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Love Bites Raw Chocolate

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The first time I tried Love Bites Raw Chocolate, I was rushing through a Saturday Farmers Market.  Merissa’s striking chocolate confections, with a little sign next to one reading ‘Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt’, stopped me right in my tracks.

I popped that sample in my mouth and as it melted away, Merissa, owner of Love Bites, started telling me I was eating vegan chocolate, the health benefits of the chocolates, that they are created with fair trade cocao… of course, she just had me at dark chocolate and sea salt.

I was hooked and wanted to learn more so we met up at the commercial kitchen she works out of for a little lesson in vegan chocolate.

Love Bites Raw Confections

Love Bites Raw confections

Since cacao is not produced locally, the next best thing are fair trade products and all of Love Bites cacao is organically produced and sourced from David Wolfe’s Longevity Warehouse. All other ingredients are organic as well, and are picked not only for their flavor but for their health benefits, so eating a piece of Love Bites chocolate truly is a guilt free indulgence.

Love Bites confections are also raw confections, so they must be kept in the refrigerator and consumed within three months. (Of course they probably won’t last in your home more then a day.) Many raw companies with shelf stable chocolates temper their chocolates at close to 120 degrees, which is not truly raw and kills vital enzymes.  Love Bites has their own process that never reaches over the human body temperature of 98.7 degrees. Also, Merissa warns of use of products like Agave nectar, which is almost always highly processed.  So if you are looking for the real vegan, raw deal in chocolate, read your labels and do your research.  Or, now that I’ve done if for you, buy from Merissa!

Love Bites also has vegan milk chocolate that uses organic cashew butter as it’s base. I have to tell you, you would have no idea!  Merissa whipped up a batch for samples while I was there and it was silky smooth and delicious.

Love Bites Raw Confections

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Love Bites Raw Confections

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Love Bites Raw Confections

Love Bites Raw Confections

Love Bites Raw Confections

Love Bites came to be through Merissa’s journey with health and nutrition.  As a sick child, she learned early on about both traditional and alternative medicines. As a child growing up in Hawaii and later as an adult having spent time in the Caribbean, she also knew what it meant to eat locally and it was during her time in Dominica that she first saw cacao growing and tried harvesting it on her own. Her love of yoga and the mind/body connection all came together when she started making her own batches of chocolate, first for herself, then as a buisness.

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Love Bites Raw Confections

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Right now there are eight flavors and they are all wonderful artisan pieces.  I went in thinking the sea salt would continue to be my hands down favorite but after getting to taste them all, I honestly couldn’t tell you my fav. Each one brings a unique taste to the palette and eating them is so guilt free! Although I am not vegan, not having dairy is not a bad thing!  And no soy, no gluten, and no refined sugar either.

On the left we have the gorgeous Dark Chocolate Chai (turmeric, cardamom, ginger, pepper…) which has a nice kick at the end.  On the right is the Nibs ‘N Cream “white chocolate” with amazing aruba Cacao nibs (that have a hint of violet coloring!)

Love Bites Raw Confections

On the left, below, are the star shaped Vegan “milk” Chocolate that are so, so silky smooth! The round ones on the right are Dark Orange, two amazing flavors that work so well together!

Love Bites Raw Confections

I really loved the uniqueness of the Dark Chocolate Goji Berry chocolate.  It actually has seven berries mixed into the chocolate with a mostly raspberry flavor and the cute little goji berry on top.  Yum!!!!

Love Bites Raw Confections

There is also the Dark Chocolate Celtic Sea Salt, Peppermint Crunch and the Mayan Heat with just the perfect amount of hot! Most of her chocolates only have four ingrediants!

Love Bites Raw Confections

As you know, I love sharing great food artisans with you and giving them a spotlight so more people are aware of their amazing work!  Right now, Love Bites can be purchased online here: Love Bites Raw Confections.  If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, you can also find Merissa with her chocolates at the Saturday Farmers Market in Calabasas and on Sundays at the Westlake one.

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Learn more about Merissa and her goodies at Love Bites.

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66 Comments

  • Reply
    sarah
    July 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    never tried. I NEED to

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      Farm to Table
      July 6, 2014 at 12:07 am

      They are so rich and delicious! Just the way chocolate is supposed to be!

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    Allie
    July 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I never had it before

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    Luci {Luci's Morsels}
    July 6, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    The photos are so fantastic!, so of course I had to read about everything. I’m not a vegan (or even a vegetarian) but I love being able to eat and cook with a wide variety of ingredients so I’m not stuck with one type of diet and the same types of foods over and over again. Great post!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

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      Farm to Table
      July 6, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks Luci. The fun part is that I never felt like I was eating ‘candy’, just delicious whole foods.

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    Sarah
    July 7, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I eat vegan chocolate all the time–even when I wasn’t vegan, very dark chocolate was always my favorite, which is usually vegan. Delicious. I’d love to try the sea salt variety the most, personally!

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    Peggy Johnson
    July 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I have not tried vegan chocolate, but would love to.

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    Wehaf
    July 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve had some vegan chocolate before. I think the peppermint crunch sounds amazing. 🙂

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    Jasmine Henderson
    July 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I’ve never tried Vegan chocolate, but I’m very interested to. I think the Goji +7 Berry sounds great!

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    Richy R.
    July 7, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Absolutely scrumptious!!!!!

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    beth
    July 8, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I’ve never had vegan chocolate but the berry flavor sounds great!

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    Brittany
    July 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve never tried Vegan chocolate but these look incredible, especially the Dark Chocolate Goji Berry!

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    Maryssa T.
    July 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Dark Chocolate Celtic Sea Salt sounds good! I don’t recall ever trying vegan chocolate!!

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    Dawn Sweeps
    July 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I’ve never tried it, but the peppermint chocolate looks amazing.

  • Reply
    bianca
    July 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    yes i’ve tried making it and i love it!

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    BARRY
    July 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

    NEVER TRIED BUT IT SURE LOOKS LIKE I NEED TO TRY IT

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    Kelly @ Tasting Page
    July 9, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    These look a-ma-zing! Would love to try them!

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    Emily
    July 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I haven’t had vegan chocolate, but it looks SO good! I’d like to try the dark chocolate chai.

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    Jessica
    July 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Yes I have and they all sound delicious!!

  • Reply
    Jan Hammersmith
    July 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I have never tried vegan chocolate but it looks good

  • Reply
    Jessica Padilla
    July 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I’ve never tried vegan chocolate.

  • Reply
    Britnee
    July 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Yum! I have never tried vegan chocolate before!

  • Reply
    Kristi Sorg
    July 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Never tried it but would love to try the peppermint crunch! Can never go wrong with any kind of chocolate flavor!

  • Reply
    Luna S
    July 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I haven’t tried vegan chocolate but i’ve tried vegan cupcakes with lavender that were delicious.

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    Sarah
    July 11, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I’ve never tried vegan chocolate, but I hope I get the chance to!

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    Irene C.
    July 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I have never tried vegan chocolate before but I’d love to! The Peppermint Crunch chocolate sounds amazing!

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    Elena Vo
    July 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I have never tried vegan chocolate, but anything with cayenne pepper sounds great!

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    Alisha Sienkiel
    July 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve never had vegan chocolate before but these look delicious especially the sea salt ones!

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    Anna H.
    July 12, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I have not tried vegan chocolate before!

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    Shana Elliott
    July 13, 2014 at 7:03 am

    No, I have not tried Vegan Chocolate but I am a vegetarian so I would love to!

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    Judy
    July 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    This is the first time hearing about vegan chocolate. The Dark Chocolate Chai or sea salt sounds very good.

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    Rose Santuci-Sofranko
    July 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I haven’t tried any….yet! The Peppermint Crunch sounds wonderful!

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    Scarlett
    July 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Never but I bet peppermint is great!

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    Aimee St.Germain
    July 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Yes, dark chocolate sea salt! 🙂

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    Priscilla S.
    July 13, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I have never tried vegan chocolate but the Vegan “milk” Chocolate sounds great!

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    Stephanie Curtis
    July 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Never tried it but want to!

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    TMsmiles
    July 13, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    No, but the Dark Chocolate Celtic Sea Salt sounds delicious.

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    Crystal Rose
    July 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I’ve never tried vegan chocolate but the Dark Chocolate Celtic Sea Salt sounds great!

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    Natalie Brown
    July 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hello! I haven’t tried any vegan chocolate before. It certainly looks and sounds delicious! I think my favorite would be the Nibs ‘n Cream. Yummy! Thank-you!

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    Pu Ye
    July 14, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I never tried but would love to

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    Ella Brooks
    July 14, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Never tried, but they look oh so yummy. Especially the Dark Chocolate Celtic Sea Salt

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    al
    July 14, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Peppermint Crunch.

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    Pamela Makuta
    July 14, 2014 at 7:59 am

    They all sound yummy! I have never tried!

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    Sara B.
    July 14, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I haven’t tried it before, but dark chocolate chai sounds great.

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    Samantha Plotkin
    July 14, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Most good dark chocolate is vegan already! I would love to try the sea salt one.

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    cherrie
    July 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    i have never tried it

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    chris z
    July 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

    i haven’t tried vegan chocolate

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    latanya
    July 14, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I have not tried vegan chocolate. The peppermint crunch sounds yummy!

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    tina anderson
    July 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    ive never tried

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    Kassie Brown
    July 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I have never eaten vegan chocolate, but this all looks so yummy.

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    Missy
    July 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I have not tried vegan chocolate. The Dark Chocolate Chai sounds the best to me.

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    Diane Estrella
    July 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I have not tried vegan chocolate before but love all things chocolate so I’m sure I will love it.

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    Allison Call
    July 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve never tried Vegan chocolate, but the looks of it made me want to drive to go get some. The Nibs n’ Cream looks amazing, but I’d also like to try the dark chocolate celtic sea salt. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

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    Becky amy
    July 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I’ve eaten lots of vegan chocolate, in fact the best quality chocolates are usually vegan anyways.

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    liz l
    July 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I have never tried it, but it looks real yummy

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    sa collins
    July 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I have not had vegan chocolate before but the dark orange looks amazing. Thank you

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    Lorina Padgett
    July 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I have never eaten vegan chocolate but want to try it.

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    Lorina Padgett
    July 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I have never eaten vegan chocolate but want to try the Mayan Heat. Chocolate is good for you.

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    Tanya Cox
    July 14, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Never tried Vegan chocolate, but the Mayan Heat sounds good.

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    Samantha M
    July 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I have never tried vegan chocolate before, but I am really curious! 🙂 The dark chocolate goji berry sounds the best to me. 🙂

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