Cacao is brought to us from the tropical regions of Mexico, South and Central America. Chocolate is made from the cacao beans of the cacao plant. Cacao is the raw, unprocessed form of chocolate. The Mayan people would hold annual festivals in celebration of cacao as they considered cacao a gift from the gods. You can find the use of cacao described in ancient texts in many different forms – for culinary, ceremonial and medicinal uses. Columbus is said to be the first European introduced to cacao in 1502.
Cacao is loaded with more than 300 chemically identifiable compounds and is higher in anti-oxidants than green tea and wine. It contains protein, fats, calcium, iron, zinc, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, magnesium, copper, potassium, manganese, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E, and oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat. We combine the raw cacao with other superfoods to make these chocolates as healthy and nutritious as possible. Most people gain energy and feel great when adding raw chocolate to their diet. Raw cacao also contains caffeine, so be careful not to consume too much!
Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume. Cocoa is what your are probably used to buying in the store, the product is heated and much more processed, degrading some of its healthy compounds.
Our chocolates are rich in taste, which will help satisfy your sweet tooth without having to eat copious amounts of chocolate. The benefits of eating raw chocolates have been known to
- Help reduce appetite
- Act as an aphrodisiac 🙂
- Help lower blood pressure
- Potentially promote cardiovascular function
- Make you happy
Try some of our chocolates and judge for yourself. Our chocolates are always available at Mr. Submarine & Salads and the Inverted Elephant Yoga studio in Titusville, FL. Or give us a call and we’ll be happy to ship you an order.