One of the new additions to my OpenSky shop are Hail Merry snacks. The pack contains orange cranberry grawnola, choco macaroon, blone macaroon and a meditation card. The choco macaroon is my favorite, it’s like a little ball of happiness. These snacks are handmade, rich with nutrients and low in sugar- snacking couldn’t get much better.
To tell you more about Hail Merry I did a blog interview with Susan O’Brien- Hail Merry Snacks Founder:
Why did you decide to partner up with OpenSky?
In order to be exposed to a wider group of individuals interested in the healthy, raw, vegan, gluten-free, or natural lifestyle. We find that most people that try our products fall in love with them and become passionate and loyal fans, so we’d like to let more people know we’re around – making great products that they might appreciate!
What was the inspiration behind Hail Merry?
The name Hail Merry was inspired by the game of chess. My kids played a lot of Chess and we went to A LOT of chess tournaments. When I was incubating the brand I would often be at these events and always loved how the Queen was so powerful on the board. I worked in the field of commercial architecture which was dominated my men. So Hail Merry and the Queen icon is sort of a wink and a nod to girl power! I also am a HUGE Madonna fan. I loved how her name is so self-actualizing. With a name like Madonna you have no choice but to change the world and make a difference. The name Hail Merry does that for me. I hope that Hail Merry will one day become a huge force for change in the way we snack in America. The name Hail Merry is definitely provocative and I hope memorable, and yes of course there is always the Catholic connotation. I am Catholic and love and respect my faith very much. The challenge of building this business at times can be daunting and for me the name Hail Merry gives me divine inspiration.
What is my favorite product and why?
This is really hard. You would think that I would be tired of each of these recipes since I have been eating them for over 5 years. I would have to say the blonde macaroons just are simply transcending. They literally melt in your mouth. There is no guilt when you eat them either. They are loaded with fiber, healing coconut oil and vitamins and minerals from the organic maple syrup. As a Catholic I like “guilt free”, we get enough of that already!
Do you have any new products coming out?
YES!! We just launched our new seasoned nut line and we are SO excited. I gave up salad dressing because I only want to eat fats in their raw whole food state, like nuts, avocado etc. (I do consume coconut oil for its healing properties). Instead of salad dressing I put a handful of our seasoned nuts on top! They come in great flavors like:
Chili Chimayo Pecans, Lemon Thyme Pecans, Orange Rosemary Pecans, Maple Almonds, and Salt and Black Pepper Sunflower Seeds. Add some fresh herbs, and lemon juice and your golden!!