Raw Chocolate

Blog posts and articles about Cacao (Chocolate)

Elements for Life Arriba Nacional Raw Cacao

We're passionate about raw chocolate here at Elements for Life. Some might even call us obsessed, but that's a separate discussion!

One thing for sure is we know a bit about raw cacao, we've eaten a lot of different raw cacao and we know what we like when it comes to raw cacao. We like to think the results of this dedication and passion comes across in the quality of  our products. Wondering what raw chocolate is? Read all about it here.

What is Raw Chocolate?

A question that we often get asked is "What is raw chocolate?" It's no wonder really, given that it's relatively new in the Western consciousness. After looking round the website, I realised that it's not actually something I go in to that much detail about. So here's my definitive article on the subject.

The generally held view is that raw chocolate, in the context of what we do round these parts, relates to two key aspects. Both fundamental to raw chocolate and both fundamentally different to your average chocolate product.

All About Cacao - The Origins of Chocolate

We’re all familiar with chocolate, in one form or another. Whether that’s a bitter, rich high cocoa content dark chocolate, a sickly-sweet milk or white chocolate, or a milky drink we sup at night before bedtime or when it’s cold outside. What many people don’t know is quite where our chocolate comes from.

All chocolate starts its life as a seed, in a pod, on a tree. The tree in question is the Theobroma cacao tree, which literally means; cacao, the food of the gods!

Raw Cacaco Hot Chocolate Winter Warmers


Our award winning range of raw cacao hot chocolate blends are the perfect drink for these chilly winter days.

We've carefully selected Ecuadorian raw cacao powder, coconut blossom sugar and a range of quality spices to create three fabulous hot chocolates.

raw cacao hot chocolate range

Lucuma - Gold of the Incas

Once known as the Gold of the Incas, lucuma is a sweet and edible fruit of the Lucuma tree. The unique flavour marries together maple, custard and caramel to give you a distinctive sweetness, which is low on the glycemic index (GI), making it a healthy choice for anyone who wants to kick their sugar consumption.

Raw Chocolate Bliss

One of our lovely customers and good friends, Bridie Nelson has written a poem just for us, so its only right that we share it with you.


Brown velvety richness
Teases my taste buds
Trickles of delight
Leave me wanting so much more
Oozing with warm wickedness
It’s positively sinful
Just one taste
I’m in pure chocolate heaven
Lusciousness soothing
Mind, body and soul
With each tiny taste
And every little mouthful
I’m wanting
Eagerly waiting
The next moment
My next fix
Of raw chocolate bliss

©Bridie Nelson 2013 All Rights Reserved

Christmas Gift Collection

With just 6 weeks to go, Christmas is just round the corner, which means one thing is certain; we'll be rushed off our feet!

So it only seemed right and timely that I wrapped up what a wonderful range of fabulous gifts we have here at Elements for Life. Its also the perfect time to reveal the latest little beauty come out of the raw chocolate lab, but you'll have to keep reading to find out.

raw chocolate making kit

Making raw chocolate is child's play

Its amazing how many people think that making chocolate is difficult, and there's no mistaking it can be, especially if you start tempering and doing fancy things. But in all honesty, there's really no need and that's one of the reasons we came up with our raw chocolate making kit. When it comes down to it, making raw chocolate is easy, dead easy.

But don't just have to take my word for it, we've had some lovely comments and feedback from our customers, including several great blog posts.

10% off EVERYTHING during Chocolate Week 2012

It's almost upon us again. The annual celebration of all things chocolate that is Chocolate Week!

chocolate week 2012

Last year it seemed to pass us by somehow and we didn't do much... but hahah, not this year. This time round we've got a bevvie of things lined up for our part to celebrate and honour the wonder that is cacao.

Frome Pop-up Chocolate Shop

The Wonders of Bees

Bees are great. Not only do they produce some amazingly nutritious foods that we can enjoy, but it's safe to say that without the humble bee, life on Earth would not be the same.

Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live."

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