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Give-Away! Raw Pashen Bars!

Contest is now closed.

Enter to win two boxes of Pashen Raw Bars! Instructions at the end of the post.

I love when magic happens. A chance meeting in the grocery store line turns into friends for life, the crossing of paths create wonderful connections that reach far into lives. Or a simple phone call from an amazing entrepreneur enquiring about recipe development, turns into a wonderful collaboration with visions of wonderful expansion opportunities!

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I received just that phone call about a month ago. On the other end of the line was Wendy Sorquist, part-owner of Pashen Bars. These “healthy, delicious superfood snack bars made with organic, sprouted and raw ingredients” are Wendy’s baby and boy are they good.

Wendy was busy working in the corporate world. Frustrated at the lack of impact she felt she had in a huge business structure, she opted to work for a smaller corporation. It was a good fit and Wendy felt that she could accomplish more.

Wendy’s sister had started Pashen bars and was making them in a very small space, with very limited production. When she decided to quit the business, Wendy saw a wonderful opportunity to finally have a product of her own to work with.

They rebranded the bars and set to work, expanding their reach. And it started happening. Minneapolis, where Pashen Bars are located, is very open to local companies that are sustainable. There is amazing community support.

Wendy hit the road and contacted every store that she could think of where Pashen Bars would be a fit. And they took off.

Wendy had a little magical moment one night as she was driving home. They had outgrown their tiny manufacturing space (where she and her brother made all the bars) and was desperate for a commercial kitchen to make the bars in.

As she was driving along, she glanced through a window at a woman who was making pies. The space was Kindred Kitchen, a shared communal commercial kitchen. The laws in Minnesota are pretty strict about making product at home and this turned out to be the perfect answer!

Since then, Pashen Bars have taken off.  They have moved to a larger shared commercial kitchen, City Food Studio and production is going like gang-busters. Their bars can be found in many stores in Minnesota and California and they are preparing to expand nationally! I love stories like this.

Back to the phone call.

Wendy has been wanting to expand Pashen Bars for over 5 years. Currently they offer two bars: the original and the cacao. They are both delicious (she sent us two cases that lasted less than a week in our house) but more flavors were needed.

Wendy worked on recipes but could never really come up with a flavor profile she liked. She decided that her strength was in marketing and development, not the recipe development. She had been following Rawmazing for years, loved the recipes and thought, “If anyone can create some great flavors, it’s Susan!”.  She reached out, and after a long, wow, I really like you, love fest kind of conversation, I am now working on developing a couple of new bars for them. It’s pretty exciting all the way around.

Pashen Bar Give Away!

To kick off this wonderful collaboration, Wendy has graciously offered two full boxes of bars for our give-away! If you want to order right away, click here: Buy Pashen Bars

Photo credits: Wendy Sorquist, Melissa Mobley

 

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. In the comment section of this post, write a couple of words about your favorite flavor combinations. Only one entry per person!
  2. The contest will close at 10:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, January 31, 2016.
  3. We will announce the winner on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
  4. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator.
  5. This contest is only open to those 18 years or older.
  6. You can only enter once.
  7. Contest winners from countries other than the USA will be subject to the contest rules of their country of origin and may have to pay additional shipping charges.
  8. GOOD LUCK!

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377 Comments

  1. Kimi wrote on February 2, 2016

    i once had jalapeno penut brittle- it was green, hot, sweet and nutty- it’s no longer on my food radar but perhaps theres a healthy version of the sweet hot penutty stuff to delve into…=^..^=

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  2. abigail folk wrote on February 1, 2016

    matcha almond coconut

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  3. Erica Zyskowski wrote on February 1, 2016

    Vanilla/Banana/Chocolate.

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  4. Sally wrote on February 1, 2016

    Coconut and almonds, pineapple and macadamia nuts.

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  5. Jeri wrote on February 1, 2016

    Vanillia and coconut!

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  6. eva wrote on February 1, 2016

    Probably not a combo for a raw bar, but my favorite is: ginger, garlic, lime, cilantro, sesame seeds and a touch of tamari. Trying to stay away from the sweet stuff. Love your recipes. For a salsa: mango, pineapple, tomato, jalapeno, red onion, lime, garlic, lots of cilantro, cumin, salt.

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  7. Kimberly Hentzen wrote on February 1, 2016

    I would love almond butter and dark chocolate! Or, caramel apple!

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