Blog posts and articles about Cacao (Chocolate)
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.
Original Hot Chocolate
The addition of slow dried Madagascan bourbon vanilla gives subtle flavour to this classic hot chocolate!
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.
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.
RAW CHOCOLATE BLISS
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
Mind, body and soul
With each tiny taste
And every little mouthful
The next moment
My next fix
Of raw chocolate bliss
©Bridie Nelson 2013 All Rights Reserved
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.
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.
It's almost upon us again. The annual celebration of all things chocolate that is Chocolate Week!
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.
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."
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 blog post 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.
When making conventional chocolate, it is usual to carry out a process called tempering. This is essentially a process of heating then cooling your liquid chocolate, which changes the structure and properties of the finished product. When making raw chocolate, such as our basic raw chocolate recipe, this tempering stage is usually missed out.
We've been so busy of late that keeping up to date with news stories has been a bit hit and miss. But this one did catch our attention quite quickly. A new study suggests that snacking on chocolate could help fight weight gain!
The study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, reviewed the chocolate consumption of 1000 healthy men and women, along with the rest of their diet and physical exercise. The surprising result is that those who ate more chocolate had a lower BMI (Body Mass Index), which is a measure of body fat content. The researchers reported that eating “chocolate five times a week was associated with a decrease in BMI of 1 kg/m2”.