We will leave this blog here (for the memories), but all other posts will be handled at our new website.
It's been about 2 years in the making, but we've released our new website! There are still elements coming online with it, but the blog will move there (this Blogger blog will be retired), and we'll release some more bells & whistles for the site as they come online.
We'd love to hear your thoughts about our new site. Comments welcome below. Thank you! :)
If you have ever taken it upon yourself to walk down the ice cream aisle of Whole Foods, you may have noticed a shelf of colorful ice cream cartons proclaiming “Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss.” When I first noticed these, I was rather confused, for the entire selection of different colored cartons said “Coconut Bliss.” Surely you can’t have eleven different versions of coconut ice cream? If I had looked more closely, I would have noticed that each carton did have a different flavor... then why did they all say “Coconut Bliss” on them? Well, because all of the flavors are made with coconut milk!
When Luna and Larry met, they discovered that they shared a passion for delicious and natural foods, one of their favorites being ice cream. They did not, however, like how they felt after eating it. One day, they came across a hand- cranked ice cream maker being sold for $1.50, and bought it. When they began making their first batch of ice cream, Luna suggested that they use coconut milk and agave syrup, instead of cow’s milk and sugar. They did, and when they tried their first bite, they knew they had discovered something. Soon they were hosting weekly tasting parties of new flavors at their house in Eugene, Oregon. Two of Luna and Larry’s friends who owned grocery stores in Eugene, asked if they could sell “Coconut Bliss” in their shops. Now, “Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss” is sold nationwide!
Coconut oil is a saturated fat; however, it is a medium chain fatty acid, which our bodies can easily break down and store as energy, whereas the unhealthy saturated fats are long chain fatty acids, which our bodies store as fat. Doctors believe that coconut oil is actually the healthiest oil for consumption. Agave syrup, is a low glycemic sweetener, unlike refined sugars. Sugars work very much the same way that saturated fats do; low glycemic sweeteners are easier for our bodies to process, and will be stored and used efficiently.
Of course, we had to try “Coconut Bliss,” and it is quite delicious! So far our favorite flavor is Pineapple Coconut. Yum! For more information, visit www.coconutbliss.com
Rarely does one get a chance to really look at the insides of a successful business--the ups and downs, the stories, the lessons learned...
Larry Kaplowitz, the co-founder of Coconut Bliss, recently gave a speech at a local Willamette Valley-focused entrepreneurs group called Smartups, which is headed-up by local entrepreneur Caroline Cummins. Even though I work here at 'Bliss' and know a lot about the process of Luna & Larry finding their 'bliss', I thoroughly enjoyed this speech (from the back of the room) and learned a lot. For your enjoyment, here it is (and thanks goes to Smartups for handling the videography):
VIDEO (see bottom of page): http://coconutbliss.com/about/about-us
And here's an article about Smartups.org ...
It's Coconut Bliss bars in a traditional 'ice cream cart'. And the Bliss Cart doesn't use gas to move--it's totally pedal powered. KVAL interviewed our "Bliss Cart Empress" Christina about it: fun video.
Here's our Bliss Cart pix on Flickr.
We'd love to see you there! Also, check out:
...to find out where we'll be next. AND if you know of a place you'd like us to be at, we're all ears: email Christina@coconutbliss.com
From the very beginning of the show we had more than a steady flow of people thrilled to have us participating. We heard such things as:
Here's a quick interview that Larry did at Expo West, explaining why we (at Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss) choose to include Certified Fair Trade ingredients in our coconut milk-based frozen-dessert.
Larry, take it away...
I recently went touring with reknown kirtan singer Dave Stringer across my gorgeous home state of Oregon and also in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including the cities of Madison and Minneapolis.
Currently you will find Coconut Bliss on sale at all Whole Foods nationwide until May 11th, so be sure to stop into your nearest Whole Foods and stock up on the goodness! You’ll also notice that we are doing plenty of tastings this coming weekend before the sale is over. There will be more tasting posted later, so stay tuned and look for your city…
~ Christina, Bliss Cart Ambassador and Demo Coordinator
Thursday May 6th
Our resident chef Chris Garrison uses our 'Naked Coconut' flavor as a base for his "Asian fusion" creations. Instead of coconut milk, he adds in a scoop to his veggie stir-fries, noodle dishes and more. It's easier than can openers and messy, metallic cans of coconut milk...
Saying all this, if you ever see cool recipes on the web that mention Coconut Bliss, feel free to let us know about them. Or make up your own and share them with us. You can send us the links to them via Kiley@coconutbliss.com
Upcoming Demos of Coconut Bliss in April. Here they are!
Thursday April 15th
Kris @ Whole Foods Venice Beach, CA 11-2
Lisa @ Whole Foods Santa Rosa, CA 3:30-6:30
Friday April 16th
Megan @ Whole Foods Colorado Blvd. In Glendale, CO. 11-2
Christina @ Whole Foods Bellaire, Houston, TX 11-2
Lisa @ Whole Foods Palo Alto, CA 11-2
Larry @ Central Market Ft. Worth, TX 3-6
David @ Central Market Austin Central, TX 3-6
Christina @ Whole Foods Kirby, Houston, TX 3-6
Lisa @ Whole Foods Los Gatos, CA 3-6
Saturday April 17th
Kathy @ Jimbo’s Escondido, CA 10:30-1:30
Nicole @ Fresh and Natural in Plymouth, MN 11-1
Christina @ A Moveable Feast Houston, TX 11-2
Chris @ Whole Foods Boca Raton, FL 11-2
Lisa @ Whole Foods SF SoMA, CA 11-2
Layla @ Madison Market Central Co-Op in Seattle WA 11-2
David @ Central Market Westgate Austin, TX 11-2
Steve @ Whole Foods Tanasbourne Portland, OR 11-2
Larry @ Central Market Dallas, TX 11-3
Shelly @ The Real Food Company in San Francisco, CA 12-4 Earth Day Event
Dena @ NRG Nature’s Finest in St. Petersburg, FL 2-5
Priya @ The Food Bin in Santa Cruz, CA 2-5
Kathy @ Jimbo’s 4S Ranch, CA 2:30-5:30
Layla @ West Seattle Thriftway 3-6
Lisa @ Rainbow Grocery Co-Op in San Francisco, CA 3-7
Sarah @ Arbor Farms Market in Ann Arbor, MI 3-6
Chris @ Whole Foods Palm Beach Gardens, FL 3-7
Christina @ Whole Foods Wilcrest in Houston, TX 3:30-6:30
Dena @ NRG Palm Harbor, FL 6-9
Sunday April 18th
Ernie @ Whole Foods Ponce De Leon 11-2:30
Lisa @ Whole Foods Cupertino, CA 12-4
Nicole @ Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville, MN 3-6
Ernie @ Sevananda 3-6:30
Monday April 19th
Lisa @ Whole Foods Walnut Creek, CA 12-4
Thursday April 22nd
Kiley @ First Alternative Co-Op Corvallis, OR 4-7 Earth Day Celebration
Friday April 23rd
Christina @ Whole Foods Baton Rouge, LA 3-6
Saturday April 24th
Rachel @ Metropolitan Market Admiral Seattle, WA 11-2
Layla @ Metropolitan Market Sand Point Seattle, WA 11-2
Christina @ Whole Foods Woodway Houston, TX 11-2
Steve @ Zupan’s Macadam in Portland, OR 11-2
Barbara @ Whole Foods Woodmere OH 11-3
Jessica @ Whole Foods University Heights Cleveland, OH 11-3
Ernie @ Earth Fare in Athens, GA 11-3
Shelly @ Whole Foods in Oakland, CA 12-4 Earth Day Celebration Event
Christina @ Central Market in Houston, TX 2:30-5:30
Megan @ Whole Foods Capitol Hill Denver, CO 3-6
Ernie @ Daily Groceries Co-Op in Athens, GA 3:30-6:30
Nathan @ Whole Foods Palatine Chicago, IL 3-6
Sunday April 25th
Larry @ Central Market South Lake Dallas, TX 2-5
Tuesday, April 27th
Kris @ Whole Foods Fairfax, CA 4-7 Vegan Vendor Day!
Wednesday April 28th
Marie @ Whole Foods Jericho, NY 11-2
Thursday April 29th
Marie @ Whole Foods Manhasset, NY 11-2
Nathan @ Whole Foods Chicago Ave in Evanston, IL 11-2
Nathan @ Whole Foods Evanston, IL 3-6
Friday April 30th
Marie @ Whole Foods White Plains, NY 11-2
Nathan @ Whole Foods Wheaton, IL 11-2
Nicole @ Whole Foods St. Francis Santa Fe, NM 11-3
Nathan @ Whole Foods Willowbrook, IL 3-6
Ciera @ Whole Foods Highland Drive in Salt Lake City UT 3-6
Hey, Diana Stobo and Benjamin dropped by the office today--driving all the way from Northern California to our little office in Eugene, OR! Thanks for the visit, Diana. :)
And, saying that, here's her most recent smoothie, the Mango Lassi, featuring Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss.
Another very clear and well documented paper about agave syrup, fructose, and other sugars, can be found here: http://www.coconutbliss.com/Agave_Syrup_9.4.09.pdf
This is part two of a travel journal from our General Manager, Doug Furlong; he visited the source of our agave nectar in Jalisco, Mexico. The blog post has been moved to our new blog and website here: http://coconutbliss.com/blog/doug/doug-visits-our-agave-farm-part-2
Diana loves our Coconut Bliss in her "Kale Colada" smoothie. She adds Pineapple Coconut Bliss in at about 1:30. ;) YUM!
It was fun, it was loud, it was successful: Expo West (and East) is an event that any natural products company should make a space for on their calendar. Whether you go there to view new products or share your own, it's the place to download massive amounts of ideas regarding healthy food, beverages, beauty goods, and more.
Bliss Demo Queen Christina S.
Toby at the booth--note our new "Food Service "1.5 gallon tubs!
Our newest item? We're now offering 1.5 gallon 'food service' tubs; if you've got a restaurant/ice cream-coffee-smoothie shop, or commissary and you'd like some, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Airplanes are fun...
The 'conga line' in front of our booth (that was rumored to happen on Facebook) never materialized. However, we were very appreciative of our booth visitors, and their patience, as they waited in long lines to sample our many flavors of "Bliss".
~Marc D. , National Sales Manager
And enjoy your weekend... :
Saturday March 6th
Ernie @ Whole Foods Harry’s Farmer’s Market in Alpharetta, GA 11-6 (11-2 is Ice Cream Contest)
Kristina @ Co-Opportunity in Santa Monica, CA 11-2
Layla @ Olympia Co-Op East in Olympia, WA 11-2
Rachel @ Town & Country Ballard in Seattle, WA 11-2
Steve @ Zupan’s on Burnside in Portland, OR 11-2
Layla @ Olympia Co-Op West in Olympia, WA 3-6
Steve @ Food Front in Portland, OR 3-6
Taryn @ Whole Foods Paradise Valley in Phoenix, AZ 4:30-7:30
Thursday March 11th-Sunday March 14th
Coconut Bliss @ EXPO West in Anaheim, CA
Sunday March 7th
Kris @ Whole Foods Redondo Beach in CA 11-2
Wednesday, March 10th
Melanie @ Harvest Co-Op in Cambridge, MA 1-4
Friday March 12th
Anne @ Harvest Market in Ft. Bragg, CA 3-7
Saturday March 13th
Ciera @ Good Earth in Sandy, UT. 11-2
David @ Vitamin Cottage in Austin, TX 11-2
Megan @ Vitamin Cottage Northglenn in Denver, CO 11-2
Nicole @ Fresh & Natural in Plymouth, MN 11-2
Priya @ New Leaf Community Market in Felton, CA 11-2
Sarah @ Natural Food Patch in Ferndale, MI 11-2
Shelly @ Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA 11-2
Taryn @ Whole Foods in Chandler, AZ. 11-2
Melanie @ Good Health in Hanover, MD 1-4
Sarah @ Plum Market Bloomfield Hills Location in MI 3-6
Tuesday March 16th
Christine @ Whole Foods Bowery in New York 12-3
Friday March 19th
Marie @ Organica in North Vale, NJ 11-2
Megan @ Whole Foods Cherry Creek in Denver, CO. 3-6
Saturday March 20th
Marie @ Health Shoppe in Morristown, NJ 11-2
Aandi @ Whole Foods Hinsdale in Chicago, IL 11-2
Ciera @ Whole Foods Sugar House in Salt Lake City, UT 11-2
Lisa @ North Coast Co-Op in Arcata, CA 11-2
Rachel @ Metropolitan Market Queen Anne in Seattle, WA 11-2
Larry @ Whole Foods Park Lane (Brand New Store!) in Dallas, TX 3-7
Lisa @ Eureka Co-Op in Eureka, CA 3-6
Sunday March 21st
Kathy @ Whole Foods La Jolla in San Diego, CA 2-5
Tuesday March 23rd
Christine @ Whole Foods Union Square in New York 12-3
Saturday March 27th
Ernie @ Return to Eden in Atlanta, GA 11-2:30
Shelly @ Gluten Free Fair at Whole Foods Petaluma 11-2
Larry @ Market Street in Plano, TX from 11-2
Nicole @ Fresh and Natural Shore View in Minneapolis, MN 11-2
Shelagh @ Hy-Vee Market in Olathe, KS 11-2
Priya @ Spring Fling Tasting Fair Whole Foods Capitola in CA 11-2
David @ Whole Foods Lamar in Austin, TX 11-2
Steve @ Zupan’s on Belmont in Portland, OR 11-2
Nicole @ La Montanita Co-Op in Santa Fe, NM 12-3
Ernie @ Whole Foods West Paces Ferry in Atlanta, GA 3-6:30
Shelagh @ Whole Foods Overland Park in Overland Park, KS 3-6
Ciera @ Whole Foods Fourth South in Salt Lake City, UT 3-6
At Coconut Bliss, we pride ourselves on integrity and honesty, sourcing only the purest and highest quality ingredients. Our own research into agave has culminated just this past week in having our General Manager, Doug Furlong, visit Jalisco, Mexico to personally inspect our agave producer's fields and facilities. This first article will talk about the general parts of how our agave is processed. Future articles in this series will go into detail about this unique plant and food source, and the history that surrounds it...
This is part one of a travel journal from our General Manager, Doug Furlong; he visited the source of our agave nectar in Jalisco, Mexico. The blog post has been moved to our new blog and website here: http://coconutbliss.com/blog/doug/doug-visits-our-agave-farm-part-1
2/25 Whole Foods Market(WMF) Venice Beach, CA 3-6pm
2/26 WMF Hillcrest, CA 11am-2pm
2/28 WFM La Jolla, CA 10am-1pm
3/6 WFM Paradise Valley, AZ 4:30-7:30pm
3/6 Co-Opportunity, Santa Monica, CA 11am-2pm
3/7 WFM Redondo Beach, CA 11am-2pm
3/13 WFM Chandler, AZ 11am-2pm
Thu Feb 18, 2010
Fri Feb 19, 2010
3pm - 6pm Comet @ Market of Choice Ashland, OR
Sat Feb 20, 2010
11am - 2pm Anna @ WF Soma San Francisco, CA
Sun Feb 21, 2010
11am - 2pm Megan @ WF Cherry Creek Denver, CO
Friday Feb 26th, 2010
12am – 3 pm Christina @ WF Tribeca New York, NY
Sat Feb 27, 2010
11am - 2pm Anna @ WF Potrero Hill San Francisco, CA.
Sunday Feb. 28th, 2010
11am- 6 pm Ernie @ Sevananda in Atlanta, GA
Here's a special thank you to Linda at PremRose Edibles for making a delicious lunch for us on a recent Thursday, bringing in Chocolate samples, and basically talking about...well...what else? Chocolate. She makes great chocolate.
In addition to providing chocolate sauce for our "A Night Of Bliss" event in Fall 2009 (you can see her scooping here in this blog post collage), she also did a special pairing of her "rose-petal" sauce for our Coconut Bliss sampling efforts at the recent Eugene Truffle Festival event--where you may have seen our Demo superstar Christina speedily handing out tastes of 'Bliss'...
And what might you ask is Toby and Vince looking at--their mouths agape?
On that plate is an elephant made of solid chocolate, courtesy of Linda at Premrose Edibles. It felt heavy. She may also bring us another. I love working here.
Yes, it is February and-- for some of us--everyday is the 14th.
Happy Valentines day to all of you from us.
May all your chocolate elephant dreams (and your Coconut Bliss ones) come true... :)
We are demoing (read: free tasting!) Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss a LOT in February...see if one is happening near you.
And see why it's better than ice cream...it's 'Bliss'. :)
Sun Feb 7, 2010
11am - 3pm Steve @ WF Fremont Store, Portland, OR
Wed Feb 10, 2010
3pm - 6pm Comet @ Ashland Co Op, OR
Thursday Feb. 11th – Saturday Feb. 13th Coconut Bliss will be sampled at
All 5 New Frontier Market Stores in CA & AZ during their Annual Festival of Chocolates Events
Fri Feb 12, 2010
3pm - 6pm Nicole @ Wedge Community Co-op, Minneapolis, MN
Sat Feb 13, 2010
11am - 2pm Nicole @ Eastside Co-Op Minneapolis, MN
11:30am - 2:30pm Megan @ Vitamin Cottage Co. Springs , CO
11:30am - 2:30pm Layla @ Madison Market Co-Op Seattle, WA
11:30am - 2:30pm Megan @ Vitamin Cottage Col. Springs , CO
12pm - 3pm Shelagh @ Community Mercantile Lawrence, KS
3pm - 6pm David @ Wheatsville Co-op Austin, TX (New Flavors!)
3pm – 6pm Sarah @ Plum Market Ann Arbor, MI
3:30pm - 6:30pm Megan @ WF New Center Point Col. Springs , CO
11am- 6pm Ernie @ Sevananda Co-Op Atlanta, GA
A Brit who has extensively traveled the world--often in a bizarre fashion, having hitched over half the planet--has fortunately ended up in the North West, joining our Bliss family from January 2010.
His motivation? "This company is all about community, sharing, creativity, consciousness and fun!" Plus he loves the product: the Pineapple Coconut blew him away!
Toby and his family are all up for a better world, a better diet, healing, and the outdoors. They love to travel, hang with the dog, or get on the bike---you might well find Toby playing football (soccer) or mulling over his garden...regardless of the weather.
In the face of its many environmental challenges, Toby has, from an early age, had a concern for the fate of our planet. In addition to sales, he has taken on the role of Green Coordinator for Coconut Bliss. So, if you have any tips concerning the greener side of business, feel free to share them with us via Facebook, Twitter, or the comment thread on this blog post.
~ Toby and Vince
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Christina started in October, and has been a huge fan of Coconut Bliss since the first time she tried a bliss shake at Red Barn with the Wild Lavender Blueberry during a hot summer day in 2005. “I’ve been watching Coconut Bliss grow ever since, and am so happy to join the wonderful people and friends who also work to spread the bliss.”
Christina’s passion for good food developed after moving to Oregon ten years ago. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Environmental Studies, with a heavy focus on sustainability in the food sector. "We live in such a unique place and time on this planet, and I'm so thankful to work in a community that supports so many sustainable natural foods businesses. For me, it's all about making choices and creating a new culture that is based on love, creativity, connection, and sharing an abundance of wonderful foods and ideas."When she’s not hard at work planning demos for Coconut Bliss, you might also find her doing organizational work for a few local non-profits here in Eugene. She also likes to practice Nia, hula hooping, dancing, and often is found home brewing, wild fermenting, and making food with community and friends.