The snack most synonymous with today’s health food culture is the bliss ball; chewy, sweet blends of nuts, fruit and “super foods” available from many a health store and cafe counter. They are popular for good reason, though; they are delicious and much healthier than your average sweet when 3pm rolls around.
Brea Millen started Rawmix after growing tired of the unhealthy office snacking habits in her job in television programming. “I worked in an office where food was often discussed. We had a cupboard full of chips and biscuits and it was the go-to 3pm option,” she says. “Everyone wanted to eat healthy but didn’t prepare and it got to a point where I started bringing in healthy snacks. The idea is to provide everything in a make-at-home mix, and make it look attractive.”
After trialling her product at the Bondi Markets throughout the end of 2014, Millen decided to leave her job and focus on Rawmix full time. Her layered jars of nuts, seeds and dried fruit are attractive in presentation and ease-of-use. All you need to do is tip the contents into a blender, add either coconut oil or lemon juice, then shape into balls or bars. Flavours are named after the Surry Hills streets that surround Miller’s production space, such as the fresh lemon Albion and raw cacao Hutchinson, Millen’s personal favourite.