Friday, December 18, 2009
Amy Palatnick, a local potter, made us some small custom bowls for our Night of Bliss boxes and we loved them so much we had her make us a few more for gifts. They have the Coconut Bliss elephant on the underside & each bowl has a unique layering of glazes on them.
After some long and serious contemplation on how I was going to give these bowls away & having no clear thoughts I turned to my co-workers. Lakshmi had a great idea that really stuck with me so I’m going to use it! She wants to see pictures of your favorite way to enjoy Coconut Bliss. This could be something as simple as your pint of choice & favorite ice cream spoon, or as complex as a multi flavor sundae creation.
You can post the picture to our Flickr Group, on our Facebook page, in a Tweet (twitpic ect), or on your own website or blog! Wherever the picture is posted please leave me a link here to the picture & a way to contact you if the picture is not posted to a network I can contact you on.
Feel free to submit as many pictures as you like, but you can only win one of the five bowls I have to giveaway. Entries for the giveaway can be submitted until midnight January 3rd, 2010. I will contact the winners on January 4th, 2010 and hopefully will have been in touch with all of them by January 5th to be able to share all the winning entries with you!
Have a blissful holiday season!
Friday, December 11, 2009
We're also looking back at 2009, and we're really thankful...for our customers and our families, and their support of our Coconut Bliss and the way we do business. We are feeling, well, quite blissful.
So, here's a picture of our team, taken earlier this week in Eugene, on one of the coldest, clearest winter days in (my) memory.
... and just as I typed this, it started raining. Well, back to our normal weather patterns, and time for some Naked Almond Fudge. :)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Last weekend, we had a blast sponsoring the two Green Festival after parties in San Francisco. I flew down for the weekend from Eugene, OR with Jenya (very cheap flights on Alleigant Air!)
It was a rockin' party, split into three rooms - my favorite of course was the cozy 'Kirtan' room downstairs, where I performed a kirtan set, and got to sing along with Mukti (thanks to Shanna & Jenya covering the table). Delhi 2 Dublin played on the main stage, and we also experienced some other great bands and fantastic entertainment by El Cirque. We didn't leave the venue until 4 am!
On Saturday night, November 14th, we sponsored the Hamsa Lila party at the Regency Ballroom, along with Earthdance, Lydia's Lovin' Foods, Nutiva, Alter Eco and other vendors. This was actually a benefit for Common Vision. Our spot was in the lobby, and wow, what a scene it was all night long!
It was quite a tribal family gathering - there must have been at least 800 people there. I recognized folks from all eras of the rainbow trail: super fun to serve out Coconut Bliss, constantly, for 8 hours, and at the end we gave the rest of our bars away. It was surreal to see everyone in the whole lobby licking their Coconut Bliss bars! (Hey, special thanks to those who helped us carry the freezer up & down all those stairs!) Hamsa Lila had an incredible re-union show, stronger than ever.
We'll definitely be back next year, possibly in the Festival as well, to participate in one of the most incredible celebrations of our green economy and neo-tribal culture that happens on the planet...right here on our expansive, frontier west coast where dreams come true!
If any of you out there have links to pictures from any of these events, feel free to leave them in the comments!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
We opened our doors at 5pm, with people already waiting. We had hoped to give away 24 gallons of Coconut Bliss--we actually had to run back to our office freezers to get more. When all was said and done, we pulled out another 6+ cases! And on a cold, rainy night in Eugene, over 450 people came out to donate their money and time...and eat our endless Coconut Bliss sundaes.
And amazing sundaes they were, in large part due to the sweet, gooey (and organic) toppings! Local natural food companies generously donated their time and their product: organic nuts and goji berries, raw granola toppings from Hummingbird Wholesale, sweet berry sauces from Sweet Creek Foods, luscious hot fudge sauce from PremRose Edibles, granola toppings from Grizzly Brand Granola, carmel sauce from Missionary Chocolates, fruit sauces from Lost Valley Educational Center, and a wonderful hot chai from Mountain Rose Herbs. On the savory end of things, Cousin Jack's Pasty Company (541-686-3211) offered locally sourced and freshly prepared pasties.
For entertainment, Jaya Lashimi and friends performed 2 one hour-long sets of kirtan & celtic-inspired music, with female vocalist Wind Song jumping on stage for a final song. And the South Eugene High School Drama Department gave a performance as well.
In addition, we gave away ice cream bowls (exclusively made for this event by local potter Amy Palatnik) to anyone during the evening who offered to appear on camera talking about Coconut Bliss. Amy's work is well known locally, and we're appreciative of her generous artistic contribution to A Night of Bliss.
All proceeds will be donated to four groups who focus on education and sustainability in our community. The beneficiaries of our 2009 event are
- Eugene Waldorf School (who generously allowed us to use their Great Hall),
- Lost Valley Educational Center
- Huerto De Familia
- South Eugene High School Drama Department
Over $2500 was raised -- it will be divided evenly amongst these 4 groups. In addition to the monetary donation (and our donation of Coconut Bliss), we gave our beneficiaries table space to share and explain to others what their groups do.
But we also wanted this event to be more than just "local", and it was. As the night began, Larry reminded us that-- across North America-- many others' "Night of Bliss" parties were already well underway, happening in synchrony with our event. Earlier last month, we awarded 50 Coconut Bliss tasting-parties ("Bliss boxes") to people who sent us their very personal expressions of how Coconut Bliss makes them feel. The winners of our Night of Bliss are listed here:
So, if you participated and 'played' along, how was your "Night of Bliss" experience?
If you have pictures, videos or commentary, leave us a comment on this blog entry. And if you have a Flickr photo account, please join our Coconut Bliss Lover's photo pool to have your photos feed into our pool of Coconut Bliss-related pictures.
We're already looking forward to next year. Thanks for helping us make this vision become a sweet reality and grand success.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Even if you can't make it to our party, you can still have your own Night of Bliss party on November 7, or any other night. In fact, you can even throw a "Morning of Bliss" brunch if that excites you, complete with Mimosas and Bloody Marys or fresh waffles!
A Coconut Bliss party is a great opportunity to connect with those you love, break the ice with new friends, and soften the ice with someone you've had tension with. Coconut Bliss has a way of bringing people joyously together. Nothing like melting Bliss to melt barriers between people! This is your party, so create it in whatever way you and your guests will enjoy, be that kirtan and candelight, or celto-punjabi-dub-hop and strobe lights.
- Friends and family who love Coconut Bliss
- Friends and family who've never even heard of Coconut Bliss
- People you would like to get to know better (e.g., your favorite checker at your local market)
- Your next door neighbors
- Your co-workers (one you like and one you avoid)
- Children (they help awaken giggles, silliness and pure enjoyment)
- A neighborhood stray kitty (cats love Coconut Bliss)
We enjoy Coconut Bliss best in glass or ceramic bowls, especially handmade ones. It's fun to have lots of toppings, such as sliced mangoes or bananas, fresh berries, toasted nuts, goji berries, or cacao nibs. In Italy, they like to pour a freshly pulled shot of espresso over vanilla gelato (they call this "affogato"). Get creative!
Activities for Your Party:
- Invite your guests to feed each other at some point during the party
- Blindfolded "guess the flavor" contest
- Create a performance and video it (send us the link!)
- Extend your bliss by sharing foot or back rubs (or tummy rubs if some have over-indulged)
- Have a sharing circle about what brings you bliss
- Twister Bliss
Please share your ideas with us! Leave us your comments. Thanks! :)
AND here are the invitees:
- Jessica Brown - Juneau, AK
- Brittany Shelton - Fayetteville, AR
- Koali Pontual-Thorne - Patagonia, AZ
- Jennifer Stroup - Long Beach, CA
- Wendy Yu - Los Angeles, CA
- Christian Hellmers - Del Mar, CA
- David Ray - Sebastopol, CA
- Debbie Paul - Sacramento, CA
- Lisa Franzetta - Oakland, CA
- Vanessa Smith - Nevada City, CA
- Kelly Brozyna - Longmont, CO
- Marie Woodhull - South Glastonbury, CT
- Ruthie Berman - West Palm Beach, FL
- David Soleil - Decatur, GA
- Colin Lusher - Honolulu, HI
- Jamile Shirley - Ames, IA
- Ashely Bagot - Chicago, IL
- Maggie Schmit & Elli Plunkett - Bloomingto, IN
- Terri Deletetsky - Brookline, MA
- Maryann DellaRocco - Ellicott City, MD
- Anne Jacobs - Newcastle, ME
- Jennie Smith - Menominee, MI
- Stacy Gangestad - Farmington, MN
- Ariel Berube - Charlotte, NC
- Grayson Hoberg - Harvey, ND
- Justine Levine - Flemington, NJ
- Robyn Howard - Somerset, NJ
- Whitney Krueger - Santa Fe, NM
- Jaimie Shaff - Brooklyn, NY
- Nancy Guberti - Scarsdale, NY
- Michelle Brose - Staten Island, NY
- Elizabeth Stark - Beachwood, OH
- Melissa Helsel - Mustang, OK
- Sukita Crimmel - Portland, OR
- Traci D'Elia - Hillsboro, OR
- Jessica Dadds & Casey McDonald - Portland, OR
- Paolo Vidali - Philadelphia, PA
- Randa Clark - McKees Rocks, PA
- Margaux C. Chang - Daniel Island, SC
- Michelle Kane - Spearfish, SD
- Kym Colella - Brentwood, TN
- Becky Martin - Katy, TX
- Cresta Schiefer - Park City, UT
- Meaghan Sutherland - Arlington, VA
- Adrienne Fortune - Milton, VT
- Brandie Kajino - Vancouver, WA
- Kimberly Halinen - Spanaway, WA
- Spencer Beard - Seattle, WA
- Scott Rudolph - Appleton, WI
- Josh May - Vancouver, BC
~Vince, Larry, Luna & Kiley
Thursday, October 8, 2009
In Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, November 7th, we'll be giving away Coconut Bliss sundaes from 5pm-9pm, at the Eugene Waldorf School. All proceeds and donations will be going to four local education/sustainability focused groups.
We hope to see you there!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
A box o' fun: it can be used for a rollicking kids and parents party. Or you can reserve it for a swanky adult one. Your call, your bliss.
Go to Anightofbliss.com for more details.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
We really love sharing the bliss,and want to be able to share that joy with you! Make sure you don't miss out on this great opportunity to have your own Coconut Bliss tasting party, (deadline October 1st, 2009).
In other news we've decided to host a local (Eugene, OR) Night of Bliss party, because well we really do love giving Coconut Bliss away! I leaked the details on our Facebook wall-Look for another blog post with more details after the Night of Bliss entries have closed.
Last but not least this is Kiley posting which means I have goodies for you! I've got 10 $1.00 off coupons for the first 10 comments left on this post. Please be sure to leave me away to get in touch with you so I can get an address to send the coupon too!
Friday, September 18, 2009
We didn't have any signage or our logo up anywhere, just a sign reading "Coconut Milk Ice Cream". How did this happen you ask? A vegan advocate named Christian Hellmers came to us (with generous funding from Vegfund.org) with an idea to serve 40+ tubs of Coconut Bliss! We heard that there were shouts of joy and disbelief to see organic vegan ice cream existing in a place like the 'Playa'! We thank Christian for getting it rolling (and our Chris. G for assisting).
Did you experience Bliss at Burning Man? Why not leave us a comment on this post about your experience at the 'Burn' ; we would love to know about it! And we'll give t-shirts to some of the best comments/stories (keep in mind that we still only have large shirts available-sorry!)
Looking forward to our A Night of Bliss parties, the deadline is fast approaching. In case you haven't heard, we are giving away 50 ice cream tasting kits for you to host a rockin' Coconut Bliss party. The entry form is quick and easy, and so far we've received lyrics, poems, stories, and lots of love: hosting your very own Coconut Bliss party-- yumm! AnightOfBliss.com .
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The entry form webpage at is now working: ANIGHTOFBLISS.com
But It wasn't working over the labor day weekend (oops) . If you submitted an entry, we didn't get it). We apologize for this; we want to see your entries!
(and we'll randomly give out t-shirts today to people here submit an entry today at ANIGHTOFBLISS.com)
Friday, September 4, 2009
Unless you live in Eugene, you probably missed the tasting parties we threw back in the early days when we were just getting Coconut Bliss off the ground. Fifty or more people would crowd into our tiny living room to taste our newest offerings of flavors and would wax poetic as they discussed their subtleties, debate their virtues, and proclaimed their favorites. One of our favorite things about being involved with Coconut Bliss has been watching people's faces as they take their first taste.
We also love giving away Coconut Bliss, so we are inviting you to join us in creating this special event that is all about sharing bliss with the people we love.
Here's the plan: 50 simultaneous parties in all 50 states. We'll provide the Coconut Bliss and you host the party. Together we will create a critical mass of ecstasy that will ripple across the country, awakening joy and delight from Petaluma to Poughkeepsie.
Do you want to play? If so, here's what you do:
- Create something that expresses how you feel about Coconut Bliss.
- Send it to us as soon as possible, the earlier the better (the deadline is October 1st, 2009)
- HERE's THE LINK: www.anightofbliss.com
It could be a :
- brief essay (under 250 words)
- visual image
- recipe featuring Coconut Bliss with directions and a link to a photo
- Flickr photo/photo series/collage
- YouTube Video
- audio collage
50 winners will be chosen from amongst the entries (one representing each state). Each winner will receive a "Night of Bliss" kit that will include all the essentials that you need to make your party a rapturously creamy success.
Also, if we really like your submission, we may feature it on our 'sites' (blog/facebook/Twitter/flickr, etc. etc.) with links back to your site/blog/Twitter feed, etc. (if you happen to have such things).
So scoop yourself a big bowl of Coconut Bliss for inspiration and energy and let your creative juices flow! When you're done, wipe up any messy drips and go here to send your creation to us:
Tell your friends about this, so they can play too! Again, the official deadline is October 1st!
Larry & Luna
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
In the meantime, I have another giveaway for you!
I've been handed 20 shirts and 10 free pints to give away today, however there is one little detail that I should share with you. Our shirts have proven to be wildly popular and I only have large t-shirts left!
I know what you are thinking, I would be swimming in a large and never wear it... Well fear not ! In a few minutes you can mod your shirt to make it fit you and look totally awesome!
- from Jyssa on instructables
- from mistr3ssquickly on deviantart
P.S. I got a lot of requests asking for pictures of me in the last post. Here I am!
Monday, August 24, 2009
The ABC News Program "Good Morning America" featured Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss in their interview with dietician Ashley Koff. Here's the link (posted Aug. 16th).
The segment had some really useful infomation about coconuts and their health benefits.
It was exhilarating to watch them slowly zoom in on our Naked Coconut! We are very excited and grateful to have a television program with such a huge viewership include our product in one of their segments.
After watching the video , feel free to share this. If you haven't become a Facebook fan of Coconut Bliss or a Twitter follower, here are the links:
Friday, August 14, 2009
When Vince & I (Kiley) joined the Coconut Bliss family this spring we saw an opportunity with Twitter & Facebook to reach out and connect with all of you and we've been humbled by the response we have received.
A little information about who does what around here; Vince is the primary manager of the Facebook page & I am the primary manager of our Twitter feed. However we both do a little jumping back and forth. Right now I'm also stewarding our fledgling Flickr page. Larry, Vince, and Myself will all be posting content to the blog, but I get to put up the really fun posts-the giveaways!
As I'm at the helm today, there will be a giveaway! To celebrate reaching 2000 followers on Twitter I'm giving away a T-shirt and a free pint to one lucky commenter!
To enter please leave a comment on this post telling us anything that comes to mind; why you love Coconut Bliss, what you would do with a free pint, where you would be rocking your new shirt, or just what the weather is there today! The giveaway will close August 21st at noon PST. Please leave me away to get in touch with you so I can contact you if you'll win.
If you know me from our twitter fan you know I'm a big fan of randomly generated numbers-which is how I'll be picking a winner. I'll add up the number of comments and have a number generated. If you comment is that number you'll be our lucky winner!
A little info on our awesome new shirts-they are printed on 100% organic cotton, & were printed locally here in Eugene! Vince is the handsome man you see modeling our shirt, the other photo shows the back of the shirt.
I also get the privilege of dropping a little hint about why you should come back here in a few days for a very exciting announcement! Let's see, what am I allowed to say today... Well we are going to throw a party.....
So come back in a few days for some more juicy details!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Wow. We just got an email that said there's only a few days left for voting for us as "Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert of the Year" in the VegNews Veggie Awards. This is the link--please vote if you haven't. :)
One little vote makes a big difference. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=oes_2f0tloz0fA1jHSyPxMyw_3d_3d
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Global Green Gets Gobs of Bliss: We donated a year of Bliss (yep, we mean many, many pints of Coconut Bliss) for Global Green USA 's Millenium Awards. Global Green has been rebuilding New Orleans with green buidings and sustainable school designs (Brad Pitt works with them). They also act as advocates for initiatives supporting clean water, climate stabilization, and the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Gathering of the Vibes: Our national Sales Manager Marc D. is out at the Gathering of the Vibes festival in Bridgeport, CT this week, selling Bliss. If you go, you can get 'still warm from the oven' new Coconut Bliss t-shirts! Yes. You'll be the first to check them out. Get your P-Funk and your C-Bliss at the same time. (And if you do go and see us, feel free to Twitter or Facebook it)
Twitter, Facebook, (and all that social digital stuff): So if you hadn't noticed, we've charged up our Twittering and Facebook activity with a bit o' new voltage--that means up-to-the-minute updates of what's happening in our Bliss-o-verse. And if you use Facebook/Twitter, feel free to become our fan (Facebook) or 'follow us' (Twitter)...and you'll be privvy to our spontaneous giveaways of Coconut Bliss t-shirts and pints (thanks to Kiley for her constant updates!!!).
Link to Twitter: http://twitter.com/lunaandlarrys
Link to Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Coconut-Bliss/35826736835
PS: If you didn't get a chance to get a Dark Chocolate or Naked Coconut Bliss Bar at the Oregon Country Fair, take heart. They are available at a store near you (and if you don't see them in your local store, tell that store you saw em' and you want em' -- and you can print out this petition form to really get the point across to the store).
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Goin' to Fair' : Yep, it's that season again--the team is going out to Veneta, Oregon to repreZENt at the prestigious, crunchy, fun and entertaining Oregon Country Fair. It will be our 5th year at the fair--we'll be selling our new 'Bliss Bars' : "Dark Chocolate" and "Naked Coconut" flavors. We'd love to see you, so look for us on Strawberry Lane...
Strawberry Lemon Love Sayonara: Speaking of strawberries...we'll be discontinuing Strawberry Lemon Love over the rest of 2009. Alas, we had to make room for other new flavors (i.e. Naked Almond Fudge, Pineapple Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Bliss bars!). Strawberry Lemon Love will take it's place among the rest of our 60-70 retired flavors...in that place of eternal bliss, where all ice creams reach Nirvana eventually. Nontheless, for those of you who want their Strawberry Lemon Love, there still are pints out there-- scattered hither and thither-- waiting to be purchased ...so get em' while they're still available in your local market's freezer section.
Summer blissings to you and yours...
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
So, we have a new poster that you can download, and print up. It reads:
There are many ways to achieve bliss.
We use coconuts.
Feel free to download it (first link on the page) and other related files at our "Media/Press Kit" webpage. Recently, many people have been blogging about us and reviewing us, so this is a handy link to have if you wish to grab some graphics of Luna, Larry and our Coconut Bliss ice cream.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Ok, we can't just give away the "Bliss" to 2 Twitter peoples...we're going to give a whole bunch away this weekend!
So, all you have to do...is follow us on Twitter, and retweet the post that we posted just now:
Free Coconut Bliss giveway-5 winners selected randomly- RT this post, www.coconutbliss.com #bliss1000
So, we posted it at 12:34 PM PST... be sure to use the #bliss1000 hash tag, and we'll randomly pull 5 "blissers"and give them free pints of Coconut Bliss next week. Or potentially more than 5 ... let's wait and see. ;^)
There we go. There you go.
You people rock--you truly our are bliss. Have a good weekend. And, of course, follow your bliss...
(Photo courtesy of Angel Caido)
Friday, June 12, 2009
Last week we got an email from a customer in Portland who said that an employee in her local natural food store told her that we sold our company to Haagen Dasz. While Luna and I are a bit naive (we've only been in business for 4 1/2 years), we are still absolutely dumbfounded that an event of this magnitude could have escaped our notice! We can only surmise that it must have happened last week when we were on vacation.
All kidding aside, I want to say clearly and definitively that we have not sold our company to Haagen Dasz or anyone else (although we would be very happy if they decided to buy our old delivery truck). Luna and I are still the majority owners and managers of Bliss Unlimited, LLC, the company we founded back in February 2005 to make Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss. And while Luna has seriously cut back her hours over the last year and a half to parent our new little boy, Bija, I still come into the office every day to join our wonderful staff in doing all the things it takes to keep the supply of Bliss flowing to everyone across the U.S. who wants it.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Well, when you get a bunch of head strong "Bliss"-ers in the same room, sooner or later (much sooner than expected actually), you'll hear their opinions.
Well, today the first rogue pints of:
....got smuggled back by one of our operatives. And the pints are (at least as of 2:50pm PST) in the staff office freezer.
And Lakshmi (who is the most elder of employees here) really loves this flavor. It's her favorite. But she's in love with almond flavors...and thinks it needs more almond extract ("like in the 'prototype' " she says).
But Marc and I (and, everybody else present in the office today) think it rocks just as it is. It can be a drag to be the one minority voice in a group so small as ours. However, we honor them for their unique perspective.
(just now, a wrestling match has broken out between and Lak and Marc next to my desk...get back to work, argh!)
So, anyway, look for it in your local stores and Coops over the coming weeks. And thanks for your "almondy" support. :)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
- Becky at Prairie Harvest (Newton, Kansas 601 N Main St , 316-283-6623) , brought in some Dark Chocolate bars and Vanilla Island. Thank you!
- Melinda at Food for Thought (2929 E Central, Wichita, KS, 316-683-6078), brought in a bunch of flavors (arriving this Thursday I believe). Thank you!
- Matt at Green Acres (316-634-1088, 8141 E 21st St, Wichita, Kansas) also brought in a sample case of Naked Coconut flavor...Matt should have it in a week or so. Thank you!
Monday, June 1, 2009
- who you are?
- why you're here at bliss?
- and a wish/tip/desire for our customers?
Thursday, May 28, 2009
- 5/29 -- Coconut Bliss @ 2410 in Portland OR tonight, check out Eoto & Ozric Tentacles Pick up a Coconut Bliss sample while you enjoy the show. Free music for the people http://www.lightworkernonprofit.org/ Come meet Lakshmi and Chris
- 5/30 -- Tacoma & Federal Way Wa, Coconut Bliss coming your way, Demos @ Metropolitan Market Dash Point & Proctor http://ow.ly/9GN8
- (5/30) Snellville Ga! Coconut Bliss on sample in two stores! Peachtree & Mother Nature'shttp://ow.ly/9GNU http://ow.ly/9GO8
- 5/31 -- St. Paul, MN We are sampling Coconut Bliss at Hamden Park Co-op, stop by and say hi to Becky! http://www.hampdenparkcoop.com/
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Here's what's coming up:
Thursday, April 30, 2009
We have also been developing some new products, which will be hitting the stores before summer. Luna and I have dreamed about Coconut Bliss Bars for a long time. There's something especially sensual and primitive about being able to lick the Bliss without interference of spoon or bowl that is extremely satisfying, and much more handy for eating in motion. Here's what these will look like. They should be in the stores before the end of May.
We spent last fall and winter feverishly concocting new flavors and have come up with three that we're very excited about and will be introducing in pints sometime in June. These are: Chocolate Peanut Butter—the classic combo, elevated to art; Pineapple Coconut—a creamy, luscious piña colada; and Naked Almond Fudge—coconut amaretto Bliss with toasted almonds and fudge. Here's what these will look like:
You may also notice that we've changed our package design. We have been working with a wonderful new designer, Greg Scot Hunt, who has taken our design to the next level.
We'll also be at a lot of events and festivals throughout the year, and we've added a page to our website with a complete list.
A parting thought: There are many ways to achieve bliss. We use coconuts.
Larry & Luna
Monday, January 19, 2009
If you're reading this, you probably suspect that there's more to Coconut Bliss than just a fleeting experience of cool, sweet yumminess. Yes, it's only a dessert, and in the grand scheme of things, dessert just isn't all that important. But there's something different about Coconut Bliss--something special that's hard to put a finger on. And it's that intangible, unnameable something that has compelled you to read this page, and compelled me to write it.
When we first started making Coconut Bliss, here's a vision that Luna and I had of how people would eat it:
It is mid-afternoon. You have stepped away from the busy-ness of your day to refresh your mind and your spirit, to allow yourself to relax and feel nourished. You have recognized how important this is--not just important, but essential--and you have taken a bold action of self-love. You take a few deep breaths and feel the stillness. You feel your body beginning to relax, your tensions dissolving. Your mind quiets. You feel small ripples of gratitude rising to the surface of your consciousness. In this stillness, you notice excitement arising in you, like the feeling you get when, after a long hike, you get your first glimpse of an alpine lake, and you feel the pure, simple desire to immerse yourself in that cold, clear water.
But you're in your house and there is no lake. So with that same childlike anticipation you walk into your kitchen, open the freezer, and gently, reverentially, take out a pint of Coconut Bliss. You feel your lips spreading into a smile. Without urgency, savoring the moment, you set it down on the counter to temper to perfect, scoopable softness. You go to the cupboard and select your favorite handmade bowl and the perfect spoon. You take out your ice cream scoop from the drawer, enjoying it's heft in your hand. You have all the time in the world. You take a pee, turn off your cell phone, pet the cat, water the plants.
Now you return to the kitchen, gently remove the lid from the container, and scoop out two round, sensual blobs of Coconut Bliss, enjoying the feel of the soft Bliss giving way to the metal. You replace the lid, put the container back in the freezer, rinse off the scooper, and bring the bowl of Bliss to your favorite spot--perhaps under a cherry tree in your yard. Your feelings of gratitude swell, filling you. You lift your spoon, dip it into the Bliss, raise it to your mouth and feel filled with the rush of sensation--liking slipping into that cool lake...
You get the idea?
This is not the addictive act of a person using dessert in a futile attempt to soothe their pain or fill their emptiness. It is a celebration of life, a focusing of consciousness through an act of intentional sensual enjoyment. This is why we make Coconut Bliss.