Ulimana Truffles – Review by Food Review 101

Earlier this month, Food Review 101 reviewed four of our different truffle flavors: Dark Cacao, Peppermint, Cacao Nibs, and Coconut.

Their Dark Cacao truffles were first in line, and UliMana describes them as “Smooth and creamy…rich with cacao powder, butter and nibs, and are delicately sweetened with vanilla beans and agave”. Our first bite was filled with nothing but pure chocolate, and a positive reaction from our judges.  The inside of the truffle is somewhat dense, as you can see in the picture, while the outside is smooth and delicate.  If you’re a chocoholic, then we think this review will be one of your favorites—for obvious reasons.

The pros of our truffles, they say, are the line of flavors to choose from; home delivery; the smooth and creamy texture of the truffles; and the ingredients. They are organic. They are vegan. They are raw. They are chocolate paradise. Just like they should be.

Don’t take our word for it. Read the review for yourself. Better yet, try our Truffle Sampler Pack for just $5. Your mouth will thank you, and so will we.

Ulimana chocolate. It does a body good.

Ulimana Chocolate Does a Body Good

Theresa Green“Asheville [North Carolina] is becoming as much Bean City as Beer City USA.”  In an August 9th article, the Asheville Scene spotlighted an emerging trend in the chocolate world: small-batch, artisan methods of production. At the forefront of this revolution is Theresa Green, Ulimana’s very own founder and CEO.

While many of the newer chocolatiers in downtown Asheville roast their beans, Ulimana does not.  Instead, their raw chocolate truffles are made from beans that are dried naturally by the sun in exotic locations like Peru, Ecuador and Bali.

Founded seven years ago, Ulimana was the first raw chocolate company in Asheville. Despite selling its products all over the country and earning the attention of celebrities, Ulimana still remains true to its roots.  “We consider ourselves to be a local company,” said Theresa. “We have a big following here in Asheville.”

Why the big following?  Ulimana’s raw truffles contain phenylethylamine (PEA), the “joy molecule.” It is found naturally and can give you an easy lift when your body is low on PEA. Chocolate, in other words, does a body and a brain good.  In Theresa’s words, “It works on a psychoactive level.”

Here’s to your health.

What Does Andie MacDowell Eat (Almost) Every Day?

Andie MacDowellAs part of its celebrity section, Shape magazine regularly features interviews that include short lists of what each spotlighted celebrity eats almost every day. Lisa Ling, Miss USA 2012, and Kym Johnson from DWTS have all done “What Does [insert your favorite celebrity’s name] Eat (Almost) Every Day?” interviews for Shape.

Recently, Shape interviewed American actress Andie MacDowell, star of movies such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Multiplicity,” the 20111 version of “Footloose” and the upcoming ABC show, “Jane by Design.”

So, what does she eat almost every day? Steamed veggies, raita, brown rice, pickled peppers and…dark chocolate! “Thanks to all the antioxidants, it helps keep me young! Plus, it relaxes my blood pressure and balances certain hormones in my body,” she says in the interview.

What’s her favorite, you ask? Ulimana Truffles, of course. “They come in seven flavors and are the perfect treat to satisfy the craving for something a little sweet that tastes great and gives you energy!”

Thanks, Andie. We’re thrilled you’re enjoying them.

Ulimana covered by Breathe Magazine

Breathe Magazine June 2012Breathe is a lifestyle magazine for women on-the-go that offers insightful perspectives on health and fitness; food and nutrition; outdoor adventures; and style and living. Ulimana is pleased and honored to announce that Breathe magazine interviewed our own Theresa Green for an article in its June 2012 issue.  The article highlights women-owned, food businesses in the Mid-and South Atlantic; and a food business incubator that helped support some of them, Blue Ridge Food Ventures.

“Blue Ridge Food Ventures is an amazing gift to the Asheville community or to a person who has a creative idea and wants to get their idea going,” recounted Theresa.

For the rest of her thoughts and the remainder of the feature article, visit the June 2012 issue of Breathe magazine.

UliMana Loves Social Media

UliMana Loves Social MediaUliMana is social media lovin’ company; we’ve been involved in social media efforts since 2009 and love connecting with our fans and customers. We share articles on superfoods and health; raw, vegan recipes and books; and offer contests and promotions to give away our delicious products! We listen to our customers and love rewarding their participation with free products and great information.

Do you ‘Like Us’ on Facebook, ‘Follow Us’ on Twitter and ‘Follow Our Boards’ on Pinterest? You should! We have over 2,200 fans on Facebook, over 6,500 Twitter followers and as a new adopter to Pinterest, we have just over 100 followers and growing! As a new adopter of Pinterest, we’re having a blast. We’d love for you to join us. Our boards include: Raw Vegan Truffles & Balls, Raw Vegan Books, Savory Raw Vegan Entrees, Apps & Sides, Raw Cheesecake Recipes, Smoothie Recipes, Raw Health!, Fruit – Taste the Rainbow!, Superfoods! and our latest board, Chocolate Everything!

Currently, we are running a sweepstakes on Facebook to give away our May ‘Truffle of the Month’ – Salty Nut. Our Salty Nut Truffles have been a huge hit and were called ‘Breakfast of Champions’ by VegNews! One lucky person will win a free jar of Salty Nut truffles. To enter, click here. Sweepstakes will conclude on June 20th and one lucky winner will be drawn on Friday, June 22nd. You may also enter our contest via Twitter!

Moringa: The Tree of Life Superfood

Moringa TrufflesHighly valued by the Romans, Greeks, Asians and Egyptians, Moringa is considered to be the most nutrient rich plant on Earth. Containing more than 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, many essential amino acids and healthy proteins, this vegetable tree is known as the ‘Tree of Life’ due it’s highly nutritious qualities.

Here at UliMana, we’re always on the cutting edge of the most nutritious, pure and healthy superfoods. We’ve recently added delicious, raw, organic Moringa Truffles to our line, made with all raw and organic ingredients, including cacao powder, cacao butter, coconut nectar syrup, moringa, cinnamon, vanilla and Celtic sea salt. VegNews named them a ‘Must-Have’!

Moringa has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show and has been found to be so extremely nutritious, it’s almost too good to be true – almost, but not quite, because it is true. Studies have shown in a gram per gram comparison that Moringa has 4 times the potassium of bananas, 4 times the fiber of oats, 14 times the calcium of milk, 9 times the iron of spinach, 2 times the vitamin A of carrots, and 2 times the protein of yogurt! Gluten free and MSG free, Moringa combined with raw, organic cacao is the perfect power food – boost your immune system, receive high quantities of nutrition and enjoy boundless energy!

Food Review 101 – Ulimana Truffles

Ulimana TrufflesThe food review website, Food Review 101, recently featured four specific, Ulimana truffles: Dark Cacao, Cacao Nib, Coco Nectar, and Peppermint truffles.  They gave us a 4.5 out of 5 rating (Thank you, Food Review.) and add that “the flavors are great, the textures are smooth with some of the truffles having a crunch to them, they’re gluten-free and vegan, you can order them online, they contain the ‘joy molecule,’ and the ‘bliss chemical’, and they’re pretty light in calories considering what you’re getting.”

 

They were also kind enough to include nutritional information for two truffles:

  • Calories 75
  • Fat 5g
  • Sodium 50mg
  • Carbs 10g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Protein 1g

Visit Food Review 101 for the complete article.

Must Have: Ulimana Moringa Truffles

Moringa TrufflesNamed one of the “Best 50 Magazines” by the Chicago Tribune and the country’s “Best Lifestyle Magazine” in 2008, 2009, and 2010, VegNews declared that Ulimana’s Moringa Truffles are This Week’s Must Have. They even invited us into the coveted and exclusive circle of trust:

“Lo and behold, they [Moringa Truffles] are as smooth, sweet, and sumptuous as their un-raw, un-vegan counterparts, providing the perfect treat for a post-meal chocolaty pick-me-up. Moringa, welcome to our circle of trust.”

We’re thrilled you enjoyed our newest addition to our family.

Read the full review on VegNews. (posted by VegNews on May 21st, 2012)

Ulimana Reviewed by Living, Learning, Eating

Mayan Truffle“…they tasted WAAAAAY better than the truffles I had yesterday! Or, to be quite honest, any that I’ve ever had.”

How’s that for a positive review? We just discovered this little goodie from last year and we had to say “Thank you.” We can’t express how glad we are to know how much you enjoyed our truffles and for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and thorough post. We love all the pictures, too. You make everything look so tempting all over again.

In this review, our Mayan Truffles were sampled and, well, sometimes it’s just better to let the reviewer review. Here is some of what she had to say:

The texture is just awesome – fudgy and very stick-to-your teeth chocolaty with an intense (but somehow not bitter?) chocolate flavor that I really haven’t experienced anywhere else. Maybe its the fact that they’re raw? Or that there’s no refined sugar in them (I’m guessing that could be what improved the texture to awesomeness). And the spice kick of the cayenne pepper – wowza! LOVED IT!

Thanks again. Don’t forget to share because…who doesn’t like a friend with chocolate?

See the rest of the yummy close-up photos of our Mayan Truffles at livinglearningeating.com (posted by livinglearning.wordpress.com on September 28th, 2011)

Ulimana Reviewed by Forbes!

Dark Cacao TrufflesDid you know that the net sales value of confectionaries in 2011 was $55 billion worldwide? The International Cocoa Association did and so did Carol Pinchefsky of Forbes. We didn’t know that either, but do you know what we do know? Ulimana’s Dark Cacao Truffles were voted one of the “Five Best Chocolates You’ve Never Tasted“!

“Of the many raw chocolates on the market, I have to choose the Dark Cacao Truffles one as my favorite for its earthiness and dense richness. As it’s flavored with agave, it gives me a chocolate rush without a sugar rush…and the subsequent sugar crash.”

Thanks, Carol. We’re thrilled you liked them.

Read about the rest of the best on Forbes.com (posted by Carol Pinchefsky on April 27th, 2012)