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This is why Fair Trade Cocoa is important. Great short video

This short 5-6 minute video is an informal interview of a group/village of Cocoa farmers on the Ivory Coast of Africa. The video is equally parts funny and heart breaking. I’d love to get you, the readers take on this short video. What did you think was funny and what parts made you stop and really think?

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Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Vegan Aztec Hot (Dark) Chocolate Recipe: A mess for your pleasure

So yesterday morning I made 10+ cups of hot chocolate (for myself) in an effort to perfect vegan hot chocolate.

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Recipe:
Ingredients:                                                                                                Turbinado or Raw sugar 3 Tablespoons per serving                                         Raw/Whole cocoa powder 2 Tablespoons per serving                                     Vanilla unsweetened soy milk (I like WestSoy brand, but use which ever you’d like) Instead of using vanilla soy    milk  you can use pain and add 3 drops of vanilla to your soy milk while heating. 8oz. per serving
Red Chili Powder 1/16 Teaspoon per serving                                                   Cinnamon 1/8 Teaspoon per serving

Directions: 1. In a sauce pain heat soy milk to 170 degrees Fahrenheit             2. Reduce temp to low and immediately add sugar and stir until dissolved.       3. Add remaining ingredients to pan while on low and mix/froth for approximately 2 minutes with an immersion or stick blender. Alternatively you can pour the heated Soy milk sugar mixture and the remaining ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 2 minutes. Remember hot liquids have a tendency to steam/splash in a running blender so use caution. Addationally if you have a glass blender vessel like myself pre-heat it with hot water (possibly poured out of your preheated mugs.                                                              4. Pour into mugs, sip, and enjoy!!

I’ve come to the following conclusions in my quest:

1. Making 10+ cups of hot chocolate with no one else to drink them but you leaves your housemates thinking you’ve finally lost it.

2. There’s a lot of debate out there about just how hot you can heat soy milk, 170 degrees Fahrenheit was the winner for me.

3. Always preheat your hot chocolate mugs, this can be done by putting your mug (microwave safe of course) in the microwave full of room temp water for approx 2 min (dump out the water and you have a nice preheated mug). Alternatively you can fill you mug with boiling water from another source and let sit approx 1 minute. (dump out the water and you have a nice preheated mug). This will ensure your liquidy chocolaty goodness will stay hotter longer and its a cozy pick me up for cold hands.

4. Vegan hot chocolate made with soy milk and raw cocoa will always leave a minuscule amount of gritty taste in your mouth. Sorry folks unprocessed whole foods tend to taste a bit more earthy… nonetheless this stuff is absolutely delicious. I’ll try experimenting with Almond, Coconut, and Rice milk in the future to see if this increases silkiness.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Coconut from: Lily’s Dark Chocolate

So I’m a couple days late on my next review. But this one was well worth the wait!

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Coconut by Lily’s Dark Chocolate

Color/Appearance~7.5/10

This bar lacks the deep smooth brown of other dark chocolate, however being a %55 cocoa it seems right on par . The repeated stamped “CHOCOLATE” was perhaps lacking in originality but added a fun eclectic touch anyway.  Scoring lines are almost always a welcome touch as they helped lend a hand in moderation… something that was rather difficult with this selection.

Texture~8/10

When it comes to texture, this bar was a knock out. I’m not usually a big fan of coconut in, well anything. However in the case of this bar it added a complex heterogeneity of texture not found in other bars.

Taste~9.5/10

I couldn’t put it down, seriously! Stevia, an unusual choice for sweetener, and something I’m not a fan of in general. Here though, it was a winner! The bar was silky sweet with out over doing it, and the coconut was  significant contribution to the taste but manages not to overpower the all important chocolate.

Fun factor~7.8/10

Creative but not over the top package presentation, paired with classic inner gold foil lends its self well to an overall pleasing aesthetic presentation. Saving an alleged “25%” calories, is fun for sure… though lets be real here, you’re eating a chocolate bar. Additionally there’s a heartwarming story to the name of the chocolate, see http://www.lilyssweets.com/lilys-story

Additional notes: Lily’s Coconut incredibly tasty product with “no added sugar”, fair trade, and supports the American Childhood Cancer Foundation http://www.acco.org/

You can visit Lily’s site @ http://www.lilyssweets.com/

Summary: A surprisingly good bar with unexpected flair.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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