Have you ever tried raw chocolate?
I hadn’t, which is why I was intrigued when I received a 100% cacao raw chocolate making starter kit from Galia at Choc Chick.
Choc Chick Raw Chocolate Starter Kit Ingredients
How does raw chocolate differ from any other chocolate? Well, it’s very interesting from a health perspective. In its raw state, cacao is three times richer in antioxidants than green tea, which we already know is pretty good stuff. It also beats even the very best quality dark chocolate when it comes to nutritional content and can act as an anti-depressant, aphrodisiac and an appetite-suppressant – give me more!
So much of the commercially produced chocolate that we eat is heavily processed and contains additional refined sugars, dairy products, bad fats, ‘E’ numbers and more. The raw Choc Chick kits contain unprocessed ingredients, so you know exactly what you are eating and you can be certain that the chocolate that you are eating really is good for you!
My chocolate making starter kit contained –
100g organic cacao powder (made by compressing raw cacao beans and extracting the fat)
100g organic cacao butter (the edible natural vegetable fat of the cacao bean)
100ml Sweet Freedom (a natural sweetener made from fruit)
An instruction leaflet and recipe leaflet with 5 recipes
South American-born Galia, the owner of Choc Chick, sources all her cacao directly from family-farm suppliers in Ecuador, who use bio-dynamic and organic farming methods. Galia has been lucky enough to visit the coastal towns of the Esmeraldas region in Ecuador with her father to meet her cacao supplies. All Choc Chick ingredients are also free from pesticides and Galia’s company is Soil Association Organic licensed.
How did I get on?
I had great fun experimenting with the raw cacao chocolate making kit. I took over my friend Jessica’s kitchen to have a play, while she and third amigo Monika made bath bombs and baked a Camembert, more on that later. There was minimal mess, the instructions were easy to follow and we got some great results. The chocolate mixture did seem very runny, but it behaved well in all the recipes below.
Firstly, we made a Raw Chocolate Cocktail, by melting the cocoa butter, then adding the raw cacao powder, some natural sweetener and a little dash of some Polish honey liqueur that Monika had brought back from her travels in Poland – you could use any liqueur that you fancy, such as Amaretto or Cointreau. I should add, we don’t usually drink in the day…
A Raw Chocolate and Polish Honey Liqeuer Cocktail.
We also used some of the cacao mixture to make a raw hot chocolate, taking care not to heat the hot chocolate too much otherwise you can lose some of the nutrients. This was like drinking liquid gold and it was the closest thing Monika had tasted since drinking her most memorable cup of hot chocolate in Barcelona.
Raw Hot Chocolate – made with dairy milk, although you could use a non-dairy alternative
And finally, raw chocolate truffles, made by using the raw cocoa butter, raw cocoa powder, natural sweetener, a dash of Valencian orange extract and some organic, fair trade Ndali vanilla powder sourced directly from Uganda. We poured the chocolate liquid into ice-cube trays (bought from the supermarket) and set them the freezer for about fifteen minutes. Once set, we sprinkled over some crushed pistachio nuts and edible rose petals. The chocolates popped out of the tray really easily. These raw chocolates don’t so much melt in your mouth, they dissolve, leaving you with a pure taste, followed by an intense chocolate hit.
Raw Chocolate Truffles with Ndali Vanilla, Orange Extract, Pistachio and Rose
Using the raw cacao has really opened up my mind to the possibility of trying more recipes. I’m keen to seek out and try more raw cacao and to learn more about the chocolate making process.
I would definitely try one of the Choc Chick kits again, you actually feel as though you are making the chocolate yourself, rather than just melting down something that has already been processed.
I’m sending my Raw Chocolate Polish Honey Liqueur Cocktail over to Chocolette over at the Chocolate Log Blog for We Should Cocoa’s Second Birthday – the theme for September is cocktails. I do hope she will approve!
I will also be making more and taking more of my Raw Chocolate Truffles with Ndali Vanilla, Pistachio and Rose Chocolates over to Vanessa Kimbell’s Ndali Vanilla Gift Swap at Fortnum and Masons. Someone will be in for a nice treat on the day…
You can find Choc Chick kits at some John Lewis food halls, Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic and at various stores within the UK, the kits and ingredients are also available on-line.
My chocolate kit was sent to me by Galia for the purpose of a review and I will definitely be back for more. Thank you also to Jessica for letting me take over her beautiful country kitchen.
Have you had any adventures in raw chocolate? Have I convinced you to try it?