What a lovely Christmas surprise from Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates and Eli’s Earth Bars. Sjaak’s chocolates are non-GMO, vegan, organic, and fair trade. They offer a variety of vegan products including chocolate bars, gift boxes and holiday treats. They contain no animal ingredients and sugar and they use is vegan (non-bone-char). Eli’s Earth Bars are vegan, gluten-free, certified organic, non-GMO and fair trade.
Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates is a gourmet organic chocolate company based in California. Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates aims to create the highest quality gourmet organic chocolates possible while simultaneously supporting a positive work environment, fair trade practices and encouraging sustainable agriculture through the use of organic, non-GMO ingredients. They don’t use artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, GMO’s in their products. All ingredients in Sjaak’s chocolate confections are grown with strict adherence to the U.S.D.A. National Organic Program (N.O.P.) regulations. According to their website, “Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates is a lacto-vegetarian operation (no eggs or gelatin)[…] Trace amounts of dairy are possible. They do use various nuts in their products, if you have a severe allergy please use caution. They are a gluten-free facility and they use organic soy in all of their products.”
Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates also developed Eli’s Earth bars which are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and certified organic. These bars are named after Eli, the grandson of the owner Sjaak Jacques Holten. Eli’s Earth Bars are organic and Fair Trade. Sjaak’s gives back 5% of every sale to a non-profit charitable organization that benefits children. To learn more, visit elisearth.com.
Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates creates an array of chocolates in a variety of flavors and products. Eli’s Earth Bars are available in three flavors as of December 2012.
where to buy
They are available at their online store at sjaaks.com. Here is a brief list of online stores you can purchase from:
I received three Eli’s Earth Bars, Celebrate, Dream Big and Treasure, including a paper bag filled with small mini bites and two certified organic bars and finally an organic truffle assortment limited edition (Christmas).
I will start with Eli’s Earth Bars. They are vegan, gluten-free, organic, and non-GMO. They are in 1.2 oz. (33g) each.
Dream Big Bar
This is one of the three Eli’s Earth Bars with an orange packaging. Dream Big contains a chewy peanut caramel, topped with homemade peanut butter and fresh roasted salted peanuts, and coated in a vegan milk chocolate. A vegetarian reported that it tasted a bit similar like Baby Ruth® candy bar. Crunchy texture with plenty of peanuts. As a side note, these caramel in these bars are a bit thick and may stick to your teeth, compared to their caramel mini bites, which are gooey and soft.
Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan):
Organic dairy-free “milk” chocolate (organic rice milk, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa butter, organic cocoa paste, organic non-GMO soy lecithin, organic vanilla), organic peanuts, organic rice syrup, sea salt
The Celebrate bar has a bright green packaging. It is a coconut caramel topped with whole almonds surrounded by chocolate, which differentiates the most from those two. The caramel has a very good coconut flavor, while the almonds on the top made the bar a bit crunchy. The bars’ coatings taste very good, not too dense or heavy.
Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan:
Organic dairy-free “milk” chocolate (organic rice milk, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa butter, organic cocoa paste, organic non-GMO soy lecithin, organic vanilla), organic rice syrup, organic coconut, organic almonds, organic coconut flour, organic cashews
This is my favorite flavor. The Treasure Bar has a lavender colored packaging. It contains a layer of crunchy peanut butter topped with caramel and coated in a vegan milk chocolate. The combination of crunchy peanut butter and caramel was pretty tasty. It reminded me of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with a salty crunch.
Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan):
Organic dairy-free “milk” chocolate (organic rice milk, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa butter, organic cocoa paste, organic non-GMO soy lecithin, organic vanilla), organic evaporated cane juice, organic peanuts, organic rice syrup, organic palm oil, organic rice milk, sea salt
Sjaak’s Organic Individually Wrapped Bite Size Chocolates
I received a cute little paper bag filled with individually wrapped chocolate bites from Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates. These bite sizes are perfect for anyone who would like to try a variety of flavors and I, on the other hand, adore mini chocolate bites. When it comes to a big chocolate bar, I only had 1/5 of it and usually forget about it (so true).
Mini bites come in a variety of caramel flavors such as raspberry, orange, strawberry, cherry, and vice versa. There are also individual organic fair trade vegan almond butter bites. These caramel-flavored mini bites are divine, creamy and gooey. I found the caramel in mini bites creamier and gooe-ier than Eli’s Earth bars (slightly sticky and thick). The orange small bites appeared to have a dominant flavor due to the citrus than the other fruity ones.
Sjaak’s Organic Chocolate Bars
I received two chocolate bars from Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates: Milk Chocolate with Creamy Caramel and Chocolate with Almond Bar. They are perfect size for a small chocolate bar to go. It would be wonderful to see more caramel in the milk chocolate bar. I personally prefer the flavors from Eli’s Earth bars where there are caramel and crunchy peanut and/or coconut combined.
Sjaak’s Organic Truffle Assortment (Christmas)
What a cute gift box for the holidays! This is the limited edition gift box for Christmas from October 1st to December 1st (value: $17.95). This is a beautiful, handmade, tree-free box made in Thailand by a women’s cooperative, and it is filled with nine assorted gourmet vegan truffles of different flavors such as hazelnut, cherry, orange, almond, cappuccino, cashew, blueberry, milk chocolate and coconut. The vegan truffles are great for chocolate fans. I personally prefer creamy caramel in these beautiful coated mini chocolates.
Each piece contains one or more of the following (Net Wt. 175g/6.25oz) Dark chocolate (organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa paste, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla), vegan milk chocolate (organic rice milk powder, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa paste, organic cocoa butter, organic almond milk, organic vanilla) organic almonds, organic coconut oil, organic hazelnuts, organic pecans, organic cashews, organic coconut, organic pistachio, organic almond flavor, organic coffee, organic ginger oil, cinnamon, organic orange oil, sea salt, organic blueberry flavor, organic cherry flavor, organic raspberries, organic turmeric, organic coconut flour, organic cocoa powder