Vegan Double Cookie Dough Blizzard and Zimt Artisan Chocolate Giveaway!

Emma over at Zimt Artisan Chocolates was kind enough to send me a few samples to try.  Dark Chocolate Baking Pieces, which I made some Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes with, as well as some Double Chocolate Macaroons, and Cookie Dough Cups.  They were all amazing!  If you have never checked out Emma's products before over at Zimt, you simply must!  I am always drooling over the things she posts on Facebook  and Instagram!  The best part is, you can order these products and enjoy them too!

I thought you might all like to know a little bit about Emma and her chocolate business, so I decided to include a short interview with her in this post.  Here's Emma!

 

What got you interested in raw chocolate? 
Well, it was a bit of a long and winding road. I became vegan almost 9 years ago- I had always felt that equality was a great idea, and I wanted to treat animals as equals and with respect. So, once I transitioned into that, I learned about the health benefits of raw foods- it was really intriguing to me- especially as I thought eating more raw foods would make me feel the need to sleep less due to huge bouts of energy! So, raw foods were definitely on my radar and in my fridge- including the one I used when I was studying for a term in Germany. I squished my courses for the year together, to fit into one term, and took the rest of my time on the continent to travel. Other than a myriad of incredible cultures, sights and, well, trains- there was raw chocolate. “This stuff would go over so well in my hometown, Vancouver, Canada.” I thought to myself. It would be safe to say that about 30% of the population live in yoga pants- we value healthy stuff. Raw chocolate seemed like it would be embraced and would make for a happy city.
 
When did you start your company? 
I started Zimt Artisan Chocolates, technically, 4 years ago. Though it seems like about a million! I’ve really only started to “get how it works” within the past year, though. So much to learn!
How did your company get its name? Zimt means “cinnamon” in German. German is actually my first language and so I wanted to incorporate that into my company name. But many words in German are incredibly long, or have unfamiliar characters, or are not so easily pronounced by native English speakers. That was really basically it! I didn’t put the connection between cinnamon, blood sugar stabilization, and coconut sugar’s lower GI together until a while after, haha. I think my brain was a little preoccupied with all the other aspects of starting a business!
 
What has been your best experience since starting Zimt? 
Hands down, the wonderful people I have met. (Eating lots of chocolate is a close second!). Learning lots and lots has been incredible as well- lots of steep learning curves, but I am happy to be learning so much so early in the game.
 
Any interesting stories about working in the chocolate business? 
Oh I have a bunch! I met my Special Someone through Zimt- I guess he saw my website, but at that point, I had hardly had any stores carrying my product! He contacted me and well… the rest is history. I have a billion stories about how helpful my mom has been to me- she is most likely the most patient person to ever exist (and she has to be, with the kids she’s got ;-)). My Oma helps me lots, too, which has been so wonderful. I have a lot of stories that show how much you need to want something in order to get through the tough times. So, so many…
 
What are your favorite things to do when you are not making chocolate? 
You know what? I don’t even make the chocolate anymore! … that’s why it tastes so good. Thank goodness I have a talented team! When I am not working on Zimt, although I really do enjoy working, I love working out, volunteering at a local cat shelter, biking, learning languages, kickboxing, violin (eventually…), researching social justice and societal issues, learning about the history of human evolution (yep that’s right), and getting to spend time with my loved ones, which does not include work.
 
What do you hope to accomplish with your company in the future? 
Oh so much. Donating more to organizations I believe in- especially animal sanctuaries.  I’ve always been drawn to Africa, too. My ideal would be to create a sustainable, completely ethical, cocoa farm that provides valuable, safe, fulfilling, and very well-paying work to locals. It just breaks my heart to think of anyone getting taken advantage of, all animals- human or not, and I basically just want to grow Zimt as epically as possible for their benefits. 

Emma is a pretty awesome lady right?!  Out of all of the products she sent me, the cookie dough was my favorite.  Although I could have eaten the cookie dough cups as they were (and I did about half of them), I decided that they would make an awesome blizzard.  Cookie dough blizzards were always my favorite as a child, and I knew the Zimt cookie dough would make the best ever! I made a creamy maca cacao laced ice cream base and it was super decadent with the three cookie doughs stirred in.  Talk about being on cloud 9!  This was the best cookie dough blizzard ever. Not only am I sharing the recipe for these with you today, but Emma has been kind enough to allow me to do a giveaway of her product as well!  I will be giving away some of her goodies, a Chocolate Nib'd Chocolate Bar, Coconut Crisp Chocolate Bar, and Dark Chocolate Baking Pieces to one lucky winner (US and Canada only please)!  Just in time for Valentine's Day, how perfect is that?!  Just scroll to the bottom of the page to enter! If you would like to purchase some of Emma's chocolate treats for yourself visit her website HERE.

Vegan Double Cookie Dough Blizzard

Serves 2
Ice Cream:
6 large bananas, frozen and cut into pieces
1/4 cup raw coconut milk (depending on how liquidy you like it, I like mine thick so I add less)
1 Tbsp raw maca powder

1 Tbsp raw lucuma powder (optional)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 Tbsp raw walnut butter
stevia to taste (or your choice liquid raw sweetener)
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
2 pkgs of Zimt Cookie Dough, diced (it is best that you choose 2 flavors)
For the ice cream, banana, milk, maca, lucuma, vanilla, walnut butter, stevia and cacao powder in a blender and blend until smooth, using the tamper to press the mixture into the blades. Stir in most of the cookie dough.  Pour into glasses and top off with more cookie dough.  Serve!

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

53 Comments
  1. February 2, 2015 at 15:55
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    I've never heard of Zimt chocolate (the truffles look especially delicious). Thanks for posting about it and doing this giveaway. Your recipe looks yummy.

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:21
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      Thank you, @shannonmarie! The truffles are so yummy. I hope you get to try us out one day! Will be working to get Zimt into many more stores in the US this year =)

  2. carmen quinones
    February 2, 2015 at 16:39
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    All of the items look amazing and the backstory is inspiring. Thank you for this wonderful lottery!

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:21
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      Thank you so much, Carmen! They are very delicious! The Chocolate Nib'd bar is my favourite =)

  3. February 2, 2015 at 17:15
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    I LOVE cookie dough, so I would be super excited to try the chocolate chip kind from Zimt! It's great that it's made from such wholesome, natural ingredients..and it's vegan!

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:22
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      It is also addictive! Good that it is rather portion controlled =) Thanks so much for your interest, Devin!

  4. February 2, 2015 at 17:24
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    I love all things chocolate!! :))<br /><br />♥

  5. February 2, 2015 at 17:25
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    And the cookie dough looks sooo good! inspires me to make some myself soon... Valentine's is just around the corner after all... :)<br /><br />xx Maisy

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:22
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      Good plan, Maisy! A particularly good day for cookie dough =)

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:23
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      Good plan, Maisy! It is a particularly good day for Cookie Dough =D

  6. February 2, 2015 at 17:40
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    The triple-chocolate cookie dough looks *awesome*!

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:23
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      It is like a thick, smooth brownie batter. Yes it is awesome!

  7. February 2, 2015 at 17:41
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    The Triple Chocolate Treat Cookie Dough Cup looks really good!

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:23
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      And it is! Brownie without the bake!

  8. February 2, 2015 at 17:47
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    The Double Chocolate Macaroons look divine! Thanks for the chance to win!

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:24
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      Most people who try them get very addicted. I cannot keep them in the house because a) we run out of them too fast to keep them around for any amount of time and b) I have to save the inventory for customers! Good luck!

  9. February 2, 2015 at 18:13
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    Love love love Zimt! But I have yet to try the cookie dough cups! I definitely need to get my hands on those yum!

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:28
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      Ah right on! Thank you so much, Leah!!!! I think they may have some at Lifestyle Markets on Douglas =) So neat you have tried our chocolates!

  10. February 2, 2015 at 19:28
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    This is first I've heard of Zimt. Zimt has such tantalizing offerings I'm sure we'll hear and see much more. What to choose? ...dive in ;)-

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:28
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      Oh I hope so. Am working pretty hard to make that happen! Thank you for being so interested in our offerings! They are really, really good!

  11. February 2, 2015 at 20:17
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    I would really love to try this chocolate. I am a true chocoholic and am always looking for good quality chocolate! This looks delicious!

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:28
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      Then this is for you! You'll appreciate it =)

  12. February 2, 2015 at 22:44
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    Holy (no) cow, I'm all about the cookie dough! The Chocolate Nib'd and the Salt bar sound incredible as well, but the cookie dough....

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:30
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      What about a sandwich with a Chocolate Nib'd bar for one of the pieces of bread and a Salt of the Earth Bar for another piece of bread and then a Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough spread in the middle? (I have maybe thought about this before… ;-))

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:30
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      So good! We are making many tomorrow!!!!

  13. February 2, 2015 at 22:57
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    The chocolate macaroons look yummy

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:30
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      And they are! Fudge-y and brownie like and with lots and lots of coconut and a chocolate shell sooooo good!

  14. February 3, 2015 at 01:15
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    The Double Chocolate Macaroons look delicious! <br />

    • February 3, 2015 at 02:31
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      They are amazing! I several right now myself =D !

  15. February 3, 2015 at 02:31
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    Thank you so much for the incredible post, Amy!!! What an inspiring shake!

  16. February 3, 2015 at 03:15
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    My sister has a milk allergy...I would love to share the chocolate with her! Especially the baking chips!

    • February 10, 2015 at 06:30
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      You're a good sister, Sydney 😊😊😊😊

  17. Anonymous
    February 3, 2015 at 03:16
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    Chocolate makes my day perfect!

  18. February 3, 2015 at 05:20
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    I'm in love with the idea of the cookie dough cups!! Mmmm<3 the chocolate nib'd bar looks delicious too!

  19. February 3, 2015 at 20:12
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    The Nib'd chocolate bar sounds good.

  20. February 4, 2015 at 03:38
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    Cookie dough! The dark chocolate would also be awesome!

  21. February 4, 2015 at 08:14
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    The Macaroons look good.

  22. February 5, 2015 at 02:13
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    The Double Chocolate Macaroons sound so yummy! Macaroons are one of my favorites. =)

  23. February 5, 2015 at 23:11
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    Cookie dough...cups? Oh man, yes please!

  24. February 6, 2015 at 14:14
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    The truffles look so yummy, but then again baking chocolate would be cool too.

  25. February 7, 2015 at 21:21
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    The story of the company is awesome. I would have to go with Dark Chocolate Coconut Crème Truffles

    • February 10, 2015 at 06:34
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      Thanks, Nadya- I'm thinking about doing a little post on my own blog about it! Will let you know 😊

  26. February 8, 2015 at 00:33
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    oh my goodness, these products look divine!!! i would love to try any and all of them.

  27. Roxanne Ahmadpour
    February 8, 2015 at 00:33
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    Oh my goodness... these products look divine!!! i would love to try any and all of them.

  28. February 8, 2015 at 13:24
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    Triple Chocolate Treat Cookie Dough - the more chocolate the better!

  29. Jenn guerra
    February 8, 2015 at 18:25
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    Yum! Would love to try this!!!!!:+))))

  30. February 9, 2015 at 01:32
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    The Triple Chocolate Treat Cookie Dough Cup looks really amazing!

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