Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Chocolate Ideas - Only for the adventurous......

 COCOA daREDark chocolate — like semisweet and bittersweet — is often considered the most versatile of the chocolates because it's less sweet. This translates into an amazing contrast with sweet or tangy foods and bolder flavors — like balsamic — serve to bring out the richness of the confection.

This is a no-brainer, but serving dark chocolate up with a berry-streaked whipped cream and a glass of pinot noir makes for a jaw-dropping flavor profile.

Get a little crazy with dark chocolate, sprinkle in a bit of black pepper to add a heat and complexity the next time you make brownies or chocolate cake.                                  

But here are SOME - Even more taste bud-blasting pairings for dark chocolate:
Ginger
Lavender
Mint
Cardamom
Wasabi
Chipotle & Jalapeño
Cinnamon & Fennel
Aged gouda, Parmesan, Chèvre
Blue cheese

Even more taste bud-blasting pairings for dark chocolate:

Salmon & Shrimp
Assam tea & Earl Grey tea
Indonesian coffee & Dark-roast coffee or Espresso beans
Belgian quad (beer) &  Red zinfandel

There you have enough - ONE PAIRING - for Each LAZY SUMMER DAY ...
But wait ...
 Who wants Chocolate?

What's your favorite food/chocolate combo? Let us know and your name will be added to a drawing this month - 3 luck winners get $50 worth Cocoa Cravings - shipped to you!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cocoa Cravings Cold Chocolate finds a friend !

Liven up your cocktails, margaritas, and even specialty lemonades with eSutras  cocktail rimming sugars! This eye-catching bright yellow rim sugar offers a new twist to the usual cocktail garnishes. Use it alone, or mix it with another eSutras rim sugar for an extra pop of color and fruity twist that your customers will love! 


 Delicious
A sugared rim is the perfect complement to a whole array of cocktails, while the hint of lemon provides a surprising burst of flavor that will really put the "happy" in happy hour. 

These colorful crystals of sugar provide the perfect sparkle, flavor, and color to enhance the ever popular lemon drops, margaritas, whiskey sours, and even teas and lemonades! 

Add some flavor to the rims of cocktail glasses or get creative by using this rimming sugar to make sugar dipped lemons for a unique garnish. A blend of gourmet sugars and a tart lemon flavor in an appealing shade of yellow, this rim sugar will bring some sunshine to any martini or mixed drink on your menu. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cocoa Cravings takes the spotlight - and shines!

As April draws to a close, world chocolatiers are referring knowingly and mysteriously to the impending end of the "chocolate season".    Not for us at Cocoa Cravings........

We actually are getting more attention... even  our on the media. Our founder was on WGN 720 Radio last night with famous Patti Vasquez, talking about Cocoa Cravings  and the Chicago Artisan Chocolate  Show this Saturday and Sunday April 22nd and 23rd, 2017.

Patti says she can eat good chocolate any time. We agree..        

As such, popular chocolate season kicks off before Halloween, taking in Christmas, Valentine's and Mother's days and ends just after Easter (give or take a bit of abstention for Lent).

That said, weather does play a part according to the experts, as people consider it too hot to eat chocolate in July and August and turn to the chocolatiers' ice cream instead.

But we at Cocoa Cravings - help you take your love for chocolate one step further - Berry Drinking Chocolate - and Ice Cold  is delicious!!          

Made with very few ingredients, and some of Mother Nature's finest, you can enjoy indulging in these lovely little treats without any nasty additives.
 Made with Love!

These are the ingredients that make you appreciate how perfect chocolate can be.

Plus, you will get a nice dose of happiness from the boost of nutrients you and your loved ones will receive! 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cocoa Cravings Banana Drinking Chocolate for this Autumn

                     Cocoa Cravings Banana Drinking Chocolate combines all the healthy and delicious tastes of bananas, tasty strawberries, and indulgent vanilla. Winter blues? Cheer up because Banana Drinking Chocolate is delicious hot, too! Just try using hot water, milk or milk substitute.


Our Banana drinking chocolate includes among many other certified organic ingredients, the finest Cocoa Powder*, Vegan, Chocolate* (Cocoa*, Soy Lecithin*, Evaporated Cane Juice* and Stevia*), Banana Powder*, Strawberry Powder*, Vanilla Liquid and a trademark Ayurvedic Spice Blend* (a proprietary spice blend). You got to try it, for it's unforgettable lingering taste, which will leave you reaching for more.

Why not try this tempting insanely good banana drinking chocolate recipe then?

Ingredients:
2 heaped tablespoons Cocoa Cravings Banana Drinking Chocolate mix
1/2 of a small ripe banana sliced
1 tall cup fat-free milk boiled
1 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup crushed ice or 5 to 8 ice cubes
Low calorie sweetener (optional)

Directions:
In a tall glass, combine cocoa mix, half of the hot milk, chocolate chips, and sweetener. Add 1/4 cup very hot water and blended banana and stir until ingredients have dissolved. Top glass with remaining milk, stirring continuously.
          Now sit back and enjoy!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

PICANTE Hot Cocoa - Zesty enough for the Season!



It's that time of the year when pumpkin pies and drinking chocolates are enjoyed in almost every household.
Our drinking chocolate- Pumpkin Pie is a spice mixture typically comprised of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, pumpkin pie is a must have for the holiday season during fall and winter. Just the right amount of pumpkin pie flavor to satisfy and delightfully rich cocoa with coconut sugar — what else do you need

A cup of hot dark chocolate can actually PREVENT diabetes

Forget everything you've been told about hot chocolate being an indulgence: a cup before bedtime could fend off diabetes, a study has found.  Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols, plant chemicals that boost blood flow by widening vessels. Cocoa powder also reduces amounts of harmful liver fats called triglycerides by about a third. It has been used in a medicinal capacity for more than two thousand years. The Mayans and Aztecs civilizations were convinced it relieved a host of ailments including fever, heart pain and bowel complaints.

Now here is a recipe for you to try this one of a kind PICANTE HOT COCOA

Ingredients      
1 1/2 cups boiling water
3 ounces - PICANTE HOT COCOA

1 tbsp white sugar (optional)
1 pinch salt
4 1/2 cups milk

Mix the sugar, salt, 2  ounces of the PICANTE HOT COCOA  into the water and part of the milk in a tall drinking mug. 

When the chocolate powder dissolves gradually the remaining milk stirring continuously. Now top with the balance 1 ounce PICANTE HOT COCOA and stir in to form a dark rich hot chocolate drink.

Happy drinking! 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Cocoa & Chocolate Hot or Cold– a must have for the season!

Cocoa & Chocolate Hot or Cold– a must have for the season!

We are right at the onset of  the “Chocolate Season” kicking  off before Halloween, taking in Christmas, Valentine's and Mother's days ending just after Easter (give or take a bit of abstention for Lent). The uses and benefits of cocoa powder are limitless, make your own chocolates at home, stir up a nice hot chocolate drink, flavor your brownies and  cookies, etc.

Our extra dark cocoa powder does not contain preservatives, hydrogenated fats, animal fat, cholesterol or gluten. This Cocoa is processed with low heat. A must have for this season, our cocoa powder is deep reddish brown in color and is universally known as the finest imported cocoa powder.

Benefits  of cocoa powder
Just 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder contains 3 to 9 percent of the recommended daily intake of iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc. In addition to carrying oxygen, iron helps make red blood cells and is essential for your immune system.


Besides the  above possible health benefits of cocoa powder, UMIM says that cocoa may lower LDL cholesterol, reduce the risk of blood clots, increase blood flow to the arteries, lower high blood pressure, boost cognitive performance and provide essential minerals such as calcium and potassium    
        
Try this easy hot cocoa drink recipe
Milk    1 cup

Hot Chocolate: Pumpkin Pie powder2 heaped tablespoons

Cream 1 tablespoon
Sugar cubes optional

Method
Heat milk in a saucepan.
Blend in cocoa powder and cream.
Stir up and top with sugar cubes.

Enjoy hot or ice cold - either way your daily dose of Anti oxidants are guaranteed !


Thursday, July 7, 2016

#WorldChocolateDay is upon us! Enjoy your favorite chocolate today - tasty and healthy!

Chocolate – is there a better friend? 


It’s there to celebrate your triumphs, reward your successes and mend your broken, beaten heart. It’s so important to us it even has its own day – World Chocolate Day And - Hallelujah, vegans.
Just because you want to not cut out animal products, doesn’t means that your relationship with chocolate is over too.   

Chocolate and the gym might seem like polar opposites to you. But science has recently proved that it’s a great pre-gym snack.
Huzzah.
But only if it’s dark chocolate.
According to this Kingston University study found that cyclists’ consumption of dark chocolate improved their  endurance and they could exercise longer than those who ate white chocolate.
It is believed that the epicatechin in cocoa prompts cells to release extra nitric oxide, which helps with blood flow.
It may have been a while since Easter, but you definitely deserve to treat yourself after staying away from it for so long.

Or if you didn’t, because you know how good it is You didn’t forsake it for lent. So why now?
Finally, and don’t don’t panic, the world is running out of it.. This is really a time you should stop everything. 
Because yes, chocolate is running out.
The world’s cocoa is increasingly in short supply, with regular reports warning that in the near future we’ll be facing a shortage.
If that wasn’t terrifying enough, it’s expected to happen as soon as 2020.
Stock up while you can.