When you start to ween yourself off of white sugar and refined flours, your taste buds change (actually, they change every three weeks!). I’m not sure how I’ve been in the natural health field for almost three years and never heard of Bunners Bakery in the Toronto junction. Their vision is awesome: a vegan bakery full of yummy goods without the use of eggs, butter, milk, wheat, soy or refined sugar. What could be better?
A few weeks ago they were promoting their vegan cream eggs. Now, for a lot of people when Easter comes around it’s all about the Cadbury Mini Eggs. For me, it was always the Creme Eggs. I would buy two at a time and enjoy the fondant centre as slowly as I could manage before popping the whole chocolate shell in my mouth. Heaven.
Once I learned about the not-so-heavenly ingredients in the eggs, I bid a sad farewell to my much-loved Easter treat. Clearly, I had to make a trip to the junction to try these novel vegan eggs. They were good! I think I had this idea that they would taste just like the Cadbury version, and obviously they didn’t, because they used real ingredients. While it wasn’t quite everything I’d built it up to be, it was still delicious.
My girlfriend and I tried a few of their other items as well: Chocolate Chip Creamie (two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla bean frosting in between), Supersonic Gypsy cookie (oats, seeds, raisins, chocolate chips… definitely my favourite!) and the Vanilla Bean Cupcake. They were all yummy, even my non-holistic friend agreed! I have to admit that I found the icing was bit too sweet, but for those of you who are still on the white-sugar kick I’m sure it’ll be perfectly satisfying! They use agave nectar there, which I suspect has something to do with it.
All in all, I’d definitely recommend checking them out. The staff are super friendly and helpful (especially if you have no idea where you’re going and need some help figuring it out.. which is exactly what happened to me). It’s a bit out of the way, but if you have an afternoon free, make the trip. The junction is a great up-and-coming area in Toronto. There are lots of natural or organic stores and restaurants popping up over there!
- Abby, the Assistant
3054 Dundas W St (in the Junction), Toronto, ON M6P 1Z7
Last Monday, family day – Ryan and I went to the Sha Sha Co. factory. If you aren’t familiar with this incredible product line, it is about time you are! Sha Sha Bread Co is a Canadian bakery company that is responsible for making some of the most incredibly nutritious and tastiest products on the market. From a variety of sprouted breads, to delicious heart shaped cookies, and more recently launched is their new bio buds and a sprouted buckwheat snack.
I have been in love with thier products (breads, pizza crusts, flatbreads) for years now, as they embrace spelt as a staple grain, they take pride in the baking process by soaking and sprouting their grains and everything they make just tastes so good and is made with love.
It is one thing to love a product and buy it and use it. But it is another thing to actually meet the creator himself, Sha Sha, and go to visit the factory. Everthing just seemd happen coincidentally. Ryan and I were planning to go and visit the factory on Family Day, and just the weekend before, I attended the annual Organic Groweres Conference and listened to Sha Sha speak at two seperate lectures over the weekend.
Sha Sha is purely passionate about what he does. He is a baker at heart and wanted nothing more than to make the most nutritoius breads and baked goods. He set out on this mission and now has a full thriving business because of it. I can totally relate to this, as a good business just doesn’t come with hard work and money – it comes with passion and love. Something I take pride in everyday with my own business. So after hearing the voice behind the breads and goodies I have been indulging in for years, this made me even more excited to visit his home…the ShaSha Co. factory.
I call it a home, because that is truly what the factory felt like. Being a family run business – it is has the warmth and feel as if we were invited into Sha Sha’s home. With kids and families part taking in the free event on family day you could just see how excited kids actually get about their products. Using bright colours and friendly packaging also thier facility is nut free – which opens it’s doors to even more avenues. The factory also implements green practices that have the environment in mind like re-using water, being efficient with energy and power usage, managing waste and paper trails and sourcing local and organic products as much as possible to keep the costs and travel emissions low! Sha Sha is truly innovative in everything that he does and we all get to benefit from it as a result!
Sha Sha educating his visitors
Lots of Love!
Ready to be enjoyed!
Happy with our goodie bags of treats!
Can’t all factories be like this? Filled with love, making delicious happy and healthy products that everyone can enjoy?
Thanks Sha Sha for being a frontier!
Have you tried Sha Sha breads or products? if not…..
Tell me why you love them and I might just send you some delicious spelt ginger heart cookies!