Sunday, January 21, 2018

The World's Best Banana (Chocolate Chip) Muffins. You Try it.

The World's Best Banana (Chocolate Chip) Muffins - VEGAN

We here at eSutras can vouch for this recipe's claim as best in the world; we all tried it today at our Holiday party. And it's totally vegan! Courtesy of Sara K. Fay :

1 1/2 cups of overripe bananas (4 bananas should do the trick), mashed
1/3 cup soy milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
1/3 cup eSutras Dark Agave Nectar (we substituted half of this amount with coconut syrup - Yum! You can also try maple syrup.)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mash bananas and add wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients separately; add to wet mix. Add chocolate morsels. Don't over-mix; leave it nice and clumpy, especially when dealing with the bananas. Bake for 20 minutes (or until you check that it's cooked all the way through).
Enjoy! Easy & delicious

Friday, January 19, 2018

Eat with your fingers - at least once per day and watch what happens...

Even as a number of people proudly claim that they are not able to eat unless they have a spoon, the ancients recommended eating with hands "which had to be cleaned thoroughly before and after the meal".

Eating with hands is neither uncouth nor tacky, but is extremely healthy. 

According to Ayurveda , a 5000 year old medical paradigm from India, when we put food in our mouth through our hand, the five fingers together form a mudra (a yogic position) which activates the sensory organs that keep prana or life force in balance.

It also improves digestion because when the hand touches the food, the brain sends signals to the body releasing digestive juices. This is probably the reason why food tastes better when eaten with hands.

Here at Cocoa Cravings we love chocolate so much that we think eating it every day is not only acceptable, but a great idea. Chocolate makes us happy in so many ways, but it also does so much more. It can help calm us down, help us bond with people, and even make us happy.

Eat a piece with your bare hands- today. It's on us!  

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We will send you a bar - TOTALLY FREE.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FOOD TRENDS FOR 2018...

  1. Mindful Choices: Body-mind connections are influencing new food and beverage product introductions
  2. Lighter Enjoyment: Diets are out, healthy is not
  3. Positively Processed: Utilizing old-fashioned processing techniques
  4. Going Full Circle: Environmentally-responsible packaging, low-waste methods and claims
  5. Beyond the Coffeehouse: Modification of café favorites and flavors
  6. Say It With Color: Using color as a consumer draw with bright hues and clean labels
  7. Dining Out, In: The line between food service and retail blurs
  8. From Snacks to Mini Meals: Snacking is changing, with snacks becoming a light meal and meals taking on a snack-like appearance
  9. Ocean Garden: Meat, vegetables and seasonings from the sea
  10. Bountiful Choices: Diversifying existing food categories..
  11. Plant-Based Proteins and Botanicals
    A plant-based focus will continue to gain traction into 2018, aligning with more consumers choosing a vegetarian and flexitarian lifestyle. This goes hand-in-hand with the trend for the addition of botanicals that are adding value (and flavor) to food.
    Bold Natural Colors
    2018 will be a year of bold and bright natural colors. Tapping into this trend will attract consumers while keeping a clean label product that is eye-catching. An example of this is a natural purple color from ube, or purple yam.
SOURCE: INNOVA, AS PUBLISHED IN FOOD INGREDIENTS FIRST [Posted November 22, 2017]

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Why Cocoa Cravings Hot Chocolate?

Hot-chocolate mix is a wintertime staple and Cocoa Cravings has the very best. Full Stop.

The flavonoids help your body process nitric oxide, which is why hot cocoa ( or hot chocolate) can improve blood flow, help lower your blood pressure and improve heart health.  The flavanoids in hot chocolate also help prevent platelets in your blood from mingling together and forming clots.

Hot chocolate mix also contains caffeine, but only in trace amounts at about 5 milligrams per envelope. ... Public health officials from Australia report hot chocolate caffeine content can range from 10 to 70 milligrams per cup. Clearly there is variation in the caffeine content of hot chocolate as well as with coffee.

Real life Snippet:-

George Washington drank hot chocolate for breakfast, according to historians. But his version was flavored with chili powder, vanilla and allspice, and contained less sugar than the cocoa of today....

Much like what we offer you . RICH PURE DARK CHOCOLATE laden with goodness....
 Rich dark and smooth... Hot Chocolate


Try it 

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!