Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is raw chocolate?
    1. Raw chocolate means it hasn’t been roasted like commercial chocolate. Keeping it in its natural state preservers the gift of its nutrient dense offerings.
  2. Is it bitter? Is it cacao nibs?
    1. Let’s face it, chocolate is bitter, raw or roasted. People are always pleasantly surprised at how great our chocolate is and that it was not bitter.  A lot of people asked before trying it if it was bitter.  With the popularization of cacao nibs people have gotten the idea that raw chocolate is the same and in some cases it is.  My raw chocolate is beautifully balanced, not bitter and not too sweet.
  3. Is it all soft and lumpy?
    1. My chocolate like commercial chocolate, has snap and shine, which is created by tempering the chocolate. There are some raw chocolate companies that are not tempering their chocolate because of the ingredients they are using which prevent the tempering process.
  4. Is it really chocolate?
    1. My chocolate is the real thing and better.
  5. Does it have agave?
    1. We do not use agave as an ingredient. Agave is a very controversial sweetener with a lot of articles comparing it to corn syrup.
  6. Is it vegan?
    1. My chocolate is vegan. I will be certifying it in the future.
  7. Is it paleo?
    1. Yes, my chocolate is paleo as well. I will be certifying it in the future.
  8. Is it organic?
    1. I use at least 98% organic ingredients.
  9. Is it gluten free?
    1. I do not use any ingredients with gluten. I am the sole person in my kitchen so there are no gluten ingredients coming in.  I cannot be certain about the environments of my suppliers though.
  10. Why is it more expensive?
    1. Raw ingredients are more expensive, it’s real food. To keep the integrity of raw products, they must be made in small batches with specialized equipment.  It’s also normally a slower process.  The ingredients I source out are top quality as well.
    2. When you eat raw food the nutrients haven't been compromised by heat.  Your body doesn't need to consume as much food to receive the nutrients it's looking for from the food.
  11. How is it to be stored?
    1. Cool, below 68 degrees away from sunlight or a heat source.
  12. What is Yacon powder? (info from The Raw Food World)
    1. Yacon is grown in the Andes, thrives in high mountain valleys and produces a dense root system loaded with minerals, vitamins and complex chemicals. Yacon root is particularly valuable as a health-food because it contains inulin, a complex sugar that the human body does not have the enzymes to break down in the digestive track, while it does promote healthy probiotics in the colon. For this reason, it is celebrated as an alternative sweetener for those with sensitivities, hypertension and diabetes.
  13. What is Lucuma powder? (info from The Raw Food World)
    1. Lucuma, highly revered as the “Gold of the Incas”, is a delicious South American fruit and low glycemic natural sweetener, with a smooth, fragrant maple-like flavor. Lucuma provides 14 essential trace elements and is a good source of magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. Lucuma is an ideal sweetener for use in desserts, smoothies, and raw ice cream.
  14. What is Mesquite Pod powder? (info from Ultimate Superfoods website)
    1. For 2000 years, mesquite was a staple food of Native Americans from Texas to California, because the mesquite trees thrive in arid climates where other crops wither. Mesquite pods were one of the most significant foods of the desert Apache, Pima, Cahuilla, Maricopa, Yuma, Mohave, and Hopi tribes.
    2. Nutrition: Like many other desert plants, the mesquite tree concentrates a high level of nutrients in its seeds to compensate for the harsh environment. Mesquite powder is very high in magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, fiber, and digestible proteins (including lysine).  It also acts as an antioxidant, and its glycemic index is low in spite of its sweet taste.