In collaboration with Goodio e Ernesta.Ceramics
It is a truth universally acknowledged that chocolate is loved almost by everyone. It is also true that chocolate it’s not exactly the healthiest and most dietetic thing in this world. That is why I’m about to introduce you a type of chocolate that is not so well known (at least in Italy), but incredibly healthy: raw chocolate. Have you ever heard about it?
What is it and what are its properties?
Raw chocolate is called that way because the temperature kept during the processing of the beans is never over 42°C. Why is this fact so essential? Because in this way the beans keep all their properties that would be otherwise lost if they would be heated, as it happens in all the other kinds of chocolate. So, people, I’m basically talking about a chocolate that you can eat guilt-free, because it’s not endangering in any way your health! The beans are sun dried, so also this part of the process doesn’t involve any heat. The raw beans could be compared to fruits and vegetables. Now I explain you why.
Fruits and vegetables contain enzymes that make them easier to digest. The same thing is valid also for raw chocolate. Those enzymes are so important because, without them, the stomach would need longer time to metabolize the food, hence more energy needed that tires out the all system. In the long run, the stomach becomes “tired” to work on the enzymes’ behalf. This “food of the gods” has many other properties: it’s rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and fibers, it improves immune system and memory and it gives boost of energy.
The structure of this super chocolate is different from the normal chocolate we all know, it’s rougher and less velvety than the “normal” chocolate and it doesn’t melt in the tongue in the same way. The flavor is really intense and fulls completely your mouth. One little hint about this: don’t eat too much raw chocolate at once, also because of the energy that it will release!
Goodio + CRU Kafe. Raw chocolate + organic coffee: can you imagine anything better?
Goodio and its raw chocolate production
I got to know better this sublime chocolate through a Finnish factory I bumped into online, Goodio, that deserves some more details.
Goodio produces a raw chocolate that is completely organic, vegan, gluten-free, with low glycemic and no GMO, preservatives, additives or any refined sugars. Also, Goodio uses a type of cacao really special: the Pure Nacional. This variety was lost for a century and was rediscovered in Peru just recently. During all these years, undisturbed, it could develop naturally without being altered or crossed with other varieties. Moreover, you have to know that normally fresh cacao beans are purple and, in some rare cases, white. Well, because of all this long process away from human hands, 40% of Pure Nacional’s beans are white! Those beans are not as bitter as the purple ones and are therefore able to give a totally new taste to the chocolate. Besides Pure National, Goodio uses beans from Ecuador, Peru and Sri Lanka.
How is the chocolate produces from the beans? In their small chocolate factory in Helsinki, they grind the raw cacao beans with the rest of the ingredients in a stone grinder for two days. And yes, you read well: two days! The reason behind this choice is to keep the friction as low as possible, so to be sure that the beans wouldn’t overheat because of a fast grinding and they would loose their taste and properties.
As I already told you, Goodio does not use any kind of refined sugars, because they use coconut palm sugar as sweetener.
Here is the list of some of the chocolates this factory produces:
65% Cool mint
61% Blueberry, with Finnish blueberry
And here comes the surprise!
Two blades of grass together with Goodio organized a giveaway for all you readers from European Union! Would you like to taste this delicious raw chocolate made in Finland?
This is what you’ll have to do:
1. Follow us on Instagram or like our Facebook page
2. Comment here below (or below the Italian post, but only one comment is allowed) writing what do you think about raw chocolate (have you ever tasted it? Can you easily find it in the area you live?) and what are the 3 bars you would like to taste (you can choose among the bars listed above). You have time till 23.59 of December 18, 2015. We will then extract the winner and contact him/her in private.