Ever heard of death by chocolate? Well, I really don’t want to die when I eat the stuff, because of course I want to live to eat it another day!
Artisana Cacao Bliss, part of the sample package I received, is a blend of coconut and cacao butter, coconut oil, raw cacao, and agave nectar. It truly lives up to its title! Once a spoonful of this Cacao Bliss enters your mouth, coconutty essence rushes up to meet your senses. Pair that with the aroma and taste experience of bittersweet chocolate, and I don’t know what could beat it. It’s also completely raw, organic, and packaged in glass 🙂 (eco-friendly!).
Well, maybe one thing could beat the taste. How about the kick butt benefits found in the ingredients of Cacao Bliss? What with the fact that it is alternatively sweetened with agave nectar, and as mentioned above, is completed raw and organic. Coconut has many touted health benefits, and though it’s hard to tell truth from lies, from what I can tell, coconut has naturally occurring iodine (found naturally in sea vegetables– a super food!), healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and fiber. Coconut oil, too, can do some good, and has been used as a successful lotion and wrinkle preventive, heal cuts, scratches, burns, and sunburns, and is also good for the scalp and hair. There are many other benefits I have read about; just poke around the web a bit and prepare to be amazed! However, as with any other food touted as a “miracle food”, take all this information with a grain of salt. Adding coconut to a crappy diet is NOT going to cure health ailments overnight. I think these benefits enhance and assist a healthy diet, built off of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, plenty of water, and healthy fats.
In addition (as if we need more good news!), all of Artisana products (not just the bliss) is produced in a gluten-free, dairy-free, and peanut-free facility. I know peanut allergies are a serious problem, and Artisana is one of the few companies that produces NO PEANUT PRODUCTS. In fact, they even have a peanut butter replacement that I’ll review at a later date!
A fab breakfast of hot, freshly made apple/pear sauce, the infamous Pancake Bread, and a packet of rich, creamy, fudgey coconut indulgence to spread atop them.
Some other ways to enjoy Cacao Biss:
- Spread on fruit
- Spread on bread, pancakes (like above), and tortillas
- Paired with jam or a nut butter. Cacao Bliss and Jelly sandwich, anyone?
- Sandwiched between cookies (!!)
- Used in lou of nut butter in any recipe
- Straight off the spoon
This not a complete list, of course, so come up with your own creative ways of using cacao bliss, and report back (if you’re feeling nice). Is you can’t find Cacao Bliss at your local natural food store (like me), check this Artisana page to order online, or try making some of Katie’s Hot Chocolate Butter.
What is your favorite form of chocolate?
Me: Cacao Bliss is certainly up there in the top favorites, but others include Katie’s Hot Chocolate Butter (which is fabulous paired with peanut butter!), and plain old cocoa powder– which can be stirred into almost everything under the sun (notice I say almost— there may be some things that aren’t good with chocolate. Though I have yet to discover one ;))