Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bluestocking Vegan Valentine's Chocolates

News From Blue Stocking Special vegan Valintine Chocolates

Here we are: the hot pink bullseye at the middle of the chocolate year.

February 2011 Chocolate of the Month:
Valentine's Bonbons

For this special Valentine’s month, I wanted to create a chocolate box that would encompass everything I know about love. Thus, this box represents what I see as the two key aspects of love. The sweet simple heart shape is filled with rosewater (dairy-free) cream, punctuated with a high note of pomegranate. It’s smooth and sweet as a Sunday stroll with the love of your life. This chocolate represents those beautiful, perfect, simple days where love makes you feel utterly content, adored, and safe. Nice. Fun. Cute. All that good stuff.

The anatomical heart, on the other hand, is the equally beautiful but often bloody and wild side of love: the kind of love that leaves your heart pounding, your pulse racing—an almost out-of-control intensity that can be a little terrifying, but is deeply healthy in the long run. This represents the kind of love that reminds you you’re alive in the deepest sense, for the times when your heart is raw and feels like it’s beating on the outside of your body. This is an intense bonbon. It’s a solid chocolate made with 66% dark chocolate, packed with lightly crushed cacao nibs, locally-roasted coffee beans, black salt enriched with volcanic minerals, and crunchy bits of bright dried cherries. It’s painted with red-tinted cocoa butter that’s colored with an all-natural beet juice-based food coloring, because while love does sometimes hurt, it shouldn’t have anything to do with anything fake—especially artificial food coloring.

This special Valentine’s Box comes with four rosewater cream hearts and five intense anatomical hearts, but if you’d prefer just a box of all one or the other, that’s fine too, just make a note in the “notes” field of the PayPal page when you order (or email us). But what’s one without the other?

Want more ethically-sourced (organic! fair-trade! vegan!), artisanal Valentine's Day suggestions? We've got 'em! Furious Vulvas are excellent slightly x-rated gifts for all the feisty feminists on your V-day list, and our Pink Box of truffles and Raspberries de Pizan are perennial Valentine's treats, too. And what loved one wouldn't adore a subscription to the Chocolate of the Month club?

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