SweetsfromtheEarth-LogoSweets from the Earth is a family operated facility located in North York, Ontario.

The family-run company makes a full line of original recipe, egg free, dairy free, vegan baked goods, which are made using only the best all natural, kosher, 100% plant-based, GMO-free ingredients. They offer both a nut free and a gluten free line.

I am far from being a vegan and I have no allergies to ingredients such as peanuts, dairy or gluten etc. I think everyone knows that I am a junk food junkie. I love my chocolates, cookies etc. I have been wanting to snack healthier and have been seeking an alternative to do so. I have not tried very many, if any at all, products that are vegan etc. I am always hesitant on spending my money on something that I might dislike. I always like to taste something first before I purchase.

I was not certain what to expect from these decadent looking treats. I didn’t have high hopes I can honestly tell you. That said, I was truly hoping that my expectations and misconceptions in regards to taste were unfounded and as the saying goes “all in my head”.

The first product I tried was the S’mores Cookie.

 

SweetsfromtheEarth-Smores

This cookie is vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free and kosher pareve Pas Yisroel and is baked in a dairy, egg, sesame, peanut and nut free facility.

I am a huge S’mores fan so I secretly was having very high hopes on how this product would taste. That said, being a vegan product, I was reserved. I was surprised at just how good this cookie tasted. I was expecting a dry, bland and perhaps a lingering funny taste. That was not the case at all. The cookie seemed like it was fresh from the oven. It was soft and moist and very chocolaty tasting with absolutely no funny aftertaste. I like to write my thoughts about food as I am trying it. I finished the cookie before I finished the paragraph. I guess I liked it a lot. -lol- I couldn’t get enough of it. 

Ingredients: Dairy-free chocolate (organic evaporated cane juice, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, ground vanilla beans), organic evaporated cane juice, sunflower oil, vegan marshmallows (tapioca syrup,
evaporated cane juice, tapioca starch, water, carageenan, soy protein,vanilla), organic unbleached wheat flour, organic whole wheat flour,organic tofu, brown rice syrup, organic molasses, non-alum baking
powder, sea salt, vanilla bean, baking soda, cinnamon.

Not for those with soy and wheat (gluten) allergies.

Shelf Life: frozen 3 months, room temperature 2 weeks

The second product I tried was the Chocolate Almond Biscotti.

SweetsfromtheEarth-GF Chocolate Almond Biscotti

 

This cookie is vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, kosher pareve and baked in a dairy, egg, wheat and gluten free facility.

It keeps on getting better. I was totally expecting a very dry and bland tasting cookie. I also was expecting that my mouth would become pasty and want to reach for something to drink – stat! The one thing I was really expecting was for the cookie to be as hard as a rock and that I would be unable to even bite through it. All these things I was expecting were blown away by the great taste, melt in my mouth texture and mouth watering flavour. 

The cookie crumbled apart in my mouth and melted with each bite. The burst of the chocolate lingered well after I was done eating it. I was totally blown away. 

Ingredients: Gluten-free flour blend (whole grain brown rice flour, organic coconut flour, potato starch, tapioca starch), almonds, organic evaporated cane juice, sunflower oil, cocoa, dairy-free chocolate (organic evaporated cane juice, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, ground vanilla beans), organic flax seeds, non-alum baking powder, xanthan gum, sea salt.

Not for those with allergies to soy and almonds.

Shelf Life: frozen 4 months, room temperature 4 months

The third product I tried was the  Almond Biscotti.

SweetsfromtheEarth-GF Almond Biscotti

 

This cookie is vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, kosher pareve and baked in a dairy, egg, wheat and gluten free facility.

After trying the Chocolate Almond Biscotti, my expectations for this cookie were raised and it certainly delivered. Just as it’s predecessor, this cookie melted in my mouth. It doesn’t have an overpowering Almond taste and the chocolate to cookie ratio is perfect. So far this is my second favourite out of all the products that I have tried thus far. Which is totally surprising to me as I thought the S’mores would be my favourite. -lol- It goes well with tea and coffee. I am sampling another with some Green Tea as I speak. I suggest not dipping it in the tea as it will totally crumble and fall apart and leave those crumbs on the bottom of the cup. I don’t like that but I know some people do, so whatever floats your boat! -lol- 

Ingredients: Gluten-free flour blend (whole grain brown rice flour, organic coconut flour, potato starch, tapioca starch), almonds, organic evaporated cane juice, sunflower oil, cocoa, dairy-free chocolate (organic evaporated cane juice, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, ground vanilla beans), organic flax seeds, non-alum baking powder, natural vanilla, cinnamon, xanthan gum, sea salt.

Not for those with allergies to soy and almonds.

Shelf Life: frozen 4 months, room temperature 4 months

The fourth product I tried was the Original Whole Food Energy Bar.

SweetsfromtheEarth-KNRG - Original

 

I am really not into the whole energy bar thing. Every one I have tried, I haven’t liked. There is just something about them that makes my taste buds contract and yell out to me “Noooooo!” They always leave an odd taste in my mouth that I never seem to be able to get rid of. My stomach really doesn’t care for them either. I get that aftertaste in the form of a burp, which I think is my stomachs way of saying “Take that!” and getting back at me. -lol-

I was actually cringing while opening the wrapper. I could feel my stomach curdle in hesitation. I had a Chocolate Almond Biscotti and a glass of milk at the ready so I could rid my taste buds of any distasteful flavour and appease my stomach. Lord knows I do not want those nasty “puke burps” coming back at me.

I sit here staring at this bar. Sniffing it to see if it has an odd scent. Glancing over the packaging, reading the ingredients. Molasses – ewwwww! Not a fan usually and Amaranth flour? What praytell is Amaranth flour? Okay, I admit I had to Google. I’m not an encyclopedia, yanno -lol- According to Livestrong.com: Amaranth flour is derived from the seeds of the amaranth plant. This type of flour is typically seen in health food stores, but some regular food stores carry it as well. It has grown in popularity because it is gluten-free, and many individuals who cannot have gluten cook with this type of flour for its health benefits. Okay, so it’s good for me, I guess, not a good sign. -lol- Good for you usually = bad tasting! In my opinion anyhow, especially when it comes to energy bars!!

The moment of truth – I slowly take a bite. A tiny one at first. The bar is soft, sticky and chewy. I find myself able to keep chewing making sure that every taste within rolls across my taste buds. I take another bite, a bigger one this time. I am rather pleased. It actually tastes good!!! There is a hint of molasses flavour but it is bearable, in my opinion. -lol- I am truly impressed and that is saying a lot – for me anyhow. I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to experience a great tasting energy bar – until now!! I guess I didn’t need my back up plan after all. -lol-

Ingredients: molasses, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, brown rice syrup, ground almonds, amaranth flour, chia seeds, baking soda

Not for those with almond allergies.

Shelf Life: frozen 6 months, refrigerated  3 months, room temperature 3 months

The fifth product I tried was the Coconut Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar.

SweetsfromtheEarth-KNRG Coconut Chocolate

 

Since my experience with the Original Whole Food Energy Bar was more than pleasant, I was having really high hopes in having the same if not better result with this energy bar. My preconceived notions were positively right and then some. I really loved this bar and it kept me wanting more. I think it was the fact that it contained deliciously decadent bits of chocolate. I have to admit, if I were to have to choose between energy bars, my choice would be the Coconut Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar simply for that fact alone. 

Ingredients: molasses, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, brown rice syrup, ground almonds, amaranth flour, dark chocolate (organic evaporated cane juice, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, ground vanilla beans), coconut, chia seeds, baking soda

Not for those with soy and almond allergies.

Shelf Life: frozen 6 months, refrigerated  3 months, room temperature 3 months

All in all, I was very impressed and pleased with all the products that I had tried. They certainly changed my thoughts and perceptions of these products. Sweets from the Earth have certainly found a new customer!

Sweets from the Earth does not have a storefront as they work out of a commercial space.

Sweets from the Earth can be found in natural food stores, grocery stores, cafes, and restaurants throughout most of Canada. To find a location nearest you: http://sweetsfromtheearth.com/store-locator/

That said, special orders may be picked up from their office at 234 Canarctic Drive.
Any items available at stores and restaurants, as well as catering trays and special occasion cakes (including wedding and birthday cakes) may be ordered and picked up directly from their office. Please contact them toll-free at (888) 886-2004 or send them an email for details.

Currently Sweets from the Earth‘s products are available only in Canada but they plan to expand availability in the future.

For more information, please visit Sweets from the Earth‘s website: www.sweetsfromtheearth.com
Email: info@sweetsfromtheearth.com Tel.: (647) 436-2004

You can also stay connected with Sweets from the Earth on the following social media channels:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sweets-from-the-Earth-112512542119600
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SFTEBakery

 

~Christine