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August Offer - Free Top Seller Pack

A very nice thing happened to me last weekend. I collected my granddaughter, Lily and her school friend for their homes just outside Oxford and drove them down to Cornwall to do some work experience at The Raw Chocolate Pie Company for a few days. Lily is 14 and on the way to Cornwall, we stopped off in Bath and attended a Vegan Festival for a day. We had a great reception, everyone seemed to love our vegan chocolate and fudge but what was particularly lovely about the day was how enthusiastic Lily became. She really talked to customers about the product and was clearly delighted that we virtually sold out. It felt so good to have a new generation feeling really proud about what we do.

At the Bath show, for the first time we only sold SLICES (the 30g pie, rather than the 60g). It wasn’t the result of some brilliant marketing strategy - with Lily, her friend, their luggage and a display fridge in a tiny car, there was only room for the small bars! However, as it turned out, it was something of a marketing coup. Everyone loved the SLICES and because they were small enough, many of the customers ate their purchases at the show and came back for more – which was excellent!

Inspired by this, I am offering you a free TOP SELLER PACK of slices if you order from our website during the month of August, regardless of your order value. This gift pack (normally £4.35) contains 3 Slice bars – Himalayan Salt, Ginger and Naked and makes a great present – if you can bear to give it away!

Top Seller Slice Pack Offer

I hope you all have a good Summer and thank you once again for your support.

Debby

PS Lily want to do lots of shows in the Christmas holidays – great!

What is Raw Chocolate?

Raw Cacao PodThis is the question we are asked most often – in our St Ives shop, at food festivals and by email from online shoppers.

It might seem an obvious question – raw means uncooked, doesn’t it, so why the confusion? I think in most people’s mind, chocolate is not a cooked product at all and yet all the traditional chocolate bars are certainly cooked – the ingredients, including sugar, dairy, stabilizers, bindings, colouring, additives and heaven knows what else are put into a vat, heated up and then transferred to moulds. In this process, the wonderful properties of cacao (the raw chocolate bean) are completely lost, heated to extinction.

This is where everything about the magic of the cacao bean gets lost. It is generally assumed that chocolate is “naughty”, a treat almost to be ashamed to eat, that it is fattening and has no benefits other than that it tastes delicious. Yet, going back through the mists of time, as far even as the Aztecs, the cacao bean has been prized for its wonderful properties. It is only what we have done to it which has turned a super food into something considered of little or no nutritional worth.

Those Aztecs knew a thing or two, they even used cacao beans as currency and they reckoned that cacao was “the food of the Gods”. Cacao beens grow in pods on small trees. When the pods are opened, the beans are removed and allowed to dry naturally in about 1-2 weeks.

There is often confusion in the spelling of Cacao and Cocoa – the two could not be more different. CACAO is the raw, unprocessed bean, bursting with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. COCOA is the name given to cacao beans when they have been roasted, the high heat needed during the roasting process greatly reduces the health benefits of the cacao bean. Needless to say, Raw Chocolate Pie is made with the ground down raw cacao bean!

Open Cacao Pod

So, let’s look at the benefits of Raw Chocolate, it is hard to know where to start:

  • Raw Chocolate is packed full of vitamins and minerals. It contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E and also magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper and potassium.

  • Raw Chocolate contains powerful antioxidants which protect cell damage caused by free radicals.

  • Raw Chocolate helps lower both blood pressure and bad cholesterol.

  • Raw Chocolate boosts mood and brain function. Raw Chocolate is a non-addictive stimulant and reduces depression and lethargy. Improves memory.

  • The essential fats in Raw Chocolate support heart health.

  • Raw Chocolate contains protein and fibre, helpful for vegans

  • Raw Chocolate has a wonderful fresh taste.

And taste is really important. Most chocolate bars, do not taste healthy.

However, Raw Chocolate tastes like a super food, deliciously fresh and fruity.

As a customer said to me the other day – “Raw Chocolate is almost medicine”!

Cacao Beans

Perhaps the most important attribute of Raw Chocolate is its effect on mental health. I have touched on this above but it is so important to emphasise because the effect Raw Chocolate has on our mood is a purely physical one. Raw Chocolate helps stimulate the central nervous system, this in turn relaxes muscles and dilates blood vessels which gives the body a huge burst of energy. Raw Chocolate also helps to increase circulation and therefore the availability of serotonin to the brain, improving mood and combating depression.

Aren’t we lucky at The Raw Chocolate Pie Company to be working with such a wonderful natural product?

July Offer - Pie Mania 10 Pack only 18 pounds

Sunny weather and chocolate don’t obviously go together. When it’s hot, cool drinks, ice cream and fruit are the more likely to be appealing. However, as you know, Raw Chocolate Pie is a refrigerated product and because it is raw and vegan, it does not have that slightly cloying taste associated with traditional chocolate bars which tend to be a bit too rich and creamy in a heatwave. Chocolate is a fruit and Raw Chocolate Pie has a fruity, fresh taste. As well as eating our pie as a bar, it is wonderful grated over ice cream or yoghurt, or chopped into muesli to give you a morning energy boost. Deliciously cold, deliciously nutritious, nice and not at all naughty!

So, for July, we have a very special offer for you. Some years ago, a customer called me to say how much she loved our Raw Chocolate Pie. She said she was suffering from “Pie Mania”. It was too good a description to forget and we named two special deals “Pie Mania” in her honour – one for 20 pies of your choice and one for 10.

Pie Mania - Pack of 10 Pies

For July, we are offering the Pie Mania 10 pack for just £18 – which is a £5 reduction on the normal price. A real saving, making the cost of an individual pie just £1.80 instead of the normal £2.50.
Enjoy the sunshine AND Raw Chocolate Pie!


Best wishes,
Debby

June Offer - Free Postage

I find myself very often torn in two when it comes to running The Raw Chocolate Pie Company. I have an on line business, as you know, but I also have a shop in St Ives which many of you will have visited.

I mind so much that the small independent shops in St Ives are disappearing in favour of large chains. We cling on to our little shop because it gives visitors the opportunity to visit “The Mother Ship”. People around the country who buy our product often have no idea that we are such a small family enterprise. It is good to show customers that we are a real local business making our own handmade raw chocolate and fudge and it feels so important to offer visitors the opportunity to visit individual shops which they won’t find anywhere else.

Free Postage

But the online shop is vital to us as well. So many of you who visit St Ives go home to a town or city where we may not be represented in a way which is convenient to you. And then there is the time factor – so many of us do not have the time to go out shopping – on line is so much quicker at the end of a working day.

To cover our postage costs, we do normally need to charge delivery on orders under £20. However, for the month of June, we are offering free postage on all orders, regardless of value as a way of saying “thank you” for your custom.

I am truly grateful for your support.

Best wishes,
Debby

May Offer - Free Fudge Slice Pack

Firstly, I would like to thank all of you who bought our Easter eggs this year. As usual – and delightfully – Easter was quite a challenge. A week of 4 am starts, neighbours drafted in to help, the local St Ives Post Office filled to bursting with mail sacks…all a bit mad but we are so grateful for your continued custom and your kind feedback means a great deal to me and the team.

Being a Cornish business, just over 3 years ago, we decided we needed to find a way to make a vegan fudge. It wasn’t easy and while I wanted the end product to taste as similar as possible to traditional fudge, I did not want it to taste as sweet, and of course it could contain no sugar. After a great deal of trial and error and many thoughtful comments from visitors to our shop (who we shamelessly used as guinea pigs!), the end result has proved a great success. We have a range of 6 flavours now and at recent vegan fairs, people have raved about them. Sales are expanding all the time.

So, this month’s offer is a 2 Slice Pack containing the fudge top sellers – Vanilla and Salted Caramel. You will receive a free Fudge Slice Pack with every order you place during May, regardless of the size of your order.

Raw Fudge Slice 2 Pack

If you are a newcomer to our fudge range, I would love to hear your views.

Best wishes,

Debby

April Offer - Free Easter Egg

Dear Customer,

In the last few weeks, I have been particularly struck by very young people’s concern for the future of the planet. I had a very interesting conversation with my 13 year old granddaughter, Lily, while we were on holiday together. She is so well informed, deeply concerned but without a trace of the usual teenage melodrama and very anxious to do her bit to help. A week later, we were exhibiting at Vegan Life Live at Alexandra Palace – there was a wonderful cross section of society attending, but again, I was so impressed with how the very young were so engaged with the problem.

All this, of course, brings me to Easter and our vegan Easter eggs, and how glad I am we made the decision 12 years ago to produce vegan raw chocolate and fudge.

So..a very special flash offer for Easter. From now until midnight on Sunday, 7 th April we are giving away a free CLASSIC EASTER EGG (worth £10.95) if you order £20 or more during this period. Our CLASSIC EGG is made to the same recipe as Naked Pie and its centre is packed with a mix of organic cranberries and goji berries which have been dried without sugar. It weighs in at 150g. In 2017, The Sunday Times Style Magazine voted CLASSIC the best healthy Easter egg.

Classic Easter Egg

Two things to remember, all our eggs have a 6 month shelf life and orders over £20 are postage free.

Have a happy, healthy Easter,

Debby

Easter Offer - Free Classic Egg

In the last few weeks, I have been particularly struck by very young people’s concern for the future of the planet. I had a very interesting conversation with my 13 year old granddaughter, Lily, while we were on holiday together. She is so well informed, deeply concerned but without a trace of the usual teenage melodrama and very anxious to do her bit to help. A week later, we were exhibiting at Vegan Life Live at Alexandra Palace – there was a wonderful cross section of society attending, but again, I was so impressed with how the very young were so engaged with the problem.

All this, of course, brings me to Easter and our vegan Easter eggs, and how glad I am we made the decision 12 years ago to produce vegan raw chocolate and fudge.

So..a very special flash offer for Easter. From now until midnight on Sunday, 7th April we are giving away a free CLASSIC EASTER EGG (worth £10.95) if you order £20 or more during this period. Our CLASSIC EGG is made to the same recipe as Naked Pie and its centre is packed with a mix of organic cranberries and goji berries which have been dried without sugar. It weighs in at 150g. In 2017, The Sunday Times Style Magazine voted CLASSIC the best healthy Easter egg.

Classic Easter Egg

Two things to remember, all our eggs have a 6 month shelf life and orders over £20 are postage free.

Have a happy, healthy Easter,

Debby

March Offer - Free Little Egg

After a few days of sunshine, Spring seems like a definite possibility and it is not long now until Easter.

So… our March offer is a free LITTLE EGG (worth £3.75) with every order placed. Our LITTLE EGG is an all time hit. It is the healthy equivalent of a cream egg. The outside is made with smooth Raw Chocolate and the inside filling is our Raw Vanilla Fudge – a yummy egg, low in sugar and dairy, gluten and soya free.

Free Little Egg in March

Like all our Easter eggs, LITTLE EGG has a 6 month shelf life but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until Easter to eat it! It is difficult to resist.

As always, this offer applies whatever the value of your order and I do hope you enjoy it.

Best wishes,
Debby

February Offer - Free Slice Pack

So January is behind us and February is not so bad with Valentine’s Day and half term to look forward to. Do check out our Valentine’s Day gifts – delicious, original, good value and if your loved one is vegan, you are totally sorted!

This month, our free gift is a Slice Pack of two of our most popular flavours – the traditional Naked Slice and Peppermint.  You will receive a free Slice Pack with every order you place during February, regardless of its value.

February Slice Offer

Spring is just around the corner!

Happy days,
Debby

January Offer

Here are two special offers to help you move into a healthy and enjoyable New Year. Available today until the end of January.

FIRSTLY – OUR FAMOUS FIVE SUPER FOODS, normally £27.25. Just this once,we are offering all 5 for just £19.75. Our Famous Five Super Foods are Cacao Nibs, Goji Berries, Pea Protein, Spirulena Powder and Wheat Grass Powder. These are all superfoods which we use in the making of our Raw Chocolate Pies and Raw Fudges and so we buy them in bulk. This means we are able to offer you really competitive prices, and they are all organic. So often these Super Foods are massively overpriced – not by us.

The Famous Five

SECONDLY – THE SPROUTING KIT, normally £14.95. We are offering the Kit for just £11.85. Our Sprouting Kit contains a Sprouting Jar, Alfalfa Seed, Mung Beans and The Sprouting Book by Deborah Fowler. Everything you need to get sprouting, a delicious way to boost your energy and nutrition.

The Sprouting Kit

Very best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year from the Raw Chocolate Pie team.

Debby