what does "raw" mean? Where does the name Raw monje come from?
Raw desserts mean foods that have not been cooked above around 115 degrees. Many of the items we currently offer are considered raw, meaning they are not baked and so the nutritional value of the ingredients are intact. Some of the ingredients are not raw. All of our products are made of plant-based ingredients including fruits, nuts, coconut milk and oil, adaptogenic herbs (Adaptogens improve the health of your adrenal system, the system that's in charge of managing your body's hormonal response to stress) and superfood powders. Everything is completely natural and dyed with plants and Earth-based ingredients. Raw: being in or nearly in the natural state: not processed or purified; in a natural, unrefined, or crude state. The name “Raw Monje” comes from a combination of the word Raw and Monica’s nickname, Monje, based off of the Italian “mangiare: to eat.” The word monje in Spanish, pronounced differently, means “monk.” While our current products are mostly raw (hence the name), we envision a more authentic world where people show up in their purest and real forms and so the name has a double-meaning.
are the ingredients organic?
Yes, nearly all of our ingredients are organic, locally sourced where possible and non-GMO. Any non-organic ingredients used will be labeled or you will be notified. All ingredients are listed so that you are aware of what you are putting into your body. We have hand-selected ethically-responsible suppliers who have the same integrity as we do. They regularly test their ingredients for purity and source and support people and communities across the globe. Yes, organic is currently more expensive. We're firm believers in "Pay the farmer now or the doctor later." Especially where chocolate is concerned, eating and supporting organic is better for everyone.
how long do they keep?
Most of our products are frozen or need to be refrigerated for storage. Fresh flowers, berries and herbs on decorated cakes will last 1-2 days in the refrigerator. Standard items will keep in the fridge for a week or sealed in the freezer for 4-6 weeks or more. We don’t know how much longer because they’ve never lasted that long!
Raw Truffles may be left out, but they will soften. They should be kept cold, up to 10 days in refrigerator, otherwise please freeze in an airtight container for longer term storage. The glass containers may be frozen for short-term. Please reuse the jars or return them to us.
Raw "cheesecakes” including mini cupcakes: with fresh fruit toppings: 1-2 days in refrigerator, standard: 1 week in refrigerator, 4-6 weeks in freezer.
Donuts: 1 month unrefrigerated, 2 months in refrigerator.
What do you use for sweeteners?
We use fruit, honey (not in vegan treats), brown rice syrup, pure maple syrup, dates, bananas, lucuma powder and coconut sugar. Our current wholesale product line is 100% plant-based and vegan and does not use honey, but we do currently use honey in a few cheesecake flavors. While our desserts do contain sugar, we do not use refined white sugar or artificial sweeteners in any of our recipes. In some cases, we can also substitute other diabetic-friendly sweeteners for an extra cost if we have advance notice.
are they gluten free + vegan? WHat about nuts? are they kosher?
Gluten Free: Our kitchen is 100% gluten-free as are all the ingredients. Our suppliers are carefully chosen. We are located in separate kitchen in a shared building with our own heating and cooling. We use certified gluten-free oats in our Energy Bites and Energy Donuts.
Vegan: Most of our products are dairy free and vegan, but we do use honey in some recipes. Please refer to the ingredients on the product description or ask. Our current wholesale product line is 100% plant-based and vegan (chocolates and donuts) and do NOT use honey, but we DO currently use honey in a few cheesecake flavors available for custom order. We envision a world that operates with more plant-based options for anyone, but our first priority is filling a need for delicious and gluten-free, which is not always an easy feat. We always label any product that uses anything other than plants. Here is the statement from our chocolate supplier. This is the chocolate we use in our tempered hard chocolates (not our raw chocolates): “Our Fair Trade/Organic Dark Chocolate Couverture (all %) can be considered suitable for vegan diet since no animal-based ingredients are used in the manufacturing processes. However, please be aware that these products are manufactured in a facility that handles milk and dairy products and that we have not applied to any Vegan Certification Program.”
Nuts: Many of our recipes use nuts and a few use peanuts. We always use clean equipment after handling peanuts, but we are NOT a peanut-free or nut-free facility. Our recipes rely heavily on nuts and so we cannot accommodate nut-allergies.
Kosher: We are currently working on getting Kosher certified.
Most of our products are also free from soy, corn and refined white sugar. Some small toppings on custom items may include processed organic sugar, but we always notify you if there’s any regular sugar.
how do i get your treats?
We are conveniently located in Manayunk and offer pickup and local delivery. If you know somewhere in the local area where you’d love to see our products, please let the business know and have them reach out or fill out our Wholesale contact form. We create special event cakes and provide desserts and favors for both corporate and celebratory events. Please see our Custom page for more information. Please note: we are not a sit-down or traditional bakery and you must order ahead. We are not a storefront or open to the public besides for classes and scheduled pickups and open kitchen times during holidays. We do ship our donuts and plain truffles within the US; see next question.
We do have items in the freezer many days; they are usually posted in our online shop, but you’re welcome to reach out and see if we have anything available.
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product pickup + shipping
You may pick up your orders from our Manayunk, Philadelphia kitchen on Thursdays between 11am-5pm (subject to time change—please confirm time on our website) or another day by appointment only. Please note which Thursday when you place your order or you may email or call us to arrange a different day.
Chocolates/donuts: We do ship our plain truffles (contiguous US), assorted truffles (Greater Philadelphia area only) and chocolate donuts throughout the US. The cutoff for Thursday pickup or Friday delivery is 12pm on Wednesday or your order will be ready the following week. We hand deliver within the immediate NW Philadelphia area, on Fridays, for a $5 flat fee (19127 only; no order minimum) or $10 flat fee (within 5 miles of 19127; zip codes 19444, 19035, 19072, 19066, 19004, 19128, 19144, 19118, 19119; $35 minimum order).
Our plain truffles are shipped with ice packs and can be shipped only within the Contiguous US. These orders ship out M-W USPS 1-3 day shipping (local to Philly, they should arrive in 1 day). Choose UPS next day to guarantee shipping beyond the Northeastern US area. Chocolate order cutoff is 8pm Tuesday evening or your order will ship out the following Monday. In warm weather, it’s best to ship to your work location or be sure you will be home to receive your package. You can choose your shipping preference at checkout based on the best option to your location. We recommend overnight shipping for all raw chocolates going to locations above 75 degrees.
Cheesecakes (online orders): Require 3 day turnaround for pickup/delivery. Due to weight, temperatures and the nature of our ingredients, we do not ship cakes at this time.
For specific holidays, cutoff times for orders, delivery and pick-up windows may vary.
quality commitment + return policy
We are committed to our products bringing you joy. We cannot accept returns on orders since they are perishable and made to order in small batches. If for any reason you are not happy or there is an issue with your order, please reach out immediately so we can have a conversation and make it right. We cannot be responsible for improper storage or handling upon arrival or for shipping issues beyond our control due to storms and natural disasters. Thank you for understanding and supporting our small, woman-owned business. We appreciate any comments, feedback or suggestions you may have.