Chocolate the Super Food!!

IMG_4179-0.JPGI have a love of Chocolate (as you could probably tell from my choice of career) and good Chocolate is a huge part of my life. Because of my passion, it leads me to try out different ideas (some work some not so much). I wanted to show how Chocolate can be very healthy in a balanced diet. Which leads me on to what I have been eating this week.

Raw Cacao Nibs- I decided to try Raw Cacao nibs (cocoa nibs) mainly because I had read how good they were for you. Cacao nibs are cacao beans fermented (this is done first to release the chocolatey flavour), sun dried and then broken up in to small pieces. (picture right). They have a nutty crunchy texture and taste, with a bitter chocolatey kick. I have been eating them on yoghurt, in my porridge, I even had a go at making a tea with them. They are extremely good for you, they are super high in magnesium, Potassium and iron. They are also high in fibre, protein and good mono-unsaturated fats (The same fats found in olive oil), These healthy fats have been shown to raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels. Studies show that cacao nibs have higher antioxidant levels than blueberries, red wine and green tea.

Cacao Nibs contain an essential amino acid required for the production of serotonin. This means that they can enhance your mood and reduce anxiety. Also eating cacao also helps to release endorphins, giving the body a kind of natural high.

As I said previous, I had tried out making tea. The tea that I made, was nice, but as a first attempt I think it was a little weak for my taste and the cinnamon a little strong. But here (as promised) is how I made it.

For a pot for 1

25g of cacao (cocoa) nibs
cinnamon stick (look at below picture for amount)
Vanilla Pod

Roast the nibs for 5 min at about 180. Then put the nibs in a glass and break up the piece of cinnamon into it. Cut 1/3 of a vanilla pod scrape out the seeds and cut pod in to small pieces. With all 3 ingredients in a glass I used a wooden spoon to grind. (I would grind in a pestle and mortar if you have one as mine wasn’t ground enough.) I then added it to the tea pot and added the hot water and left to infuse.

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Food of the Gods

Theobroma cacao directly translated as ‘Food of the Gods’.  The tree which brings us our all time favourite treat!

I have been reading a fabulous book called ‘Willies Chocolate Bible’ written by Willie Harcourt-Cooze. The book takes you through a fantastic journey around the equator, on the authors search for the perfect bean. It is also filled with his recipes for all things cacao, sweet and savoury. This book has inspired my own search (although maybe not quite around the world) for new flavours and products, and lots of new wonderful gifts and treats.

I decided to try a few modified recipes from The Chocolate Bible, one being Aztec Hot Chocolate. I believe this was extremely brave as I was using 100% Cacoa. I am no wimp when it comes to the bitter sweet depth of flavour only to be found in a really good Dark Chocolate, but this Indonesian beauty (which is created by the author of the book) was on a whole new level. No sugar, no natural vanilla just pure undiluted Cacoa.  Extremely bitter and deep in flavour, not something you could sit and snack on.

The original recipe is as follows

Aztec Hot Chocolate

serves 6

90g 100% cacao finely grated

450ml Water

1 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp Vanilla essence

1/2 tbsp Honey

Tip the cacao, water, chilli powder into a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring frequently, then lower the heat and simmer gently for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly. Whisk well to create a light foam. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence. Serve piping hot in small cups. Or leave to cool as the Aztecs would have done, and drink at room temperature.

I have to admit, I didn’t add the chilli, and after trying this the texture was amazing but I actually added a splash of milk to dilute the strength and bitterness slightly. But I really enjoyed drinking a real full flavoured hot chocolate (nearly) as the Aztecs would have done.

Look out for the next Chocolate Angel blog post, where I will be making Cacao Tea.

More news on The Chocolate Angel,  watch this space for The Chocolate Angel goodies coming to an outlet soon.

Food of the Gods

Theobroma cacao directly translated as ‘Food of the Gods’.  The tree which brings us our all time favourite treat!

I have been reading a fabulous book called ‘Willies Chocolate Bible’ written by Willie Harcourt-Cooze. The book takes you through a fantastic journey around the equator, on the authors search for the perfect bean. It is also filled with his recipes for all things cacao, sweet and savoury. This book has inspired my own search (although maybe not quite around the world) for new flavours and products, and lots of new wonderful gifts and treats.

I decided to try a few modified recipes from The Chocolate Bible, one being Aztec Hot Chocolate. I believe this was extremely brave as I was using 100% Cacoa. I am no wimp when it comes to the bitter sweet depth of flavour only to be found in a really good Dark Chocolate, but this Indonesian beauty (which is created by the author of the book) was on a whole new level. No sugar, no natural vanilla just pure undiluted Cacoa.  Extremely bitter and deep in flavour, not something you could sit and snack on.

The original recipe is as follows

Aztec Hot Chocolate

serves 6

90g 100% cacao finely grated

450ml Water

1 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp Vanilla essence

1/2 tbsp Honey

Tip the cacao, water, chilli powder into a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring frequently, then lower the heat and simmer gently for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly. Whisk well to create a light foam. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence. Serve piping hot in small cups. Or leave to cool as the aztecs would have done, and drink at room temperature.

I have to admit, I didn’t add the chilli, and after trying this the texture was amazing but I actually added a splash of milk to dilute the strength and bitterness slightly. But I really enjoyed drinking a real full flavoured hot chocolate (nearly) as the Aztecs would have done.

Look out for the next Chocolate Angel blog post, where I will be making Cacao Tea.

More news on The Chocolate Angel,  watch this space for The Chocolate Angel goodies coming to an outlet soon.

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Put Your Feet Up

1115944_638191966226858_2089252113_oA big Chocolate Angel Hello to you.

I hope you’re enjoying this wonderful weather. Today has been a day of rest for me, but yesterday  I was making some delicious caramel, in preparation for Grand Marnier truffle & caramel cups, caramel hearts and also for a new range of caramel filled chocolate lollies, that will be on the website very soon.

I’m sure you have all been rushing round in the sunshine or out and about with the kids, trying to make the most of the weather. Why not take take some time for yourself with some exquisite Chocolate Angel chocolates and a cup of tea, or even better a glass of wine!

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Paradis de Chocolate Tickets on Sale NOW!!

***TICKETS ON SALE NOW***

Purchase your tickets Here for this amazing event!

Paradis de Chocolat is the first Ladies Chocolate event, bought to you by The Brownie Eyed Girl & The Chocolate Angel.  Come to an Evening of pure indulgence at The Cottons Hotel & Spa in Knutsford on 9th August, and tantalise your taste buds with an array of Chocolate delights in traditional and non-traditional combinations.

Starting the evening with Chocolate laced cocktails, seduce your senses with Chocolate Tapas, Conquer the Brownie Volcano, sample the liquid ecstasy of the Chocolate Fountain and imagine being in a tropical paradise with the Cocktail Inspired Truffles. As if that wasn’t enough, we have Amazing Chocolate Cakes and many other Chocolatey Delights, including chocolate flavoured Candy Floss to take your taste buds to paradise! We have also arranged for a wonderful beautician to join us, who will be there on the night to offer chocolate inspired treatments.

Tickets are £30 each, and once you enter through the doors you help your self to everything and anything through out the night!
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Gift Hampers

I have been working on some great fudge and Hot chocolate hampers over the past few days, and also been making some lovely baby shower favours. Pictures will be put on when items have been delivered.If any one is interested in any baby shower favours, gifts or displays let me know and we can discuss requirements.We can also create great hampers, for many occasions, Valentines day, Birthdays, Thank you gifts, Easter and not forgetting Mothers day. And if you give us a theme, I can incorporate that into the Chocolates/fudge.

If you have a Hen Party or Stag Do coming up, The Chocolate Angel can create some strictly over 18 hampers for you. Please contact us to discuss ideas.

Please contact me if you would like any further information. Either on Facebook, email : kiera@chocolate-angel.co.uk or through the contact page on the website. www.chocolate-angel.co.uk

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The New Website is Here!

Hi all you chocoholics, our new website is now up and running . Please take a look over at www.chocolate-angel.co.uk and let us know your thoughts. You can now order straight from the site, while still being able to add any personal touches. You can add your personalised chocolates to your shopping cart and pay via paypal with your paypal account or using a credit/debit card. If you want something that isn’t on the site, send me an email to kiera@chocolate-angel.co.uk and I will let you know if we can create it for you.

Busy Busy Busy

Its been a while since I’ve written any posts, but I have been so busy getting organised for Christmas, doing markets and we are very nearly there with the new website! Its all very exciting.

Tonight I’ve been busy making large chocolate mince pies, Hot chocolate sticks and Christmasy Chocolate bars. The problem I’m having at the minute is I keep getting new ideas I just have to try, and then create more work for myself.

Here are a few pictures of some of the goodies I’ve got ready for all you chocoholics to buy: 1381847_602123519833703_752568572_n The Mini Chocolate Houses are on £2 each. These little yummy houses make a great Christmas scene for a table display or even just a delicious stocking filler.

1392074_602123553167033_1886282472_n Mince pies chocolates and Christmas pudding chocolates are only 60p each and are a real treat. Pastry is out and Chocolate is definitely in! The Mince pies are filled with a luxury mincemeat laced with brandy and port in a creamy milk chocolate case.
Christmas puddings not only look great but taste amazing, creamy milk chocolate mixed with fruit, mincemeat and syrup, one not to be missed.
Also we have a large mince pie. These are £1.50, and would make a delicious after dinner treat, or table favour. 

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There are many different types and please feel free to request personalised chocolate bars, we will cater to your needs as best we can. As below, we were asked to make these 2 chocolate bars for a baby shower, and  they turned out lovely.

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Lots on Offer!

We have been preparing for the coming Artisan Market in Northwich on Saturday (12th October). We have some spooky Halloween Lollies with Honeycomb, to get into the Halloween spirit.

 IMG_0493 There will be Monster & emoticon lollies for sale on the day as well as  our Synful lollies (which are 2 syns each on slimming world & 1 point on Weight Watchers).  Also try out our tempting range of Handmade chocolate bars, Blueberry Blues, Caribbean Dream, Fudge it & Caramel on, Midas Touch and Squirrels Delight, and not forgetting our selection of yummy creamy Fudges.  

We have also been preparing for Christmas, and we are taking orders now.

IMG_0470 Christmas Tree Box with Christmas Chocolates.

Christmas Tree Box with Christmas Chocolates.

 

Please also contact us as soon as possible if you would like to order an Advent Calender or a Christmas house. 

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