Aside from having fun and meeting other bloggers, one of my goals at Expo West was to learn more about new products and product companies that I could support. If I had to narrow down my main interests, relating to products, they would be: vegan foods, healthful foods & foods from companies who are doing cool things in the name of company sustainability (of course, the holy grail is any company that encompasses all three! ;)).
One of my new fascinations has been “B Corporations.” In the most inarticulate layman’s terms I can think of, if a company gets certified as a “B Corporation” it means they meet a caliber of environmental and social accountability that we often find missing in Corporate America. These are companies that pay fair wages, offer healthcare to their employees, practice sustainability and more (the guidelines are clear & transparent, and you can read about ‘em here). I first learned of B Corps when I met with Dermot Hikisch, head of Biz Dev for B Lab (the non-profit behind this certification), on my first day working with HUMAN. I remember it so well because, despite it being a whirlwind of a day, I became enthralled with what, in my mind, was becoming a new trend – companies that find it in their best interest to do good things. Of course, this all depends on consumers demanding it and rewarding it. Anyway, yadda yadda yadda. The point is, when I was walking about Expo West, I came upon Home Free Treats and noticed first, that they made vegan products, which made me stoked! and, second, I noticed that they were a B Corp, which just sealed the deal in terms of my imminent love for them.
I met with Jill, the owner, and asked her to give me the scoop – why did she start this company? It came down to her son. He was riddled with food allergies and she wanted to do something about it. I also found out via the product site that Jill’s a clinical psychologist, which is uber cool.
So, in honor of this awesome company (and my guilt for getting to try loads of treats at Expo West without all of you, my three readers ;)), Jill is offering one winner the following goodies:
- 1 box of the award winning gluten free vanilla mini cookies, and
- 2 single serve packs of gluten free mini chocolate chip cookies
Here’s the deets on these products:
Gluten-Free & Vegan Vanilla Mini Cookies
Nutrition info.: Serving size (6 cookies; 5 servings per container): 130 calories, 5g fat, 90mg sodium, 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 9g sugars, 2g protein
Ingredients: Gluten free oat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic high oleic safflower oil, organic pear juice from concentrate, organic tapioca starch, organic buckwheat flour, organic lemon juice from concentrate, organic pure vanilla extract, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), salt, baking powder, xanthan gum, cream of tartar, rosemary extract.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies*
Nutrition info.: Serving size (6 cookies; 5 servings per container): 130 calories, 6g fat, 85mg sodium, 18g carbs, 1g fiber, 10g sugars, 2g protein
Ingredients: Gluten free whole oat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, high oleic safflower oil, natural chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, non-dairy cocoa butter, anhydrous dextrose, soy lecithin [an emulsifier], vanilla flavor), organic tapioca starch, pear juice concentrate, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), pure vanilla extract,salt, baking powder, soy lecithin, xanthan gum, cream of tartar, rosemary extract.
*Jill was kind enough to note that the sugar in these chocolate chips is not certified vegan
You can learn more about Home Free Treats via their Facebook page & Twitter page. Also, they are currently tied with Glee Gum in About.com’s Best Allergy Friendly Sweet contest. If you are interested in voting, or in seeing the other contenders, please visit here. Voting open ’til 3/21/12.
If you would like to enter to win the treats listed above, please leave a comment below. Open to US residents only. Comments accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST Sunday, the 18th. Winner chosen via Random Number Generator on Monday, the 19th, morning PST.
Get in my belly!
The Cranky One