By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Bonnie Boroian was searching for a healthier way to enjoy a sweet treat.
It was a quest she began years ago as a professional dancer and continued on as a mother of five children, one who was pre-diabetic.
“I have always been very interested in my physical and mental health,” she said. “I needed to eat foods that would give me sustained energy for performances, but I always had a sweet tooth.”
Over the years, she said she couldn’t find an ingredient to substitute white sugar for. That is until she found coconut nectar, which was the start to her launching her Boca-based company Blissfully Better.
Boroian serves as the founder and CEO of the healthy treat company.
“I started this company so I could put forward a sweet product to provide a better lifestyle for as many people as possible,” she said. “You don’t have to compromise on taste.”
She heard about the sweet sugar substitute and traveled to check it out for herself. Coconut nectar is harvested in Bali and she said it was even better than what she expected.
“I was really excited to find out that it was even better than I could’ve imagined,” she said. “It was exciting to find this thing I was looking for for over 20 years.”
So with a caramel-like flavor that could be used in lieu of sugar in recipes, she hit the kitchen taking culinary classes.
“I thought this should be in products,” she said of the low-glycemic alternative. “This should be readily available.”
About two years ago, she decided to test out the coconut nectar in an old family recipe, a toffee her mom would make for Christmas. She substituted the sugar with the coconut nectar, which can crystallize into a sugar like consistency.
The result, Almond Toffee Thins, a healthy alternative to a sugary snack made with organic ingredients including chocolate and almonds.
“I thought this is going to be a winner,” she said.
Now, Blissfully Better has Sea Salt Caramel Thins, vegan Toasted Coconut Thins and Crunchy Quinoa Toffee Thins.
Locally, the bars can be purchased in Farmer’s Table Express, Four Winds Modern Apothecary, The Healthy Way, and Gramercy Salon. Nationally, they can be purchased at 10 airports and various specialty shops.
She was recently recognized as a Women of Influence by the Shelby Report, a national trade magazine.
“It’s incredibly exciting,” she said. “I didn’t expect it.”
Currently, she is working on increasing the places that carry her product and she is back in the kitchen working on new recipes.
She said there has been a request for a mint flavor and a chocolate line.
“It is a really clean way to eat a sweet treat,” she said of Blissfully Better.