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Benefits of Cacao
- 100% organic natural chocolate
- Contains many nutrients such as magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and vitamin C
- High in antioxidants, amino acids and minerals
- No additives or colourings
- Gluten free, suitable for vegans
- Perfect for snacks
History of Cacao
Cacao, orTheobroma cacao, is the source of original, natural chocolate. It comes from seeds of the fruit of the cacao tree. Native to the tropical regions of Central and South America, the evergreen cacao tree grows small, white flowers throughout the year, which are pollinated by tiny flies. The fruit, called a cacao pod, then grows. It is an oval shape, and changes from a yellowish colour to more of an orange when ripe and weighs about a pound. Each pod contains a white fruit with around 40-50 seeds, usually called beans. The white flesh is eaten or made into juice in some countries. The beans are the main ingredient for chocolate and cocoa powder. The fat from the seeds is the source of cocoa butter.
Our Cacao Melts story
From when I first started Changing Habits, I have been telling everyone that Chocolate can be good for you. However, I found that most of the chocolate being made is tainted with hydrogenated vegetable oils, additives, preservatives, colours, flavour, powdered milk solids, soy, protein isolates, lecithin, and much more. In fact some chocolates had no chocolate what so ever, it was all fake. I would eat these types of chocolate and feel sick. So I stopped eating chocolate until I discovered good quality chocolate made with just a few ingredients. I have to tell you that these were not easy to find and when I did find them, they were very expensive. One day it dawned on me that I could make my own, but it wasn’t always easy to find good ingredients. If I could find the ingredients, they were expensive, especially cacao butter (this is expensive because it is actually made for the cosmetic industry as a primary product). Then one day I had this thought – could I make chocolate from the cacao bean or nibs? I went into the kitchen and tried but it didn’t work. To cut a long story short, I knew that the cacao butter was extracted from the cacao powder and I wanted to know whether I could have the chocolate before the process of extraction of these two products. My hunter husband went looking for me and I have not stopped making chocolate since the day he bought it home from South America. I make chilli lime chocolate, peppermint, lemon myrtle, coconut ruff, gogi and coconut. To make these flavoured chocolates I get my pure essential oils from Twenty8. Click here to purchase these oils. I’ve also been making, drinks, ganash, fruit covered in chocolate, cakes, chocolate chip cookies, icings, the list is endless. You name it, the versatility of cacao bean not separated into the butter and the powder has far exceeded my expectations. All are delicious!!! Changing Habits is very excited to offer our Cacao Melts… The cacao bean is gently roasted, crushed and tempered. The liquified cacao is then conveniently shaped into melts so that you can use them easily for many of your chocolate recipes. To flavour your chocolate peppermint, lime and orange, click here to visit the Twenty8 site.
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