL DEAL, folks.  The founder of Gnosis Chocolate, Vanessa Barg, is a graduate of my health coaching program and started making this delicious chocolate to help her health coaching clients satisfy their sweet tooth without negatively impacting their health.  Through word of mouth, people found out about her chocolate and demand grew, so she started her very own chocolate company selling her chocolate online and in some stores.  This was about 3 years ago.

About 3 WEEKS ago, the Gnosis Chocolate team opened up their very first store in NYC (it's a pop up shoppe inside Organique -- an organic take-out restaurant -- on 110 East 23rd Street btw Park & Lexington Ave) which is very exciting! I look forward to checking it out on my next trip to New York and finally meeting Vanessa and the rest of Team Gnosis in person!

I have ordered Gnosis Chocolate bars before as giveaways for clients as well as to enjoy for myself. I am telling you, this chocolate is insanely good.  It blows overly-processed chocolate bars (you know, the ones in your work vending machine or in your kiddie's trick-or-treating Halloween pumpkin) out of the water. You can really taste the quality in every bite.

The bars are small and the flavor is rich, so what I like to do is break it into small pieces and stick it in the freezer.  Not only does that make it last longer, but only one or two pieces is perfectly satisfying for when that craving hits.

While I have yet to try their other products (truffles, trail mix, super foods, hot chocolate, etc.) I can definitely vouch for their chocolate bars. The Cashew Goji Berry bar is one of my favorites! If you're curious about what's in these bars, here's an example (these are the ingredients in the Cashew Goji Berry Bar):

Cacao Beans*, Cashews*, Goji Berries*, Black Currants*, Agave Nectar*, Vanilla Bean*, Blue-Green Algae*, Love. (* indicates that it's organic)

That's it!

[Side Note: To give you an idea of the low quality junk that's in a more "conventional" chocolate bar, here are the ingredients of a regular Snicker's bar from the Snickers website: Milk Chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, lactose, skim milk, milkfat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), peanuts, corn syrup, sugar, skim milk, butter, milkfat, partially hydrogenated soybean. Ugh! GROSS!]

Not only is the chocolate itself something to write home about, but the integrity of the company is truly remarkable. From the very beginning and to present day, Gnosis donates 10% of all sales to charity (you can read more about that on their website).  They also make their chocolate by hand too. How many companies do that these days?? The customer service I've received has also been very impressive and I can't say better things about how great this company is.

I definitely recommend that you check out Gnosis Chocolate. Not only is their chocolate a treat for the tastebuds, but it is also 100% organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, cholesterol-free, AND refined sugar-free.

Best of all? They're 100% made with love :-)

If you want to taste it for yourself, be sure to hop on over to the Gnosis Chocolate website and take a look around.  

I don't know about you, but I love supporting small businesses that put all their love and care into both their products and their customers.  

Have you tried Gnosis Chocolate? If so, leave a comment below and let me know what you think!