VegWorld + Ethereal

Recently we had the honor of being featured in VegWorld Magazine’s newsletter, an article completely dedicated to Ethereal, our craft and why we do what we do. We thought we would share with our customers as well!

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Love is in the air and we’re directing it at Ethereal Confections, a rockstar Illinois-based bean to bar confectioner which globally sources its cocoa beans and makes all dairy-free chocolate. Valentine’s Day has never been so sweet.

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Here are a few reasons why Ethereal Confections is the chocolate of our VEGWORLD dreams:

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All of their chocolate (and confections) are completely dairy, soy and gluten-free. While many bean-to-bar chocolate companies make vegan chocolate bars, very few are taking their made in house chocolate and turning it into equally vegan truffles and meltaway chocolate bars using ingredients like coconut milk and olive oil-based ganache in lieu of regular dairy. Right on. 

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They work only with partners who use 100 percent organic ingredients and ensure fair treatment for the cacao farmers involved. (And have visited all the farms they work with to hear firsthand from farmers about what they need to be successful). Which makes us – and the world at large – VERY happy. 

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They use several different types of machines and techniques to get just the right temperature that gives chocolate that nice snap, a shiny finish and melting quality so that when you take a bite, the chocolate releases all of its goodness right onto your tongue. *Insert Homer Simpson drooling sound here*

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Their packaging design is deliberately feminine and Ethereal is a women-driven company. And in times like these, we all know #TheFutureIsFeminine 

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Ethereal’s three owners started their business with a small amount of savings and built it into something they love and love to share—no big corporate sponsors or safety funds. Just three humble humans with commitment to food and doing it right.

Spring Menu

It may not feel like Spring outside, but it does here in the cafe. Our Spring menu is here! This is our Triple Berry Cake, a citrus and vanilla olive oil cake topped with fresh triple berry compote. Come in soon to see what's new!

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Groundhog Day

Ok campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties cause its cold out there! We're opening early on Groundhog Day, 6 AM, so everyone can get coffee before prognostication. (And if you're really feeling the spirit of the day, pick up some dark chocolate groundhogs or a hand-felted groundhog!)

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New Space Update

Who ya gonna call? (…chocolate makers?)

There are a lot of ghosts in this old building we are renovating, but we are ready to clean up!

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With our complete demolition...

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Which Sara is totally ready to do (with a little direction)

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But really the biggest problem is that the ghosts aren't interested in helping out

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What choice do we have?

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In the process we have discovered an ancient frozen river in the basement that's probably connected to Hades

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Old fixtures

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And colors from years past

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But also great wood

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And great light that will beam into our cafe and event space

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We are ready to make it our own

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We can't wait to show it to you!

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Five Threads Brewery + Ethereal

Five Threads Brewing Company in California is using our cocoa nibs in two wonderfully delicious brews this season. Reading through the descriptions below we bet it is a difficult choice for locals to make!

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Coconut Pantry Porter - Chocolate Coconut Porter 

"Like the original Pantry Porter, this brew is smooth, rich and roasty with dominant dark chocolate and coffee character from our blend of five different roasted malts. We've created a whole new flavor experience by adding toasted coconut and fresh roasted cocoa nibs from Equador. Pucker up 'cuz this beer's gonna give you a big fat coconut kiss!"

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3rd Anniversary Edition Cherenkov - Russian Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged (One Year)

"The Cherenkov Effect is a blue glow created when radiation travels through water and is named after the Russian physicist that made the discovery. Head Thread, Tim Kazules, made this Russian Imperial Stout at the request of his former Amgen group (that used radiation in their work), "Research Imaging Sciences." This Three Year Anniversary edition of the Cherenkov Stout was aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans giving smooth notes of decadent chocolate and dark roast."