Some sweet re­lief

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food -

WHEN Alessia Buc­cheri worked as a caterer, she no­ticed a lack of healthy op­tions avail­able for cus­tomers.

To fill that niche Buc­cheri started her busi­ness Co­cobanan, which pro­vides a range of sweet treats with­out the pro­cessed sugar and fat.

Buc­cheri said she was sick of see­ing chil­dren fill up on sug­ary food with no nu­tri­tional value.

“Work­ing at Do­main Sta­dium in Su­bi­aco, we had thou­sands of peo­ple to feed and they were just fill­ing up on burg­ers and meat pies,” Buc­cheri said.

“It is just the norm to fill up on junk; some­times peo­ple would come look­ing for a healthy op­tion and we weren’t pre­pared for that.

“Be­ing healthy should be the norm; it shouldn’t be a big deal.”

The self-con­fessed foodie said since start­ing the busi­ness two months ago she had catered for many chil­dren’s par­ties and events.

“We as­so­ciate sug­ary food at chil­dren’s birth­day par­ties with hav­ing a good time,” she said.

Buc­cheri said many par­ents were start­ing to be­come more health con­scious.

“That’s where I can come in; my ve­gan ice creams and treats are really fun and ap­peal­ing for kids,” she said.

“Par­ents have really opened their eyes to fu­elling their chil­dren with health­ier treats with­out the colours, preser­va­tives, sug­ars and tox­ins that are in chil­dren’s party foods.”

Buc­cheri’s recipes are avail­able in a range of flavours.

“I’m al­ways ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent ice cream flavours which will really take off with sum­mer on the way,” she said.

“My step­dad is a chef, so it’s com­mon for us to be cook­ing and shar­ing recipe ideas in our home.

“I’m ex­cited I can pro­vide a health­ier, fun op­tion with­out sac­ri­fic­ing taste.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit in­sta­gram. com/the­of­fi­cial­co­cobanan.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d445638

Alessia Buc­cheri.

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