Zen & Bunni met many moons ago, and after dropping their egos, fears, and insecurities, melded their philosophies and fell deeply in love. And out of this love, their "Heirloom Chocolate" was created. They crossed paths some where between Japan and the Midwest about 13 years ago. Now with several retail shops behind them, they live amongst the trees, mountains, and stars of Topanga Canyon with their newborn daughter Alchemy and their two little doxies Goji & Biggie.
Zen&Bunni's Raw and Organic Heirloom Chocolates are first and foremost good for you.......we swear!!! Chocolate has gotten a terrible wrap for decades, as it should, since almost all chocolate "isn't" good for you. First of all if it's not "Organic", your chocolates are filled with toxic chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fungacides......yuck!!! Second of all if it's not "Raw", your chocolate (even if it's dark) has been roasted at high temperatures and over processed, destroying just about everything good in the chocolate. Then they add dairy, artifical flavors, soy lecitin, and refined sugars....now it's become an entirely different food from where it started...as a nutrient dense superfood.
We, on the other hand, simpy pick the cacao pods off the tree, dry them in the sun, ferment them for a few days, and stone grind them slowly and methodically without any heat and never roasting the bean.This preserves all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in raw chocolate like Magnesium, Iron, Chromium, Manganese, Copper, Sulfur, Zinc, and Vitamin C. Our chocolate has more antioxidant flavonoids than green tea, blueberries, pomegrantes, and red wine combined!!! It's also packed with neurotransmitter precursors like Tryptophan that helps release Serotonin, Anandamide "the feel good" endorphin, and Phenethylamin (PEA) the same chemical released when we fall in love......now "that" should take the guilt off.
So with our "Fair Trade" Heirloom cacao intact and still nutrient dense, we bring it California from a Co-Opprotunity of farmers in Equador. Then add the best Organic Blue Agave from Mexico to create that subtle sweetness. And finally hand harvested Fleur de Sel from France to balance it all out. All of which alchemically combined in our secret formula, create an incredibly magical and healthy chocolate......enjoy!
Los Angeles: Erewhon | Oaks Gourmet | Lost & Found | Feal Mor | Persephine | Mona Moore | Four Cafe | Canyon Gourmet | Vivier & Bentley | Euphoria Cafe | The Sensitive Baker | Sunlife Organics | Broken English | Moon Juice
San Francisco: Nest | Scarlet Sage Co.
Santa Barbara: The Supply Room
Austin: Busy Being
Maui: Holiday & Co | Biasa Rose
New York: Euphoria Cafe | Condor
We are organically traveling across the country, the old fashioned "grass roots" way to find like minded shops, however if you can't wait that long and you'd like our chocolates in your neck of the woods, please send us an email and we'll do the best we can to get in your vicinity soon.