They say you eat with your eyes first. Although eating involves all of our sensory systems (taste, sight, smell, sound and touch), there’s only one working when we’re browsing everyone’s delicious creations on Instagram, and there’s no denying the impression made by simply looking at a great dish.

In the 1700’s, Louis XIV enjoyed multi-tiered tables with carefully decorated, luxurious foods – something reserved for the very wealthy. But it was Chef Marie-Anotine Careme, born in 1784, who arguably brought plating into the modern world. He presented dishes in the shapes of famous monuments, waterfalls, and pyramids, and is believed to have invented the croquembouche.

Although our sweets may be packaged simply, with a few quick tricks you can transform any of our desserts into high end, formal, plant-based delicacies.

This mouthwatering image of our Whoopie Pies was created by @sarina_jw.

Fancy Whoopie Pie

The secret recipe:

  1. Choose your plate. Think of this as your canvas. Plain white is a popular choice to let the food visually pop, but a cute pattern, or vintage design can make a great statement too.
  2. Smear or drizzle. Decorate your plate with a smear of mushed banana or berry jam, a sprinkling of cinnamon, or a drizzle or chocolate or caramel sauce.
  3. Place your dessert. Cut your cookie in half. Place one half down on the plate, with the other half gently leaning on it. We recommend using our sinfully delicious Super Stuff Cookies (a sweet collaboration with Chef Doug McNish). These vegan, gluten-free, fudge or goji stuffed cookies are soft enough to cleanly cut in half, and reveal the beautiful superfood stuffing. If you’re looking for a nut free treat, we recommend trying our Whoopie Pies.
  4. Add a pop of colour, texture and flavour with a couple of small berries, sprig of mint, slices of banana, or shredded coconut.
  5. Enjoy!

Tip + tricks:

  • Substitute one Super Stuff Cookie for two Flourless Cashew Cookies which are smaller in size
  • Pop in a candle for a personal-sized birthday treat
  • Serve with a shot glass of your favourite non-dairy milk

Mix it Up is a series we created to share new and creative ways to enjoy our sinfully delicious sweets! Take a picture of the fancy treats you make, and post and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest so we can see your delicious creations, try them ourselves, and share with others too.


For the moments you can resist eating your desserts straight from the package (a challenge all on its own!), or when you’re planning to serve them to friends and family, our sinfully delicious desserts can easily be transformed into high end formal desserts, or fun and memorable sweet treats with a little creative plating.

This month’s challenge:

Plate one of our sweets in a creative way! Think decorative garnishes, sauces, props, beautiful serveware, or even things you’d never even think to serve dessert in (like these garden flower pot cupcakes we created for a special order!). We will be selecting a winner to receive a Sweets from the Earth Gift Pack!

You can submit your photos in any of the following ways:

  1. Follow us on Instagram @SFTEBakery, then post your photo and tag #SinfullyDelicious and #SFTEgetsCreative
  2. Follow us on Twitter @SFTEBakery, then tweet your photo and tag #SinfullyDelicious and #SFTEgetsCreative

Deadline to submit entries for this month’s challenge is November 30, 2015 (be sure to check back for next month’s challenge, too!). Make sure your accounts are not set to private so we can see your sweet posts. You can find our sinfully delicious desserts at these fine retailers.

Sweet Inspiration:

Chocolate Fudge Face from Rainbow Plate – Healthy Eating Made Simple

Rainbow Plate Face

As a vegan company, we are always excited to share as much plant based power as possible. We look forward to seeing what you come up with and sharing the inspiration with the rest of our sweet community!

Winners will be contacted directly, via direct message or email (if available), and must be able to pick up gift packs in person at our head office at 234 Canarctic Drive in North York.

Sinfully Delicious Challenge Prize Pack contents will vary from month to month, and may be modified to include gluten free or nut free products, if required.


Sinfully Delicious Challenge from SFTE: FAQ

  1. Who can enter this contest? The contest is open to all Canadian residents. It is not open to employees of Sweets from the Earth, or to people who reside with them.
  1. Do I need to purchase anything to be considered for the contest? No purchase is necessary, but you’ll need some SFTE desserts! Maybe if you’re sweet, your brother/sister/mom/uncle/friend will bring you some.
  1. Can I submit a photo with a group of friends? Of course! Just make sure you’re willing to split the winnings.
  1. What’s the prize? The prize is a $25 gift certificate, which must be redeemed in person at our head office in North York. For winners unable to pick up directly from Sweets from the Earth, product shipping is available at an additional cost.
  1. What are the requirements for the photo I’m submitting? Can I submit multiple photos?  Your photo needs to be original, taken by you, and used only for this contest. Sweets from the Earth reserves the right to deny entry to any photo, including photos that are offensive or defamatory. Previously published photos that have been entered in any other contest and photos that infringe any third party rights may not be submitted. You can submit as many photos as you would like on Twitter, and Instagram. Make sure you submit before the end of the month and don’t forget to tag @SfteBakery and #SinfullyDelicious.
  1. I don’t have an Instagram or Twitter account. Can I still submit a photo? Yes! You can email your photo to info@sweetsfromtheearth.com.  By doing this, you agree to all the Terms and Conditions of the Contest.  We will post your photo on your behalf on Instagram and Twitter.
  1. I have submitted my photo, but no one has commented or liked the photo. Does that affect my chances of winning? Comments will be looked at by the Jury, but even photos with no likes or comments can win.  This isn’t a popularity contest!
  1. I may not be available when the winner is announced, what can I do to ensure I am still eligible to win? The winner will need to contact SFTE within 10 days of winning. If you have any concerns, please email info@sweetsfromtheearth.com.
  1. What about the rights to my photo? By submitting a photo, you consent to Sweets from the Earth and those authorized on its behalf with the non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free right and license, to use, copy, adapt, and publicly display without additional compensation.

The blue skies and warmer weather we’ve been enjoying signal that spring is finally on its way, and it’s time to celebrate, with cupcakes, of course! These delicious pastel beauties are perfect to bring to a gathering with family or friends or to surprise a loved one. They will be available for special order beginning March 23rd, and will also be available in many Fortino’s locations around the GTA.

Easter-Lineup

From left to right: Chocolate cupcake with strawberry cream cheese icing, vanilla cupcake with green vanilla bean icing, chocolate cupcake with lavender icing, and vanilla cupcake with yellow vanilla bean icing

If you’d like to place an order, please contact us by phone or email to make arrangements. 4-pack boxes are $12+HST, or 6 for $15.

Our cupcakes are baked in our nut-free bakery, and, of course, are also free of eggs, dairy, preservatives, artificial colour, and refined sugars. Read about all of the other great qualities of our desserts by clicking here.


bagel-process

It’s no secret how much we enjoy baking sinfully delicious desserts, but recently we’ve been on a mission to create the ultimate breakfast bagel,  and we’re excited to announce that we’ve done it, and we can’t wait for you to try them!

Our new whole wheat bagels and mini bagels are made using traditional methods of boiling and then baking, with only high quality, all-natural, gmo-free, plant-based ingredients. They’re great for the whole family to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or an on-the-go snack. Because they’re made in our peanut, nut, and sesame free facility, they’re safe to pack for school lunches, too.

We use no preservatives in any of our products, so our bagels are kept frozen and should be pulled out and enjoyed within one day. We recommend toasting and topping with your favourite spreads for maximum crunchy, chewy deliciousness.

Here is our current bagel menu:

Cinnamon Raisin (standard size)

Plain (mini)

Oatmeal Cranberry (mini)

Apple Cinnamon (mini)

Bagels can be purchased by the dozen and picked up at our North York office. Give us a call or send an email to place your bagel order today!

Our bagels are baked in our nut-free bakery, and, of course, are also free of eggs, dairy, preservatives, artificial colour, and refined sugars. Read about all of the other great qualities of our desserts by clicking here.


Valentine's-Cupcake-(February-2015)-lores

Available now! Order a box of lovely Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes for yourself, for your family, for your office-mates, or for anyone else with whom you want to share a little love. These little gems are made up of vanilla cake with strawberry pie filling baked right in, topped with a swirl of rich and scrumptious strawberry cream cheese icing, and adorned with sparkly, all-natural gummy hearts. Don’t worry – if you fall in love with these cupcakes, they are available all throughout the month of February.

You’ll be able to find these treats starting this week, at retailers including Planet Organic, Tsaa Tea Shop, Nature’s Emporium, or by direct order from us. Contact us to place your order today! 

Our Valentines’ Day cupcakes are baked in our nut-free bakery, and, of course, are also free of eggs, dairy, preservatives, artificial colour, and refined sugars. Read about all of the other great qualities of our desserts by clicking here.

 


K's NRG Photo

We proudly introduce the newest addition to our product line: K’s NRG Whole Food Energy Bars! These little powerhouses will satisfy your hunger at any time of day and provide sustained energy for work, school, or play. The select gluten-free ingredients used in all three varieties of our nutrient-rich bars (Original, Cherry, and Coconut Chocolate) provide maximum nutrition. K’s NRG features a combination of wholesome ingredients that boost energy and endurance, and contain protein, fiber, antioxidants, and micronutrients. Enjoy the perks of plant-based nutrition from an all-natural, unprocessed bar. It’s wholesome real food with fast food ease.

In addition to brown rice syrup, K’s NRG bars are sweetened with blackstrap molasses, which contains significant amounts of vitamin B6 as well as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese. Eating one bar provides 30% of the recommended daily value of iron, as well as 8 (Coconut Chocolate) or 9 (Original and Cherry) grams of protein.

K’s NRG bars are currently available at locations around the GTA, including Ambrosia Natural Foods (Vaughan),  Bruno’s Fine Foods (Dundas location), Cabbagetown Organics, Coffee Tree RoasteryEvergreen Natural Foods on St. Clair, Friendly Magnolia, Noah’s  on Bloor, The Sweet PotatoSpecialty Food Shop at Sick Kids, and will soon be available at more retailers in the coming months.

As always, you can pick up an order directly through our office in North York. K’s NRG bars are dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, and free of preservatives and refined sugars. Read about all of the other great qualities of our desserts here.


gift baskets

These sweet “elves” were hard at work assembling holiday gift baskets today! We’re always happy to customize a gift basket for any occasion based on your individual preferences. For more info, or to create your own basket, call 647-436-2004 or email us at info@sweetsfromtheearth.com.

All of our desserts are baked in our gluten-free bakery or our nut-free bakery, and all items are dairy-free, egg-free, and free of preservatives and refined sugars. Read about all of the other great qualities of our desserts here.


This holiday season, we are baking up some exciting new treats. Impress your friends and family by bringing these to holiday gatherings! Call or email us now to place your order for pick up between December 8th and December 31st at our 234 Canarctic Drive location in North York. Please allow a week’s advance notice.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Candy Cane Mousse Cake (7” – eight to ten servings)

This cake is about as rich and decadent as they come. A dense and smooth minty chocolate mousse is sandwiched between a layer of ganache and moist chocolate cookie crust; organic candy cane bits adorn the top.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake (7” – eight to ten servings)

Please everyone at your gathering! This cheesecake combines the best elements of three different holiday favourites: spiced gingerbread, smooth cream cheese, and the fresh flavour of pumpkin.

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Nut Free Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies 

Soft and chewy cookies with crunchy bits of minty organic candy cane make the perfect holiday treat. We can’t stop “taste testing” them ourselves! These cookies are 30 grams each, and are available by the dozen.

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Can’t get up to our North York location? We’ll have our Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies available for pre-order and downtown pick up at the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Resource Centre’s Open House at 17 Baldwin Street (above Vegetarian Haven) on December 20th, between 1 and 4pm. $9 for a dozen cookies, with a portion of proceeds going to the TVA. Please place your orders by Monday, December 15th.

Some retailers will be carrying these cakes and/or cookies as well. Look for them at Ambrosia Thornhill, Bampot, and Georgian Health Foods in mid-December.

These cakes are baked in our gluten-free bakery, the cookies are baked in our nut-free bakery, and all of these items are dairy-free, egg-free, and free of preservatives and refined sugars. Read about all of the other great qualities of our desserts here.


Coconut-Sugar-Sweetened-Pumpkin-(October-2014)

When October rolls in, so do the aromas of pumpkin spice and sweet cinnamon. The reds and oranges of the season are so warm and inspiring we just couldn’t resist! Our monthly feature is a Spiced Pumpkin Muffin sweetened with Coconut Sugar.

Rich, subtly sweet and perfectly spiced over-sized muffins are a perfect morning pick-me-up on cool days. Enjoy them heated up with your favorite fall drink. Perhaps a generous cup of organic vegan hot chocolate with a of vanilla and powered cinnamon on top!

Pick up some Spiced Pumkin Muffins at CocoalatteOne Love VegetarianLil Bean n GreenLa MerceriaGreen GrindCafé con LecheSecond Cup at Durham CollegeGeorgian Health FoodsAmbrosia (both the Vaughan and Thornhill locations).

Or as always, direct order with us.

Our muffins are baked in our nut-free bakery, and of course are dairy-free, egg-free, and free of preservatives and refined sugars. Read about all of the other great qualities of our desserts here.