A Search for Great Vegan Food in San Diego

Rickaroons: 100% Vegan

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a macaroon is “a small cookie composed chiefly of egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds or coconut.”  In other words, a traditional macaroon is neither vegan nor healthy.  But Rickaroons has changed the game by reimagining this cookie as real food – vegan, nutritious, and delicious!

 

My Experience with Rickaroons

 

How responsive is Rickaroons?  Well, when I sent a message to the company’s Facebook page – during the evening – I received a response from Rick (THE Rick of Rickaroons) less than 30 minutes later.  And not only was he supportive of my idea to write a review, but he also offered to answer questions in person!  This is what makes local small businesses so inspiring.  They care.  And when they have a product like Rickaroons, it is only a matter of time before the business becomes wildly successful.

Rickaroons come in four decadent flavors: (1) the Chocolate Blonde, (2) the Brunette, (3) the Mocha, and (4) the Megaroon.

 

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(1) Chocolate Blonde (Original):

 

The Chocolate Blonde Rickaroon is made from a base of coconut (oil, flakes, and nectar!), dark chocolate chips, and almond butter.  It is moist with a light coconut flavor, punctuated with rich chocolate bursts.  The Chocolate Blonde is reminiscent of a chocolate chip cookie, without the butter and refined sugar to bring you down!

Coconut oil has been shown to help our bodies fight off viruses and bacteria that cause illness, boost thyroid function, and increase “good” cholesterol.  Check out the link below for more information on the health benefits of coconut oil.

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/surprising-health-benefits-coconut-oil

 

Besides tasting good, dark chocolate has antioxidants that can help prevent health issues like heart disease.  Consumption of dark chocolate has also been shown to improve mood, because it stimulates endorphin production!  To learn more about dark chocolate click on:

http://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/3-health-benefits-of-dark-chocolate/

 

The almond butter that holds the Rickaroon together, besides having a lot of protein, also helps balance electrolytes and provides dietary fiber!  Here are the additional benefits of almond butter:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/376742-almond-butter-benefits/

 

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(2) Brunette

 

The Brunette builds on the base of the Chocolate Blonde by adding cacao powder and a hint of coconut palm nectar.  It is double the chocolate and sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

 

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(3) Mocha

 

And for those of you who crave coffee with chocolate, Rickaroons has you covered.  The Mocha adds cacao and espresso to the Chocolate Blonde base.  This will get you moving!

 

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(4) Megaroon

 

Finally, the Megaroon injects the Chocolate Blonde base with chia seeds and cacao nibs.  Rickaroons refers to the Megaroon as its Super Food option.  Why you wonder?

First, chia seeds are full of nutrients like fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese and protein.  Chia seeds can also help stabilize blood sugar and are being studied as a possible treatment for diabetes:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/03/chia-seed-benefits-_n_3379831.html

 

Second, cacao has high levels of antioxidants and may help improve heart function and alleviate stress:

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/beverage1/a/raw-chocolate-nutrition.htm

 

The cacao nibs and chia seeds also give the Megaroon a satisfying crunch, helping to make it Rickaroons’ best seller!

 

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In my opinion, the quality of Rickaroons is a function of its core ingredients.  The Chocolate Blonde – the base – is my favorite.  The combination of the coconut, dark chocolate, and almond butter is so perfect, and so powerful, that the “base” has shattered my expectations (and surpassed the competitors).  This guarantees that the other three flavors stand on a sturdy foundation.  So from here, Rickaroons has nowhere to go but up.

 

A rewarding dessert, the fuel for your workout, or a tasty snack.   Bottom line, you can enjoy Rickaroons in any way you see fit.

 

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Other Interesting Rickaroon Facts

 

  • Rick has been vegan for 6 years.
  • Rick was a professional tri-athlete in 1983 and has a long history of participating in Frisbee tournaments.
  • Rick eats multiple Rickaroons every day.
  • Rickaroons has a bakery facility that yields batches of 2,000 – 4,000 Rickaroons!
  • You will see Rickaroons on Amazon and vegan-oriented websites in the near future.

 

Coupon Code — “fussyfork15” — Plus, Where Can I Find Rickaroons?

 

Rickaroons is offering a coupon to those ordering through The Fussy Fork.  Type in the code fussyfork15 during checkout, to receive a 15% discount on your order!  The coupon expires December 10th, so don’t miss out!

http://www.rickaroons.com/buy

 

To find the nearest store selling Rickaroons, click on:

http://www.rickaroons.com/map/

 

If you live in San Diego, you have an extra opportunity to find Rickaroons.  They attend the La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and North Park farmers’ markets.

2 Comments

  • Rick LeBeau says:

    Wow, Emily! Thanks for such a great and glowing review. Best ever!

    Very appreciatively,
    Rick

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