|Some of the hedonistic confections that Allison makes by hand: dark peppermint bark, peppermint creme patties, truffles and artisanal caramels.|
Last year at the Vida Vegan Conference, I met and hung out with Allison Rivers Samson, self-proclaimed "Maven of Mmmmm" and owner of the uber-popular Allison's Gourmet. Believe it or not, she is actually sweeter than the confections she purveys.
Speaking of her confections, I was a very lucky girl over the recent holidays. First, VegNews sent me and all contributing writers a box of Allison's brownies: rich, decadent with a faint orange scent. Allison also kindly sent me a holiday sampling of her sophisticated treats, sumptuously packaged in her signature chocolate brown box tied with lavender ribbon. Of course, I greedily gobbled them all up in record time. I especially enjoyed the Peppermint Creme Patties – they made me fall in love with peppermint again – and the Artisanal Vegan Caramels.
Allison's Gourmet has been in business since 1997. Her products not only taste good; buying them also make you feel good, because Allison uses only organic, fair-trade, vegan and minimally processed ingredients, and relies on post-consumer recycled paper and packaging whenever possible.
|At the Vida Vegan Conference, left to right, me, Terry Hope Romero, Julie Hasson, Maven of Mmmm, Allison Rivers Samson of Allison's Gourmet.|
Want to win a $20 gift certificate for Allison's Gourmet? All you have to do is visit Allison's Gourmet, take a look-see, and leave a comment here with the decadent treat that you like most [Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible if you drool all over your keyboard or mobile]. You need to live in the US to be eligible. Please be sure to leave contact info. Good luck, chocoholics! I'll be announcing the winner in the next few days.