Healthy Chocolate for a Hedonistic Valentine's Day

Congrats to Carley Lang who won the gorgeous Gnosis Chocolates! If you 

didn’t win, don’t worry – there are more great contests coming up ~ keep coming back! 

I might have mentioned this once or twice…I LOVE chocolate.

(Can’t wait to show you the chocolate making class

I attended in the Costa Rican rain forest last month ~ video coming!)

And one of my FAVORITE chocolate brands is from right here in NYC. Gnosis (which means knowledge of intuition, experience, and heart) Chocolate is made from the best quality, organic, raw , ethically sourced cacao available.

Gnosis Passion Collection for Valentine's Day! Photo Credit: Jeff Skeirik

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here’s great news: Gnosis Chocolate’s organic, Passion Collection is here… brimming with chocolate’s love-enhancing ingredients and crowned with aphrodisiacs from around the world! And it’s all created 100% by hand in Gnosis’s kitchen – folded into raw vegan chocolate that’s free of soy, dairy, cholesterol, and refined sugar.­

You already know that chocolate is a veritable laboratory of love. Its chemicals stimulate our brain juices to flow into rivers of desire: serotonin to heighten sexual excitation, desire, and responsiveness; dopamine to intensify pleasure, and; anandamine (the “bliss chemical”) to induce euphoria. Chocolate also brings “the Love Chemical” – phenylethylamine (PEA) – to the party; it’s what we produce when we fall in love and when we’re in the throes of the Big O.

But that’s just the beginning! Gnosis has seriously ramped up the “passion power” of its ChocoLove Potions. Gnosis’s Aphrodisia Bar and Aphrodisia Hot Chocolate Elixir are infused with horny goat weed, dong quai, and fo ti – used in traditional Chinese medicine to build energy, passion, and endurance. To keep temperatures rising in these raw ingredients, Gnosis has added Maca root, the Peruvian superfood used by the Mesoamericans increase agility and sexual potency. And their limited edition Berry Rose Bar is like a bouquet of roses, box of chocolates, and chocolate dipped strawberries… all in one! Could a Valentine’s gift get any more complete?

Rounding out this Collection are the Passion Truffles. Each chocolate shell is infused with a special aphrodisiac herb blend, and filled by hand with a center graced with superfoods. Be romanced by exotic Passionfruit Cupuacu crème, luscious Cherry Vanilla jam with chocolate ganache, and a vegan white (!) Wild Rose truffle – free of all dairy, sugar, gluten, and soy! The three truffles are presented like gems in a recycled, veggie-ink printed box with a ribbon and gift tag in case you manage to give these away! From: Me   To: Me!!??
Gnosis Chocolate is the brainchild of Vanessa Barg, a Board Certified Holistic Health counselor (and fellow IIN grad!) who began making chocolate as a gift for her clients to show them that good nutrition wasn’t limited to eating brussel sprouts and broccoli.
Gnosis chocolate is one chocolate that fully lives up to valens – the original Latin root of Valentine – “capacity,” “strong,” and “powerful!”

Gnosis’ founder Vanessa is generously offering a special Aphrodesia Gift Collection for one of my lucky readers!

This gorgeous gift box contains 1 Aphrodisia bar, Berry Rose bar, How Now Brown Cacao Body Butter, 3 Passion Truffles, and a package of Aphrodisia hot chocolate ~ valued at over $70! (and worth every penny, IMHO)

Here’s how you can win this incredible armful of chocolate:

1. Leave a comment here on my blog on food and love by 2/9 at 2pm EST

I’ll pick a winner at random, so enter and share with your friends!

Here’s a special Valentine’s Day treat for my readers:

Get a discount on Gnosis orders for sharing with your loved one this Valentine’s Day :

Get 10% off all 2 oz. bars with this code: DELV-10 when you order at! 

~ you’ll be so glad you did!

Also, be sure to follow Gnosis on Facebook for specials and discounts!

xox Alex


  1. Terri C. says:

    What’s not to love about chocolate?? Especially dark chocolate :-) And these truffles sound AMAZING!!!

  2. I love me some raw chocolate and have to try this brand!!

  3. Sheree Britt says:

    Chocolate is the feel good food, well when it is feel good chocolate. So strange I had a dream of you and your son last night. You had us over for dinner. :o ) Eating healthy can only truly help one embrace the love for ones self and friends. :o )

  4. Meredith says:

    What is not to love about chocolate? I rather get good quality dark chocolate any day over roses!

  5. Sara N says:

    I am finally discovering how to listen to my body and allow good food to nourish my body as well as my soul, and help me feel alive rather than just using it as a necessary fuel and an emotional crutch and weighing me down, physically and emotionally.
    Truly healthy chocolate? Count me in!

  6. Amy Nance says:

    I never believed that chocolate could be healthy. You have shown me that it can be and that makes me very happy!. I love chocolate but try to stay away from it, but now I don’t have to.

  7. Leigh Ann says:

    I can’t find raw chocolate anywhere! I live in the country in PA and raw chocolate is nowhere to be found! The nearest Whole Foods is over 2 hours away, I’ve only been there once, but I’m assuming they have it there. The health food stores around here don’t have it – they don’t even have raw cacoa powder for me to try to make something! Anyway….I LOVE chocolate and I’m dying to try the more pure version of what I’ve been eating all my life! I would love to win this!!!!

  8. Andrea Miller says:

    How can you not love a nutritionist who gives away chocolate – yeah Alex!

  9. Oh GOSH I love chocolate too, plus I read in a study that dark chocolate helps bring happy calmer babies. Well then my little boy will come out calm…hopefully!

  10. Lisa S says:

    I love Vanessa’s chocolate. Combining chocolate with love & healing… brilliant. Yes please! :)

  11. Kelly says:

    Food and love often give me the same feelings. Chocolate is the perfect go between becuase its food that helps all emotions and its actually good for you. I would love to win this raw chocolate collection. What a treat!

  12. carrie obrien says:

    Food and emotions have always been entwined for me, leading to many yo yos in weight and health. Chocolate, however, in moderation, is something I consider “healthy” and a delightful extravagance!

  13. leslie elia says:

    Ya! Dark chocolate is amazing. Raw even better. My husband was just complaining that I never give him chocolate for Valentines Day. I guess it has always been because I thought I would gorge on it myself. Now I won’t be afraid to give him some. When it is healthy, I seem to be able to control myself better, as my body is getting what it needs.
    Love your work Alex

  14. Connie Mar says:

    Chocoloate, especially Fair Trade chocolate is the epitome of love! Grown with love, beans turned into yummy bars with love. Sharing and eating this incredible treat will only spread more love through our heart and to the universe! Yay for Love!

  15. Karen says:

    Dude, I was JUST reading your blog yesterday and loving the Gnosis chocolate website. I have a health conscious boyfriend who loves dark chocolate, and Gnosis has a bar with 90% cacao! NINETY PERCENT!!! And his dad is coping with a brain tumor, loves chocolate, but can’t have any refined sugar. And oh yeah, me too, I’m a sweet fiend.. this is perfect!!

  16. sandy says:

    I have been going thru your blog, and realized how enjoyable chocolate is to me, but not the emotional craving I used to have. Finding new ways to enjoy food and understanding the better choices is quite an adventure.. But I have to admit, I’ll be visiting the “GNOSIS” site as soon as I’m done here.

  17. bitt says:

    Food can convey the love you have for someone else. It tastes just so much better when prepared with loving care, no matter what is in it. Vegan food is especially loving because no animals were harmed.

  18. Betty says:

    Food and love: I gave up eating meat and became a vegetarian 3 years ago and love gave up on me longer than 3 years ago. At least I am not hurting animals anymore. Not very poetic but it was all I could think of.

  19. Stephanie Johnson says:

    Food is love. It’s what we give our families every day–love in the form of nourishment! Ever since my husband and I met over 20 years ago, he has said my food tastes better than anyone else’s because it’s made with love. Thanks for all the interesting info you always have for us!

  20. MG says:

    Thanks for the tip on this brand… I’m always looking for new foods to try, and this is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  21. Carley says:

    This brand sounds amazingggg! Great timing, too! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

  22. Michelle says:

    What a great giveaway! This sounds delicious – what’s not to love about chocolate??

  23. Jenna says:

    I love being vegan. I feel better, I sleep better, I eat better, and I have more energy to be a better partner. Speaking of my partner… I love that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided to uphold the Fourteenth Amendment today here in San Francisco. I’m just loving life right now. Now I wanna love me some of this chocolate you speak of! :)

    P.S. I went vegan without knowing it when I read your Great American Detox Diet. I haven’t missed my old life for a second. Thank you!!!

  24. MizzB says:

    Food is a love note from God, and chocolate epitomizes the fine stationery on which that note is written.

  25. Debby says:

    Chocolate is love so good that won’t ever break your heart… :)

  26. Mike says:

    I buy this raw chocolate all the time and it is the best raw chocolate in the world! Gnosischocolate chocolate and Vanessa are the Best!

  27. Cyndi says:

    Mmm chocolate!

  28. Getskinnygovegan says:

    Chocolate is love. Super serotonin blasts with no break ups via post it notes. Miranda had it right with her brownie addiction in SITC.

  29. Judy Love says:

    OxyTocin… Seratonon… Dopamine. The exhillerating rush one experiences when savoring a Gnosis treat!

  30. Nicolette says:

    I love making homemade chocolate pudding for my boyfriend. It’s easy to make and a great treat to enjoy at the end of the week.

  31. Phoebe says:

    Wow! The Gnosis berry rose bar and passion truffles sound amazing! These are flavors that I love and can imagine as quite blissful in a raw chocolate form. What could be better?

  32. Paul says:

    Love the dark soul super power food, it truly stirs up some serious soul power, inspiring blissful night life living and musical magic.

  33. Angie says:

    I love everything about Gnosis! I hope to be sharing some with my hubby on Valentine’s Day! I would be thrilled to win the Passion Collection!

  34. veganf says:

    Anything for vegan chocolate!

  35. darin says:

    This looks seriously delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a box of chocolate for Valentine’s…maybe how’s my chance.

  36. Megan says:

    Me me me!

  37. Jennilyn Nichols says:

    Now I’m hungry. :)

  38. Jess says:

    I hear this is the best vegan chocolate around! It looks incredible, and I love that it’s raw and organic. :)

  39. Angela says:

    I love being vegan and love chocolate! There’s nothing in my life that makes me feel so empowered as making good, healthy choices about how I live my life. I recently went to a raw cooking class and was very interested in it… I would love to try some raw chocolate!

  40. Andrea says:

    I’m going to track down some of this chocolate! Looks yummy :)

  41. Yifan says:

    healthy, “strong” and “powerful” vegan chocolate, will you be my valentine?

  42. Scott N. says:

    Unlike a lot of chocolates, these spread the love around. They is fair trade love, there is ahimsa and compassionate love as they are vegan and don’t take the milk from other mom’s, and they are self love as they are damn tasty!

  43. Food IS love. I love food and I love to nourish others through my cooking. I went GF/CF in November and have never felt so ALIVE! I have energy I didn’t think possible and the weight has melted off. My one vice is chocolate so if I can find a chocolate to nourish my body soul and deepest cravings, what’s not to love?! :-)

  44. Cindy says:

    Sounds to good to be true! :-)

  45. Lindsey says:

    Taking the time to actually savor and taste my food has made such a difference in the amount and types of foods I’m choosing. Amazing how different and complex something as delicious as chocolate is when you stop to take a breath while eating it!

  46. Sarah says:

    I love chocolate and have resolved to only eat the raw form. I can’t wait to try this :)

  47. Leila-Anne says:

    I LOVE raw chocolate! I’d love to try this flavour! Yummmm

  48. Karen Formanski says:

    These chocolates look amazing! Hope to see them in Chicago soon.

  49. Anna says:

    So chocolate is awesome, and especially web it’s dark and vegan. So excited to try it out!

  50. Senada says:

    Sounds good. :) ))

  51. Sal says:

    Love chocolate can’t wait to try it

  52. Seni says:

    I heard this is the best chocolate and am dieing to try them

  53. Betty pelaez says:

    I love styling hair but chocalate is my first love.

  54. Debbie says:

    Vegan dark chocolate – a love like no other.

  55. Sara says:

    My future baby loves chocolate as much as me – in fact, he sometimes DEMANDS it! :) I would love to win this! Thanks!

  56. Diana says:

    I love nice dark chocolate!

  57. Dominique says:

    I love chocolate – we’re trying very hard this year to be “good” about the foods we choose to put in our bodies, so we promised each other no big boxes of chocolate for Valentine’s Day…but this sounds like the kind that would be outside that rule!!

  58. Faina G says:

    I love Gnosis’ Immune Trail Mix with chocolate; soooo good! :)

  59. muffin says:

    My boyfriend is lactose intolerant and we are HUGE foodies! We love good and yummy foods, but have a hard time finding sweets we can both enjoy! We fell in love and have grown our foodie love from that together!

  60. Deborah Saas says:

    My husband of 35 years is a true chocolate lover. But it’s so hard to find dark chocolate in my small college town, let alone organic, vegan, fair trade or anything that’s a step above Hershey’s. Would love to win this for my sweetie for Valentine’s Day!

  61. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to win this prize.

  62. Shari says:

    The darker the Chocolate the better and organic rocks it even more so! I love to unwind with a love bit of chocolate with a nice cup of tea or blueberry coffee and have my fur son Ozzie cuddling on my lap.My Ozzie is my favorite Valentine, so he says mummy I hope you win so you can enjoy the lovely chocolate and you can get me a Carob organic goodie.and also maybe I’ll be so sweet it may get me a Valentines Date!!!!

  63. Maya says:

    My boyfriend and I are on a budget this year which means no gift exchange for valentines day; only a dinner. So this chocolate would be a nice dessert to our date :) I love chocolate! And I would love it more if it was actually healthy and all natural!

  64. Hmm says:

    because I have baby twins I have not a proper nights sleep for a very long time…. Raw chocolate is what keeps me going sometimes, and this looks/ sounds just delectable! Yum :)

  65. muffin says:

    so who was the lucky winner?!?! Want t o hear how amazing this chocolate is!

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