Chocolate on a mission.
With each bite of a Missionary Chocolates truffle, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and do a bit of community service all at once. Owner and Chocolatier Melissa Berry is a naturopathic doctor who is building an integrated hospital in Portland, funded in part by her handcrafted vegan treats. Missionary Chocolates are dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free, but that doesn't mean flavor-free. On the contrary, let your taste buds feast upon the bold flavors: Vanilla Salted Caramel, Meyer Lemon Explosion, Spicy Cinnamon Chipotle, and Peppermint Perfection. The presentation is part of the fun with these treats. Each truffle is topped with a tiny hint of its contents: an espresso bean, a sprinkling of salt, or a bright-green foil wrapper for peppermint. And those who need to watch their glycemic index aren't left out of the party; Berry has created a caramel-filled dark chocolate Coconut Palm Sugar Truffle with a glycemic index of only 35. Missionary Chocolates truffles are available at their retail storefront in Portland at 2712 NE Glisan St, at select shops and farmers' markets in California, Oregon, and Washington, and online at missionarychocolates.com. You can call (503) 961-3262 to arrange an order, carry the truffles in your store, or even to create your own custom flavor. Written by Samantha Gendler.