Organic Dark Drinking Chocolate
Deep in Peru, a small community of families grow the Amazonico Criollo cacao we use in this chocolate, a cacao full of the wild flavours of the Amazon rainforest. We add shavings of our Loving Earth Dark Chocolate in this rich blend to ensure its decadent texture.
NOT SUITABLE FR PEOPLE WITH TREE NUT ALLERGIES
Country of Origin
- Cane Sugar Free
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Low GI
- Fair Trade
Serving Size: 25g (2 tablespoons)
Serves per package: 10
PER SERVE PER 100G Energy 432kJ (103kcal) 1730kJ (412kcal) Protein 3.8g 15.4g - gluten NIL NIL Fat-total 3.8g 15.0g - saturated 2.1g 8.6g Carbohydrate-total 12.8g 51.0g - sugars 7.6g 30.5g Sodium 4mg 17mg Salt <0.1g <0.1g
Chocolate is made by us with Raw Cacao from bean to bar here in Melbourne. This means that our chocolate has up to twice as many antioxidants as conventional chocolate. We use Organic Evaporated Coconut Nectar (a natural, low GI sweetener) instead of cane sugar to create this delicious chocolate treat.
How to use
Hot: Add two tablespoons to your favorite warmed milk
Iced: Add two tablespoons with milk and ice and blend until smooth.
Growing and Processing
Satipo is a region that sits at the edge of the Amazon basin at the base of the Andes mountain range. In this area we work with 4 small producer groups that are grouped under the umbrella association of cacao producers of Satipo that consists of 164 families in total.
First of all, the cacao pods are harvested from the trees and cracked open. The beans are then taken out and fermented. The level of fermentation affects the flavour; we do a low fermentation of about 45 degrees C, as otherwise the temperatures can get quite high, which affects the structure of the nutrients. The main thing that Loving Earth does differently to other chocolate makers is that we don't roast the raw cacao beans before we process them. The standard procedure in the chocolate industry is to roast the raw cacao, which helps bring out the flavour. It removes a lot of the microbiological contamination they might contain, but it also removes some of the valuable antioxidants contained within. What we do instead is wash them with a citric-based organic disinfectant. Afterwards, they're dried in large commercial dehydrators, at controlled temperatures, before being winnowed into nibs, which basically means taking the skin off them. Then we grind them into liquor, and finally we press them into powder and butter.
Basically, we get five products from this process. We get Raw Cacao Beans, and because we've disinfected and washed them you can eat them - raw! We get Raw Cacao Nibs, which are the beans without the skin. We get Raw Cacao Liquor, which is the nibs ground into a paste. Then when we take the the liquor and put it into a very high-pressure press, which presses all the fat and butter out of it. So the end product is the Virgin Cacao Butter and then this hard cake that's milled into Cacao Powder. 1kg of liquor is about 50% fat, so when you press the liquor you get about 40% Cacao Butter and 60% powder. The powder retains about 10% fat content after pressing, and all the antioxidants plus a lot of the nutrients are concentrated in that powder.
We buy and import these five products, which we use to make our raw chocolate from scratch. When indigenous communities such as our friends in Peru manage to add as much value as possible at the point of origin, not only do we support agricultural industry, but also the development of that community. We get the five basic materials we need to make our chocolate, and they earn more, allowing them to further develop infrastructure to process their cacao.