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Letterbox love: zestEAT

Sweet stuff that can come through the letterbox has to be one of the greatest things to come out of lockdown. The best bit about this one? Raw, vegan, "healthy" chocolate.

Lockdown saw a boom in letterbox gifting and it’s not hard to see why. In just a few clicks, you can pick a gift, get it wrapped and delivered straight through the letterbox.

It was with this in mind that Jo Helcke, a health enthusiast decided to launch zestEAT. Jo’s been running postnatal fitness classes in Leicestershire for the past 13 years – ask any mum and she’s either heard of, or been to one of Jo’s classes.

She’d already been making healthy, raw, vegan treats for her clients to enjoy after their run up Beacon Hill and after completing her chef training at The Wild Food Cafe, London in 2019, lockdown seemed like the perfect time to take the plunge. 

The Letterbox Treats are available as a one-off box or, as an ongoing subscription and arrive in a handy brown box that fits neatly through your letterbox.

She wraps them all herself and includes a handwritten note to each customer. There was also a small gift included in my box from another local indie business, which I thought was a really nice touch.

Jo’s flavours change slightly each month, but in each box you can expect a selection of vegan goodies – anything from velvety soft truffles to fruity nutty chocolate and even Joanna’s own take on the healthier, vegan version of ‘After Eights’ featuring raw, natural mint chocolate fudge.

I could easily have eaten the chocolate truffles all day, so I’m glad there were only three in the box: they were little drops of chocolate heaven.

All the chocs are handmade using natural wholefoods such as cacao, therapeutic grade essential oils, nuts, superfoods and no refined sugar. Keeping the ingredients raw helps preserve nutrients making for a healthier treats.

For £19, the value is incredible and is despatched within 1-2 days so it’s super quick. And the bonus? You don’t need to stay home to wait for your package as it can be sent right through the letterbox – hence the name obvs!

I thought I’d be able to just eat a small bite, but found myself back at the box picking another delicious creation. No surprise that Mr Muddy barely had a chance to get a look-in.

The raw ingredients Jo uses, helps to preserve the nutrients, making them healthier than shop-bought ones so you can enjoy them totally guilt-free. Good job as I managed to devour the entire box myself!

Buy these if:
– you love chocolate and are a vegan.
– you love chocolate and are not a vegan.
– you love chocolate and want a healthier alternative.


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