Hail Merry—“Raw, Vegan, and Gluten-Free”—Review and Giveaway


UPDATE:  This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who took the time to comment! Congratulations to the following winners! (I will be contacting each of you via email.)

~ Vegyogini(Hugger Food“I’d love to try the Orange Cranberry Granola! Thanks for the giveaway!”

~ Rita: 
“I hope these products come to my area. I want to try them all but if I could have only one, those coconut macaroons have called me by name.”

~ Beverly: 
“I couldnt decide between the choco macaroons or pecans…yum!”

Do you know about Hail Merry foods? Oh my goodness, you’re in for some surprisingly wonderful treats if you don’t. Their products are fabulous! Hail Merry’s products are labeled raw, vegan, and gluten free. These products are certified gluten free to less than 10 parts per million (ppm) by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO). Although labeled raw, Hail Merry states on its website and individual packaging that its foods are not 100% raw. You can read more on that subject and the nutritional benefits of eating Hail Merry foods in their brochure, but here are some key points from Hail Merry:

“We don’t use heated or processed oils, synthetic vitamins, soy fillers or stimulants, which flood the so-called nutritional performance snacks found on the market today. Hail Merry Foods are made from 100% unadulterated ingredients.”

Hail Merry further states, “We believe in the healing power of certain plant-based oils in their raw state. Raw nuts and cold pressed coconut oil contain healthy fats proven to improve our cholesterol profile, increase metabolism, reduce inflammation and provide an excellent source of fuel for our body. Another added benefit of these dietary oils is more radiant skin and hair.”

Susan O’Brien is the raw food chef behind Hail Merry and is now in partnership with two other ladies who make up this women-owned business. You can read how Hail Merry was “born” here and here. See Susan talk about “no more gluten-free junk food” (including her thoughts on bars) in this video below.

So let’s get to the specifics, shall we?

Son sampled the Blonde Macaroons, which he proceeded to call “coconut balls” and lapsed into “Valley Girl-speak” when he proclaimed “they are the best stuff I’ve had in like forever.” I sampled them, too, and agree … they are delicious.

I also sampled the Chocolate Macaroons. These treats were amazing. “Hand made with organic shredded coconut, dark cocoa, organic expeller pressed coconut oil, pure maple syrup, organic Mexican vanilla and sea salt.” Oh, they are so, so very good!

Son also loved the Orange Cranberry Grawnola. He liked the Lemon Agave Grawnola, too, but far preferred the Orange Cranberry Grawnola. This granola includes: “almonds, *organic maple syrup, organic buckwheat groats, orange juice, organic apples, raw pecans, organic cranberries (evaporated cane juice), organic raw sunflower seeds, raw walnuts, raw Madagascar bourbon vanilla, organic flax seeds, cinnamon, organic rice bran solubles, sea salt.” I completely understood his preference for the Orange Cranberry Grawnola flavor because although I’m a fan of lemon in many foods and recipes, granola is not usually one of them. Plus, Hail Merry’s orange-infused products are simply divine.

Why do I say that? Well, Hail Merry also sent plenty of its Orange Rosemary Pecans (1.75 ounce packets) for my last support group meeting. To say that I was extremely skeptical that I’d like this snack was an understatement. But what a surprisingly delightful flavor combination the orange and rosemary turned out to be with the pecans (which had been soaked and dehydrated). This snack was also very satisfying. I didn’t have the urge to open another package when I had finished the packet. I also added some of the Orange Rosemary Pecans to my new Applesauce Muffin recipe that I’ll be sharing in my upcoming March Muffin Madness event. And let me just say that those pecans added exactly the right touch to the recipe. Nice little giving bites of orange and rosemary! The Orange Rosemary Pecans were enjoyed by all who tried them. They were one of the items that did “their job” to keep folks pleasantly satisfied while we were waiting for all the pizzas to be ready.

I also thought the Vanilla Maple Almonds were lovely sweet treats that were not overly sweet. The almonds have been soaked and dehydrated. Okay, I admit it … with that treat, I was actually a little sad when that snack bag was empty and I found out that it was the only one of its kind in the products sent me for review. I might have actually tilted the bag to my mouth to get every little bite of goodness.

Note that I did not get to try all of Hail Merry’s products. I didn’t get to try the Salt N Pepper Sunflower seeds or Chimayo Chili Pecans. And I didn’t get to try Hail Merry’s most praised products, its Merry Miracle Tarts. Voted Best New Vegan Product 2011 in Food Expo West, these beautiful tarts are pretty pricey, but like all the Hail Merry products they are made of very high quality ingredients. In addition, these tarts are coconut oil based and require refrigeration at all times. So overnight shipping is included in the price. The Merry Miracle Tarts come in several different flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate Almond Butter, Chocolate-Mint, Meyer Lemon, and Persian Lime.

The important part … Hail Merry is giving three gfe readers The Assortment 4-Pack, which includes one 3.5-ounce bag of each of the following:  Chocolate Macaroons, Blonde Macaroons, Orange Cranberry Grawnola, and Lemon Agave Grawnola. Plus, one 1.75-ounce bag of the Vanilla Maple Almonds is also included in the giveaway prize package. Each winner’s gift package is over $25 in value.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment stating which product sounds most appealing to you. (Note that additional comments will not be eligible entries.) The giveaway ends Tuesday, March 27, at midnight Eastern.

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99 Responses to “Hail Merry—“Raw, Vegan, and Gluten-Free”—Review and Giveaway”

  1. Christina on March 25th, 2012 11:17 pm

    The Macaroons sound awesome!Though, I would love to try the Vanilla Maple Almonds as well.

  2. Lee Barrilleaux on March 25th, 2012 11:26 pm

    The blonde macaroons sound so delish. My Mom used to make homemade macaroons, so they are definately a comfort food for me.

  3. Tessa Domestic Diva on March 25th, 2012 11:28 pm

    orange cranberry granola for sure! I love that combo!!

  4. Chelsea on March 25th, 2012 11:31 pm

    Ive tried the chocolate macaroons and they were amazing! I can’t wait to try another flavour!

  5. Shelly on March 25th, 2012 11:39 pm

    Hands down the blonde macaroons! I am going to have to look for Hail Merry products near me. They all sound yummy, and just right to keep in my bag for snacks on the go. :)

  6. Jen A on March 25th, 2012 11:45 pm

    Chocolate macroons yum! Also intrigued by the chimayo chili pecans :). Thanks for the shot!

  7. Janet Lewis on March 25th, 2012 11:50 pm

    Orange Cranberry Granola, although it was hard to pick a favorite!

  8. Becky on March 25th, 2012 11:51 pm

    Vanilla Maple Almonds!

  9. dani lassen on March 25th, 2012 11:51 pm

    Would love the macaroons, both flavors! The nuts sound fab and definitely the grawnola as well! Excited to know about these products ;)

  10. tanyaci on March 25th, 2012 11:52 pm

    Hello vanilla maple almonds! They sound delicious!

  11. j3nn on March 25th, 2012 11:58 pm

    I’m crazy about their chocolate miracle tarts! I had one last week; SO GOOD!

  12. Paula Decaria on March 26th, 2012 12:25 am

    I loved Hail Merry! Their macaroons are quite tasty, but I absolutely love their orange cranberry grawnola!

  13. Michelle Stone on March 26th, 2012 2:24 am

    Those chocolate macaroons sound absolutely delicious!! I am such a sucker for chocolate. Although, I have to say, the vanilla maple almonds sound pretty good too. :-)

  14. Wanda on March 26th, 2012 3:48 am

    I’m gonna think about them all day now! :)

  15. Jayne Koch on March 26th, 2012 4:33 am

    Orange cranberry granola!! Actually it Ll sounds so good!

  16. Shari H on March 26th, 2012 5:32 am

    The Grawnola sounds tasty to me – I love adding granola to my yogurt. Or the almonds, which are one of my favorite, easy, on-the-go snacks.

  17. Jessica on March 26th, 2012 5:52 am

    I want to try the Merry Miracle Tarts!! The Chocolate, Chocolate Almond Butter, and Chocolate-Mint all sound amazing!:)

  18. Ricki on March 26th, 2012 7:39 am

    I don’t think we have these here in Canada yet, but boy, do they sound amazing! Those pecans in particular. . . so different! And how great of them to send enough for your whole support group. :) I’d love to try these!

  19. Maura on March 26th, 2012 7:56 am

    The vanilla maple almond sounds yummy! They all do!

  20. Jennifer on March 26th, 2012 8:35 am

    The Chocolate Macaroons of course!

  21. Beverly on March 26th, 2012 8:55 am

    I couldnt decide between the choco macaroons or pecans…yum!

  22. Stephanie on March 26th, 2012 9:13 am

    The chocolate macaroons are to die for! I would love to try the others.

  23. Ana on March 26th, 2012 9:26 am

    Oh gosh, I would love to try anything, it all sounds amazingly good! But if I had to choose only one it would be the chocolate macaroons, those look soooo good!! :-)

  24. Kimberly Louis-Jean on March 26th, 2012 9:50 am

    The chocolate macaroons sound divine!! I am a sucker for anything chocolate and coconut related.

  25. Karen on March 26th, 2012 10:02 am

    I would love to try the chocolate macaroons! What a perfect combination!!

  26. Francesca on March 26th, 2012 10:14 am

    I am a huge fan of their tarts but haven’t tried any of their other products. Those chocolate macaroons sound amazing though!

  27. lindsey on March 26th, 2012 10:39 am

    blonde macaroons, for sure!! :)

  28. Alta on March 26th, 2012 10:44 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hail Merry stuff. And love that she’s from Dallas. ;-) I wish you would have been able to sample their tarts. They are SWOON-worthy for sure. Those macaroons are delightful too. And their grawnola. And their nuts. Okay I love all of their stuff. Can you tell?

  29. Ann Stark on March 26th, 2012 11:34 am

    Can’t wait to try the vanilla maple almonds – my favorite flavors in one!

  30. Brandae on March 26th, 2012 12:08 pm

    Chocolate macaroons would be my first pick! It all sounds great.

  31. Megan on March 26th, 2012 12:22 pm

    The Macaroons sound the best to me!

  32. Vegyogini on March 26th, 2012 12:32 pm

    I’d love to try the Orange Cranberry Granola! Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Janis on March 26th, 2012 12:45 pm

    The vanilla maple almonds sound delicious, I love almonds!

  34. Janis on March 26th, 2012 12:46 pm

    I subscribe to your emails

  35. Bunny on March 26th, 2012 12:50 pm

    I have been looking for a coconut macaroon that I like forever – I know I would love the blonde ones.

  36. Frederique on March 26th, 2012 12:52 pm

    YUMM! I love macaroons, but i put granola EVERYWHERE and cranberry orange sounds Ama-zing! zing… get it?

  37. Sharon Smithline on March 26th, 2012 12:53 pm

    The chocolate macaroons sound awesome!!

  38. tina on March 26th, 2012 12:59 pm

    I have to go with the blonde macaroons! They sound delicious!

  39. michelle on March 26th, 2012 1:03 pm

    They all sound wonderful. but I love Orange cranberry anything so thatvone sounds great.

  40. Wanda Moncrief on March 26th, 2012 1:13 pm

    I think I would love the Orange Cranberry Grawnola! All of the products sound wonderful however.

  41. Christine on March 26th, 2012 1:18 pm

    They contain rice, so not for me. I was hoping there might be one more source for those of us that must avoid all grains and legumes. Buckwheat, Quinoa, Amaranth aren’t reaction inducing so it was good to see Buckwheat.

    I like Laughing Giraffe Raw snacks that are truly raw and completely grain, legume free.

  42. Erin on March 26th, 2012 1:27 pm

    Lemon Agave Granowla!

  43. Denise on March 26th, 2012 1:42 pm

    blonde macaroons! xoxox

  44. Patsy on March 26th, 2012 1:45 pm

    Orange Cranberry Grawnola sounds really good!

  45. SunnyB @ andloveittoo on March 26th, 2012 2:06 pm

    Ohhh Shirley! This is a giveaway we can really sink our teeth into. ;)

    I had the pleasure of enjoying both the regular and the chocolate macaroons on my last trip to Houston, TX. They do not have Hail Mary in any of our local stores, so I have yet to venture past that. Undoubtedly the orange cranberry granola is just as delicious as it sounds.

    What a great giveaway!

  46. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom on March 26th, 2012 2:18 pm

    Thanks! Any and all, but the vanilla almonds sound great!

  47. Julie D. on March 26th, 2012 2:25 pm

    As a newbie with celiac disease, a little bit of chocolate sounds grand right now, so Chocolate Macaroons it is!

  48. Sara P. on March 26th, 2012 2:31 pm

    I would love to try the Chocolate Macaroons!

  49. Sue on March 26th, 2012 2:39 pm

    Oh my gosh! The chocolate macaroon sounds wonderful!
    I’ve tried the coconut oil tarts, they are unbelievably good!

  50. Reagan McNeil on March 26th, 2012 3:02 pm

    I think the cranberry orange grawnola sound amazing!!!!!!

  51. Kathleen on March 26th, 2012 3:16 pm

    I would like to try the Vanilla Maple Almonds, as well as the macaroons. Thanks!

  52. Susan Halloran on March 26th, 2012 3:26 pm

    Ooh, chocolate macaroons? Sounds delicious, and just in time for gluten-free Easter baskets!

  53. Suzanne H on March 26th, 2012 3:37 pm

    The Vanilla Maple Almonds.

  54. Karen on March 26th, 2012 5:09 pm

    Macaroons sound wonderful and I’d like to try the grawnola as well. I haven’t tried anything but their lemon and chocolate tarts. The chocolate tarts are probably the most decadent thing I’ve eaten in ten years. Triple love them so if the macaroons and grawnola are as good as the tarts, this is a phenomenal giveaway.

  55. Suzanne on March 26th, 2012 5:10 pm

    Chocolate macaroons – anything chocolate calls my name!

  56. Anne Y on March 26th, 2012 5:53 pm

    I would be interested to try the Lemon Agave Grawnola.

  57. Dorothy Barton on March 26th, 2012 6:05 pm

    Chocolate Macroons sound great! How about in my easter basket? Can’t wait to try them.

  58. Sherry Eason on March 26th, 2012 6:34 pm

    The chocolate macaroons sound divine. So did almost every product you mentioned. I want to try them all.!

  59. Ashlee L on March 26th, 2012 6:37 pm

    I would love to try their chocolate almond butter miracle tarts!
    Sounds delicious.
    Thank you!

  60. Teri Lodesky on March 26th, 2012 6:45 pm

    The chocolate macaroons sound delicious! Everything’s better with chocolate!

  61. Emily on March 26th, 2012 6:51 pm

    They all sound INCREDIBLE but the chocolate macaroons are making me chocolate swoon!!!

  62. Susan Jonell Roragen on March 26th, 2012 6:51 pm

    the chocolate maccarooms

  63. Kelley on March 26th, 2012 7:16 pm

    chocolate macaroons

  64. Cindy W. on March 26th, 2012 7:18 pm

    Gosh, they all sound good but I’m going to pick the chocolate macaroon.

  65. laura west kong on March 26th, 2012 7:44 pm

    The orange rosemary pecans sound fabulous, and anything with coconut!

  66. Linda C on March 26th, 2012 8:33 pm

    The coconut macaroons and the vanilla almonds sound irresistable to me! Orange and rosemary with nuts? I am willing to try! It all sounds yummy to be honest.

  67. Venessa on March 26th, 2012 8:38 pm

    I’ve had the miracle tart before and it was fabulous!! I’d love to try the chocolate macaroon. Thank you for this giveaway. :-)

  68. Yvonne on March 26th, 2012 8:43 pm

    Wow! good Blond Macaroons are really hard to come by—they sound superb–mmmm

  69. richard linsenberg on March 26th, 2012 9:58 pm


  70. Nicole on March 26th, 2012 10:27 pm

    The blonde macaroons sound amazing! I would love to try them.

  71. Janet Sale on March 26th, 2012 10:27 pm

    The chocolate macaroons would be my first choice

  72. Janet Sale on March 26th, 2012 10:28 pm

    Chocolate macaroons sound great

  73. Heather on March 26th, 2012 10:53 pm

    The orange cranberry grawnola sounds fabulous!

  74. Samantha on March 26th, 2012 10:57 pm

    Chocolate miracle tart sounds fabulous!

  75. Sharon Baridon on March 27th, 2012 12:58 am

    Blond Macaroons!!! Anything with coconut!!! Too bad the Orange Rosemary Pecans are not included in the giveaway!! They sound intriguing…. And dare I say, divine????

  76. Jessica on March 27th, 2012 1:40 am

    They all sound delicious! I’ll keep my eye out for them!

  77. Cara on March 27th, 2012 7:30 am

    The Lemon or Chocolate miracle tarts look awesome!

  78. Cara on March 27th, 2012 7:30 am

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  79. Rita on March 27th, 2012 7:37 am

    I hope these products come to my area. I want to try them all but if I could have only one, those coconut macaroons have called me by name.

  80. Jacqui on March 27th, 2012 10:01 am

    oh my gosh! The Vanilla Maple Almonds sound divine!

  81. Ms. M. V. Smith on March 27th, 2012 10:39 am

    I’d like to try the Orange Cranberry Grawnola. I made some GF orange-cranberry muffins from a GF recipe I got and they didn’t come out like I hoped they would. Looking forward to tasting what they should have tasted like (or close to it!).

  82. Karen G. on March 27th, 2012 10:52 am

    The Vanilla Maple Almonds sound like a fantastic snack option for the kids and for on-the-go snacks.

  83. Carrie Holdcraft on March 27th, 2012 11:04 am

    The Orange Rosemary Pecans sound wonderful. I love all 3 of those flavors.

  84. Carrie Holdcraft on March 27th, 2012 11:09 am

    How can I get the nuts?

  85. Morgan Crumm on March 27th, 2012 1:21 pm

    The macaroons and the cranberry orange Grawnola sound amazing!

  86. Karen on March 27th, 2012 3:17 pm

    The chocolate macaroons sound the best to me!

  87. vegAnn on March 27th, 2012 4:03 pm

    Definitely want to try the Cherry Almond Hemp Grawnola

  88. Sharon on March 27th, 2012 6:14 pm

    Love Hail Merry. I’ve been wanting to try the cranberry granola but they haven’t had it in my store. Also the tartlets are to die for. Yum.

  89. stephanie on March 27th, 2012 8:24 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hail Merry… that was really cool to see the video of the founder!! She inspires me! She took the words right out of my mouth and I feel so passionate about the things she talked aobut. I have already tried the macaroons and the chocolate macaroons and I have NEVER had a GF treat that is store bought that compares! There is no other treat I would have GF, healthy or otherwise! I look forward to trying some of her tarts!! I just wish there were a whole foods near my home. Maybe they can consider selling in Sprouts farmers markets? I believe Sprouts/Henry’s and Sunflower markets are all owned by the same company and they are more accessible to me and I would think many more people.

  90. Sharon on March 27th, 2012 8:29 pm

    The vanilla maple almonds sound lovely to me but so do the tarts and granolas! It all sounds delicious!

  91. Amy on March 27th, 2012 9:08 pm

    The blonde macaroons sound wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win some healthy gf snacks!!!

  92. Micha @ blissful bites on March 27th, 2012 9:50 pm

    mmmmm I’d love to try some of those chocolate macaroons!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  93. Beverly on March 28th, 2012 10:42 am

    Thanks so much!!! I can’t wait to try them! When I can find something that is convenient, healthy, gluten free and vegan it’s pretty exciting!!!!!

  94. Rita on March 28th, 2012 12:02 pm

    I can’t believe it! I was one of the giveaway winners. This has never happened to me before. I will camp by the mailbox in a couple of days. I can’t wait to try this product. Just in time for Easter too!


  95. Vegyogini on March 28th, 2012 12:18 pm


  96. Beverly on May 21st, 2012 8:45 am

    Hello! I’ve enjoyed all of my Hail Merry treats! My favorite were the macaroons, enjoyed the day they arrived. I’m not crazy about granola, so took my time sampling it. It was good, to my surprise. My favorite was the orange cranberry…it had a nice spice flavor (like ginger and cinnamon maybe.) My friend’s birthday seemed like an appropriate occasion for the chocolate macaroons. They are chocolatey thru and thru. It was like almost like eating a truffle…mmmm.
    Thanks again Shirley and Hail Merry!!!

  97. meryl on June 21st, 2012 10:31 am

    I guess you haven’t tried Emmy’s Organics raw vegan gluten-free products – They are better than Hail Merry and sustainably packaged in compostable packages, unlike HM which are packaged in non biodegradable plastic. They have a line of gf,raw,vegan products . They are my very favorite treats and they are made with love and integrity. http://www.emmysorganics.com

  98. David on February 2nd, 2013 3:11 pm

    My favorite is the Lemon Thyme Pecans! No one mentions these, but they are so yummy that I could not stop and ate the entire bag (100g)in one day!

    • Shirley on February 3rd, 2013 1:55 am

      David–I think it would be very easy to eat the whole bag in one day. Uh … I’ve done it. ;-) Their flavor combinations are surprising, but totally irresistible! Thanks for sharing your favorite. :-)


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