Creative Artist Liz Marx Makes Her Mark With Artistic Raw Vegan Chocolate
Love inspires many artistic creations. This is certainly true for glassblower, sculptor and raw chocolate artist Liz Marx. Her own love of chocolate initiated her quest for a chocolate recipe that she could eat every day and after playing around with recipes using raw cacao and a number of other alchemical ingredients, she found the magic vegan mix that she now pours into molds for Sweet Nuit.
Fitting for someone whose glass art has been commissioned by the White House, Liz has used her talents to carve multifaceted three-dimensional designs inspired by sacred arts, including Buddhas, intricately detailed lotus flowers, happy Hanumans, staid Ganesha figures, sultry entwined Tantric couples and tame flowers and birds and artistic motifs. While it may seem initially sacrilegious to devour a Buddha head, somehow I think the proponent of impermanence would approve.
An initial drawing becomes a temple when she carves the design into wax or clay used to fashion the food-safe mold that is reused repeatedly to shape the edible sculpture.
More than simply edible, the gold-dusted raw vegan chocolates feature 100% organic, raw cacao from a supplier who works closely with the growing communities to ensure fair trade practices. (Santa Monica-based Essential Living Foods.) Rather than experiencing the crash and burn associated with many commercial chocolates, Sweet Nuit’s aftertaste is as uplifting as the designs.
I first met Liz in a Yoga class, tried her chocolate at one event after another, and in whatever phase of the moon the melt-in-your-mouth creations are enjoyed (and she even has a moon phase series), they are sublime and well worth the sweet indulgence.
For more information or to order your holiday creations, visit: sweetnuit.com.
Felicia Tomasko has spent more of her life practicing Yoga and Ayurveda than not. She first became introduced to the teachings through the writings of the Transcendentalists, through meditation, and using asana to cross-train for her practice of cross-country running. Between beginning her commitment to Yoga and Ayurveda and today, she earned degrees in environmental biology and anthropology and nursing, and certifications in the practice and teaching of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda while working in fields including cognitive neuroscience and plant biochemistry. Her commitment to writing is at least as long as her commitment to yoga. Working on everything related to the written word from newspapers to magazines to websites to books, Felicia has been writing and editing professionally since college. In order to feel like a teenager again, Felicia has pulled out her running shoes for regular interval sessions throughout Southern California. Since the very first issue of LA YOGA, Felicia has been part of the team and the growth and development of the Bliss Network.