Many of you are familiar with the darling dessert diva that is Heather Pace of SweetlyRaw.com. Heather is truly one of the nicest, sweetest, most down-to-earth girls you could ever meet or talk to. She’s also seriously talented! Being that we both have a penchant for raw desserts, she’s also been an inspiration of mine for quite a long time.
Today, I am happy to share with you some of the tastiest fruits of her labors, and yes, you DO have the opportunity to order and enjoy these masterpieces for yourself.
Get ready for some serious chocolate porn!
All the way from snowy northwestern Ontario, Canada, Heather shipped me this package full of Valentine’s Day chocolate goodies.
All of Heather’s treats are raw, vegan, and gluten-free.
Let’s go through them one by one, shall we?
Heather’s Raw Macaroon was tender and chewy, like a macaroon should be, and was enrobed in a thin gown of chocolate and stuffed with a silken chocolate center.
YOU can get a free macaroon, by the way: just mention you’re a Chef Amber Shea reader when you make your order.
Her Jumbo Peanut Butter Cup was like a Reese’s on [healthy] steroids, with a dark chocolate coating, not-too-sweet center, and loads of whole peanuts on top. Did I mention it was HUGE? Like, muffin-sized! To die for!
The Jumbo Almond Butter Cup was just like the PB version but, of course, was filled with creamy almond butter and topped with crunchy chopped raw almonds instead. Dreamy.
The Caramel Cinnamon Nut Cluster contained caramel-hugged pecans coated in dark chocolate and kissed with aromatic ground cinnamon.
The Caramel Pecan Choccie Cluster was my personal favorite of the two—it was packed with crunchy pecans and just-sweet-enough caramel filling! Matt and I loved these chocolate clusters chilled, straight out of the fridge.
And now, my friends, the possible pièce de résistance of this whole collection—THE RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES, which were packed inside an adorable ribbon-wrapped box to boot.
I opened the box and peered inside…
…and angels wept.
These were THE BEST truffles of ANY kind that I have ever had—raw vegan or not. Each one in this assortment of six was better than the last: orange, mint, dark chocolate, coconut, cinnamon spice, banana, oh my! The silky chocolate centers are masterfully draped in rich dark chocolate and dusted with little clues as to the flavors inside. Heather, how do you do it?! We could easily have polished off a 24-pack of these babies, so I’d recommend ordering one for yourself AND your sweetheart.
In sum, Heather’s choccies are so good that I would officially and publicly like to ask HER to be my Valentine. Right here, right now. Heathy? ;)
The fact that all of these treats made the long journey from her home to mine without the slightest evidence of blooming or cracking also says great things about Heather’s mastery of tempering and general chocolate-making prowess. Obviously, I can’t say enough good things about Heather’s chocolates, and it is with 110% confidence that I recommend you consider ordering them for your loved one(s) – and/or yourself – this Valentine’s Day.
Remember to mention you’re a Chef Amber Shea reader to get that free macaroon!
All orders must be placed by February 6th in order to ship in time for Valentine’s Day.
On top of all that, Heather was kind enough to share a recipe with us today! This Easy Chocolate Fudge is from Heather’s Raw Chocolate Dream ebook (which, as you may recall, I reviewed in December). As Heather says, “This fudge recipe is so easy to throw together. It only requires a bowl and a spoon. It’s a perfect afternoon treat.”
- Generous 1 cup almond butter
- 6 tablespoons agave or coconut nectar
- 10 drops liquid stevia
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons lucuma powder
- Add the almond butter, sweetener, stevia, vanilla, and a pinch of himalayan salt to a bowl. Stir it all together.
- Add the powders and stir again (sift into the bowl if they're lumpy), or toss it all into a food processor.
- Press into a small container lined with plastic wrap. Press chopped nuts into the top (optional).
- Chill and slice!