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Bite Into Happiness

“Chocolate is happiness you can eat,” said writer Ursula Kahaupt.

Every chocolate lover knows this, of course. When you take a bite of well-made chocolate, your immediate future takes a turn. You enjoy the delicious taste. You involuntarily smile. You notice the beauty around you. You forget your troubles. You get excited about life at that very moment.

That’s what eating good quality chocolate does to you.

Even better, when you bite into a locally and healthfully handcrafted bean-to-bar chocolate from Sonhab Chocolates, you are not only supporting a local business and eating a sweet that is healthier for you, but you are also supporting humane working conditions all over the world because Sonhab Chocolates imports its beans from Fair Trade farms.

So much good from such a little thing.

But let’s start at the beginning. When Kirsten Blue, who owns Sonhab Chocolates along with her husband, Cody Liebetreu, began having some serious health issues, she had to eat healthy ingredients—so she needed to prepare a lot of food in her own kitchen. This is when she started making her own chocolate. When her friends and family loved her chocolate creations and wanted more and more, the couple created Sonhab Chocolates.

The pair makes their chocolates literally from bean to bar. This means an arduous process that takes days and close observation and care to complete. The ingredients in the chocolate do not contain allergens such as gluten, dairy, or soy. In fact, customers can also order their chocolates with “adaptogens” added. Adaptogens are ingredients like ashwagandha, astralagus, and reishi mushrooms, among several options, which are said to enhance health.

Blue created—and continues to create—all kinds of chocolate bars and bon bons. The Adaptogenic Flower Cacao Bar is a work of art, both visually and gastronomically. It lifts the mood and sharpens focus as its flavors cascade on your tongue. Its terroir contributes to the taste experience—terroir means the soil where its beans grew. Biting in, you will taste some nutty and fruity notes, with the main ingredients being cacao, pistachios, coconut, rose petals, and edible flowers.

Sonhab Chocolate’s Adaptogenic Almond Butter Bon Bons are a special treat, beautiful on the outside and truly amazing on the inside, containing almond butter, coconut sugar, cacao, vanilla, black lava salt, and, of course, rose petals.

You can order online Sonhab.com, or buy them at Abundant Space in Scottsdale, and Futuro Coffee, Buena Vida Bodega, and Local Nomad in Phoenix. 

Enjoy your bite into happiness.

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