New York, NY August 27th, 2019 - Authentic tastes from the Caribbean Island of Haiti are even more accessible now with Bonbonlakay.com. The online store ships traditional Haitian treats, chocolate bars and coffee nationally. During an annual trip to Haiti during the Summer of 2018, Founder Edgina Désormeaux came to the realization, the traditional treats she grew up eating were not as readily available as they once were. The street vendors and stores had replaced what were once piles of handmade spicy peanut brittle, coconut fudge, and starch cookies with mass produced cookies and candies imported from other countries. There she saw an opportunity not only to make Haitian snacks available to others like herself, but to create a marketplace for local Haitian brands and companies to sell their products to international customers. Bonbon Lakay was then founded with the purpose of making a little piece of Haiti available to foodies, Haitian culture enthusiasts, and Haitian diaspora everywhere.
Products - Classic Haitian favorites available on the site:
Bonbon Amidon - shortbread cookie made primarily with starch. Bonbon amidon is to Haiti what chocolate chip cookies are to the US
Langue Boeuf - cow tongue, a flaky pastry that first appeared in Haiti in the late 1960’s
Dous Makos - a tri color chocolate and vanilla fudge using an original recipe dating back to the 1930’s
Tablèt Noix - cashew brittle made with sugar, cinnamon and ginger
Tablèt Pistache - peanut brittle made with sugar, cinnamon and ginger
Haitian Rum Cake - a traditional Haitian cake soaked with 8 year aged Haitian rum
Frozen Haitian Patties - in 5 flavors, chicken, beef, spinach, smoked herring and cod fish
Askanya Chocolate Bars - The first bean to bar chocolate brand made from top rated Haiti grown cacao
Singing Rooster Coffee - Rare, gourmet, Fair Trade Haiti grown coffee
More direct from Haiti brands will be added to the site.
Since their soft launch in November of 2018, Bonbonlakay.com has shipped thousands of treats, some to customers who were having their childhood favorites for the first time in 15+ years. The ultimate goal is for all the products sold on the site to be made in Haiti using ingredients produced in Haiti, leading to job creation and economic growth in rural Haiti. “But we are not fully there yet” - says Edgina. “Currently, some of the products sold on the site are made in Brooklyn exclusively for BonbonLakay.com customers in small batches by bakeries that uphold and value their Haitian heritage.
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About Bonbon Lakay Inc.,
Founded in 2018 - Bonbon Lakay which translates into treats or cookies from home, launched with the purpose of making a little piece of Haiti available to Foodies, Haitian Culture Enthusiasts, and Haitian Diaspora everywhere. Their ultimate goal is for all products sold on the site to be made in Haiti using Haitian ingredients, promoting sustainable farming practices, leading to job creation and wealth in Haiti. Currently the site offers traditional treats made in New York City exclusively for Bonbon Lakay customers in small batches by bakeries that uphold and value their Haitian heritage. While packaged goods like coffee, and chocolate are from Haiti. Treats offered include Barbancourt rhum cake, spiced peanut brittle, spiced cashew brittle, starch cookies(a shortbread cookie made primarily with starch), langue boeuf(a crispy pastry) amongst other treats. BonbonLakay.com has amassed both Haitian and Non-Haitian loyal customers far and wide.
A portion of the proceeds from Bonbon Lakay Inc. are donated to Anseye Pou Ayiti(APA). A Haiti based organization on a mission to raise education outcomes in disadvantaged areas of Haiti by recruiting and training outstanding teachers for existing schools.