Here in the Portland area, birds, bees, and flowers are in abundance, so we are feeling generous. We are celebrating this most wonderful resurgence of life to our natural world by giving away FREE CHOCOLATE to YOU!!! Happy Spring.
This is a rare occasion. We give out lots of morsels to sample, but VERY RARELY do we just give away an entire 1.5 oz bar of Rox Chox.
That means that if you buy just one bar, you will get two! Yup, it's a Two-fer!
And if you buy one flavor, you can get the other flavor for free. Just let us know which flavor freebie you'd like, and we'll set you up for some delicious springtime treats.
And we have sprung back into action!
A few updates:
We've been working on a new shopping method for our website. It will be much better, very soon.
You've been asking for O.M.Ginger, and we've been listening - it's coming soon!
That's all for now, folks.
Hope you're enjoying some nice weather wherever you may be.
Whew, we made it home safely but our trusty truck got stuck, so if you order online in the next few days we won't be able to ship it to you in our normal timeframe. Expect a delay of 4 days or longer. Thank you for your weathered patience!
Online ordering is back up and can be found to the right of this post in the sidebar and also on the "Buy Chox" page, which you can select via the above menu. Please read through our shipping policies if you haven't before.
We had a great vacation that brought us some great changes and are happy to be back to work making Rox Chox!
Happy New Year and thank you for your order!
The first Hillsdale Farmer's Market of 2014 was was beautifully bright and cold, but I was thickly bundled and had a chance to do a little basking in the sunshine. I love having to get up early on market days, because then I see the sunrise! It was gorgeous today. And so peaceful. Here's a view of the Tualatin Valley's morning:
We are happy to announce that we will be at the Hillsdale Farmer's Market at least through March 2014. The market is every other Sunday
from 10-2. That's Rox Chox in the photo below, second booth on the right with the red tent and table.
The next Hillsdale Market will be Sunday the 19th of January, when our favorite vegan employee Matt will be giving out samples and market-direct deals to you while I take a trip to visit family.
I hope to see you every other Sunday after that! Have an awesome 2014.
Rox Chox will be at the Hillsdale Farmer's Market for three days only! Special for the holidays, we will be a "Pop-Up" vendor on Nov.24, Dec.8 & Dec.22, Sundays, in the Wilson High School parking lot in Hillsdale, just outside of Portland. Come visit!
I, personally, have never been to this market, but I hear it is fabulous, large, and has everything one needs for holiday gifting and merry meal-making! What could be better than locally crafted fresh artisan everything?
We are happy to announce the virtual arrival of our new flavor, Dibs on Nibs!
Dibs on Nibs, at a 73% cacao content, is the darkest of all Rox Chox. The nibs of the heirloom variety of cacao Arriba Nacional de Fina are the crunchy topping and texture to this decadent treat and come to us full of flavor and nutrition from Fair-Trade farmers in Ecuador.
This new flavor is free of coconut and salt but may have come into contact with them as it is processed in our Rox Chox Raw Lab on the same equipment as our original flavor, Sweet & Salt.
You can buy Dibs on Nibs from our website on the sidebar to the right or on the "Buy Chox" page, or by visiting us in person at one of the Farmer's Markets!
We will no longer be printing your receipt and including it with your shipment. You do get a receipt from Paypal when you place your order, and in the interest of saving time and paper, we have decided that it's ok to let go of that step.
The members voted, and we have been selected as the recipients of Food Front Co-op's Sustainable Community Award for 2013. Thank you Food Front Owners!! We are so happy to be recognized for our ultra-sustainable efforts, and we feel so honored that you took the time to nominate and vote for Rox Chox!
We were presented with our award at Food Front Co-op's Hillsdale location's 5-year anniversary, and I finally got to give that acceptance speech I've been practicing since I was 5.
Well, Portland, fall is here. The sprinkling has begun. The cool fresh breezes are blowing. And we are back at it, slinging raw chocolate like nobody's business. Well, actually, like our business.
Speaking of business, this making healthy chocolate has turned out to be a pretty busy one, as businesses go! We are happy to have so much demand for our product and we are carefully considering many possible options of how to address this growth.
As you may be aware, both of us Choxatarians come from both culinary and artistic backgrounds, so the business aspect has been a learn-as-we-go kind of process, and it has been very overwhelming. We are proud of what we have accomplished at Rox Chox, and we enjoy our chocolate work very much, but we need to better balance our creative lives with our business lives. We are seeking solutions! Do YOU have the answer??
Our intention for the next few months is to do some intensive learning in the subject of business growth, and also to reach out and have more conversations about different ways of dealing with growth or structuring businesses. We believe in the power of collective thought and decision making, and we would like to invite you to share with us your ideas for Rox Chox.
What would you like to see more of?
Ex: Rox Chox in more stores / more flavors / different packaging / more availability of bulk Rox Chox in stores / more farmer's markets / ...
Is there a way that you would like to support Rox Chox in our growth?
What ideas do you have in any aspect of business growth that could be helpful to us?
What examples have you seen or experienced of businesses in our position?
Drop us a line at email@example.com or just share your idea, any idea, right here! Thanks for engaging with us in more ways than taste :) We're all in this together, right? And we all want our Rox Chox, that's for sure!
We are back in production, and to celebrate, here's a rare peek into the Raw Lab. You can see River at work (listening to the Cocteau Twins) cutting the Chox by hand and see how we weigh each piece, one at a time. Call that hand-crafted? Could only get closer if the gloves came off.
My, how time flies on vacation! Thanks so much for your patience while we had some summer fun; we are replenished and ready for another busy chocolate season!
Ordering options are back up, so have at it! Please be advised that we have further elaborated on our shipping policies on the 'Buy Chox' page: having had two incidences of melting occur, we no longer will ship to you if it is over 90 degrees F in your location, and if it is over 80, you order at your own risk of melting. We will do our best with insulation.
Here's a few snapshots of what you missed on our vacation:
Volunteering at Farmageddon
Planting a fig tree in Forest Grove
Swimming at the Sandy River
Living the life we imagine at the Oregon Coast
Visiting the picturesque wine country of the Willamette Valley
Rox Chox is on vacation! We will return September 1st, and will restore
online ordering options to our website at that time. Sorry for any
inconvenience and thank you so much for your business. You can still
find Rox Chox at all of our retail partners, listed on the "Find and Buy Chox" page.
Rox Chox has been a two-person operation for over two years now, and we have been busily making and shipping Chox for this whole time with hardly any time off, which means the time has finally come for us to take a break (and, on a personal note, a long-postponed honeymoon). We are choosing to close Rox Chox this year for the six hottest weeks of the summer since it is the slowest time for chocolate sales. This also means that our carbon footprint will be noticeably lighter as we won't be shipping as many ice packs and coolers!
From July 1st - August 31st we will not be filling any orders, and we will remove online ordering options. We ask that you place your order by July 1st, and we will ship it by July 15th. We hope that you are able to place an order to last you through the first week of September, as we will re-open for business on September 1st, and fill orders as we receive them. Just a friendly summer reminder- the shelf life of Rox Chox is three months when Rox Chox is kept at 65*F or lower. If you normally buy your Chox in a store, don't worry- they will be well-stocked.
We thank you SO much for trying, buying, and delighting in Rox Chox. When you choose to treat yourself to Rox Chox, you are not only supporting our small business, but also Organic and Fair Trade practices and people in Indonesia, The Phillippines, Peru, Ecuador, France, and Indiana, USA. So when you delight in Rox Chox, you are helping to heal yourself and the planet at the same time! It has truly been a surprising delight to do business with you, and we look forward to another busy chocolate season starting in September.
Red Fox vintage is opening a new store on SE Woodstock, and we will be at the celebration tomorrow from 10-2 or maybe later. It is right across from the farmer's market! So, do you need some fresh produce AND some fresh Rox Chox along with a new summer style? So many favorite city delights, all in one location tomorrow!
What a party! I hadn't been out to Last Thursday in years, I guess, because MY how it's grown! It was so fun to have a booth there, so we'll be doing it for the summer each month!
My favorite part? Smiles and fashion... And Kinetic Bicycle Art!
From the top down (descriptors are mine)
Larissa, fashion stand-out.
Teri, Sexual Healer promoting an Ecosexual conference.
Masha, glass-blowing artist of tiny bottles.
Elsbeth and Luke, my artist booth-mates, who were so much fun!
The best part about selling Rox Chox at Farmer's Markets & the like is the people we meet! We are such a diverse array of beauties, us humans! I was lucky this Wednesday to have the assistance of my niece Tigerlily, who made a list of the names of all the people who directly supported our efforts by buying Rox Chox on that day. Love this:
Come see, taste, and get deals on Rox Chox at the People's Farmer's Market tomorrow from 2-7pm! Rochelle and our intern Tigerlily will be there to tell you all the important info and to give you samples even if you already know you like Rox Chox! We will have Sweet & Salt and Dibs on Nibs, and special grab bags of tasty morsels!
Great News! Every other Wednesday starting tomorrow, you can find Rox Chox at the People's Co-op Year-Round Farmer's Market! We will be giving away samples and deals on all three flavors, plus occasionally featuring new recipes for your taste buds to review!
This Wednesday, March 27 (tomorrow!) we will have our second "debut" (the official one, this time!) of our new flavors Dibs on Nibs and O.M.Ginger. We would love to have your company and for you to review our new flavors.
Where: 3029 SE 21st Ave, Portland OR 97202
When: Wednesday March 27th and every other Weds. after that, 2-7pm
Who: Rochelle will be at the booth!
Why: FREE CHOCOLATE and DEALS!!
Here's a peek at the labels for our new flavors, which will soon be available online and in your favorite store:
Hello! We had some graphic design delays, but finally finished the labels for our new flavors! The O.M.Ginger and Dibs on Nibs will be on the shelf at People's Food Co-op tomorrow! Hooray! And in a bit, we will have online ordering options for them as well.
This time it is a legend in the vegan world: Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park! Like our favorite food source here in Portland, it has been a cozy "down-home" kind of place to get your organic veggies and such since 1970.
You may know them from the Follow Your Heart brand cream cheese and delicious heart-healthy Vegenaise which they are responsible for, among other things. We are honored to be in such established culinary company, and happy to fulfill the request of a customer who will now be able to walk in and pick up her Chox fix.
So sorry to have teased you, but there's a bit of a delay on releasing the new flavors.
We have been so busy stocking up the stores after everyone's holiday Chox-eating frenzies that we've barely been able to give the new flavors our attention! But rest assured, the first limited editions were so well-received that we know we must produce.
So while I don't have a date for you, I do have a promise.
Dibs on Nibs and the as-yet-to-be-named Ginger Chox will be coming to you (at least on the Internet) soon. I know that's vague... but did you know that we are doing this the down-home DIY way? As in, we are figuring it all out one step at a time. I know, I'm impatient for them as well! I swear to you, interneto-blogosphere fans, that right after filling our regular orders, releasing our new flavors are my #1 priority, and I am giving them all the attention I possibly can while still maintaining some sanity.
Thank you all so much for making our dreams of creating this business possible! We are thrilled beyond our expectations to be this busy, and you are making it possible for us to continue providing you with this delicious treat.
Thanks for the vacation, folks!
We got a lot of blissful sunshine and family time over the week in California, and are now gladly back in Portland, where by some miracle the sun is also shining.
Online ordering options are back up, and we are expecting our delivery of cacao any day now, so we will be making a fresh batch (No.291, I think)in the next few days and shipping orders on Monday.
Hope your holidays were awesome, or if you celebrate Kwanzaa, that they will be, and Happy New Year!
Rochelle and River
I hope that this post finds you well. I wish I had thought ahead to give you more warning- so I apologize if this takes you by surprise and you find yourself stranded over the holidays with no Rox Chox.
We are taking a holiday! Rox Chox will be unavailable for business December 18th-26th. If you would like to order online, please do so by the end of the day on the 17th. We will ship to you on the 18th and then be on our way to Los Angeles to be with family.
We will temporarily remove the shopping buttons and replace them on the 27th, when we will be available to make and ship you a fresh batch of Rox Chox again.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! See you in the New Year!
There is a lovely location in Seattle, tucked away in an unassuming modern-looking building, where I have heard you will get the most old-fashioned personal attention and holistic healing advice and assistance. It is called Sugar Pill, and it is the source of many specialty needs and extras, and a showroom of delightful sights and smells. It is a special place for those who desire something distinctive in the departments of Culinary, Mercantile, and even Apothecary. Its proprietor, Karyn Schwartz, who is of much specialized knowledge, recently discovered Rox Chox... so now you can buy our chocolate there as well. Happy happy O So very Happy Holidays, Seattle.
The time has come! We have had so many requests for a coconut-free flavor that I have been busy experimenting and finally hit upon two combinations that are delicious enough that I scaled it up for our first limited-edition premiere. The new flavors are: "Dibs on Nibs", made with these cacao nibs of so many colors:
for which I used all of this vibrant Peruvian magical root. I had never peeled this much ginger at once before yesterday, so I googled 'peel ginger', thinking 'there must be an easier way?' and it turns out, there is! A simple spoon did the trick. The skin is so much more delicate than I'd thought.
Both of our new flavors are free of coconut and salt, so they are accessible to even more people of restricted diets - hooray! Nothing makes me happier than when someone says, 'Oh, but I can't have ___' and I can respond with 'But this treat is free of ____' and I see their face light up with joy. I know that feeling all too well, and I am really looking forward to seeing those smiles on your faces at the:
People's Holiday Craft Fair, December 12th, 2-7pm. 3029 SE 21st, Portland OR 97202, when we will premiere these two new flavors in a limited edition! Come by for a taste.
Shortly after this fair, we will also make them available online and to our retail locations. Thank you for fueling our creative fires, chocolate lovers. We are so happy to give you some sweetness.
We have an exciting new location where you can buy the Rox Chox 1.5 oz Bar and the 4.0 oz Phenomenon: Tender Loving Empire, 412 SW 10th Ave. This lovely little store is jam-packed with beautiful, locally made crafts and music and is also their record label headquarters, a screen printing studio and an art
gallery. If you are in Portland, I really really really suggest visiting this gem of creative brilliance. Especially now that it is officially gift-buying season.
Some exciting news today... We have three new LA-area accounts! We are one lucky chocolate company. And the Los Angeles area just got a whole lot sweeter! (or will next week anyways when we ship these out)
Organix LA in Eagle Rock : 1731 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA, 90041 This
is an article on the Huffington Post on those two stores,
which are owned by the same awesome group of people with a stellar
mission. Founder Luis Quismorio is quoted saying "It's a great feeling to know that we're providing fairly priced,
organic, and healthy foods so that it's reachable to all income levels." He, Anthony Bermudez and Ruben Perez founded Figueroa Produce Market first, over four years ago and just opened its sister store Organix last year.
And then we have another store, on the other side of town:
"This place is a jem! I couldn't believe how
well-stocked their room of herbs, teas, etc. was. They sell hard-to-find
healthy products in a virtual food desert. The nearest Whole Foods or
Trader Joe's is anywhere between 25 and 30 minutes away and they have
products that you can't even find in those stores. Don't get me wrong,
it is a tiny store. Their refrigerated items are much more limited, but
they have a bulk nut section that is organic with prices that rival much
larger stores. They sell food, sundries, and some prepared foods. I
would definitely recommend this place. I can see why they've been in the
neighborhood for 20-something years. Who knew there was health food in
It was reviews like this that made us send them a sample, and now we are so happy they said yes, because starting next week, Rox Chox will be available to the folks in Compton, which is really close to River's roots in Long Beach. <3 Everyone deserves a healthy treat.