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Dear Vanessa,LATE last Wednesday I found myself online reading about the many health attributes of cacao and found a review comparing several 'brands' which included Gnosis and, AH HA! everything for which I was searching: vegan, raw, pure, organic, low in sugar, AND not something I had planned to find: Made By Hand! One click and I was opening the online equivalent to a Treasure Chest. Now mind you it was late at night so I knew I HAD to place an order before I went to sleep, and started by scrutinizing each one of the Bars, all the while thinking, "could this chocolate really taste as good as I am feeling just by reading the seductive descriptions, contents and attributes of each delicious sounding dilemma?" Having finally made my decision of 2 fleur de sel, aphrodisia, and coconut almond bars, and about to place the order I questioned how much would the shipping be? So I sent an email with that question, and resolved to call it a night and wait for an answer in the morning, but before I could finish brushing my teeth, I received your reply: that the shipping would be the quick ship USPS at the standard flat rate. With my question answered I placed my order and had it shipped to my work address; safe from my home's mailbox and the heat of South Florida's Winter. My order was shipped the very next day and delivered on Saturday to my work address where it was safe and cool. What a great surprise to open my job's mailbox and find the box containing what I knew must be jewels. Upon entering the office and before doing anything else, I tore into a fleur de sel bar and savored such a flavor that was everything which I had hoped! The other flavors were equally astounding. I made it home with the second fleur de sel bar unopened, and partially finished aphrodisia and coconut almond bars (having shared with my co-workers!) My partner at home promptly finished what was left of the aphrodisia bar asking if there was anymore of 'that one?' He doesn't even like dark chocolate. If you haven't seen "Portlandia" and the cacao vignette... you must!
Many thanks to you Vanessa and Team Gnosis! As commented by others "excellent customer service" and above all a truly superior and unique chocolate. This is just the beginning of my search and discovery of Gnosis' other treasures.
Best regards,CameronMiami, FL
PSHaving a vague idea of the definition of 'Gnosis' I turned to wikipedia:
"Gnosis itself is obtained through understanding at which one can arrive via inner experience or contemplation such as an internal epiphany..."
I just recieved my order and I have to say this chocolate is the most delicious chocolate I have ever tasted. Also, the most suprising of all my husband liked it and he doesn't like much. Bravo! We will definately be ordering again.
I got my chocolates for my wife for valentines day. They were fantastic!! She really loved the Counselor Bar particularly, but they were all great!!! Love the quality and appreciate your hard work!!
I had the true pleasure of meeting you, Vanessa, and sampling Gnosis chocolate at the Sept., 2010 IIN graduation. I only eat quality organic dark chocolate, however your chocolate by far surpasses anything I've had. The blends you've created are phenomenal, all working so well together! I applaud your resourcefulness and integrity in creating such magical products!My Valentines Day order arrived just as promised. The six bars I ordered for myself are being shared sparingly and lovingly! My friends in Portland, OR who received their Valentine gift pack right on time (thank you so much :)!) are in awe. These were my first orders, but certainly far from my last!
I ordered your Chocolate Cinnamon Soap Bar, How Now Brown Cacao Lotion and Aphrodsia Bar for my husband and the soap for our married children for Valentines Day. My husband and I have really enjoyed the products. The lotion smells good enough to eat! I'll have to let you know later if the soap has removed the cellulite! LOL Thanks for the great products.
Greetings from the deep South. I have just received my first order of Gnosis Chocolate consisting of two Aphrodesia bars and one Coconut Almond. The Aphrodesia bars were gifts for Valentine's Day. The Coconut Almond bar I ate myself. The chocolate flavor was prominent but not overwhelming as it also allowed the coconut and almond tastes to come through. The texture was somewhat surprising. It was smooth and yet slightly granular at the same time. However, the texture was not unpleasant. The bottom line is that I really enjoyed the chocolate and appreciated the absence of refined sugar and dairy.
What a WONDERFUL job you are doing! Love everything about your chocolates, your packaging, and your support of organic farmers all over the world! I got a sampler of chocolates as a gift and they were YUMMY! I have gotten the Passion Collection for each of the couples attending my Holistic Childbirth class on Valentine's Day. I am sure Mamas AND babies will enjoy them!Keep up the great work!
I love your chocolate. It makes me feel like I'm doing something good for myself instead of eating junk but it's also a treat. I also started adding your cocoa to my coffee. It is helping my cut down on coffee but still have a warm drink in the morning.
I just received my order of 3 Valentine truffles (which I ordered for myself for my 50th birthday this month) and a pound of raw cacao powder. I have to say that your customer service is the BEST. Fast, thorough, and sincerely caring. I didn't get soaked for shipping and handling, either. By contrast, I recently ordered raw chocolates from another online raw shop - very expensive, my instructions to the carrier did not make it onto the package, and even though my order was shipped FedEx (I had no choice), it took longer than yours (via USPS) to reach me.....Your raw cacao is the best, and the cacao smoothie I had for breakfast this morning saved the day. I am saving the truffles for the 21st, but in the meantime I marvel at them daily as works of art. Stay as you are, and I'll be your devoted customer forever! Can't wait to order more chocolates and cocoa butter too....
I purchased your chocolate (ZeroG, Simplicity, and Peppermint) for my husband who is a choc-aholic but cannot have dairy or sugar in his diet. He absolutely loved them and I just wish we had a local store that carried them. Will definitely be ordering in the future.
I just tried the EnWhitement bar and I really love it. Will definitely be ordering more of these.
Looking forward to trying your Dazzeling Darkness Bar ASAPDo you offer it in bulk quantities?
Your chocolate is absolutely amazing. For a while I lived of solely off Fleur de Sel. The hot chocolate drink you guys offer is rad as well.
You guys have the best costumer service I've ever dealt with. I have never had a problem with your products and intend to buy from you for life. Gnosis is incorporated into my diet now and is essential. I've bumped into a couple chocolate addicts while carrying my pound sack of Fleur de Sel, always trump their taste buds :) a for sure win!
Keep it lots!
I received my very first order of Gnosis chocolate. It is simply the most wonderfully healing chocolate ever! Just one little square was all I needed to wake up my senses. I also ordered the cinnamon chocolate soap, which is very nourishing. And finally, I ordered "Honey, I Shrunk the Pores" skin polish, which really refreshed my skin. I am so happy I found your site and will definitely order again soon. Thanks much!
I love your chocolate and so do my friends! I bought some this year for gifts and some for myself as well. Really enjoyed the diverse flavors and purity of product. Will order again soon.
Wonderful chocolate from a company with a heart. Thank you Gnosis!
Hi Vanessa -- I met you at Whole Foods this week and bought two of your Fleur de Sel's and have just finished one and am in heaven and wanted to thank you. Have never tasted chocolate so clean and enriching before. As a vegan -- am thrilled o have found Gnosis!
I was so surprised that my order was delivered so quickly... I have been enjoying my little taste testing and am completely in LOVE with the Fleur de Sel... the delightful tiny granules of salt really make this chocolate sparkle on the tongue! Thanks so much for such a wonderful experience... I look forward to ordering again soon!
I was in ECSTASY after trying your Fleur de Sel chocolate bar! It's fantastic to be able to eat something so delicious and so good for you AT THE SAME TIME! I am so happy and grateful for Gnosis Raw Chocolate!
BEST CHOCOLATE EVER!!! I love everything about this chocolate, but most importantly I love how this chocolate makes me feel : ) Thanks for creating great concoctions that nourish my body, mind, and soul.
I LOVE Superberry Lime! And OMG the pumpkin spice truffles were 3 little bits of heaven. Best birthday present I ever got myself! Thank you, Vanessa, for creating a delicious, responsible, nourishing, scrumptious, health-promoting product with a conscience. I will absolutely be back for more :)
I have just moved to NYC and have been eyeing your chocolate bar in whole foods, debating whether or not to spend the 8.99 which is a bit steep for my budget..... Today it occurred to me that I wouldn't think twice to buy a bottle of wine for 10.00 so why on earth wouldn't I buy something that is good for me.
I have never enjoyed a chocolate as much as your fleur de sel, and I enjoyed the packaging and think it's really generous that you donate some of the profits.
Just a quick question for my friends and family back in Canada... are you planning to sell it there?
Keep up the great work
Vanessa, you are soooo amazing! You are a great inspiration...with great vision, great branding, a great big heart and the best raw chocolate creator ever! x Karen
Please sell back in the Other Avenues in San Francisco!!!! That is where I first bought your bars. They now have lots of imitations, but you remain the original
Thank you for your amazing product and your great service. First I couldn't believe how fast my order shipped, then when I received it I couldn't believe how great this chocolate is! It's definitely my new favorite treat & I love that I don't have to feel guilty about eating it. The trail mix is brilliant. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I was so pleased that Vanessa was able to make chocolate specifically to my specifications! I can't have any sugar even agave, so I was pretty depressed that I couldn't have chocolate anymore. I contacted Vanessa and was pleasantly surprised that she would be able to make some for me without any sweetener! Bars came fast and they were delicious! I love it! Thank you so much!
Dear Carolyn and Vanessa,
Thank you once again for shipping the chocolates so quickly and carefully.
I had great fun exploring the box and also tasting everything thoroughly.
Out of the 12 bars, jam and one hot chocolate powder, I've been buzzing and recording my results.
Firstly the Hot Chocolate:
I think its truly great, the spice is so prominent as are the mixture of flavours bursting in your mouth. Looking through the ingredients I challenge myself to pick them out individually with each sip. The "Love" benefits and natural highs are great and when I make a hot mocha (the daily or double daily treat) it goes down even better. I have minimal caffeine and so combining the two really works., although on its own is just as good. I enjoy the kick it leaves at the back of the throat and also the natural healthy high it leaves. It feels like a clean product and also doesn't have any guilty feelings remaining after consumption. Defiantly something I will re order in future.
The thickness and heavy, deep, dense flavours that come from it are simply perfect. Its softer than expected but at the same time sticky and tough. Great for mixing with my treat but not ideal for toast spreading, Not that I'm a toast man. The best way is with a spoon of 100% Peanut butter. Sweet healthy Goji berry goodness and salty healthy PB. Everyday is a treat day. Wow!!!
Instead of breaking down each one, as we all have work to be getting on with I will score them out of 10.
Simplicity Bar 7.5/10 Pomegranate Acai Bar 7.5/10 Immune Boost Bar 9.5/10 SuperChoc Bar 6/10 PowerChoc Bar 5/10 Cool Peppermint Bar 9/10 Coconut Almond Bar 9.5/10 Fleur De Sel Bar 9/10 Vanilla Hazelnut Bar 7/10 Cashew Goji Berry Bar 6.5/10 Sugarplum Gingerbread Bar 9/10 Almond Fig Spice Bar 9.5/10
As you can see the results are deservedly mixed and after reading through each bars ingredients I really enjoyed feeling I was benefiting not just from the chocolate but the added elements.
Many thanks for all your efforts.
All the best and keep on with the good work.
From England, TJ
Raw chocolate is my new addiction, thanks in no small part to you and the "super counselor" bar you created for all of us at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I had been buying your chocolate in NYC on class weekends and don't yet have a store that carries it, but just placed a huge order last week and am now soooo happy with what I've gotten! So many new, unexplored flavors to try, now I have no idea what my favorite is because every time I try a new one, I am blown away all over again (I do especially dig the sea salt and turmeric though!). You rock! I cannot get enough. Thank you for being so generous with your amazing chocolate (woo hoo Chocolate for Charity!) and for staying true to your beliefs with your company's sustainable practices.
ive had a bunch of your chocolates before and loved them. ordered 1lb each of fleur de sel and coconut almond for my birthday party and they were a HUGE hit! i hadnt tried either of them before but knew id like them, and do! the salt hits your tongue and its a perfect accompaniment to the chocolate.
I've never been a dark chocolate lover, therefore I've had to force myself to try your Gnosis Chocolate, reasons being the health benefits. My sister-in-law is hyped up over Xocai and has bought in to the MLM organization. She's raving about the benefits of dark chocolate and is pressing me about purchasing from her. I've sampled her Xocai and wasn't impressed at all.... taste or price. I read about your Gnosis Chocolate and thought I would give it a try since I could buy as little or as much as I wanted. Didn't have to fork out $125 plus $15 shipping on the very first try.
I'll have to admit that dark chocolate is NOT my favorite chocolate, but I am impressed with your product. I eat one square every day and have come to really enjoy the flavor. Your chocolate is not hard like the Xocai, in fact it's kinda creamy. I ordered the Superchoc and the Pomegranate Acai. I like the Pomegranate Acai the best.
Do you still offer the "Buy 5, get one free". I truly intend to purchase more of this chocolate.
last year, i ordered a bar for my mother. before that, i was buying your chocolate as a treat now and then (i liked to finish my mid-day watermelon-ginger-lime juice with a bite of superchoc, from the juicy naam in east hampton, ny).... always delicious, satisfying, super-power-enhancing... yum. today i received my case of SuperCounselor .... you sure packed it full of delicious and nutritious. wonderful. on my first bite, i felt my body tingle all over in ecstatic appreciation for such lovely food. i plan to keep a couple around and give the rest away to some moms i know. thank you. chocolove <3 <3 jacqueline
Hi Vanessa- I am attending IIN this year and ate your delicious super counselor bar that you gave us. My 16 year old son couldn't believe it was actually healthy and still tasted good!Deb
My husband and I are absolutely obsessed with Gsnosis Chocolate, and I am normally not a huge fan of chocalate! We bought almost every flavor at Whole Foods last weekend, and we have a square a day as a special "treat" during our cleanse. My favorite is the Peppermint so far (haven't yet tasted them all). If you would kindly add me to your product update list, that would be great. Kindly,Marisa
I'm a health food fanatic. When I found out over a year ago that chocolate was actually good for you I was overjoyed. Your chocolates are among my favorites because of the purity of the ingredients and great tastes and texture.
Vanessa,Wow! I LOVED the chocolate bar that you sent to me for taste-testing. The texture was beautifully velvety-creamy. I don't usually go for chocolate and orange, but in this bar it really worked! And the crystalized ginger was a delightful, zingy surprise!I generously shared my bar with my two sons (15 and 13) who both agreed that it was astoundingly delicious. This was their first experience of raw chocolate, and it was fun for me to broaden their horizons.If there is anything else, more specific that you would like to hear from me regarding this bar, please let me know.Yummy! :)
I just wanted to tell you HOW AMAZINGLY GOOD your chocolate its - thank you so much for taking such care to create a wonderful product.With very warm regards,Vivian : )
Hello,I just want to share with you that this is the best chocolate I have ever had in my life! I've been trying various raw chocolates from Whole Foods and Gnosis coconut almond was my first try of your brand.... and I am amazed by the superior quality and taste! Please keep doing what you're doing! And the wording on the label is awesome too.. very inspiring!love,Jane
I love Gnosis Chocolate. It is so healthy with extraordinary ingredients. The care you take to make it is incredible. The packages you send are packed so attractively.
OH MY GOODNESS!! The Gnosis chocolate I sent to Michigan for the special gathering was a HUGE HIT!! I’ve ordered from other companies before and yours was the best! The women loved it, especially Mayan Heat and Lemon Berry Rose. And wer are all excited to try the soap. Thanks so much for your help and excellent customer service. We’ll be ordering again for sure.
I Won! I Won! That was such a pleasant surprise, woohoo! Thank you! It's been awhile since I first heard about Gnosis chocolate and had a taste. Let me not forget all the good the Gnosis chocolate involves, the support of the small organic farmers and the donation to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.
We are reading labels, we know what farms provide the food & we know their practices, whew! It is a bit of work at times and it is worth the effort. The words I have won't bring much justice and for fans of Gnosis, you know what I mean. There is a big difference between Gnosis and other chocolates, a gentle and flavor packed difference! There's no sugar rush, a definate plus. I'm still working on trying all the flavors. For now, one of my favorites is the Lemon Berry Rose. Thank you for running the Gold Ticket program. My winnings will be consumed by others, for the most part. ;-}~
My thanks go out to you Vanessa and your team for the vision, insight, organic, integrity and talent for making such a thoughtful, sustainable, and nutritious product!
I have been enjoying the Vanilla Hazelnut and Coconut Almond chocolate bars for quite some time now. I decided it was time to try something new and add to my list of favorite bars. To my delightful surprise the Immune Boost bars are absolutely incredible. Thank you for these delectable treats!
You have outdone yourself. When I received the e-mail regarding the February specials, I immediately forwarded it to my husband, and he immediately ordered a huge box of truffles. There is one huge problem with this. I cannot close the box and cannot put it down and I can’t stop eating these luscious morsels. I guess that would be three problems. My mother always told me that things happened in threes.
I cannot believe how delicious these are. The cappuccino truffles are magnificent. You are truly amazing.
vanessa, your chocolate is ,so good and I feel great about giving it to my 7 children for valentine's day knowing that's it's happiness for the body and soul
Unbelievable!!! Raw, Organic, Vegan, FAIR TRADE and SUGAR FREE?!!!! Does it get any better than this?! Thank you, thank you, thank you. You've just built a bridge to heaven for me!
I love this chocolate and eat it almost every day. My favorite is the peppermint flavor and I also bought the bulk to save money which I like just as well. However I would like to know the stats in a single bar from calories to fat and fiber. I t certainly is nice that my doctor is recommending that I eat chocolate
I ordered the holiday truffle collection and I must say that I enjoyed it thoroughly. They were all very yummy to me and I will definitely be making purchases of the bars soon. I really look forward to trying them.
Gnosis chocolates are a godsend for someone like me who can't eat sugar. Gnosis bars do not give me a glycemic response. I love the peppermint bar and simplicity is great too. I have to admit the price of the bars and shipping are a bit much, but that is why it is a treat and not something I can regularly indulge in. Also, a suggestion would be to make a deeper, less sweet bar for those who really like a deep, dark, chocolate flavor. Thank you for your great chocolates Vanessa. I was introduced to them by the CLEAN team.
I cannot just eat one piece.
Vanessa this is the second time I have placed an order. I love you chocolate. I have a lot of trouble with sugar addiction. When I eat sweets my whole body hurts I have been off of sweets for 10 days but I have one square of you chocolate everyone on those 10 days and it did not trigger me on a sweet binge like everything else.
Thank you so much,Cheryl
Dear Vanessa – I know that you will appreciate this little story.
Last night (Christmas Eve) my husband took me to my favorite restaurant for dinner. It was perfect. My husband ordered some scrumptious desert, which I do not eat, as I have not had any sugar in almost two years and I also eat organic food (and about 75% raw). The waiter brought over the desert for my husband and put a plate of desert in front of me. I started to say “no no – I can’t . .. “ and was promptly interrupted by my husband saying “YES. You can . . . “ I looked on the plate, and what was there, but an unwrapped bar of Gnosis Chocolate!!! My husband gone to Rising Tide earlier in the day and bought the Gnosis chocolate, brought it down to the restaurant, and arranged to have them serve this sumptuous tidbit to me for desert!
You weren’t there and yet, through the fruits of your labor of love, you brought me (also my husband, and the waiter!) such great joy!! Thank you so much . . .
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