This past Valentine’s Day I treated Nick and a few of our friends to some yummy cannoli from Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, PA. They made me lament the fact that Bethlehem is so far away.
For those who don’t know, Vegan Treats started offering their cannoli online for Thanksgiving/Christmas in 2013. They also sold cookie boxes for Christmas and boxes of awesome looking chocolates for Valentine’s Day.
An order of cannoli includes a dozen cannoli – 6 plain and 6 dipped in chocolate. I was a big fan of the plain, while Nick preferred the chocolate. The filling is creamy and sweet and the pastry was delicious and flaky.
The box arrived the day before Valentine’s Day via the US Postal Service and each half dozen was packaged in these cute little boxes:
They also came with a couple of postcards:
The cannoli are pricey ($48 for a dozen or $50 for a gluten free dozen), but definitely worth it! After all if I can’t get to Bethlehem, PA every year, at least I can get something delivered right to my door! I’m hoping they do something cool for Halloween and even though I don’t celebrate Easter, I wouldn’t mind another opportunity to get more goodies!
Valentine’s Day is a week away – Eeek! Here are some ideas if you’re still looking for something to get your loved ones:
Mixing Bowl Bakery:
Looking for something sweet? The Mixing Bowl Bakery can hook you up with vegan truffles, cupcakes, cookies and more! Orders must be placed by February 10th and 10% of profits go to Mercy for Animals.
Vegan Cuts is currently offering a great deal on vegan truffles, but if your sweetie isn’t a fan of sweets or you’ve had your heart stolen by a four-legged cuddle monkey, like this girl, they’re offering plenty of discount codes to some great companies.
As always, if you’re looking for quality chocolate that’s vegan and helps save lives check out the Peanut Butter Pit Bull bar or my personal favorite, the Wild at Heart dark chocolate hearts filled with raspberry ganache!
Don’t forget to mention your favorite local rescue at check-out (some of our favorties are Chicago Bully Breed Rescue and Broad Shoulders Animal Rescue ), because they can get part of the profits from your sale.
If you’re like me, you’re gearing up for Cyber Monday. Once Thanksgiving hits I avoid all stores, with the exception of the grocery store and few local independent businesses, like the plague until about mid-January when one can only hope the Santa’s and mobs of crazed looking people are gone.
Here are some of my favorite online retailers sure to have some pretty good deals in the weeks to come.
Loving Eco is my favorite of the Groupon spin-offs. Though not all of the products they sell are vegan, they do sell quite a few vegan products and they clearly mark them with a V. They also mark which items are organic, fair trade, cruelty free, handmade, energy efficient, biodegradable, etc. A percentage of each sale on Loving Eco goes to charities, which change on a weekly basis. Among vegan charities that have benefited from Loving Eco are Mercy for Animals and Farm Sanctuary. If you sign up for their site, you’ll get a weekly e-mail featuring the deals of the week. This week they have select Matt & Nat bags and wallets on their site at a 45% discount!
Vegan Cuts is another Groupon-like discount site for vegans and they’re compiled this great Holiday Gift Shopping Guide, which includes several coupon codes! Subscribe to their site and you, too, can enjoy their weekly deals.
Rescue Chocolate – If you’re looking for something sweet for your loved ones, nothing beats Rescue chocolates. They’re vegan and all profits go to animal rescues.
Need more ideas? Check out Vegan Mainstream’s Holiday Gift Guide.
Is only 10 days away. Want to get that special someone a tasty, ethically produced treat? Check out Food is Power’s article on fair trade vegan chocolate.
Also, check out Rescue Chocolate – all proceeds go to animals shelters and their chocolates are delicious! Better yet, type in Broad Shoulder’s Animal Rescue or One Tail at a Time’s name when you send your payment in before Valentine’s Day and these local shelters will get a percentage of the profit.