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Sunspire® Chocolates was founded in 1979 when Janet Jennings, a fourth generation chocolatier, decided to follow her vision of crafting high quality sweets with only natural ingredients instead of joining her familys successful chocolate business.
As she began her quest to develop all natural recipes, Jennings also discovered ways to innovate many of her familys classic ones. She researched nutritive sweeteners and worked on crafting the best-tasting and purest natural candies. As a result, Sunspire pioneered the natural chocolate category, setting the taste and quality standard for natural chocolates and confections - a standard that has never been met by another company.
Sunspires innovations include being the first company to market organic chocolate chips and carob chips, and marketing FruitSource®, a patented fruit juice-based sweetener. In 2004, it introduced the nations first white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips made without trans fats.
Today, Sunspire boasts a delicious line of products that includes baking chips, caramels, SunDrops® (the natural alternative to M and Ms®), chocolate-covered nuts and fruits, and yogurt-covered snacks. Sunspires products are all natural and made without refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. Organic, non-dairy and vegan varieties are also available.
In 1999, Sunspire was acquired by nSpired™ Natural Foods, which also owns Cloud Nine® Confections and Tropical Source® Chocolates, making it the nations leading natural chocolate producer. nSpired also owns Maranatha® Nut Butters.
In early 2008, The Hain Celestial Group acquired nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. which was the parent company of Sunspire and Tropicial Source. The Hain Celestial Group, a leader in natural and organic products, looks forward to expanding the Sunspire and Tropical Source brands within its portfolio of baking and confectionary products.