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Organic raw cacao Easter bunnies and mini Easter eggs - on sale now!

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For the first time this year we are making and selling chocolate Easter bunnies and mini decorated Easter eggs made with the finest quality chocolate....because life is too short for bunnies - young and old - to eat poor quality chocolate! We are selling these 2 hand-made varieties:

organic yummy bunny

Perfect for all the yummy mummies, delicious daddies and little bunnies out there. This 175g block of solid raw dark chocolate bunny is retailing for $16.  It's the real chocolate deal made with raw cacao powder, raw cacao butter, pure Canadian maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt (81% raw cacao content). This should keep the whole family going for quite some time!

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mini sokolata delights

These delightful little half eggs are the perfect bite-sized treat or for those treasured Easter egg hunts, popped into some hard plastic egg-shaped containers you can purchase from $2 shops. They are retailing for $10/ per 100g bag (approx 34 half eggs/bag). They are all hand-made with raw cacao powder, raw cacao butter, pure Canadian maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt and the majority are decorated with:

  • chilli flakes and dehydrated orange peel (the "hot sailor")
  • goji berries (the "gorgeous goji")
  • activated almonds (the "awesome almond")
  • peppermint oil and mint leaves (the "minty express")
  • activated cinnamon buckwheat  (the "crunchy cruiser")

My assistant Tom has produced a fleet-full of these mini sokolata delights. He must be a frustrated navy officer. I'm a frustrated rock star. Together, it makes for interesting times in my kitchen.

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To read about the nutritional benefits of raw cacao powder and what's in commercially-produced chocolate that you might want to steer clear of, read one of my earlier newsletters here.

If these Easter chocolates don’t take your fancy, there’s always my sokolata (raw dark chocolate slabs…choose from 10 different flavours retailing for $8.70/100g) or my raw cacao coconut balls (sweetened with whole medjool dates retailing for $16.50/bag of 6). In previous years I have used my choc balls for Easter egg hunts and encased them in hard plastic egg-shaped containers I bought from $2 shops (see photo below).

To place your orders and purchase any of my products, simply text me 0407 871 884 and collect from my workshop at 23 Kent Street, Waverley at a mutually convenient time. My assistants or I are home from 8am until 10pm most days.

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY CHOCOLATE-FILLED EASTER!! IMG_7098

Chocolate workshop: Sunday 8th March 2015: 9am-1pm

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2015-01-23 10.04.53 Easter looming around the corner is the perfect excuse to run a chocolate workshop! Wouldn't it be wonderful if parents (and their kids!) could make their own nutritious and delicious chocolates without having to resort to  additive-laden poor-quality commercial varieties?

In this workshop we will be covering how to make:

(a) chocolate block/slab (b) chocolate slice (c) chocolate hazelnut spread (the real “nutella”) (d) chocolate ice-cream (e) hot chocolate pudding (f) raw chocolate mousse (g) Mexican hot chocolate with chilli, orange and coconut milk

The above just about covers the entire range of my favourite ways to consume chocolate!! Chocolate cake will be covered in my gluten-free cakes and muffins workshop coming up soon! Chocolate smoothies will be covered in my bone broth workshop (yes really!) and breakfast workshops- both coming up later this year.

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We will be cooking with unprocessed fermented raw cacao powder. We will not be using any refined sweeteners – only natural unprocessed sweeteners or whole fruit. All recipes are grain-free but 3 contain dairy.

Cost is $140 per person and includes:

  • information handout with step by step guides and recipes
  • nutritional theory discussion on raw cacao powder, raw cacao butter, carob, chocolate and sweeteners
  • practical demonstration
  • hands-on experience
  • food tasting and lots of it!!!!

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  • those who are grain-free or gluten-free
  • chocolate lovers who want to learn how to make their own nutrient-dense healthy chocolate sweets and desserts using only unprocessed nutritious ingredients
  • people who want to transition off processed chocolate and want a healthy substitute for themselves or their family members
  • people who want to try new things and eat lots of chocolate! YES PLEASE!!!

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When: 9am – 1pm  Sunday 8 March 2015 Where: 23 Kent Street, Waverley, 2024

Spaces limited. If there is an oversubscription of interest,  I will run another class on Sunday 22 March. Or let me know which of these 2 dates you prefer!

RSVP:  To secure your spot you will need to:
1. text me on 0407 871 884 to confirm that there are spaces available. Spots can only be reserved for 24 hours; and 2. transfer $140 (referencing your FIRST AND SURNAME and ‘CHOC’) into my bank account:
Account name: star anise organic wholefoods (aust) pty ltd
BSB: 062 000 Account no: 15110110
Places will book up quickly!
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2015-01-23 11.12.35Please feel free to forward to any friends or family members.

Cancellation policy: once funds are deposited into my bank account they are non-refundable but can be transferred to another cooking class/workshop upon 48 hours notice.

raw love

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IMG_5967When I was younger I heard a story about this remote grotto that was renowned for its high concentration of air bubbles that naturally rose from the sea bed so when you dived into the water it was akin to being enveloped in 1000 kisses. Sounds blissful right? Talking all things orgasmic, we are making these limited edition double love heart chocolates to celebrate the International Day of Love. They are hand-made with certified organic raw cacao powder, raw cacao butter, a pinch of sea salt and sweetened with pure Canadian maple syrup. With 81% raw cacao content you can rest assured that they are real raw deal. Retailing for $10 for a bag of 5 double hearts (just over 100g). 

Did you know that raw cacao is ranked as the fourth most nutrient-dense food on the planet (Dr Matt Lalonde nutrient-density scale)? All the more  reason to not feel guilty if the chocolate you are eating is  made from quality ingredients and is at least 75% raw cacao content.

IMG_5968Raw cacao powder has a myriad of health benefits:

  • High in polyphenols (anti-oxidants) particularly flavanols (higher than green tea, red wine, goji berries, acai berries). Anti-oxidants prevent the effects of aging, DNA damage, heart disease and cancer.
  • high in mineralsesp. magnesium (healthy heart and brain function; muscle relaxant; bones density; mitigates feelings of stress), chromium (assists pancreatic health and regulates blood sugar) and iron (promotes oxygen transport in the blood).
  • positive effects on the brain, circulatory and cardiovascular system. Eg lowers Alzheimer's risk, lowers blood pressure, improves blood lipid profile (lowers oxidised LDL), improves insulin sensitivity, improves exercise endurance, protects against pre-eclampsia in pregnancy.
  • anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-thrombotic (anti-blood clotting)
  • anti-depressant/ feel-good chemicals (eg dopamine, serotonine, tryptophan)
  • protects the liver against alcohol (wine and chocolate = winning pair!)
  • protects against UV damage
  • it's theobromine content (bitter compound) has a stimulating effect producing higher levels of physical energy and mental alertness. It has 1/4 of the stimulating power of caffeine.

So what’s in commercial chocolate that is so nasty? Most popular brands of chocolate contain:

  • refined sugar (which is highly processed), glucose syrup (made from wheat starch) or agave syrup (which is over 90% fructose which causes metabolic issues, digestive distress and weight gain);
  • soy lecithins and/or other emulsifiers (soy comes from a highly processed, industrially grown legume, often of GM origins)
  • cocoa (which is the processed version of cacao – note the difference in spelling!)
  • milk powders (which are heavy processed and devoid of nutrients)
  • barley malt extract (which is heavily processed and contains gluten and phytates)
  • vegetable oils or hydrogenated fats (in a word, toxic)
  • preservatives (usually 220 which affect asthma sufferers), flavours and colours (eg 122).

And don’t kid yourself in thinking that world famous brands of chocolate  or even many that are certified organic are immune from this litany of ingredients. The first (and hence dominant) ingredient in one certified organic brand I picked up the other day is rapadura sugar and the fourth ingredient was soy lecithin. And while rapadura is much less processed than white refined sugar,  if that is the main ingredient in what is going into the chocolate then I’m going to think twice about it.

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If these love heart chocolates don't take your fancy, there's always my sokolata (raw dark chocolate slabs...choose from 10 different flavours retailing for $8.70/100g) or my raw cacao coconut balls (sweetened with whole medjool dates retailing for $16.50/bag of 6). Or I can fill a glass jar of your choosing with raw cacao coconut balls upon request.

To purchase any of my products, simply text me 0407 871 884 and collect from my workshop in Waverley at a mutually convenient time.

WISHING YOU ALL A LOVE-FILLED VALENTINES DAY AND HOPE YOU ARE SHOWERED WITH 1000 KISSES AND ORGASMIC CHOCOLATE!!IMG_8769!img_7706 P1010757