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Natural Expo West Part III: The Sweets

This past weekend I was your mouth at the Natural Products Expo West. I’ve already told you about all the cheeeses. Then I told you about the meeats. Now it’s time for the good stuff– The SWEETS!

Sweet Somethings

I have to start off with my biggest blunder so that I have time to recover. I’ve seen Coolhaus trucks. I’ve been at places where they were and made sad frowny faces cause there was nothing for me to buy and devour. I’ve read about them and their brick + mortar that opened super close by in November. So thank goodness I was on a path of confrontation on Friday (first was Morningstar Farms, then Lightlife, then Justin’s Nut Butter), cause when I stepped up to the Coolhaus booth and asked when o’ when will they make me a Vegan Sammie, I was schooled by none other than Natasha Case, CEO, “We DO have vegan sammies!” And then she gave me a Ginger Molasses cookie sandwich with Mango sorbet, right then and there. I don’t know how it is that I entirely missed this. What a doof. I apologize, to myself and to you. Let me make it up to us now, by declaring for once and for all, that additionally available at Coolhauses are an awesome Vegan Carrot Cake and Vegan Chocolate Truffle Banana. Holy crap, right? We are the luckiest.

Eat Pastry

Eat Pastry is a conundrum. How is that dough supposed to make it to cookie form? I can assure you that if I had some at my discretion, it would stay in my fridge and be eaten by the heaping spoonful at a terrifying pace that would severely shorten it’s 12 month shelf life. Perhaps this stuff should be called Eat Pastry Dough. A line of refrigerated vegan cookie doughs sold in a tub that’s not big enough to stick your whole face directly into, flavors include; Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocoholic Chip and Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip. And for those gluten-free Vegans, lookin’ at you Samantha, there’s GF Snickerdoodle, GF Chocolate Chip, GF Sugar Momma. Here’s a coupon for $1 off if you’re curious.

Healthy Top

Have you tried Healthy Top Whipped Cream? From the MimiCreme people, this stuff will seriously change your mouth’s life. I’m not fucking around with you, Vegan People. Go get some right now and put it on anything that will let you. My idea was to get some of this, then walk two booths down to the conveniently located Double Rainbow booth, get a scoop of their amazing soy ice cream and put the healthy top on top, but it didn’t last the ten steps it took me to get there.


Craving some Nutella? Go forth from your nerd box and get yourself a jar of Choc&Nut! It comes all the way from France. Ooh la la! It’s also organic and they claim it is rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein and vitamin E. I claim it is delicious and I bet there are all sorts of cool uses for it. Let me know what you smart people come up with.

So Delicious

Almond milk is my favorite kind of “freaky milk”, so it makes sense that I really liked So Delicious’ ice cream made from the stuff. There are seven flavors (even I could not try them all!); Butter Pecan, Cherry Amaretto, Chocolate, Cookies ‘N Cream, Mint Chip, Mocha Almond Fudge, and Vanilla. But, what I recommend, is the Mocha Almond Fudge BARS. These were gooooooood. The chocolate casing was perfect and had crunchy bits of almond in it and the Mocha Almond Fudge almond ice cream inside was, in fact, so delicious. PS- These are also gluten-free.

Hail Merry

I saved the best for last. Now here’s my disclaimer: I am totally prejudice against raw food. I am also annoyed by the new trend of combining Vegan with Gluten Free. That said, Hail Merry’s raw, gluten-free, Vegan desserts were my favorite new product at the Expo. Their lemon tart in particular was dessert heaven. Put a dollop of the aforementioned Healthy Top and I’m done. I’ve heard that they’re currently on sale at Whole Foods for 2/$7, so you can stock up.

Have we forgiven me? Which ones have you already tried? And what will you try next?

The Expo saga ends with Chapter Four, Miscellaneous Yums, coming soon!


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    Yes! Hail Merry is awesome. I believe they are made in Dallas, so being in Austin I can find it pretty easily. They have macaroons which are excellent, they have a little touch of bourbon or some type of alcohol. Sooo good.

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    I’m going to rub that choc&nut all over my body while I eat the gluten-free pastry dough. OHHHH GAAAW.

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    Thank you for all your invaluable information on the vegan products listed above. I am always looking for new innovative products to add to my current lifetyle. Love it:)