Our Organic Ingredients
Cacao butter & cacao powder Cacao’s latin generic name ‘theobroma’ translates as ‘food of the gods’ which should perhaps be endorsement enough. If you like to make up your own mind, read on!
Grown in the Dominican Republic under a canopy of shade trees (often banana trees, coconut palms and rubber trees) and rich soils, the cacao tree forms large seed pods. Inside the pods nestle little cacao beans in a creamy pulp. These beans are carefully harvested, fermented, sun-dried, and cold-pressed, never reaching a temperature above 114°F. The pressing results in the gorgeous raw, non-deodorized cacao butter and the 100% pure raw cacao powder we use in our chocolate bars. Both have a heavenly aroma and pack a surprising nutritional punch. Raw cacao has a huge Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC), surpassing even bee pollen, wild blueberries and goji berries. It’s the best source for magnesium known, which increases brainpower, supports the heart, helps build strong bones and increases flexibility. Cacao also contains iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin c, serotonin and fiber. And because it likes to go the extra mile, cacao also contains phenylethylamine and anandamide, so-called bliss chemicals, leaving you subtly happy and alert.
Evaporated coconut palm nectar Truth be told, which sweetener to use in our chocolates was a question to cause headaches. At home, we usually sweeten with bananas, stevia or dates, but those aren’t great options for chocolate. Xylitol and other ‘-ols’ give us the creeps. Honey doesn’t really work for many vegans, and there’s been a lot of debate about agave. Enter evaporated coconut palm nectar: touted as a low-glycemic sweetener, evaporated coconut palm nectar is rich in zinc, iron, magnesium and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C. It’s made from the sweet nectar of the coconut tree flower blossoms, which sounds pretty darn poetic. Sold.
Sea Salt Our salt of choice is hand-harvested Celtic sea salt from Brittany, France. Between May and September the ocean water, that has been allowed to flood shallow basins, evaporates. The remaining sun-dried salt crystals gets raked to the edge of each bed and packaged. It’s unbleached, unrefined and has nothing added to it.
Soaked & dried nuts The nuts we use in our fillings are never roasted or baked. They are soaked, and then dehydrated slowly at low temperatures to maintain optimal nutrition, flavor and digestion.
Soaking the nuts mimics nature, where nuts that fall off the tree in autumn begin to germinate and grow when exposed to the moisture and warmth of spring. This process disables tannins and toxins inside the nut that were keeping it from premature sprouting, leaving a lighter, easier-to-digest nut with enhanced nutrient availability.
Walnuts They look like brains, and that’s exactly what they’re good for. That is not all though. They contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, l-arginine (your heart thanks you), copper, manganese, and biotin. Walnuts also harbor free-radical scavenging antioxidants and contain about 4.5g of protein per ounce.
Almonds Like walnuts, they’re bursting with antioxidants including phenols, flavonoids, and phenolic acids, making them valiant defenders of heart health. You’ll also find about 7 grams of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber in an ounce of sprouted almonds, as well as minerals like calcium and iron.
Hazelnuts These heart-healthy little gems are a good source of folate, protein and calcium, and rich in vitamin E, B vitamins and arginine. Hazelnuts are among the few nuts that contain vitamin A!
Cashews Cashews are an excellent source of copper, and a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. Strong heart, healthy bones, full of energy… cashews can help get you there. And they’re sooo creamy!
Coconut & coconut oil Coconut is a phenomenal health food, an aromatic body care product and ever-so easy on the palate. Almost half of the fatty acids in coconut oil is made up of lauric acid which can kill harmful pathogens like fungi, bacteria and viruses. Surprisingly coconut can also help you shed excess pounds by reducing appetite and increasing fat burn. It’s also acclaimed for it’s positive effect on brain disorders, including Alzheimers. Coconuts offer high levels of manganese, potassium, and phosphorus.
Goji berries Goji berries are high in carotenoids, antioxidants, vitamin C and beta carotene and are delicious to boot.
Vanilla Vanilla pods are sleek and elegant and smell really good. Just like Wally VanCoco and Choxy Hazelton. So we paired them up and think it was a good move. We use organic and pure Vanilla Bean Powder from fresh ground sun-dried vanilla pods.
Spirulina Spirulina has an impressive Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) that’s nearly 4x higher than blueberries and 3x higher than cranberries. It contains antioxidants including high levels of phycocyanin, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and other phytonutrients. Spirulina also has about 3 times the amount of complete protein compared to beef.
Orange It’s safe to presume you know that oranges are good news. Their peels are actually the best part, nutritionally speaking that is, and this is what we use in our bars. To elaborate, they contain vitamin C, vitamin B1, folic acid, choline, numerous vitamins and minerals and over 60 known flavonoids, d-limonene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and aldehydes.
Peppermint Peppermint is soothing to your digestion and wonderfully cool. If you really wanted to know, you’d learn that peppermint is also an analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, cordial, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vasoconstrictor, and vermifuge.
Ginger, cloves, cardamon, nutmeg, cinnamon These pungent, sweet and/ or zesty tasties have teamed up for an exquisite synergistic gingerbread flavor in our GinCinergy bars. Cardamom and Nutmeg are mainly profoundly delicious, but ginger, cinnamon and cloves also have some neat health benefits.
Like many culinary spices, these 3 are particularly carminative, i.e. improving digestion, anti-inflammatory and improve blood sugar levels, among many other beneficial actions.
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