Valentines Day Chocolate with Zen Bunni
Zen Bunni Chocolate with Zen & Bunni
Q: Tell us a little bit about you, your chocolate company and what inspired you to start it?
A: We are a husband and wife duo, that have been together for 14 years, and have an adorable child named Alchemy. We love art, traveling, nature, and optimal health, to name a few things…
We craft a Biodynamic dark chocolate locally in Venice, CA. it is stone ground bean to bar. Our chocolate is free of dairy, soy, gluten. and refined sugar. We have a small chocolate shop on Abbot Kinney that looks like a Rabbit Hole, made of mud, sand, straw, and chocolate.
We were inspired to start the chocolate when we decided to take our health towards a more holistic direction, 8 years ago.
Q: Since most people don’t know yet, what is biodynamic chocolate and why is it important to you?
A: Biodynamic means that our cocoa beans are grown holistically, by ancient farming practices. Everything is planted and harvested according to the moon cycle and what is happening in the cosmos. It's important because Biodynamic is considered the most sustainable practice for the Earth and goes far beyond organic standards to create the most mineral rich nutrient dense crops of any kind.
Q: Do you have a ritual for making/consuming chocolate?
A: Chocolate is just a part of our daily life, so there is a lot of reverence for it.
Q: How much experimentation did it take for you to come up with the chocolate recipe you now sell? What was that experience like for you?
A: The first iteration,seven years ago, took 6 months. Now that we moved to Biodynamic cocoa beans and stone grind ourselves, it keeps on getting better and better.
The experience was always yummy and healing.
Q: What type of sweetener do you like to use and why?
A: Biodynamic cane jaggery, this is the least processed mineral rich sugar with the molasses still intact, and coconut flower nectar.
Q: When you are not making chocolate, what else do you like to do?
A: Play in nature with our child, Alchemy.
Q: In what way does chocolate enhance your love life?
A: Hmmm…try it and find out!!