Laughing Giraffe Organics is another fantastic, organic child-friendly brand that I discovered whilst at the Summer Fancy Food Show. As a family run business, the company was founded in 2006 by Justin Baumgartner, who is also the Chief Chef and General Manager of their production facility in Phoenix, AZ. Baumgartner learned his craft primarily from working as a chef in vegan restaurants in New York City.
The company sells all vegan, organic, raw, and non-GMO snacks including their coconut-based “Snackaroons,” Snackarola, and Fruit, Nuts and Seeds. These include Organic Dried Dragon Fruit, Organic Incan Golden Berries, and Organic Popped Sorghum (sorghum is a type of cereal, originally cultivated in Egypt). I had the opportunity to try their Curry Cashew Snakarola, Banana Snakaroons, and Chocolate Snakaroons.
The Curry Cashew Snakarola is a fun, healthy snack. I could see myself snacking on it every day at work or at the park. The curry spices are so tantalizing, and each cluster is packed with mini raisins, curry, agave, coconut, and cashew nuts. The cayenne pepper is what gives it that extra kick. This Snakarola (and what a perfect name, by the way) compliments a paleo diet, has a low glycemic point, is nutrient-rich and power-packed, high in fiber, and a great source of healthy fats.
I bet the Snakaroons would be very popular with children. These tasty treats are perfect sweet treat, as well as being a wholesome, organic snack. The Banana Snakaroons had a distinct taste of the organic bananas along with the coconut base. I thought it would be fun mixing the banana and chocolate Snakaroons together to create a chocolate covered banana-esque taste.
Saving the best for last, the Chocolate Snakaroons, a play on macaroons, was oozing with cacao goodness. It baffles me how so much of that moist, chocolatey taste seeps onto your taste buds and giving your tongue a great big bear hug. You can’t have just one. How about three or four, and you may not even stop there. Each coconut cacao mound tastes like it was just hand rolled. The Snakaroons are all natural with no preservatives added, high in fiber, a great source of healthy fats, and high in protein. They would compliment a tall glass of cold milk, coffee, tea, or some mixed, lightly salted nuts.
Additional Snakaroon flavors include Coffee Bean, Lemon, Goji Maca, Pineapple, and Vanilla. The Coffee Bean flavor was just released, which has chocolate covered espresso beans in it. They also have a new flavor for the Fall called Pumpkin Spice, which is already becoming a new favorite!
1% of online purchases goes to The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita, California. “160 farm animals that reside at The Gentle Barn have all been rescued from severe abuse, neglect, abandonment or worse,” says Laughing Giraffe Organics. The Gentle Barn is a huge advocate for animal rights and for plant based diets as Laughing Giraffe Organics is.