Owning a business is a funny thing. As much as it seems like you know exactly what you’re doing, each day is a total learning process. A few months after Bloom started, our claims of vegan cookies was put into question. We did some research and we found that the margarine that we assumed was vegan, given it contained no dairy or obvious animal products, actually contained Vitamin D3, which is typically synthesized from lanolin (Google if you want…it’s kinda gross). While it was stressful changing our product, we adapted and started using a product that was 100% vegan.

The reality of vegan baking and cooking is you’re fairly limited in what kinds of ingredients you can use. The limitations definitely force us to be creative, and many times some amazing stuff can come out of it (Vegan Maple Bacon cookies?!? Sure!!). We’ve been using a vegan margarine for a number of years that has worked incredibly well for us, met our price point, and was readily available in large quantities…however it contained Modified Palm oil. We knew it wasn’t a great ingredient, and one that we didn’t love using in our cookies, but unfortunately it was somewhat of a necessary evil.

Over the last few weeks we’ve been looking at ways to expand Bloom into different areas. We love working markets and meeting our customers face to face, but retail also allows us to get our product to new customers, and makes getting our cookies even easier for you! That being said, we felt it was time to get rid of that pesky modified palm oil!

So over the next few weeks, we’re slowly going to be transitioning all our recipes and start using olive oil for our fat. Don’t worry! The Bloom cookies you love won’t change! We’re working incredibly hard to ensure that the taste, texture and quality our customers have come to expect won’t change. We feel like this is a really positive move and will help make Bloom Cookies even better! If you bought Chocolate Chip Cookies this weekend, that was our first official olive oil batch! We thought they turned out pretty darn good!

Thanks so much for your support over the years. Our customers have helped turn a hobby into a great business that we hope will continue to sustain and grow over the years.

~Ashley and Andrew

High-res Cold weather! Eat cookies! Our oatmeal stout is a crispy yet chewy oatmeal chocolate chip made with a dark stout beer. It’s not too sweet, a bit malty and super delicious! One of our fave flavors! #yeg #yegvegan

Cold weather! Eat cookies! Our oatmeal stout is a crispy yet chewy oatmeal chocolate chip made with a dark stout beer. It’s not too sweet, a bit malty and super delicious! One of our fave flavors! #yeg #yegvegan

High-res Awesome!! @julierohryeg and her amazing bloom s’more was in today’s gastropost in the Edmonton Journal!

Awesome!! @julierohryeg and her amazing bloom s’more was in today’s gastropost in the Edmonton Journal!