ORGANIC CACAO, paste
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Botanical Name: Theobroma cacao (pronounce kah-kow)
Country of Origin: Ecuador
Production: After the ripe pod has been cut from the tree, it is opened, the rind discarded, and the pulp and seeds laid out for several days. During this time the pulp liquefies or “sweats” and fermentation starts, which softens the bitter taste and helps to unlock the full aroma of the cacao bean. This fermentation process is usually followed by gently roasting the beans to enhance the chocolate aroma. The beans are then crushed and their thin skins removed so that only pieces or “nibs” remain. Cacao nibs are then ground into a thick brown liquid called cacao paste (aka cacao mass or liquor) which is made up of cacao butter (55-60%) and suspended fine cacao particles. This cacao paste is subsequently pressed until it separates into cacao butter and a cacao “cake” which is then ground to produce cacao powder.
Qualities: Cacao powder has the lowest fat content compared to all other cacao products. Cacao is believed to contain high amounts of antioxidants such as flavonoids, and many other nutrients and minerals like stearic and oleic fatty acid, anandamide (the bliss chemical), theobromine, manganese, zinc, copper, sulfur, PEA, and tryptophan. The list of cacao’s acclaimed health benefits is lengthy and includes anti-inflammatory and heart-protective properties, calming hormones, restoration of feelings of well-being, increased energy, fighting chronic fatigue, anti-aging, and appetite-suppressing properties, improved kidney and cognitive functions, skin and tooth protection, and more. No surprise the Incas considered cacao to the “drink of the gods” which gave rise to the scientific name of the cacao tree Theobroma cacao, theo, meaning god, and broma meaning drink. Cacao has been cultivated in Ecuador since the 17th century and was the main product of export up until the 1920s.
Common Use: Cacao paste often comes molded into blocks or pieces and is also known as unsweetened baking chocolate or bitter chocolate. It can be eaten as is, or it can easily be transformed into dipping chocolate or chocolate treats. Experiment with adding different natural sweeteners, seeds, nut butters, spices, and extracts, or a pinch of Himalayan pink salt to create amazing raw or baked desserts.
Storage: Best kept at room temperatures around 20C (68F), away from direct sunlight, protected from moisture, and tightly sealed.
Safety: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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I really love this cacao paste. I use it almost daily to make some delicious heart opening cacao elixir. I grind up a pound at a time to have ready for making the elixir stovetop. Some coconut sugar for sweetness, Himalayan pink salt, cinnamon, cardamom , cayenne and vanilla extract yummy!
Instead of buying ceremonial cacao…
Have been making my own cacao and love the rich taste this makes! I put hot water in my vitamix, 3 dates to soak for a few seconds then add about 5 cacao paste pieces, a tiny bit of cacao butter, little vanilla, about a quarter cup of hemp seeds and a pinch of sea salt…blend on high and you’ll have a really delicious and nutritious hot drink ✨✨ Would really like to know if this product has been tested for lead etc? A lot of dark chocolate has been shown to contain unacceptable amounts in the news lately.
Great for making your own chocolates or hot cacao drink
This is such a high quality product! The taste is definitely not like your average chocolate. This is a spiritual experience! It feels great know it’s coming from an ethical source as well!