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100% Guilt Free Chocolate

Posted Aug 03 2008 6:10pm

cacao berry clarityI picked up a small chocolate from a health store today. It sparked my interest because it’s sweetened with malted grains, mesquite powder and goji berries, a magical mix I’ve never seen before.

The chocolate is calledCacao Berry Clarityand it ticks a lot of boxes. I like this chocolate because it’s super healthy, affordable, and most importantly - tastes quite good. Even my chocolate-connoisseur-travel-buddy had a taste and gave it the thumbs up. Oh, and it’s vegan friendly too.

From the research I’ve done, malted grains don’t seem to be that common an ingredient to use as a sweetener. They’re more commonly used in beer brewing, so I have no idea why this Cacao Berry Clarity product has chosen to use them. Myguessis because they give the chocolate a nice malt taste while subtly sweetening it at the same time.

But what’s SO good about this chocolate is how healthy it is. When I experiment with making my own chocolate products at home, I just put together ingredients that aren’t unhealthy for you and that I think will taste good. This Cacao product has done that, but gone one step further and added additional superfoods to turn it into a chocolate treat that is also medicinal.

Cacao Berry Clarity Superfoods

The Cacao Berry Clarity website has a downloadable text file which lists the superfoods contained in the chocolate and their amazing properties. It’s definitely worth a read, just so you can see how healthy these ingredients are, and why I think this chocolate can be classed as a ‘health’ food.

You can download the file by clicking here.

goji berries1. Goji berries

We all know that goji berries are a superfood and really great for our health. You can’t pass a health store or market now without finding at least one brand of these berries on sale. I’ve even seen them on the shelves at my local deli in Toronto.

2. Klamath blue green algae

This microalgae actually dates back to over 3 billion years! If you read the downloadable file, you’ll see the list of health properties this algae contains. The information has totally blown me away so I’m going to look into this food further. It’s best known for its amazing effect on the nervous system, but it has many more benefits than that.

cacao nibs3. Raw cacao nibs and cacao butter

I talk a lot about cacao so I don’t think I need to go into any more detail!You can read my article about cacao hereif you haven’t yet.

4. Mesquite powder

mesquiteI’ve recently become a member ofThe Best Day Everand I seem to be hearing a lot about this mesquite powder within the site.

Mesquite is one of those ancient foods from the Middle East, India, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, and the American Southwest that has just been newly rediscovered. It’s best know for its antifungal, antimicrobial, and antispasmodic properties, AND it’s a natural sweetener with a very low glycemic index of 25.

Is this the most ultimate healthiest chocolate?

cacao berry clarityI do love this chocolate. I love the fact that it’s so healthy, tastes good and at US$2 a chocolate is quite affordable. Unfortunately the taste just isn’t as superb as nushing on a row of Green & Black. I’m beginning to think that perhaps I won’t be able to find something as tasty as Green & Black that is guilt free, but I’m going to continue my search anyway.

In the meantime, the Cacao Berry Clarity is a great option if you can find it. AND a portion of the profits of this chocolate go to Casa de Milagros (Home of Miracles), saving lives of children in Cusco, Peru through health, Education, Arts, Permaculture and love.

Fran

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