Three very vegan ways to make a birthday chocolatey AF
I'm turning older and wiser y'all.
I've spent the past 26 years loving chocolate, and I intend to spend the next 74 years continuing to love it before dying at the perfectly reasonable age of 100. How will I live to be 100? By eating lots of cacao, obviously. Everyone one knows that Theobroma cacao has magical properties on account of its high antioxidant content. Word on the street is that cacao may even:
We're all looking for good news about our bad habits, right? Granted, if you're really keen on the health benefits of chocolate, you should probably stick to a tablespoon of unsweetened raw cacao nibs on your morning oatmeal. If you're keen on feeding your soul however, these vegan chocolate noms will be right up your alley. (If you don't live in New York, maybe consider making a pilgrimage? You can sleep on my couch.)
And on a person's birthday, one must feed the soul. Accordingly, in honor of June 1st, I'll making the chocolate rounds. First stop: my dear friend Molly...
I've never met a cupcake shop that opened so early (8:00 am? THANK YOU, yes, I WILL have cupcakes for breakfast!) I appreciate this tacit acknowledgement of the fact that muffins are just cupcakes masquerading as breakfast food. Honesty is the best policy. The differences are purely cosmetic. You can eat your muffin. I can eat my cupcake. And we will not judge each other. Molly's makes a vegan cupcake of unparalleled decadence. It's so moist that the word moist is finally justified. PLUS, a portion of their profits is donated to the community schools. The only thing more fun than buying sweets is buying sweets for a cause. Though most things on the menu aren't vegan, if we all keep ordering the vegan options, mayhaps they'll expand their offerings? #votewithyourdollar
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Van Leeuwen vegan ice cream is the cashew elevated to frosty and hitherto unknown climbs of vegan glory. When I first moved to Brooklyn, I lived right down the street from their Greenpoint shop. Though I have since relocated to a relatively icecreamless neighborhood (I weep), I still boomerang back to Van Leeuwen at least once a month to try the new vegan specials. Their vegan chocolate sorbet (pictured) in particular is a world above wonderful. It's basically just a chocolate bar in an ice cream cone. And the chocolate bar in question is made by Askinosie, a socially responsible, direct trade company that makes impeccable chocolate. All the best things.
This is the city-dwelling daughter shop to chocolate confectioner Lagusta's Luscious. They both sell "heartbreakingly delicious" artisanal chocolates. Like mama, like daughter, I suppose. Whether you're looking to support an eco-conscious, animal-friendly, socially responsible business or just looking to lay hands on some out-of-this-world chocolate, you are in the right spot. I'm nuts about their Turtle Bar, and I'm seeds about their chocolate enrobed tahini meltaway truffle. (To be fair, I've never met a tahini related food I didn't like.) If chocolates and tahini truffles aren't your jam, however, Confectionary! also offers the gustatory stylings of Sweet Maresa's, a vegan bakery with a penchant for making mind-blowing French macarons. You can't go wrong. Happy birthday to us all <3