The summer has passed, and its time to put on a cozy sweater and sit back in front of the TV with a cup of hot chocolate or a thick chocolate mousse.
Unlike processed dark chocolate, raw cacao is full of nutrients, essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It strengthens your bones, lifts your spirits and gives you more energy. Moreover, it’s a natural aphrodisiac. Antioxidants in cacao reduce the amount of free radicals in blood slowing down the ageing processes. Therefore, it is sometimes referred to as ‘Elixir of Life’.
To make a regular chocolate, cacao beans are roasted and combined with fats and sugar. During this process they lose most of their nutritional value, so when buying chocolate look for a raw, unprocessed one. And when buying cacao powder, make sure not to confuse it with cocoa. Cocoa — roasted and processed cacao beans.
I normally add plenty of cacao powder to my mousse, as I really enjoy the full-bodied taste of dark chocolate. For those who would prefer a milder taste, I would recommend adding the cacao powder gradually until the desired taste is achieved.