I Review Giddy YoYo

This week and next, you’re going to find out one or two things about me. This week isn’t a huge shocker or anything; I don’t like dark chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate. Just not dark chocolate. I have found that since I have started blogging and doing reviews of food, I’m taking more chances at trying food I don’t usually like, and it all starts and all thanks to a solid Canadian company: Giddy YoYo (website HERE).

Case in point: dark chocolate.

Giddy YoYo has two things going for it: it makes chocolate and it’s Canadian (okay, there’s more: the food is gluten-free and vegan). I was able to get my hands on some of their raw, organic and fair trade chocolate to taste, test and review. I was both pleasantly surprised and distastefully disappointed. I was able to choose all the food that was sent my way for review, so I only had myself to blame.

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Raw Hundo Dark Chocolate. I’m talking 100% cocoa. 100%, it blows my mind that this bar exists. Knowing that it does, you have to remember that Giddy YoYo doesn’t call their chocolate bars ‘candy’ it’s called food. These bars are packed with protein and are what you might call; healthy chocolate. Nothing about these says candy. I felt that way when I ate the Raw Hundo bar. I didn’t like it. It was harsh and powerful and tasted a lot like raw chocolate, which I know it’s supposed to be, but It’s apparent it wasn’t for me. It stuck to my tongue and I didn’t like the way it coated the inside of my mouth. A coating of 100% raw dark chocolate that was sure to make me hate the rest of the Giddy YoYo food I was to taste.

Not the case.

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I like my chocolate sweet. No mint, no orange, nothing. So 63% sweet dark chocolate was closer to something up my alley. It’s still dark but I’m all about trying new things (especially bringing my awesome choice words about the gluten-free food I eat to my readers). This was good food. There was no harsh dark chocolate flavour, just a smooth ride all the way to the stomach. I found myself craving more after each and every bite. It was truly a different flavour than other dark chocolate I’ve had. I would want to go so far as to spread a rumour that Giddy YoYo puts crack in the chocolate, but they don’t, so don’t tell people that.

You’d think that ginger and 76% cocoa don’t go together. If you think that, you’re wrong. The first thing that hit me when I opened the wrapper: Christmas. Specifically Christmas morning at my grandparents house. It was a powerful memory triggered by smell and I have to say, made me like the Ginger bar a lot more. Even though I do not like dark chocolate, I found myself wanting more and more of this. Whether it was the memory of my passed on grandparents brought back with each bite or the eternal feeling of Christmas; I didn’t care. There is no doubt in  my mind that I looked like a crazy person, constantly smelling this before, after and during the eating process, but I LOVED THIS BAR!

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Ginger and chocolate. BEST COMBO EVER

Giddy YoYo gets it’s Ecuadorian chocolate raised in mineral rich soil using the freshest spring water and grown in remote environments completely free of chemicals. The food itself is untouched by GMO and solvents and metals that usually come with bringing food to market. It makes Giddy YoYo one of the fore-runners in the healthy chocolate industry. Me, being a diagnosed celiac, it’s nice to have a good tasting bar to go to for when I need that fix of gluten-free chocolate, so big plus there. I like what they’re doing to bring good food to the masses, it’s healthy to see a small company do that…. plus they made chocolate that made me think of Gramma and Grandpa.

I want you to go to to the Giddy YoYo website by clicking HERE and getting your hands on the ginger bar and telling me what you think of it. Please. Thanks. 🙂

I was neither paid nor swayed in any way regarding this review. All of these words are mine and mine alone.

– Jordan Middlebrook

Vegetarian Food festival 2013

Ever wanted to go to a vegetarian food festival and wanted to ask people all about but were scared to ask? I never was, but i was curious about my sister Katrina taking one for the team and snooping around a festival I wouldn’t go near with a ten foot pole (I of course say this in jest, because vegetarians are a fun people). Here is my first ever guest post from my little sister, Katrina Middlebrook.

Every Year in September the Toronto Vegetarian Association holds a Vegetarian Food Festival.

This festival is held downtown in Toronto, Ontario on The Harbourfront.

My First time attending this huge festival was in 2010.  I was not a vegetarian.

I was hesitant on attending because I loved my chicken, but my best friend has been a vegetarian for 12+ years and I thought I should go to support her.

Walking in to the Festival I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

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Hi, Jordan here. Since I’m not writing the blog, I will comment on the photos. Here is Katrina getting her spine assessed. What does that have to do with vegetarians?

It was huge.  All sorts of people wearing shirts “Club soda, not seals” “Lettuce Turnip the Beet” I got a kick out of these.  People feel so strongly about not eating animals that they promote it!

Walking through the fair was eye opening. Animals really go through this? I won’t get into it.  At all.

The whole point of me writing this review about the Food festival is to get it out there that there are SO many business, restaurants & people that understand each and every one of our diets.

Dairy Free, nut free, Soy free, GLUTEN FREE.

I never really looked at the different options of food when I went to the food fair.  Everything was either vegan or vegetarian so I was safe to eat all.

This year was a whole different story.  I have been a “Flexatarian” (I eat seafood still) for 3 years now, Gluten Free for 1 month.  I have changed my diet because I am always sick.  Bloated, diareha, nauseas.  I made the change because for the last 5 years my doctor has suggested it.  “You have celiac Katrina, the tests are coming back negative because they sometimes do” “They may have not got a piece of the intestine that was bloated at the time”

I get it, took 5 years to click in.  SMARTEN UP!

I was nervous going in to this festival. Will they have food catered to me?  Should I just eat before I go?  I did, to be on the safe side.

My best friend, who is now a vegan, made me so confident going.  Of course she would know, she is the book of knowledge!

There was a ton of options for me here. I would have to say 75% of food served was Gluten Free.  Upon arriving, the only thing going through my head was getting me some vegan “Jerky” SO DELICIOUS (and gluten free).

My Friend walked around with me to see what my options were for food.  She kept saying she wanted Indian.  My mouth drooled right away.  BUT was it Gluten Free?  Of course we asked, and the answer we got “Everything is except the samosas” UH, YES PLEASE!

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Hey, Jordan here. I’ve never been a fan of indian food. So, here is some indian food that Katrina ate.

I devoured that Indian food like I hadn’t ate in days!

I was so shocked with the options out there.  I was in heaven! If only I brought more money with me. They had so many treats.  I was upset, of course, to see that the “Sausages” they were serving were not Gluten Free as I would have loved to eat one.

As we wound down and parked our butts on the astro turf to enjoy some interactive dancing, live music and to take in the view, I reflected on my day with my best friend.  She supports me in so many decisions.  She helps me along in my dietary change, gives me advice.  She’s a Holistic Nutrionist with a ton of knowledge.  I was thankful that there are people around me with the same issues as me. People asking the same questions as me “Is this Gluten Free?”

Next time you’re out and you think you’re alone.  You’re not.  Look into groups you could join.  Facebook, Twitter & of course kingglutenfree.com for any advice, problems, emotional support on this disease.

I’m here, you can even email me!  Katrina.middlebrook@gmail.com

I’ll try to help you.

Keep Calm, eat healthy, keep a smile on your face.  You’re not the only one out there that suffers.

Pictures Provided by Janine at The Vital Vegan