Can You Have Your Vegan Truffle and Eat it Too?


photo: Allison's Gourmet
Allison's Gourmet thinks so. If you're trying to give up animal products in 2009, Allison's Gourmet has come up with a nice way to thank you: yummy vegan truffles. They are great for your vegan Valentine, but if you're like me, you don't need some overblown holiday to indulge in a truffle.With Allison's Gourmet’s newest vegan truffles and caramels you can sit around eating bon bons all day with much less guilt. Thinking about going veg in the New Year? Switching to a vegan diet is one of the more sustainable diets. Our dependence on livestock and fish for meat, fish, milk, cheese, and eggs is draining our natural resources. "Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems," said Henning Steinfeld of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Vegan Sustainability
Vegan diets tend to be healthier for the planet. According to Slate.com and a 2005 University of Chicago study, a lacto-ovo vegetarian emits far less greenhouse gas than an individual on a standard, meat-rich American diet—the difference is equivalent to around 1.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, assuming the same daily caloric intake. Lacto-ovo vegetarians still derive about 14 percent of their calories from animal products. Cutting dairy intake would most certainly send individual carbon emissions down substantially.

Not only are the truffles made without any animal products, they're made with the good stuff, i.e., all organic rice syrup, dairy-free fair-trade chocolate, soy milk, sunflower oil, palm oil, and sea salt. If you're in the mood for some high quality sweets that aren't loaded with cheap processed ingredients, these are a good option. But for vegans, the truffles and caramels are an added bonus for taking the veg plunge. The newest vegan sweet treat is the 2-Piece Chocolates Box in six killer varieties: peanut caramel, pecan caramel, chocolate caramel, hazelnut truffle, almond truffle, and mocha truffle.

Unlike most boxed chocolates, Allison's Gourmet uses no plastic trays inside the gift boxes. The gift boxes themselves are recyclable. All chocolate is fair-trade and all ingredients are organic.

Via: Planet Friendly PR

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