I am following up on your questions about raw chocolate, including
sites to buy raw chocolate, interesting articles, myths, history, raw
chocolate recipes, and a variety of research on chocolate.
To find out about scientific research on chocolate, please look at this site:
The Chocolate Information Center
A complete scholarly journal article, with references to related sources:
"A Brief History of Chocolate, Food of the Gods"
Athena Review - Journal of Archaeology, History, and Exploration
"The plant?s botanical name, Theobroma cacao, literally means 'food of
the gods'. To its many devotees, chocolate is exactly that."
Chocolate Stories, Facts, Legends & Myths
Story of Chocolate from the Chocolate Manufacturers Association
(And many related resources)
Raw Organic Cacao (Raw Chocolate) Lover's Website
Forum, Magazine, Events, Links
Here is a site that sells cacao beans wholesale:
Alibaba.com - Import Export Trade Leads
Cacao Bean From Indonesia
"We could supply bulk quantity of cacao beans."
This site has different varieties, and the best price for a 1 lb. bag
- $13.50 and also offers 5 lb. for $60
Stone & Giacomotto Cacao Store
Or use: http://tinyurl.com/46eka
Here is a site that sells raw chocolate which is also referred to as
cacao bean, and cacao nibs. The site includes a great, in-depth
article written by David Wolfe that discusses the nutritional benefits
of cacao, raw chocolate:
This article contains lots of interesting facts from scientific
research on the health benefits of raw chocolate, also famous quotes
"Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the
vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and
universal medicine." - Geronimo Piperni.
This article had beautiful illustrations and historical facts. I also
saw a recipe for chocolate nut milk.
Nature's First Law - Resources for Massive Health Abundance
-Cacao Nibs 22 lb bag
List Price: $704.00
Our Price: $352.00
You Save: $352.00 (50%)
-Item #0907: Raw, Certified Organic Cacao.
This is a 22-lb. bag for serious cacao lovers!
22 pounds of pure raw organic chocolate.
(This site also has smaller amounts of raw chocolate, you can buy a 16oz. bag)
-Food: "Cacao Nibs (peeled raw/organic cacao beans, 16 oz.)"
List Price: $32.00
Our Price: from $24.95
-Item #0878: *** Special deal ***
"Buy 12 16-oz. bags of Cacao Nibs at 20% discount and receive a FREE
copy of David Wolfe's new 2004 edition of his bestselling book Eating
for Beauty! (book = $24.95 value)
"This is Raw, Organic Chocolate! There is fantastic hope for
chocoholics everywhere! You can turn cravings for cooked chocolate
into super-nutrition. All chocolate is made from the cacao bean!
Normally, one could peel cacao beans before eating them...now we've
done it for you! "Cacao Nibs" (or Cacao Pieces) are peeled raw/organic
Underneath this there is some information about using raw chocolate:
"What to do with Cacao Nibs?:
-Try eating them straight, a tablespoon at a time. Chew thoroughly and
experience the taste extravaganza of raw chocolate.
-Add to coconut-based or fruit-based smoothies to enhance the flavor.
-Add agave nectar or honey or another sweetening agent to the raw
cacao nibs and chew!
-Freeze cacao nibs with sweeteners (agave nectar or honey are fantastic). Eat cold.
-Blend cacao nibs into herbal teas with the Peruvian superfood maca.
-Add cacao nibs to raw ice creams for the best chocolate chips in the world.
-Create a raw chocolate bar! Blend the following raw ingredients
together: cacao nibs, agave nectar, carob powder, maca, coconut oil,
angstrom calcium, and cashews. Pour into a mold and freeze. Eat cold
and experience the truth about the food of the gods!
-Warning: Eating cacao nibs may cause you to have THE BEST DAY EVER!"
This site also has cacao beans for sale:
Raw Criollo Cacao Beans - Certified Organic
"We Also Now Carry Peeled Cacao Beans! These are exactly the same as
normal cacao beans, except we have done the work for you, and taken
the shells off of the beans. These beans sell for US$24.95/Lb.
PEELED Raw Organic Criollo Cacao Beans - US$24.95 For 1 Pound
"Our sincere apologies...but we have not had time to write the
descriptive explanation of our Cacao Beans yet. We just recieved them
about one week ago from our supplier in Peru and we are still
experimenting with and learning about them, but our beans are Criollo
(the finest and most expensive variety of cacao beans that are grown)
and they are certified organically grown in Peru, and are 100% raw,
and sun dried cacao beans. They are Grade #1, and have been tested and
certified and fall within the accepted quality standards for Grade #1
organic raw cacao beans. Soon we will tell you much more about them,
but until then, check out these links, as the information there will
probably tell you most of what you are looking to know about cacao
beans. Our first impressions so far are: cacao beans are a great food.
They are full of unique phytonutrients which affect you in a most
strong and amazing way, and they provide great nutrition, and very
Here is a raw chocolate recipe on this site:
RawGuru's FREE Monthly Online Newsletter: Issue 1
Chocolate Ice Cream
2 cups coconut meat
2 cups coconut water
1 cup almond milk
1 cup peeled Truly Raw Cacao Beans (powdered)
1/3 cup mesquite pod meal
2 tbs. carob powder
3/4 cup agave nectar
3 tbs. coconut oil
1 tsp. of sea salt or to taste
How to: Blend everything until smooth and strain through a sieve.
Transfer this mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the
manufactures directions OR pour the mixture in ice cream trays, freeze
in the freezer, and then put through the champion with a blank or in a
greenstar/solostar juicer. Set aside.
At this site, raw chocolate is discussed and offered for sale:
The Living and Raw Foods Online Community - Classifieds for
individuals - Peeled Certified Organic
"The best way to peel them?
The best way, is to buy them unpeeled! But if you really want to peel
them, o it the old fashioned way! By hand! or place them under a cool
steam bath. Get a large pot, fill it up with water. Put it on the heat
and make sure the water never reaches more than 120 degrees F. Place a
colander with cacao beans in there (Don't let the beans touch the
water). And wait until the steam reaches the beans, after 10-15 mins.
Take the beans out and peel them. They should peel easily, if not put
them back in for 5 mins. or so. Here is a better way! Soak the cacao
beans in water for 20-30 seconds (no more or they will be slimy), dry
them off with a towel, and peel."
Here is another site that sells raw chocolate:
Product ID: ER665 Category: Raw Nuts
Really-Raw Organic Chocolate (raw cacao nibs / pieces)
At this site I found reviews of raw chocolate food products sold at
Natures First Law (the site I listed at the beginning):
"Raw Goddess Chocolate (with cacao!) = All raw, organic, vegan
ingredients: Cacao beans, agave nectar, coconut butter, almond butter,
carob powder, and real vanilla, topped with walnuts - melts in your
Cacao (Chocolate) Brownie = These cacao brownies are incredible!
Dense, rich, and chewy - a chocoholic's delight! Our friends at the
Raw Bakery outdid themselves again. Made from all raw, all organic
ingredients: almonds, walnuts, pecans, dates, and cacao beans. Each
brownie is approximately 2 inches square. A little goes a long way!
Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies = From our friends at the Raw
Bakery, these delicious raw chocolate chip pistachio cookies will help
satisfy those chocolate cravings. Rich and chewy, with bits of cacao
bean "chips" on top, they are sure to satisfy. All raw ingredients
including organic raw cacao beans, pistachios, hazelnuts, dates and
bananas. Each package contains four "cookies."
Here is a recipe for chocolate mousse:
"Raw Chocolate Mousse
1 cup almond or cashews milk
1 handful of pitted dates (soaked for 1-3 hrs)
1/3 cup chocolate powder (peeled and ground cacao beans)
1/4 cup almond butter
2 pinches celtic sea salt
Put everything in a food processor and process til smooth."
I hope this information is useful. Let me know if I can be of further