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Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss

Coconut Bliss proves that vegan ice cream is as good (or in my opinion better!) than the dairy options out there. This Oregon based company has created a delicious array of creamy, coconut milk based ice cream flavors (and ice cream bars!!) that are vegan, soy free, and gluten-free.  And with flavors like Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Mint Galactica, and Cherry Amaretto, there is sure to be something that appeals to everyone.

 

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Coconut Bliss Ingredients?

 

Coconut Bliss has a strong commitment to using quality ingredients.  Each flavor is made from a base of organic coconut milk (from Thailand) and organic agave (from Jalisco, Mexico).  Coconut Bliss uses certified fair trade sources for their vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate, and coffee.  The organic hazelnuts for the Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge are grown in Oregon, and the almonds in Naked Almond Fudge come from California.  Want to know more about the ingredients or nutritional information for a specific flavor?  Click here!!

 

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The Coconut Bliss Story

 

As with most awesome vegan companies, Coconut Bliss has a great story.  The co-founders, Luna and Larry, had always loved ice cream but were unhappy with how dairy ice cream was made and how it made their bodies feel.  They tried the available soy and rice based ice creams but were not satisfied.  So in 2004, Luna and Larry took matters into their own hands.  They bought a hand-cranked ice cream machine at Goodwill for $1.50, and they made their first batch of coconut milk ice cream.  Soon, they were having weekly ice cream tasting parties for their friends.  Among their guests were two local shop owners who asked Luna and Larry to make Coconut Bliss for their stores.  Now Coconut Bliss can be found in thousands of natural food stores and supermarkets around the country!  Want to find a store that sells Coconut Bliss? Just use their store locator!

 

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Other Reasons to Love Coconut Bliss

 

Coconut Bliss also sounds like an incredibly fun place to work.  In 2010, the company moved to a 100 year old plus farmhouse and have someone who comes in 3 days a week to prepare vegan, organic lunches for their employees!  They also offer a “biker’s incentive” to staff who regularly use their bicycles as transportation, and they buy CSA shares together.  Maybe it’s time to move to Eugene, Oregon, so I can apply for a job!

 

If you still have questions about Coconut Bliss, chances are the answers can be found on their extensive  FAQ page.

 

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