Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chocolates That WON'T Melt in the Sun

Summer is hot. And chocolate being as malleable as it is, (especially Cocoa Craving's rich, creamy chocolate!) it becomes very susceptible to the summer sun. Try this simple

recipe that guarantees it won't melt in  the sweltering August sun.

                                                          Chocolate Banana Malt

                                                                          Serving (1 -2)

Ingredients:



Directions:

Place the frozen banana chunks, banana drinking chocolate, milk, and vanilla ice cream into a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into large glasses, sprinkle a small amout of banana drinking chocolate on top for garnish, serve and enjoy!

This is a delicious and healthy treat for a col summers day!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ice Cold Summer Smoothies!



                                                         Summer is finally here!  


Running outside, long drives on a nice day, picnics, and summer concerts; anything that has to do with being outdoors I love.  But there are summer those days when it’s just too hot to do anything, even eat! Craving something cold but still nutritious?


Try a smoothie! And Cocoa Cravings has just the ingredients you need to make a delicious chocolatey, healthy smoothie. Our unique combination of chocolate and different pure fruit flavors make give you a cold tasty boost to ease those sweltering summer days.
 
Cocoa Cravings Banana Drinking Chocolate combines all the healthy and delicious tastes of bananas, and indulgent vanilla and rich vegan chocolate. Perfect for adding antioxidants and flavor to your healthy smoothie.  Add in a little protein powder, half a frozen banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and ice and you have a cold, delicious, and nutritious meal perfect on a hot summer day.

Or even try our chilling Peppermint Cocoa! Made with pure organic peppermint powder this exhilarating drink will keep you cool as a cucumber. Add 2 tablespoons of flax to combat that winter weight, some refreshing fruits like pineapple, ice and watermelon for a thirst satiating summer staple!

Looking for an extra bite? Try our Picante Drinking Chocolate made with tasty cinnamon, pure chili powder,  and an ayurvedic blend of spices this truly unique drink is a bit of something different pair with mango and other exotic flavors to create a different kind of summer treat!


With lots of summer fun, 
Teri

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Women and Chocolate



 
Dark Chocolate has been making a name for itself in the health industry as a previously overlooked Superfood.  Studies are coming forth with amazing facts about this “candy”. Turns out not only is Dark Chocolate as delicious as candy, the stories about it being a nutritional food is true, too!

Women in particular benefit from the nutritional value of Dark Chocolate. Studies have shown women who eat 45 grams of chocolate a week had a 20% less risk of stroke, this also ties in with its known inflammation-fighting value, which have been known to reduce heart related ailments. Rich in fiber, dark chocolate shows it may be able to work as a sort of dietary supplement, suppressing your appetite by making you feel fuller.



Forget about aspirin to heal cramps and stomach problems, Cocoa has properties that improve circulation and blood clotting. It can also be a mood enhancer, which women particularly need in winter. Less sun triggers a sort of depression in women. In honor of Women’s Appreciation Month let’s rejoice with chocolate. A Superfood staple!



Lot's of Love, 
Teri

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's and Chocolate

There's nothing more traditional a gift for Valentine's Day than chocolates. Every year stores overstock their aisles with throngs of tasty chocolate of all sorts! And every year the day after Valentine's Day, you regret the decision you made to eat an ENTIRE BOX of sickeningly sweet, over processed sugary chocolates. Why is is exactly that we consume this delicious treat on the most love oriented day of the year?

It may date back to the Aztec ruler, Montezuma, who believed chocolate was an aphrodisiac. Brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus, as a tribute to Queen Isabella of Spain, chocolates exotic lore of being an aphrodisiac spread quickly across Europe and the rest of the world soon after.

There may even be a scientific explanation for why Valentine's Day is linked to chocolate. Modern science says the chemical phenylethylamine in chocolate triggers attraction. Chocolate also contains a stimulant called theobromine, which has been known to cause feelings of happiness.



Some may look as chocolate as plain candy, but it's history and it's scientific components make it so much more than that! Try any of Cocoa Cravings delicious cocoas and chocolates and see for yourself what the fuss is about! (Makes a great gift, too!)

~~Teri Ridley~~

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Special Cake for a Special Day

I've had some very ornate cakes for my birthday. One year when I was younger I got a "Little Mermaid" cake complete with toy characters I'd mistaken for frosting (ouch!). Another year I got a gourmet cake, made from a famous bakery in Chicago, from the most exotic(and expensive) ingredients, and to be mostly looked at than eaten.. Last year I got a simple homemade cake from my sister that meant more to me than any of those other cakes. Simple and delicious try this recipe for a meaningful birthday gift or a present from your beau on Valentine's Day.

P.S. Don't skimp on the chocolate chips!

                                                      Four Egg Chocolate Chip Cake

(Serves 4-5)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cool. 
  5.  Sprinkle chocolate chips liberally over the top and serve!
-Teri Ridley

Lose Weight with Cocoa Cravings!

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of weight loss is not chocolate, but in fact some types of cocoa can be used for weight loss purposes. Weight loss products usually taste horrible and if it doesn't you are a slave to counting calories, but Cocoa Cravings Hoodia Cocoa takes a different route. Cocoa Craving Hoodia Cocoa is especially crafted to be effective in helping you keep your weight loss resolutions.Made with pure, organic, raw cocoa powder and and the unique botanical "hoodia" to formulate a tasty, yet healthy drink. Hoodia in usually found in Africa's Kalahari Desert. Traditionally it was eaten by the San Bushmen, to ward off hunger on long journeys. Sometimes the most ancient ways to lose weight or even be healthy is through a natural botanical our forefathers stumbled upon.


Try it in Drinking Chocolate (with chunks of vegan chocolate throughout) or Hot Cocoa!

-Teri Ridley

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chocolate For Everyone!


Family dilemma: My mother LOVES dark chocolate. My sister abhors dark chocolate, but can't get enough of sweet milk chocolate. My brother is vegan, so he won't eat most chocolate offered by stores or searches the end of the world looking for some he can eat. And my grandad is diabetic, who has a serious sweet tooth for chocolate.
Family solution: COCOA CRAVINGS!

Cocoa Cravings offers an array of delicious chocolates to woo even the most picky of chocolate lovers. With a rich dark chocolate bars made from unique "Criollo" cacao beans, to delicious Vegan chocolate everyone will be happy. There's even a diabetic Chocolate for diabetics! Check out all of Cocoa Cravings Chocolates and be impressed!

All the best,

Teri Ridley