Frequently Asked Questions
What is Raw Chocolate?
Our chocolate is RAW, this means it hasn't been roasted. Roasting of cacao beans is above 42oC heat. Above this temperature nutrients and textures and natural contents start to break down, and here is a few reasons why we don't want that:
Cacao is significantly richer in antioxidant flavanols (Oxygen radical absorbance capacity) than green tea, red wine or acai. Heating Cacao will destroy 75 % of these antioxidants.
Chocolate gives off the ‘happy hormone’ via the substance Anandamide, that stimulates the release of the hormones Serotonin and Endorphin. Serotonin and Endorphin go hand in hand with controlling and affecting our mood. This includes emotions such as appetite, learning, memory, mood, social behavior, sexual desire and function, and temperature regulation. Heating the Cacao will change or destroy or alter these Anandamides and you'll only get the happy feeling from the sugar that is in your ordinary chocolate. This sugar rush is only short lasting and will give you a sugar crash afterwards, so you want more. The happy feeling from raw chocolate goes for much longer and won't give you a crash.
The raw cacao bean has in the nut and seed world the highest amount of Vitamin C. After roasting, there is none.
Cacao is a very complex with more than 1200 chemically identifiable compounds. Heating the Cacao by faster fermentation and roasting brings out particular flavours such as the typical cacao flavour but also the bitterness associated with dark chocolate. By not heating it we keep all those flavours and have a chocolate that is smooth and has more character.
So in short: it tastes great
What is Coconut Blossom Nectar?
Glad you asked. Coconut blossom nectar, comes from the blossom of the coconut tree. It is a fantastic healthy and ethical unrefined sweetener. It is how ever a sweetener and should be used with that in consideration.
- Coconut Blossom Nectar has got a Glycemic Index (GI) of 35, which is very low. A GI index this low is suitable for many diabetics (diabetics should however first consult with a specialist to determine whether nectar suits their diet)
Coconut Blossom nectar has a great taste full of character, it is organic, unrefined and minimally processed.
The production of sweetener from coconut trees is very sustainable way of producing sweetener. From one acre there is about 50 to 70 % more sweetness that from regular cane sugar, but it uses only 20 % of soil nutrients and water.
For people whom are sensitive to fructose Coconut Blossom Nectar is a great solution. Coconut Blossom Nectar is mainly Sucrose (85 - 90%) and only contains 3 to 5 % of Fructose. Agave on the other hand contains about 50 % of fructose.
Coconut blossom nectar is very rich in minerals and that gives this sweetener many health benefits.
More about Coconut Blossom Nectar
We believe in a fairer, cleaner and healthier world. Organic farming practices are inline with these ideals.
All our cacao is certified according to the COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 834/2007. All our Coconut Blossom Nectar is also certified organic.
We are already sourcing our raw materials from Organic Suppliers and are now Certified Organic by the Biodynamic Association (GB-ORG-06). You can download a copy of our Certificate and Trading Schedule here
Yes we work with no additives and not in a big factory. Our kitchen aims to work as clean as possible and has been awarded the highest rating by the Stroud Council. Check out the Food Hygiene Rating here
As makers of food we are very aware of which ingredients might case a allergic reaction. Because we want to make our chocolate available to anyone we aim to work with out known food allergens. Here is some great info regarding food allergy.
A quick guide to Food Allergy
List of Food Allergens
Allergy warning to our products
Our chocolate bars containing caramels contain cashew nut and should be avoided if you have a nut allergy.
Our Tamari Almond chocolate bar and Hazelnut and Currant bar contain almonds or hazelnuts and should be avoided if you have a nut allergy
Our Tamari Almond chocolate bar uses almonds that have been activated in a Tamari Soya sauce.
Our dried fruits may contain traces of sulphites
Although we do not use any of the following ingredients in our chocolate they may contain traces.
- sesame seeds
We selected our suppliers and ingredients carefully but of course can not control the entire process from harvesting. To reduce the risk of contamination with allergens all our kitchen equipment is used and stored separate from the kitchen equipment that has been used for the above ingredients.