ZenBunni

I of course took note of this dairy-free chocolate company, Zenbunni, as soon as I spotted the name – having been dubbed “Bunny” from an early age, I was lured in by the utter cuteness the moniker. And, of course…chocolate without dairy. ❤ 

Per the site, Zenibunni is. . .

ARTISANAL STONE GROUND BIODYNAMIC CACAO

EACH ZENBUNNI BAR IS HANDCRAFTED USING A WIDE OPEN RANGE OF CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC, ORGANIC, AND WILD FORAGED HEIRLOOM SPICES, HERBS, LEAVES, FLOWERS, NUTS, OILS, SALTS AND MINERALS TO SOOTHE, INSPIRE, AMAZE, DELIGHT, HEAL, AND NURTURE YOU, ALL GRACIOUSLY PROVIDED BY MOTHER NATURE.

The Company – who seems to have an overarching sense of “higher-vibration” going on – offers a variety of goodieseverything from chocolate bars, to coffees, to “coconache” (a blend of chocolate and coconut  butter…um, yes!) and drinking chocolate. Delicious, nature-loving, and energy-elevating? I like it. 🙂  

Locations are few and far between, sadly – while you can order online, bummer that you can’t just see sizing, and maybe snag one as a trial, in person. The bars seem to be pretty tiny, too, but at least the caloric profile isn’t outrageous…so it’s still a good option when a real craving hits. 

So while I wish I could just get one to see if I even liked it, I’m still psyched to see a yummy, dairy free option out there (available, at least, online), as cute and as creative as can be…

(PS, they have a Rabbit Report too, if you feel like signing up for updates!)

The Beauty Of Project 7’s Red Velvet Craving Buster

So when I first came across Project 7’s gum at Target I thought, with a disbelieving scowl, “yeah right… Gourmet?!” 

The flavors sounded WAY too delicious to be captured, a la Willy Wonka (don’t tell me you didn’t want to try that gum – full three course meal with only five calories?!  My waistline was jumping up and down FOR me!  Not sure about that blueberry effect though.)

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I had tried other brands fancy-pants flavors like Confetti Cake Pop,” “Chocolate Chip Mint,” and “Apple Pie.”  I think Wrigley’s had a “Pumpkin Spice” too, come to think of it. *pausing* Yep…here it is…

Problem was, those lost flavor AND started to taste less-than-stellar with just a short time of chewing. (I’m probably going to get in trouble with family members because gum chewing is not the best habit. . .but. . .I have it, and it’s better than pigging out.  So, I’ll deal with the slack.  Come on, Violet, you can sit with me!)

Come to think of it I’m probably also on Wrigley’s bad list, but I’m afraid these have knocked them out of the gumboil machine for good.  

Anyway, enter Project 7 with a few innovative tastes. Finally. [ – It boggles my mind that no one came up with (or successfully created) these kinds of flavors sooner.  I mean…craving busters, BIG TIME, hellOOoooo!?– ]

The Red Velvet variety that I recently spotted?  I snatched it up pronto (knowing the taste bud party I’d be having.)  Was I correct?

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Damn stuff tastes just LIKE it. No, I’m NOT kidding.  (And NO, they sure as hell didn’t put me up to it – wouldn’t that be nice!)

I’ve tried several varieties and, remarkably, the flavors are pretty right on.  Keep in mind, it is GUM…not and actual, soft-n-fluffy cupcake. Or birthday cake, apple pie, or s’mores.  BUT I find them downright amazing, and PERFECT if I have a sweet tooth!  

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If I don’t feel like fresh fruit (grapes, pineapple, watermelon, fuji apples…) this is worth a quick chew to help me stave off something I’ll regret later.

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Truly, they’re brilliant. (They apparently have Gummies too.)

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Some may say that mint is the only flavor gum ought to be.  Well…I like that Project 7 thought outside of the box, tapping into not just a gum market, but one much broader.  While gum has its share of unpronounceable chemicals (I feel like 95% of edibles do these days!), it’s till a better option than downing two doughnuts!  

I dunno… Call it a strategic move, gum chewing.  Or, maybe I should say, 7-Velvet chewing…?

 

 

 

Halloween – ‘Tis The Season. . .!

To be crreeeeeppyyy….!

You have to love the fun packaging that comes out at this time of year (or if you don’t, I will on your behalf because I’m all for monsters and silliness.)  

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I definitely see it more with the unhealthy options, but whatever.  I mean…the baby spinach doesn’t have a witch on a broom on the package (though personally I think they should explore that marketing tack – what about kids thinking it’s cool!?)

I’ve not even heard of these (Herr’s!?) but I can safely say that this is EXACTLY the kind of thing I’d have gone “mooOooommm, can we get THESEEEeee!?  Wings and Webs!?!  TOTALLY made for creepy kids like I was.

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As for the Oreos, Nabisco is always doing something rad.  I’d have been ALL over these. . .  They aren’t any different that regular Oreos as far as the taste, but thanks to the seasonal marketing, the orange center, and the jack o-lantern face…I’d eat them just because.  Way to go, Nabisco packaging people.

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Then there are these… I don’t know if they’re even legit (though it appears that way.)  Dang.

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It doesn’t stop with the packaging, though – there’s all sorts of fun, Halloween-ie, Autumnal flavors that crop up too, come September.  Take these Pumpkin Spice bars

Rockgirlmaxim84 on Instagram has a PLETHORA of holiday-inspired, limited edition finds (I think it’s absolutely fascinating how many she comes across, and / or tracks down!)  It’s like Caramel, Apple and Pumpkin Spice central…!

 

 

 

I’m so in my element once that 10th month rolls around…  I’m a Spring baby with and Autumnal heart, what can I say…