Loving Earth Dark Chocolate
Made with single origin Certified Organic Raw Cacao (72%) from Peru and sweetened with Organic Evaporated Coconut Nectar, our chocolate bars are hand-made in Melbourne.
Loving Earth's Chocolate is made with Raw Cacao. 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 bar.
Our Raw Dark Chocolate has a nice clean snap, a smooth texture and a beautifully complex flavour. The Evaporated Coconut Nectar gives the flavour a wonderful depth with toffee citrusy notes, in addition to making the bar extremely healthy. Enjoy all the powerful antioxidants of the Cacao with the low GI mineral rich sweetness of the Coconut Sugar!
Please Note: During the warmer months our chocolate can sometimes melt in transit. Please click here for more info on how to best avoid this when ordering and storing your chocolate.
How to use
Eat a square or two for a delicious, energising snack. Even better when shared with someone you love!
Our chocolate is best enjoyed chilled. For best results store in a cool dark place below temperatures of 20 degrees – preferably refrigerated.
Our Coconut Sugar Chocolate also makes an an excellent couverture chocolate: perfect for dipping, coating, molding and garnishing.
Raw Cacao beans contain 10 grams of flavonol antioxidants per 100 grams, which is an incredible 10%. Research has also demonstrated that the antioxidants in cacao are highly stable and easily available to human metabolism. In the adjacent table you can see that our Loving Earth Raw Chocolate has more antioxidants than Goji Berries and Acai Berries. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture to measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which normally cause cell and tissue damage. The higher the ORAC score, the higher the level of antioxidants present in the food.
Magnesium for the Heart and Brain
Raw cacao is the primary dietary source of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in western civilisation. Magnesium is the most important mineral for a healthy functioning heart. It also plays a key role in producing energy for the neurons in the brain from glucose. So when there is an abundance of magnesium the brain works with clarity and focus.
Mood elevators and Anti-depressants
Cacao is a great source of serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine (PEA), four well-studied neurotransmitters, which are associated with feelings of well being and help alleviate depression. Both PEA and Anandamide (the bliss chemical) are found in abundance in the brains of happy people and are particularly released when we are feeling happy. Both of these nuerotransmitters are present in raw cacao in large enough quanitities to affect the brain and lift our moods. Cacao also contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) that keep neurotransmitters in the bloodstream for longer without being broken down.
We have all experienced the positive feelings associated with eating chocolate, now we have access to pure raw unadulterated chocolate in the form of Organic Raw Cacao. This is much more potent than the processed chocolate and doesn't have any sugar or dairy products blocking the positive effects of all the goodies in Raw Cacao. My experience is that eating 11 Raw Cacao Beans is enough to experience a blissful sense of well being.
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 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.
Serving Size 8.9g (2 squares)
|PER SERVE||PER 100G|
|Energy||199kj (47kcal)||2240kj (533kcal)|