Frequently Asked Questions
About Our Products
WHY EAT CALIFORNIA SUNCAKES & HEART THRIVE?
Few foods elicit such instant health recognition as oats, the leading ingredient of California Suncakes and Heart Thrive. A remarkable source of nutritional and caloric value, oats have been a health food staple for millenia.
California Suncakes and Heart Thrive are $12.95 for each 6 Pack. ($2.16 per 4 ounce package) The Variety Pack is $15.30 (6 flavors in one 6-pack)
1/2 dozen is the minimum. Shipping is a flat rate depending on the state it's being delivered to. The more you order, the less the per package cost after shipping. The shipping rates even drop or stay the same (again depending on where you live) with bulk orders. View our bulk rates here.
"I would pay a lot more for this product than what it sells for, it is that good. Good thing these are reasonable because I am on a very tight budget!"
- B.L. Sioux City, IA
"The world need more merchants that conduct business like The Healthy Baking Company. They provide excellent customer service, and their shipping rates are amoung the lowest in the country. They have a genuine concern for customer satisfaction. I do A LOT of internet purchasing, and rate California Suncakes amoung the top 3 of companies I purchase from regularly. Top notch products and service!" - V.S. Cosby, MO
California Suncakes and Heart Thrives are a perfect food! On the go, or at a relaxed moment, their blend of oats, real fruit, and proteins provide hours of low glycemic, long-lasting wholesome fuel for healthy bodies. Oh yeah, and they taste great too!
"Many energy bars and snack foods are high in fat, high in sugar or both. Sacrifice one and now you have no taste. Not so with these Heart Thrive snack cakes. Low fat, low sugar, all natural, and they taste great. Like real food. I have one each day, and I never feel guilty about enjoying them. You've found a customer for life!" - M.R. Atlanta, GA
WHO EATS YOUR PRODUCTS?
Hikers, bikers, travelers, kids, athletes, students, nursing mothers, toddlers, weekend warriors, and health conscious earthlings of all stripes. Techies, corporate folk and grandpa, too. Our healthy treats are loved by many.
"My granddaughter eats a heart thrive for breakfast along with a glass of milk two or three times a week. When I give her breakfast options she says "suncake."
- D.M. Kalamazoo, MI
“Your product is the best! I am a cyclist and your Sun Cakes are the bomb for longer rides. :) I eat them exclusively.” - R.N. Fullerton, CA
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ENERGY BARS?
Size. Cost. Ingredients, Taste, Shape, Health benefits. Ounce for ounce, our energy bars are more than twice the size of most other "energy" bars on the market. At a hefty 4 ounces, ours are neither loaded with sugar, oils or trans fats. Our bars are unprocessed and have wholesome ingredients you can pronounce. Our labels actually state all the ingredients, including flavors.
ARE THEY A GOOD SNACK CHOICE?
The best. They will stay with you for hours. Some folks even choose to eat them as a meal.
HOW FRESH IS YOUR PRODUCT?
"Finally my search for the healthy office/weekend/travel snack is over. Thanks to you for your nutritious Heart Thrive snacks." - R.I. Warrenville, IL
Super fresh. They are baked daily for goodness sake.
"The product always arrives fresh, and I immediately put them in my freezer to keep them that way. I find baked products stay fresher in the freezer as opposed to refrigeration. I also toss a few freshly delivered Suncakes in my car. Nutritious food never tasted so delicious." -A.G. Evanston, IL
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SUNCAKE AND A HEART THRIVE?
There primary differences in shape, size, and the flavors options. California Suncakes come in a single 4 ounce bar that we affectionately call "oat pucks" since they resemble a hockey puck. Heart Thrive comes with two 2 ounce hearts per pack (4 oz. total). Both 4 ounce bars give you more bang for your buck than any other "so called" health/energy bar on the market.
California Suncakes flavors are Apricot, Cranberry, Apple, Date, Lemon Poppy, and Chocolate Orange. The Heart Thrive comes in Apple, Apricot, Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Date, Lemon Poppy and Oatmeal Raisin.
The recipes are the same with one exception -- Heart Thrive contains added calcium, and provides you with more calcium than an 8 ounce glass of milk!
"I generally have a heart thrive (1/2 package) every morning with my tea at work. I love the way it stays with me and keeps me from getting hungry. On Fridays I sometimes treat myself to the orange chocolate chip suncake, which I’d, received a quantity of 6 as my freebie for my first order.” - J.C. Folsom, CA
Health and Diet
ARE THEY GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH?
Heck yeah! That's why we make them. Not only are they good for your health, they are good to eat too. Bonus! Without making a claim (to keep in alignment with FDA rules) just take a look at the testimonials, or the medical quotes, and see for yourself the health benefits others are experiencing after including these oat bars as part of their healthy lifestyle.
"I have IBS, and my symptoms have gone down drastically since I began eating hearts everyday. Plus they're portable, which is good for people with blood sugar issues like me. I order them once a month, they come shockingly fast and I've never had a delivery problem." - E.S. Berkeley, CA
"Where to begin? Suncakes have become an indelible part of my morning breakfast, and a great travel aid. Yes, they're delicious and filling, but that's only a beginning. Since I began eating them, my HDL cholesterol (the 'good' kind) has risen; now it's about half of my total cholesterol. (Any cardiologist will tell you that a ratio of 1/2 is about the best they've seen). As if that weren't enough, the service of the Suncake people is top notch." - K.Y. no city
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS GLUTEN FREE?
Yes, they are under the FDA limit of 20 parts-per-million, Our oats are milled at a facility that also processes other grains, so minute amounts of gluten may be present. However, no gluten intolerant individual has ever complained to us of having a reaction to our products.
"I am recent gluten free and semi veg. Wow, what a difference a little healthy change will do. What the heck have I been waiting for? - T.F. (RN, BSN)
"I'm a person who's sensitive to wheat gluten and sometimes has no time to make breakfast so they're great for on-the-go people like me. Also, I love the fact that they're not too sweet. Thank you for making such a simple and wonderful product. You now have a new follower." - J.L. Las Vegas, NV
I HAVE ALLERGIES. CAN I EAT YOUR PRODUCTS?
We are a nut free, wheat & gluten free, dairy free, and vegan friendly facility.
"Very cool, personable, flexible company that has created a terrific solution for people with allergies who require quick access to safe sources of protein and calcium. Go for it. Can't get a better price anywhere but the source itself. They are small, focused on good product and good service and treat you with humanity." - E.L. Philadelphia, PA
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS RAW?
Neither California Suncakes nor Heart Thrive are raw. They are baked…with love!
"Your products were the number one best cooked meal I found when I was transitioning to a raw food diet. California Suncakes and Heart Thrive were the only non-raw food I ate. Now I am only semi raw, and your bars are still a staple for me. Your company saved me when there weren't a lot of healthy bars on the market. Thanks for having been ahead of the curve." - B.C. Boulder, CO
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS VEGAN AND NON-GMO?
“When I started to eat vegan I really missed a Saturday morning scone. Since discovering your cakes, I no longer feel deprived and am satisfied!” - C.L. Baton Rouge, LA
"Excellent products for a vegan! Would suggest more people & vendors give this product a try. I'm thrilled to have stumbled across it--such an excellent source of nutrition! Thanks so much!" - K. Krebs
Ordering & Shipping
UPS or USPS—depending on the most cost-effective way to deliver to you. We ship to all 50 States.
CAN I PLACE AN ORDER BY PHONE OR MAIL?
"A very efficient merchant with very easy to understand shipping policies. I love shopping where I know what I am dealing with and when I am going to get my product." - C.B. Santa Cruz, CA
"I received my Heart Thrives the next day after ordering. They are an excellent product. Highly recommended!" - L.H. Auburn, CA
Yes. We want to make the ordering process as convenient for you as possible. Whether phone or snail mail are your order method of choice, we support you.
We are phone people—and love to find presents in our mailbox. Contact us here.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY ORDER TO ARRIVE?
"You all are fantastic! Great telephone customer service and web service as well. Thanks for providing such a heart-healthy product. I'm part of the Dean Ornish heart disease reversal program and will be passing along your products to other folks." - R.F. Billings, MT"Ordering couldn't be easier - the website is simple to navigate and the service by phone is friendly and efficient. We couldn't do without Heart Thrives! Thanks so much!" - M.K. Berkeley, CA
Average delivery time is 2-5 business days from our bakery to your door.
IS THERE A MINIMUM I HAVE TO ORDER?
"I love these snacks. They are delicious, tasty and satisfying. I highly recommend them to everyone. There are so many ways to enjoy them, just check out their website. They respond quickly to orders as well and I am always surprised at how quickly they arrive. Thank you." - H.E. North Andover, MA
Yes, 1/2 dozen. The minimum order has just dropped as of August 2015 from two dozen. This is good way to introduce first timers. The price runs a bit higher, but it's preferable if you've never tasted them before. In fact try the variety pack. Only a few dollars more. Order 4&1/2 dozen, and receive that last 1/2 for free with code 4isMORE.
"The Healthy Baking Company provides exceptional customer service. It is always a pleasure doing business with them, whether an order is large or small." - P.H. Scottsdale, AZ
MiscellaneousDO THEY TRAVEL WELL?
Yes they do. They pack and travel nicely from our facility in California to your door. They have also been spotted worldwide for those who choose to take some of California with them in their luggage. From commuter trains, to planes and bike lanes, they easily pack in your sack, your briefcase, and your carry-on. Lemon-Poppy and Apricot travel best.
HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST?
"I LOVE your products. I live all over the world because of my job, and I never leave without a box of Heart Thrives. I am very cautious about what I put in my body, which makes it very difficult when living in other countries. Your Heart Thrives make my body feel like I am in California, eating good, healthy food! So, I want to say thank you!" - E.B. Los Angeles, CA
“Thanks! You guys are awesome. We take heart thrives on our annual trip to Walt Disney World. Breakfast every day is a Heart Thrive and a special coffee in the park. It just isn’t a vacation without our heart thrives!” - B.B. Clearwater, FL
Although they can last longer, our product is best consumed within a month outside of freezer. Some flavors last longer then others -- even up to a year, depending on the climate and the conditions you keep them. Keep away from direct sunlight or heat generating objects for best results. No preservatives, so we recommend freezing (not refrigerating) to maintain freshness. They are perishable and will eventually mold. A frozen product thaws in under an hour and tastes as good as fresh.
I LOVE YOUR PRODUCT. HOW CAN I BRING IT TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD?
“Yesterday I discovered two Oatmeal Raisin Heart Thrives that had been in my freezer for 7 years. OMG! They were so fresh and yummy! My lucky number! Thank you, thank you!”—M.S. Chicago, IL
If you know of a specific store where you would like to see our product, give us a call and we’ll set them up. If the store decides to carry our bars, we’ll send you, and the store, a free dozen. You also just became our new best friend! See our Free Products.DID YOU SAY NEW ? WHAT MAKES THEM NEW ?
In November 2014, we improved the recipe by enhancing the flavors. We never skimp on extracts and every bite is always loaded with chunks of dried fruit or chocolate. They are also moister due to new and uncompromised packaging.IS YOUR PRODUCT SOLD IN STORES?
Of course! Heart Thrive and Suncakes can be found nationwide in over 2000 locations at such places as Whole Foods Markets, health food stores, coffee shops, hipster cafés, juice bars, gyms, hospitals college campuses, and the like.
"Thanks! I was thrilled to find these in a coffee shop in Dorchester, Mass. I have a very eclectic list of food sensitivities, and these dodge every one! Score for me! It'll be so nice to have a bunch of convenient snacks in my freezer (come to think of it, they probably won't last long). I appreciate your prompt and personal response. Take good care!"- A. Chamberlaine