Chocolate is the food of love and it makes us feel good! Cacao is not only a yummy ingredient, but a superfood packed with antioxidants and many minerals. In its raw state, cacao raises levels of serotonin in the brain and therefore acts as anti-depressant, promoting an overall sense of well-being. Cacao stimulates circulation, and opening of the blood vessels. Raw chocolate is also the highest natural food source available for the essential nutrient magnesium, which is wonderful for the heart muscle and nourishing and restoring every muscle in the body. It’s also the best thing you can possibly eat for PMS. No wonder women crave chocolate at that time of the month. It is also wonderful to know that we are actually saving the earth and the rain forests when we purchase raw fair-trade and organic cacao products or chocolate bars. Here are our top 5 chocolate brands to celebrate Chocolate Week…
Willie Harcourt-Cooze has redefined how millions of people worldwide think about chocolate. Using only the world’s great single estate cacao, which like fine wines all taste remarkably different, his aim is to introduce everyone to real chocolate. A cacao farmer himself, he sources the beans direct from the farmers, then makes them into chocolate in small batches in his factory in Devon, using neither vanilla nor soya lecithin. Similarly he uses only the best natural ingredients like raw cane sugar and unrefined cocoa butter. Try Wonders of the World tasting box and Peruvian Chulucunas 70 with distinctive notes of the raisins and plums, an adventure in taste taking you to the mountains of the Morropon province of Peru.
Conscious Chocolate, the original raw vegan chocolate, have been enjoyed throughout the world since 2004. This brand combines premium quality and health without compromising taste. All their chocolates have a delicious truffle-like texture and the flavours are rich and intense. They are entirely hand-made and hand-wrapped. Try Lions Raw bar that is made with essential oils of lemon, grapefruit and lime. The blend of these uplifiting oils brings clarity and spiritual fulfilment. Lion hearted bar give 10% of the sale price to the global white lion protection trust.
3. BOOJA BOOJA
The Booja-Booja Company makes extraordinarily delicious organic and dairy-free chocolate truffles. All their products are made by a small, dedicated team at the factory in Norfolk and are sold in independent health food shops, leading high street food stores throughout the UK and Europe, and via online retailers. Full of good things, low in bad things, each product uses the perfectly minimal number of organic ingredients to create a sumptuous delight, which is entirely dairy free, gluten free and soya free. Try Almond & Sea Salt Caramel Truffles from The Chilled Collection. These truffles are just impossible-to-resist with chewy, gooey sea salted caramel and roasted almonds enrobed in dark chocolate!
Forever Cacao is a Welsh bean to bar chocolate maker, founded in 2011 by Pablo Spaull. After trying a bar of raw chocolate at a friend’s birthday party, he discovered a passion for artisan chocolate which lead him on a journey to founding his own chocolate company company in 2011. He uses a wild heirloom Criollo variety that is grown, harvested , fermented and dried by a small group of indigenous Ashaninka families in the Rio Ene region of Peru. Try 80% Great Taste Award Winning Signature Bar , a richly flavourful chocolate with punchy fruit notes, hint of liquorice and molasses.
5. RAW HALO
Raw Halo was born through one girl’s passion for clean eating combined with a love for chocolate. They create the most luxurious raw chocolate whilst using significantly less coconut sugar than other leading brands. Raw Halo offers 9 unique flavours to satisfy everyone’s cravings. We recommend their dairy-free Mylk Collection that is made from cashew nut butter, lucuma powder and pure vanilla combined with Peruvian cacao for a creamier chocolate experience.
Rick and Michael Mast are the founders, owners, and master chocolate makers of Mast Brothers Chocolate, a New-York based chocolate maker with flagship locations in Brooklyn and London. Founded in 2007, Mast Brothers are introducing chocolate to the world with an obsessive attention to detail, meticulous craftmanship, groundbreaking innovation, and inspirational simplicity. Try their Goat Milk Bar with the distinct flavors of Peruvian cacao and goat’s milk. Notes of lemon curd, thyme, and toasted meringue linger.