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  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free

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Peruvian Cocoa Peanut Butter

  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free

11g Plant Protein | 160 Calories

The organic chocolate that coats this bar is made from fully fermented cocoa beans and grown by smallholder farmers along the foothills of the Andean Mountain region in Peru. Considered by many to be the best chocolate in the world, our Peruvian Chocolate is smooth and has subtle floral notes that are characteristic of the cocoa beans in the region. And of course, we are pairing this delicious chocolate with peanuts, making this bar perfect for all you PB Chocolate lovers out there.

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Cocoa: The cocoa bean is a dried and fermented seed of the cocoa tree, from which chocolate is produced. Although the tree is not exclusive to Peru, it is native to the Amazon basin and was extensively used in pre-Columbian civilizations such as the Mayan and Aztec in what is now Mexico. Since the Van Houten family invented innovative chocolate production processes in the early 19th century, the popularity of growing cocoa beans as a crop spread throughout Central and South America. Peru is now currently the ninth largest producer of cocoa and its cocoa beans are considered the best in the world.

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Tumi Artwork: This bar features artwork prevalent on Tumis, which are ceremonial knives made of bronze, gold, silver or copper and attributed to pre-Incan cultures such as the Sican and Chimu. Tumis consist of two parts – a semi-circular blade and a handle often representing the face of the Sican mythical god Naymlap. The Sican and Chimu used Tumis during ceremonies to sacrifice animals, and other pre-Columbian cultures such as the Paracas used them for cranial surgery. In modern times, the Peruvian government adopted the Tumi and its depiction of Naymlap as a national symbol to promote tourism. It is common to find Tumis on tourists gifts such as mugs and keychains. Many people in Peru also hang Tumis on their walls for good luck.

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Japanese Matcha Vanilla

  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free

11g Plant Protein | 160 Calories

Mezcla is using Matcha in a protein bar!? Yeah, you read that right. Using Matcha sourced directly from Japan, as well as Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds, we have developed a product that is sweet and crunchy, but delivers a unique Matcha flavor.

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Matcha: Matcha, specially grown green tea leaves ground into a fine powder, traces its origins back to the Tang Dynasty in 7th century China. However at that time, the leaves were roasted and pulverized for tea and it was not until the 12th century Song Dynasty when powdered tea became more prevalent. Chinese Zen Buddhists then quickly adopted the drink into their daily rituals for its meditational qualities. In 1191, the famous Zen monk Esai Moyan finally brought the tea leaves and these rituals to Japan. Over the next several hundred years, the tea and the rituals became further refined and widespread, ultimately transforming into the unique Japanese Matcha we know of today. Matcha is made up of two Japanese words: Ma meaning “to rub”, and Cha meaning “tea”.

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Saki Murakami – Tokyo, Japan

Based out of Tokyo and having graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts, Saki has been working as a graphic designer with international companies in the music, IT and gaming industries for more than ten years. With years of experience in the field as both an artist and illustrator, her diverse portfolio includes work for Paramount Pictures, Adobe and Samsonite. Primarily using black and white, Saki’s artistic world is one that is full of mystery!

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As a Japanese artist I am honored to have designed this wrapper. I drew it integrating traditional Japanese elements that remind me of Matcha—as Matcha itself is very traditionally Japanese. These include Matcha leaves, Carp, Cherry Blossoms, Mt. Fuji, and a Japanese Temple. I also incorporated the Japanese character ’咲’ (to bloom), representing the blooming flavor of Matcha – it is also the character of my first name. I hope that customers who enjoy the flavor will also enjoy the package design! – Saki Murakami

Japanese Koi, Pagoda and Mount Fuji: Prominently featured in the center of the artwork is a koi fish, which is a colorful, ornamental version of the common carp. Although carp domestication can be traced back to 4th century China, modern Japanese koi are thought to date back to the early 1800s when rice farmers in Niigata bred wild, colorful carp. Koi fish are symbolic in Japanese culture, representing luck, prosperity and good fortune.

Behind the koi fish sits a Japanese pagoda, which is a quintessential staple in Japanese Buddhist temples. Japanese pagodas actually derived from the Chinese pagoda, which itself came from the Indian stupa Indian stupas originally were simple mounds containing Buddha’s ashes. After reaching China, the structures grew more elaborate, evolving into a large tower and spreading to Korea and eventually Japan.

Spanning the background is Mount Fuji, the iconic Japanese volcano and tallest mountain in Japan. It is one of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains” along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. Mount Fuji’s classically symmetrical and snow-capped cone has long been a symbol of Japan and frequently depicted in Japanese art, poetry and literature. The mountain also is important to the Shinto religion, as eight major shrines have been built around its base.

Mexican Chipotle Hot Chocolate Plant Protein Bar Mexican Chipotle Hot Chocolate Plant Protein Bar in packaging

Mexican Chipotle Hot Chocolate

  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free

10g Plant Protein | 160 Calories

Featuring Chipotle Pepper (Dried Chili Pepper) sourced from Mexico with Cinnamon, Himalayan Pink Sea Salt and Peruvian Chocolate, this bar packs a combination of flavor that brings you both sweetness and heat.

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Chipotle Peppers: Circling the edge of the artwork you’ll find depictions of chipotle peppers – the fiery ingredient we source directly from Mexico that gives our bar its distinctive kick. Chipotle peppers, which are smoke dried jalapeno chile peppers, trace their roots back to the region that is now northern Mexico City. Although the peppers predate the Azetcs, the word “chipotle” actually comes from the Aztec word chipoctli, meaning smoked chile. Today, chipotle peppers are mainly enjoyed throughout Mexico and the United States, but have diffused into cuisines across the globe.

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Karina Desire Arceo Gonzalez – Yucatan, Mexico
Karina Arceo is from Yucatan, Mexico. Since she was young, she always loved working with her hands. From sewing, to drawing, to painting, Karina started in the art world when she was 7 years old. One year before graduating from College, Karina started painting nursery walls for her friends and family. She felt like this brought her back to when she was a kid. From there, she started working on lager projects across different mediums – this marked the true beginning of Karina’s career as a professional artist.

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Mayan Calendar and Jaguar: The left side of the artwork features designs reflecting Mayan calendars, which were used in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica dating back to 5th century BCE. The Mayans, who lived in the geographical area of what is now Mexico, developed complex mathematics and astronomy, allowing them to create one of the most accurate calendar systems known to human civilization. Their calendars are actually composed of three different cyclical calendars, known as the Long Count (1,872,000 days), the Tzolkin (divine calendar, 260 days), and the Haab (civil calendar, 365 days).

The pre-Columbian Mayan religion was also filled with many different jaguar gods. Mayans viewed jaguars as strong and powerful animals, and their distinctive fur patterns led them to be incorporated into religion. Notable Jaguar Gods include the god of Terrestrial Fire, God L, the Jaguar Goddess of Midwifery and War, and the Jaguar Twin Hero.

Food + Art = Culture

Mezcla / Mixture

We were determined to create a way to celebrate our love of food + art and invite you to the party, too. So we got to work planning, creating, and testing, and a year later, we can finally introduce you to Mezcla. Mezcla is a unique protein bar that doubles as a ticket to a digital showroom featuring masterpieces submitted by YOU (public submissions open in Spring of 2020 on our site). So, when you pick up a bar, just scan the QR code to see the daily featured art + artist.

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