Saturday, July 6, 2013

Rawsome snacks at Cafe Cafe, Subiaco

Are you ready for a little burst of excitement?

I recently discovered Rawsome raw vegan snacks and they have raw vegan caramel slice! and raw vegan mint slice! and raw vegan lamington balls! and raw vegan many other things I can't even name them all here! and they are available really dangerously close to where I live and work.


Rawsome raw, vegan caramel slice

In case you couldn't tell, I am very excited by this.

Rawsome was created by its founder, Laila Gampfer, in 2011. It is credit to her and the company that Rawsome products can now be found in over 20 central cafes in Perth. They are even in Miss Maud's, a chain of cafe-restaurants that I grew up enjoying and am delighted to know I can now visit to find a raw vegan treat. They are also at The Herdsman, that gourmet supermarket of delight I have discussed previously (and which is also quite accessible from my house...), and several central cafes in the city and inner city area.

The Rawsome website states that Rawsome aims to "provide a wholesome range of treats to satisfy sweet cravings while nourishing the body, mind and soul". All of the products are raw, vegan (except raw honey in some products), paleo, gluten free, grain free, sugar free and soy free. That's quite a list. Their Facebook page includes links to newspaper coverage that explains Laila developed the range after being diagnosed with Coeliac disease.

Rawsome raw, vegan goji berry, seed and nut slice

The products are, frankly, pretty amazing. I first saw the range when meeting my sister for an afternoon coffee at Cafe Cafe, a regular meeting spot for us because it is relatively central and there is an upstairs seating area that is always warm, has comfortable couches, and is relatively uncrowded. The cafe also does great coffee and chai lattes.

On the day in question, I had just ordered two soy chai lattes and noticed a string of 'Rawsome' stickers along the front of appealing looking slices in the cabinet. I think it is testament to my self-control that I didn't make a scene of excitement in the store. Instead, I just made a scene of excitement in my mind. I also developed plans to work my way through the entire range. I have since had two slices (the discovery was just the other week...) and see more on the horizon.


My first slice was eaten at the cafe, and consisted of the raw vegan caramel slice with a long black coffee. I'm not sure why I chose the caramel slice - I would have considered the mint slice, or cherry ripe slice, to be more to my usual tastes - but perhaps it is the utter novelty of a vegan caramel slice available at my whim.

The slice had the same characteristic of every other (non-vegan) caramel slice I've eaten: it was rich. And sweet. And a little bit sickly. And rich. It wasn't particularly caramelly, but my goodness it was good.

The base was nutty, but soft enough to pass as a typical caramel slice base. The chocolate layer was fudgy and ganache like. I hope you know me well enough to know that raw, vegan, fudgy, ganache-like chocolate is a very good thing in my world.


I am glad I had the coffee to help offset some of the sweetness, but it was a nice entry to a product range that I plan to develop a long-term relationship with.


The second slice was one I bought to take away, and was almost a little hesitant about. Unlike the caramel slice, it seemed reminiscent of fruit and nut treats I've made myself or bought elsewhere. I thought I might be making a 'boring' choice.

People, I was so very wrong. This goji, seed and nut bar is somehow - inexplicably and amazingly - a vegan coconut ice. For those of you not familiar with coconut ice, it is an old school Australian confection consisting largely of coconut, copha and sugar. Hannah veganised it (and chocolatised it) on Wayfaring Chocolate earlier this year.

I didn't like coconut ice that much as a child - too coconutty, too sweet, too dense - but this slice I did like. A lot. It was coconutty, but not too coconutty. It was sweet, but not too sweet. It was dense, but dense without making me feel ill (although it did make me feel full!). The goji berries somehow tasted like strawberries. It was all things wonderful.

I'll say it again: I am very excited.


One caveat I must mention is that the Rawsome range is not cheap. Most of the slices, including the caramel slice, retail for $7.90. Some of the smaller ones, including the goji, seed and nut bar, are $4.90. A few, including a raw banoffee pie, are $11.90. I don't think these prices are unreasonable given the ingredients and the rarity of commercial raw treats - but they'd be tough to justify too often. On the plus side, that should prolong their treat-like nature nicely.

Tell me - what was your last exciting food moment?

Cafe Cafe is located at 29 Station Street, Subiaco, Western Australia.

Rawsome is stocked at a variety of cafes in Perth, details of which can be seen here.

Neither Rawsome nor Cafe Cafe had any involvement in this post, and I bought the products I've reviewed myself.

22 comments:

  1. I love goji in soups (very traditional Chinese cooking) and I constantly find them in bars and cakes now and am loving the new twist to eating it!

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    1. I find the idea of goji in soups a twist, but a good one!

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  2. I have looked hard to try and work out if there is a caramel layer - that makes a caramel slice - I know it is terribly sweet but it is so full of childhood contentment. Sounds like a great range to be able to indulge in if you need to go outside your kitchen for some comfort and deliciousness

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    1. It's definitely not a traditional caramel slice...there was a fine layer between the base and the chocolate that was sticky and sweet, but I think the chocolate topping was intended to be chocolate-caramel instead of the more typical caramel layer with a thin chocolate top. If you were expecting a traditional version you'd be disappointed, but if that is put aside, it definitely ticked the comfort and deliciousness boxes :)

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  3. THIS MAKES ME SO FRICKING EXCITED! The choc caramel slice is the one that my heart would have leapt for, except when I saw it I may not have chosen it - I love the caramel part of that slice, not just fudgy ganache. But wooooah for all of it and YES not too wsweet and, really, aren't normal cakes often around $8 a slice in Australia? At least in Canberra.

    Thanks for the shout-out. Oh Perth you seductress.

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    1. I should have known you'd share my excitement - thanks for understanding the joy :D I figure if these things are happening in Perth, there is also a lot of hope for the rest of the non-Melbourne/Sydney country. And you're right, $8 isn't too different from non-raw/vegan cafe slices anyhow.

      On the caramel part of the slice, it was rather blurred into the chocolate, so it may not have fully delivered on your caramel hopes (it wasn't the same as a traditional caramel slice at any rate). I'm pretty sure I could find you something you'd love though :-)

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  4. Holy bucket that looks like an amazing place. A friend at work brought in a raw vegan peanut butter-caramel slice last week, which was delicious and unexpected, but that's the closest I've come to a raw vegan cafe near work!

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    1. Ooh, that slice also sounds amazing - the addition of peanut butter would take things to a whole new level! With luck, you'll get something similar in Townsville or surrounds before too long (if it's happening in Perth, it can happen anywhere!) :)

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  5. Yum that looks and sounds phenomenal!!! Especially the caramel slice. I want to make a trip to Perth and now it would definitely include this place!

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    1. I'm glad I've convinced you it's worth seeking out!

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  6. Wow! Vegan food has come a long way if there is such a thing as vegan caramel slice! I really admire people that can make recipes usually choc full of milk, butter and eggs without any of those tasty things and still have it taste good! No wonder you are excited!

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  7. I'm really glad it's close to you. I like it when you're happy. :)

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  8. Those treats look tasty! I can't remember the last food thing I had that was truly amazing...Yesterday I went and got frozen yogurt and it was pretty good. Strawberry/Banana froyo topped with fresh strawberries. It was the perfect post race/post long(ish) bike ride on a hot summer day.

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    1. Oh, yum :) That does sound perfect!

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  9. Wow that is pretty cool! :-) I'm in love with Iku - not sure if they are in WA but big vegan take-away shop here in Sydney :-)

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    1. We don't have them yet, but I hope they come over!

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  10. Just found these in Miss Maud's last week, I tried the choc mint slice. Sweet, rich, chocolatey and yum! Working through the range sounds like a plan.

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  11. Goji nut bar is just awesome. I never miss eating it whenever I'm out for food. It is amazingly amazing something that can't be explained unless you eat it and taste it yourself.

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