Coracao Confections

Special Announcement

We're now stone grinding Kashiwase Farmers Market local, raw & organic almonds to make our almond butter!

You'll love it in your Rawmond Butter Bars and Almond Butter Bon Bons. 

Many raw companies are switching to Spanish almonds because they are cheaper and easier to get raw, as there are no pasteurization laws in Spain.

We've decided to stay uber local and support a CA farm. Also their almonds are soooo good and make the most creamy & delicious raw almond butter we've ever tasted.

Check out this short video about them:  

 

 

Kashiwase Farms, Winton California from PK on Vimeo.

Written by Coracao Confections — December 09, 2014

How chocolate can help you lose weight? Science answers...

Isn't it weird how some people think chocolate makes them fat? Or even feel guilty about eating chocolate!?

Those people who believe chocolate will make them fat, throw the baby out with the bathwater. What they don't know is that chocolate itself (cacao) has been shown to help people lose weight and that it's really the refined sugar, dairy (processed milk powder, cream, butter etc) and other non cacao "fillers" in most chocolate that cause weight gain.  

Have you ever noticed how diet drinks promote chocolate? They'd love for you to believe that they are doing you some sort of big favor by adding chocolate to their drink, but in reality they do it because studies show chocolate actually helps people boost their metabolism and lose weight.   

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine tracked 1,000 adults and found that the people who ate chocolate more regularly had a lower BMI (Body Mass Index).

On average the people who enjoyed chocolate regularly weighed 5lbs less than those who didn’t.

Here are some possible reasons why, according to David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center:

1.       "Dark chocolate is bittersweet. Whereas sweet stimulates appetite, bitter actually suppresses it. So the benefit comes from eating dark chocolate in particular."

2.       "It’s high in (good) fat, a quality that slows digestion and helps curb appetite longer."

3.       "Chocolate also has a little caffeine. Caffeine revs metabolism, increasing the number of calories the body burns at rest."

 

We recommend 70% cacao content or higher- A general rule of thumb is that the higher the cacao content the better it is for you. All our chocolates are made with 81% dark chocolate.

Enjoy the good stuff, you deserve it ;) 

Matthew & Daniel

PS. Has good dark chocolate supported you in losing weight or staying in your ideal range? If so please leave a comment below and share your story.

 *Update:

Our comments section is temporarily down :(  In the meantime we'd still love to hear your experience. You can reach us at Info@coracaoconfections.com 

Photo: iStock/ Thinkstock

 

Written by Coracao Confections — February 08, 2013

Mexican woman is oldest person ever at 127 – and says CHOCOLATE is her secret to long life

 

A Mexican woman who is believed to be the oldest human ever, turned 127 earlier this year and has claimed chocolate is to credit for her longevity.

 

Leandra Becerra Lumbreras was born on August 31, 1887 and has lived through every historical event of the last century. She was 27 at the beginning of World War I and 82 when man first set foot on the moon.

 

                         

                                      Leandra with great great grand child (Photo: El Horizonte)                      

 

Her family says that chocolate is the key to her long life, as well as getting lots of sleep, never getting married and keeping busy.

 

"She was still sewing and weaving until about two years ago... She never ceased to be active." granddaughter Miriam Alvear, 43, told El Horizonte.

 

                          

                   Ms Lumbreras believes her love of chocolate played a factor in her long life. 

 

"She is entirely lucid. She blows your mind with stories from the revolution," Lumbreras's granddaughter told El Horizonte

 

The former seamstress has 73 great-grandchildren and 55 great-great-grandchildren.

 

What do you think about this story and do you believe chocolate can help you live a longer life, if so why? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Written by Coracao Confections — October 29, 2014

Matthew's Chocolate Chai Latte Recipe

You may have heard of a "Dirty Chai" by now as they have become fairly popular. 

If not, a "Dirty Chai" is a Chai Tea Latte with added coffee or espresso. 

Coffee and Tea together may sound strange, but it is SO delicious. 

photo credit: Eva Kosmas Flores

Well if you want to be really adventurous, take things one step further with a "Filthy Chai", which adds CHOCOLATE to the mix!  This also sounds crazy but it is AMAZING. 

Served either hot or iced, this drink really delivers the goods.

Recipe for 1 Serving of Hot Chocolate Chai
  • 1 Chai Tea bag  
  • 1/2 cup boiling Water
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed (dark roast) Coffee
  • 1/3 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Cora-Quik Cocoa Mix
  • Honey or sweetener of choice to taste
  • Dash of Cinnamon and or cinnamon stick
Method
  1. In a small saucepan, brew the Chai Tea in the water for about 5 minutes to create a nice strong Chai.
  2. Remove tea bag and add the brewed Coffee to pan.
  3. Stir in the Cora-Quik Cocoa Mix and stir around until dissolved. 
  4. Add the Almond Milk and heat on low until drink is hot enough to your liking (dont bring to a boil though). 
  5. Add around 1/2 Tablespoon of Honey or more/less to your liking. 
  6. Pour into mug and sprinkle a small dash of cinnamon on top. 
Now you're ready to get Filthy! 
Enjoy!
Variations
  • You can use a Chai concentrate, which also works great. 
  • You can use freshly pulled espresso shots instead of coffee. 
  • For the milk, any kind of milk will do but it is especially delicious with Almond or Oat milk. 
  • If you have the capacity to steam the milk and create foam, definitely do it that way. 
  • Finally, our Cora-Quik Cocoa Mix is already sweetened with Coconut Sugar, but a little extra honey or other sweetener of your choice will make it more delicious.  
Infinite Love,
Matthew
PS. Please leave a comment below and let me know how you like the recipe and your own variations.

 

(photo credit: Eva Kosmas Flores)

 

Written by Coracao Confections — September 28, 2014

You have to taste this!

We made three new off the chain delicious spreads for you! Our famous whipped cashew butter CaramelCaramel with Salted Almonds and our best selling Rawmond Butter with cacao nibs. 
 
They're perfect to have on hand for camping, the beach, picnicking, traveling and the playa- You can keep them out of the fridge and in fact they get even more soft, gooey & delicious on a hot day.
                                                      

 

Make the most epic Banana sandwich ever! 

 

Enjoy with your favorite ice cream or just eat it by the spoonful. 

 

It's all good. 

 
Also, get 10% OFF all your Summer web orders over $75 with promo code: SUMMER FUN 
Spreading the love, 
 
Daniel & Matthew

 

Written by Coracao Confections — August 20, 2014

Matthew's best morning smoothie recipe!

Do you struggle with having enough time to enjoy a healthy & nourishing breakfast everyday? 
If so, check out my video below for the ultimate morning smoothie recipe. It's rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and will keep you charged for hours. It's incredibly delicious and takes 5 minutes or less!
Also make sure to leave a comment below and let me know how you like it. 
 
Infinite Love,
Matthew
 

Written by Matthew Rogers — August 05, 2014

Have you smelled this lately?

Did you know your nose can identify over 10,000 different smells? Did you a know a woman's sense of smell is generally better than a man's? One of the most miraculous things about smell is that it is responsible for over 80% of what you taste!
 
It's so easy to take smell and taste for granted- Though, imagine how dull life would be without being able to smell the sweet musk of red roses or the scent on your lover's neck. Imagine biting into your favorite food in the world and tasting nothing but bland texture. 
 
Luckily we get to experience the joy of taste & smell every day. In honor of National Sense of Smell Day on April 26th (yes, this is a real holiday) we wanted to suggest a few chocolates that celebrate the simple beauty of taste and smell.  

This is a new life experience truffle- A silky smooth chocolate ganache with bright notes of tangerine & the vanilla honey flavor of fresh bee pollen. It's then drenched in 81% dark chocolate and sprinkled with more local bee pollen.  Taste here.
This decadent fudge truffle is infused with organic raspberries. This classic, heavenly combination of bright raspberries & dark chocolate will bring you to a new level of bliss. Taste here.
The rose is floral, sweet and heart opening. Each truffle is infused with two roses- As this silky smooth truffle melts in your mouth, your whole body will relax into blissful love & radiance.  Have a moment to stop and taste the roses, you deserve it.  Taste here. 

Wishing you a happy Sense of Smell Day filled with your favorite scents and smells. 
 
To the Sweet Life,
 
Daniel & Matthew

Written by Coracao Confections — April 23, 2014

How to Burn Belly Fat

Great news! A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine tracked 1000 adults and found that the people who eat chocolate more regularly on average weigh 5lbs less than those who don't.

Here are three reasons why according to David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center:

1. Dark chocolate is bittersweet. Whereas sweet stimulates appetite, bitter actually suppresses it. So the benefit comes from eating dark chocolate in particular.

2. Chocolate also has a little caffeine. Caffeine revs metabolism, increasing the number of calories the body burns at rest.

3. It's high in good fat, a quality that slows digestion and helps curb appetite longer.

Many customers tell us that our chocolate has helped them lose weight, because it truly satisfies their cravings and helps them stay away from addictive & unhealthy junk food.

Here are our top three recommendations to support you in feeling great, burning belly fat and staying away from addictive junk foods in the new year.

The After Dark Truffle is the darkest truffle we've ever created. It's sprinkled with unsweetened chunks of 100% pure cacao and drenched in 81% dark chocolate. Click here to have it now.

A square a day keeps the doctor away. A quarter pound of 81% dark chocolate, perfect for emergencies and to replace any old junk food still laying around the house. Click here to have it in your chocolate drawer.

Sip rich, frothy and delicious low glycemic hot cocoa after your yoga workout or a frosty winter hike. Click here to have it in your cupboard.

Make the investment in yourself, you deserve it. When those junk food cravings come, it will feel so good having a delicious piece of low glycemic dark chocolate melting on your tongue- While your whole body relaxes into feeling completely satisfied.  Click here to get some now. If for any reason you're not completely satisfied with your order, let us know within 30 days and we'll give you your money back. 

Wishing you a prosperous new year filled with love, health & happiness.

Daniel & Matthew

Written by Coracao Confections — January 07, 2014

Coconut Whipped Cream Recipe

This recipe is an amazingly easy and delicious alternative to dairy whipped cream.  It's great for desserts, strawberries, iced cocoa, pancakes, and whatever else you love to put whipped cream on!  Enjoy! 

Step 1. Put a can of full cream coconut milk in the fridge overnight, the cream will float to the top. The above brands worked the best in our test recipes- Native Forest is available at Whole Foods and Aroy-D is available at most Asian markets.

Step 2. Scoop the cream off the top into a chilled mixing bowl. Save the coconut water below for smoothies.

Step 3. You should have about a half cup of coconut cream from the can, add 2 teaspoons Vanilla Palm Syrup. Can substitute honey or maple Syrup.

 

Step 4. Mix on high until whipped.

 

Step 5. Add to cup of Cora Quick iced cocoa and drizzle with Chocolate Syrup!

 

Written by Coracao Confections — December 20, 2013

Hurry! Let's put an end to slave labor chocolate!

Most people aren't aware that there are an estimated 1.8 million children involved in growing cacao in West Africa, which is where most of the world's cacao comes from. In Côte d'Ivoire (Africa’s Ivory Coast), the 2nd largest exporter of cacao, there are estimates of up to 200,000 children who are victims of slavery & trafficking. Young children who work on cacao farms are much less likely to get an education; they are often injured from using sharp machete's to crack the cacao pods and from hauling heavy bags of cacao.

 

This is a major problem in the world of chocolate and imparts bitterness in what should be a blissfully sweet experience.  The largest chocolate manufacturers in the world like Hershey’s, Mars & Nestle contribute to this problem by buying massive quantities of cheap cacao beans at rock bottom prices. This forces cacao farmers in poor countries to cut wages & benefits to their workers and unfortunately some resort to using child labor. The end result is a cheap price at the register for the uninformed consumer, but the real price is poverty and bondage for our brothers, sisters & children on the other side of the world.

Ok so you're probably thinking that this really sucks and wondering how you can make sure your chocolate isn't made with child labor. The good news is that you can help put an end to this, here's two things you can do right now.

1)      Stop buying chocolate made with child labor.  Spread the word and inform your friends and family about the real cost of buying cheap chocolate from companies like Hershey’s, Mars & Nestle. Buy fairly traded chocolate and only buy chocolate from companies you trust. If you're not sure, ask companies where their cacao comes from. If it comes from West Africa or Côte d'Ivoire it should be a red flag. If they don't know where it comes from this is also a red flag.   

2)      Be honest with your kids about the problem, the vast majority of cheap candy uses cacao that is grown & harvested by exploited workers & children. When kids are told the truth it empowers them to make better decisions.

 

Where your Coracao Confections Chocolate comes from...

Coracao Confections sources your chocolate from small farms in Peru & Ecuador that treat their adult farmers fairly and pay them above market prices. The cacao farming conditions overall are much better in South America and the quality of the beans are extraordinary.  The chocolate flavor is deep, dark and delicious. The happy brain chemicals are remarkably potent and you can feel the happiness in every bite.

You as a consumer have the power to vote with your dollars and choose chocolate that is good for you, good for the planet, and good for the farmers who grow it. If you, your friends and family choose to only support companies that source fairly, it would literally help end the problem overnight. That’s why we offer quality chocolate that leaves you feeling radiant & nourished. Quality that gives you the long lasting energy you deserve. Quality that truly satisfies you and puts an end to those pesky sugar cravings. Quality that saves you money in the long run by avoiding unnecessary visits to the doctor & dentist. Quality that makes you feel happy, because you know you're eating real food, prepared and sourced the way it should be- Naturally, with love & care and made with cacao that's grown by adult farmers who are paid fairly.

With love and care from your Chocolatier,

Coracao Confections 

Written by Coracao Confections — November 06, 2013

Welcome

We make healthy versions of your favorite junk food chocolates a long with new life experience flavors. Everything is made with unroasted cacao and the most pure & organic ingredients possible. It's also dairy free, gluten free, soy free, low glycemic and most importantly, soul satisfyingly DELICIOUS!

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