Raw Chocolate Making KitWilderness Poets
|Raw Chocolate Making Kit||
- Cacao Paste 2 lb (32oz) x1 (regular cost = $29.95)
- Coconut Oil (16oz) x1 (regular cost = $12.99)
- Organic Vanilla Powder (1oz) x1 (regular cost = 21.95)
Photo credit: @starinfinitefood
Recipe: RAW CHOCOLATE Cups and Bark
- You will need:
- Cacao Paste 4oz
- Coconut Oil 1oz
- Vanilla Powder 1/4 tsp
- Natural Sweetener: 1 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup. (Add to taste) *Liquid sweeteners work best.
- Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt or Sea Salt (Add a pinch to bring out the chocolate flavors)
- Any Nut Butter: Macadamia Butter is pictured above (can be used to fill Nut Butter Chocolate Candy Cups)
- Candy molds, cupcake liners (for nut butter cups), or a tray lined with parchment paper to make chocolate bark.
In a glass or metal bowl, melt the Coconut Oil suspended in a saucepan of hot water on very low heat (This is for a double boiling effect). Add the Cacao Paste, a few small pieces at a time, while stirring. Do not overheat!! Keep it under 114 degrees to preserve the potent antioxidants and minerals. The Cacao Paste will not melt on it's own. It needs the other oil. Adding oil gives the chocolate a beautiful shine and snap. It also opens up the Cacao flavors and helps to emulsify the sweetener & vanilla.
Once the Cacao Paste & Coconut Oil are melted, add Vanilla Powder. While it is still hot, add sweetener & salt. Add a little, stir & taste until you have the perfect balance.
While the Chocolate is still warm in liquid form, pour onto a sheet of wax paper, flat bottomed tupperware container, ice cube tray, or into paper muffin liners to make candy cups with fillings or toppings of nut butter, nuts, dried fruit, etc. Get creative with your chocolates and molds.. any shape will work!
Refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for 20 mins. Once cooled and set, you can keep your handmade Chocolates fresh in the fridge for months.
Wilderness Poets Cacao Paste is is the most wonderful base for making high quality Raw Chocolates. It is made from the deeply flavorful, heirloom variety cacao beans. The cacao pods are hand selected for quality beans, which are sun-dried then lightly fermented to bring out the rich, aromatic flavor. The cacao is stone-ground below 120 degrees into a smooth paste. It cools in sheets forming pure chocolate wafers. The cacao butter and powder are never separated from the bean. No other ingredients are added. This is the purest, unsweetened, raw cacao available.
Melt and use to make raw truffles, brittle, bliss balls and more.
Cacao Science & Nutrition
Cacao, 'the food of the gods' has been used for centuries to boost energy and enhance mood. With over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, cacao remains one of the most complex and pleasurable foods on the planet. In its raw form, cacao contains anandamide (a euphoric substance), arginine (a natural aphrodisiac), and tryptophan (a natural anti-depressant). By raising the neurotransmitters in our brain, cacao promotes an overall happy feeling.
Cacao is also high in the mineral magnesium, essential for helping the heart to pump blood efficiently, building strong bones, and lowering blood pressure. Cacao is a good source of sulfur, generating healthy skin, nails and hair. Cacao contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants on the planet, exceeding that of red wine, green tea and many other exotic fruits and vegetables. Recent scientific studies have shown that cacao boosts blood flow to the heart, brain and other organs and while having protective effects against heart disease. It has also been shown to be helpful in lowering blood glucose levels.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.