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The concept of using something delicious and sweet to help make medicinal substances more enticing is nothing new (after-all, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down). However, using something bad for you to ingest something healthy seems a little oxymoronic, and it turns out, is also quite unnecessary. The solution? Use raw chocolate. 
 
When it comes to probiotics, it turns out that using chocolate as a delivery medium not only makes them delicious and a joy to consume, but actually improves their viability and efficacy once ingested - the best kind of win-win.

How it Works: The Prebiotic Effect

By now most of us are aware that cacao, the base ingredient in all dark chocolate, is awash with polyphenol antioxidants known as flavonols. These flavonols work hard to fight free radical damage, prevent premature aging, and reduce inflammation. But what many of us don't realize is they also act as potent prebiotics, meaning if you're a probiotic bacteria, flavonols are what's on the menu. Two flavonol compounds found within cacao - known as catechin and epicatechin - aren't readily digested and absorbed by our bodies, yet once they enter the GI tract, they're gobbled up by some of our body's most beneficial probiotic bacteria, including lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. 

Choose Raw, Go Dark

Remember, when it comes to the prebiotic benefits of chocolate, it's all about the flavonol content. By choosing raw chocolate that has been minimally processed, and with at least 65% cacao solids, you'll ensure that you're getting the most prebiotic bang for your buck.
 
Our Sunbiotics stone ground raw chocolate is made in a unique nib-to-bar, low temperature method so that all of those vital antioxidants and unique prebiotic compounds are preserved. We then infuse our chocolate with 10 billion CFU's of shelf stable probiotics per serving, and even more prebiotic goodness in the form of organic yacon root. Enhancing your digestion is now a valid excuse to indulge in some dark chocolate - just make sure it's probiotic-enhanced!
 
 

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Written by Mark Malinsky - Resident Blogger and Social Media Manager at RawGuru.com


 

 There is no doubt, our heart is one of the hardest working organs in our bodies, and is definitely deserving of some good old fashioned TLC. While reducing stress and getting adequate exercise are two very important facets of heart-health, incorporating more heart-healthy superfoods into the diet can have incredible effects. Your heart will thank you if you start eating more of these 12 superfoods, we promise.

1. Cacao (Raw Chocolate )

Raw cacao is rich with flavonol compounds which act as powerful antioxidants and also help protect the heart. Cacao is also an exceptional source of minerals magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, manganese and zinc, which help fortify the blood.

2. Berries

The diverse range of polyphenol antioxidants within berries, such as anthocyanins and ellagic acid, help fight free radical damage and inflammation, and keep LDL "bad" cholesterol levels in check.

3. Citrus

Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines and kumquats are rich with Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which help protect the elasticity of our blood vessels and also act as potent antioxidants.

4. Coconut Butter

Saturated fat has gotten a bad rap, but current research shows that the saturated fat contained in coconut butter is actually one of the best for your body, your heart included. The body needs saturated fats in order to produce necessary hormones, and coconut fat burns very clean as an energy source and also helps boost the metabolism.






 

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Have you ever gifted someone you care about chocolate as an expression of your love? Most of us can affirm that we have - and while it might just seem like the classic, fool-proof thing to do (who doesn't love chocolate?!), there is actually science behind why chocolate has remained synonymous with love throughout time, and why eating a little chocolate each day might actually be doing your body and mind a world of good.


1. That Mind-Body Connection

While processed, sugar and dairy-laden chocolate is a common comfort food, research shows that going for dark (and preferably raw) chocolate does more than just feed your taste buds, it also feeds your brain. While cacao contains over 300 different chemical compounds, there are several that have an incredible effect on our neurology. Compound phenylethylamine (PEA), a chemical that our adrenal glads naturally create during times of excitement, is found also within cacao - the base ingredient of chocolate. This chemical reacts with our neurology and can quicken our heart rate, increase focus, and mimic that happy fluttery "on cloud 9" feeling we experience when we fall in love. Anandamide, known as "the bliss molecule" triggers the release of endorphins, elevates the mood, and can even bring on a sense of euphoria. Sounds like true love to us!

2. Antioxidant Love

Cacao is rich with flavonoid polyphenols - bioactive phytochemicals that possess serious antioxidant capabilities; in fact, cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants on the planet. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of raw cacao nibs is 62,100 per 100g, while goji berries rate in at 25.300, acai at 18,500, and blueberries at 2,400 - all of which being incredible sources of antioxidants in their own right, but as you can see, they are overshadowed by the antioxidant master: raw cacao. Antioxidants are anti-inflammatory, help guard the body against degenerative disease, and help our skin maintain elasticity and youthfulness.


3. Mineral-Love

Cacao is one of the richest sources of magnesium, a critical mineral for bone mass and also muscle relaxation and overall function. Magnesium also helps prevent muscle cramps, and can lessen the pain associated with menstrual cramps for women during their cycles (you're craving chocolate for a reason, ladies!). Cacao is also naturally high in calcium, zinc, sulfur, iron, copper, potassium and manganese. Nourished blood means a nourished body!

4. Cardiovascular Love

We mentioned the antioxidant capabilities of flavonoids above, but these powerful phytochemicals also have a particularly positive impact on the health of our cardiovascular system , including our blood vessels and our heart. Flavonoids help increase blood flow and reduce high blood pressure. They also help strengthen the integrity and elasticity of bloods vessel and capillary walls, making them less likely to burst.

5. Eat Chocolate...Stress Less

It turns out emotional eating might not be all bad. A study published by the Journal of Proteome Research found that eating 40 grams (about 1.4 oz) of dark chocolate per day for a timeframe of two weeks actually reduced cortisol levels, the stress hormone that is most known for activating the fight-or-flight response.

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A Booming (and Growing) Industry 

Do you have a special place in your heart for chocolate? If so, you are in very good company. Chocolate is a multi-billion dollar global industry, and as the health benefits of dark chocolate (think antioxidants and heart-healthy flavonols) get more mainstream attention, consumer demand is growing at an unprecedented rate. By year 2017, the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service expects that global sales will reach $143 billion. While most people consume chocolate without thinking twice about the industry that they are supporting, that innocent looking bar of chocolate may in fact have a (very) dirty little secret….

Starting from the Beginning: Theobroma Cacao


 

It's nearly Halloween and you know what that means - the American populace is drowning in candy, and not just any candy: overly processed, refined sugar-laden, and nutritionally devoid candy with a list of ingredients that are downright...scary (and not in the fun Halloween kind of way)! If you're not actually eating it you're likely still a walking target for marketing- especially at the grocery store as bags of colorful candy literally jump off the shelf at you haunted house-style.

While there is nothing wrong with indulging your sweet tooth in a conscious, balanced way, the issue is in the unhealthy non-food additives and highly processed ingredients that have no benefit (and can actually be quite harmful) to the body. What should you be watching out for? Refined sugars such as high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, chemical-based "natural and artificial flavors, GMO-tainted dairy and/or soy/corn products, cacao or cane sugar sourced through unethical labor practices (non organic and non fair trade), and another ingredient you may not even be aware of: confectioners glaze - the main topic of our blog today.

What is confectioner's glaze?

Confectioner's glaze, also known as pharmaceutical glaze, resinous glaze, pure food glaze and natural glaze, is used in the food industry to create that shiny, tell-tale candy-coated sheen. But get this - it also shows up in other, less likely places. Shockingly, it's used in the hardware industry, as an ingredient known as "shellac" - a chemical secreted by a type of Asian scale insect (yes, you read that right), used to seal and varnish floors and also coat over the counter drugs and pharmaceuticals. It was even used to make vinyl records back in the day. Not so "candy-coated" after-all, and definitely not something you want anywhere near your mouth.

Conscious candy to the rescue!

Rawmio's mission has always been to create completely decadent and bliss-inducing chocolate treats that ANY chocolate connoisseur will love, not just those that prefer healthy options. Rawmio chocolate is made using artisan, old-world methods of chocolatiering, such as low temperature stone grinding, which preserves the vital nutrition found within raw cacao. In case you weren't aware, cacao is LOADED with antioxidants and minerals! Rawmio's ingredients are always organic and fair trade, with their cacao coming directly from small farm cooperatives in Peru, and coconut sugar coming from sustainable farms in Bali, where workers are paid fairly. And it's not just the planet, farmers, and workers who benefit, your body does too through Rawmio's commitment to pure, whole food ingredients and simple formulations that are packed with nutrition.


Chocolate tumbled bliss

You can now enjoy chocolate coated yumminess without the harmful ingredients like confectioners glaze! Rawmio's timeless technique of chocolate tumbling allows each crunchy sprouted nut, chewy cherry, crispy nib and scrumptious macaroon to be perfectly coated in a candy shell-like coating of raw chocolate - no glazes required.

Pictured: Rawmio's Chocolate Covered Sprouted Hazelnuts and Macaroons











t's always a bit of a shock to the system as we head into the colder, darker months. For many of us, at least in the Northern hemisphere, our quality and quantity of natural light changes drastically and feelings of tiredness, lethargy, lack of inspiration or even down right depression can become an unwelcome winter guest. It becomes even more important during these darker months to find things that help give us a little mood boost, and there are many options to achieve this. Immersing yourself in Mother Nature as much as possible, embracing the weather by throwing on that rain gear and getting outside for a run despite the odds, meeting up with friends for a game night or potluck, throwing a dance party (even if you're the only one attending), taking part in self-nurturing rituals such as getting a massage or taking a hot bath with oils and mineral salts, or cooking/uncooking a delicious meal for yourself or your family. These activities can all work wonders for boosting your mood during the winter however it wouldn't be a RawGur blog if we didn't plunge fully into the aspect of superfood nutrition. Eating more superfoods will flood the body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids and more, many of which have a direct impact on the health of our brains and our moods in general. So, what is our favorite feel-good, brain nourishing, joy inducing superfood you might ask? Glorious raw cacao of course! 


Cacao is by far one of the best superfoods to include in your diet during the winter, and here are the top reasons why:

PEA

Nope, not the vegetable. PEA is an abbreviation for phenylethylamine, a brain chemical also known as "the love drug", and it just so happens to be found within cacao! Yes, there is actual science and chemistry behind why giving the gift of chocolate is a perfect expression of love. Once PEA crosses the blood-brain barrier it has many interesting and pleasurable effects, and many claim it mimics those feelings that flood our brains when we're falling in love. It can also help to enhance mental focus and concentration, counter depression and anxiety, and improve our moods in general. While cacao may only have small doses of this particular chemical, it is in fact enough to have a tangible effect within our brain.

ANANDAMIDE

If you're familiar with Eastern spirituality or Sanskrit you may have heard of the term Ananda, which is defined as "bliss" or "delight". Anandamide, like PEA, has a definite impact on the way we feel. It is actually a cannabinoid neurotransmitter that plugs into our "bliss" receptors within the brain, stimulating a release of feel-good endorphins that may even mimic a very, very (very) mild high. Also found within cacao are several chemicals (such as n-acylethanolamines) that act to block the breakdown of anandamide in general, prolonging its positive effects. The gist of things: consuming cacao is downright blissful!

THEOBROMINE

This compound, while closely related to caffeine, is much more mild and less habit forming within our system. Theobromine helps wake up the senses and gently increases energy and focus. It also acts as a mild diuretic and actually has a relaxing effect on our smooth muscle tissue such as the bronchi within our lungs. It aids healthy circulation by promoting the dilation of our blood vessels, a benefit especially welcomed during the chilly days of fall and winter. Note that theobromine is the substance within chocolate that is not metabolized properly by our canine friends, and can actually be very toxic to them. Keep all chocolate away from your dogs (it's okay, it means more for you!).


TRYPTOPHAN

This feel-good essential amino acid is commonly found in protein-rich foods such as legumes or nuts and seeds, however cacao beans also happen to be a great source! Within the body tryptophan is metabolized into two of the most important neurotransmitters of all for mood and sleep regulation, serotonin and melatonin. Combined with the stimulative effects of cacao, this makes for a very unique combination; an almost relaxed yet very alert state of being, and who doesn't like the sound of that?


ANTIOXIDANTS

Raw cacao has recently become one of the most talked about and desirable superfoods largely in part due to its off the chart antioxidant levels. And justly so. When using the ORAC scale (a unit of measurement used to gauge antioxidant value in food) little compares to the antioxidant value of cacao. It's ORAC value surpasses antioxidant mega-stars blueberries, goji berries and even acai with a rating of 62,100 per 100 grams of nibs* When it comes to antioxidant power a high flavonoid content is what gives chocolate the upper hand. These powerful compounds are found within the plant kingdom, often giving fruits, vegetables and flowers their colorful pigment. They are highly protective, acting to guard both the plant they're found within AND the human body from free radical degradation or pathogenic attack. If you're currently eating matcha green tea or red wine for a dose of flavonoids, you may want to switch over to raw chocolate; you'll be getting an even more profound benefit!

MINERALS

When searching for ways to remineralize the body, your mind may hop over to leafy greens, sea vegetables, green powders or something of the like. All of those are amazing, however you may be surprised to know that raw chocolate actually offers many important minerals which our modern diets often lack. Magnesium, a mineral which is absolutely crucial in maintaining healthy brains, bones, hearts, muscles and digestive systems, is found abundantly within cacao! In fact, cacao is the worlds best source of this amazing mineral hands down. Magnesium helps increase feelings of relaxation and wellbeing, and sufficient quantities within the diet also help prevent constipation as well as muscle stiffness or cramps. Magnesium works alongside calcium, Vitamin D, and trace minerals such as silica to form strong, resilient bone tissue. Cacao is also high in minerals chromium, manganese, and zinc - which play important roles in blood sugar regulation, iron absorption, and the general robustness of our immune system.


YUM!

The yum factor - perhaps the most profound benefit of all! Chocolate is just so darn yummy! Finding the highest quality raw cacao possible and enjoying it to the max is such a nurturing experience, for body mind and spirit. There is a reason why chocolate become even more popular during the winter season - we just need a little more pleasure this time of year to get us through the cold, and that's okay!

 
Give your brain, your mood (and your taste buds) a little boost this winter with the aid of raw cacao - the "Food of the God's"!

Our top raw chocolate picks:

Organic Raw Arriba Nacional Cacao Nibs

Truly Raw Organic Ecuadorian Cocoa Powder

Truly Raw Organic Ecuadorian Cacao Butter

Indonesian Organic Cacao Powder

RawGuru Cacao Paste (cacao liqueur) - Sweetened and Unsweetened

Rawmio Chocolate Barks (you've got to try the superfood flavor!)

Rawmio Chocolate Truffle Cakes

Rawmio and Rawtella Raw Chocolate Spreads


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Lulu's does it again with a new alchemical chocolate creation that is beyond-this-reality delicious! We've known about the creation of Maca Buttercups for a while now due to all of the tempting, mouth-watering pictures posted by the Lulu's Chocolate team via Facebook. Well, Alas! they are now available to delight and seduce the world in all of their chocolatey glory. It was worth the anticipation as this treat does not disappoint! This is the perfect choice for those Lulu's Chocolate fans that stand in front of the raw section at their health food store for far too long trying to decide between their dark chocolate bars or their maca bars (we can't be the only indecisive ones!). Maca Buttercups are like a fusion of 3 of our favorite Lulu's chocolate treats: the Raw Love Bar, the Maca Love Bar, and Rawmio filled Love Truffles.

A perfectly textured veil of rich 78% stone ground chocolate with hints of bitter cacao and Fleur de Sel sea salt engulfs a dense, buttery filling of raw sprouted almond butter to create this unique treat of the Gods. As the chocolate melts in your mouth it gives way to the creamy texture of sprouted almond butter, and sweet caramel-like tones of maca and mesquite begin to flood the senses. With every blissful bite you will notice the complexity of taste. It's as if the tongue picks up different tones of flavor with each nibble. Part of this has to do with the inherent flavor complexity of cacao, as well as the use of salt paired with the sweetness of the chocolate and almond butter, a match made in heaven we must say. The random grains of salt scattered throughout each bite of chocolate and maca infused almond butter hit the tongue and add such a nice touch, really bringing forth a rich sweetness and delectable flavor.

These candies are more of a chocolate disk than a traditional "cup" that you'd typically see filled with nut butter. We love the simplicity of the disk and the adorable heart shaped Lulu's engravement on the top. They came wrapped in the beautiful gold foil synonymous with Lulu's Chocolate (which, by the way, is compostable!), and there are two medium disks per package. Tearing into the gold packaging immediately makes one feel like they're about to partake in something special and festive. We also can't help but feel a little Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-esque (remember those golden tickets that every child hoped to get in their chocolate bar?)

If you find yourself fantasizing about peanut butter cups every once in a while than these Maca Buttercups may very well be a little answer to your prayers. They are definitely a way to indulge in your love without having to sacrifice your health. In fact, with the host of nutrients found in raw cacao, sprouted almond butter, and super foods like maca and mesquite you'll actually be feeding your body healthy ingredients it will be thanking you for. Each disk of chocolate contains 1,875 mg of raw organic maca - a Peruvian superfood root vegetable with amazing hormone balancing properties. And you won't get a blood sugar spike and crash either, as the only sweetener found in this product is Coconut Secrets low glycemic coconut crystals. Of course it goes without saying, all ingredients are certified organic and ethically sourced, as with all Lulu creations.

This is a great treat as an addition to Holiday gift bags for friends or loved ones, or as a stocking stuffer for your children (or adult friends! Why does Santa always forget about us….) Get a few different varieties of Lulu's Chocolate and make it a sampler pack. Your friends and loved ones will adore you forever. Maca Buttercups are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and may even give you happy Lulu love tingles all over. Whatever you do, don't forget to bring some raw chocolate with you to your holiday gatherings, as everything is better with a little anandamide-containing cacao in your system, even family get-togethers! Believe us. : )
 
 
 

Organic Raw Probiotic Chocolate Bar by Sunbiotics 
If you're already a self proclaimed raw cacao connoisseur you most definitely know that there are many reasons to love raw chocolate, such as its:

 Off the chain antioxidant levels

 High levels of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, manganese, chromium, copper, iron, and vitamins B and C

 Pharmacologically active feel good brain chemicals such as serotonin, phenylethylamine (PEA), and "the bliss chemical" anandamide

 Ability to soothe menstrual complaints

 Ability to help build bones and blood

 Natural muscle relaxing effect

 Stimulative and energizing effect of naturally occurring caffeine and theobromine

 Deliciously rich, complex flavor and absolute YUM factor! 

Hard as it may be to comprehend, though the benefits of raw cacao stand alone, they can in fact be further improved upon! Since ancient times people have been utilizing cacao as a transport system for other medicinals. This is in part due to its effect on circulation and energy within the body. Cacao has a very stimulating and "opening" effect within us. However, chocolate also happens to be a down-right delicious treat making it an even more ideal candidate for delivering medicinals to us. Sunbiotics brand has already caught on with this overall concept, infusing tasty snacks like raw organic freeze dried almonds with a blend of potent microflora.
 
Well they've just taken it to a whole new level by creating the Worlds 1st raw probiotic infused chocolate bar! The daily consumption of micro-flora is crucial in this day and age as many of us are lacking in them. With the majority of our immune systems residing in our gut, we need to be aware of the critical relationship we have with probiotics! Just one of these silky smooth, perfectly tempered stone ground chocolate bars will provide you with 10 billion active probiotics! And it doesn't end there. Sunbiotics' chocolate also contains organic raw yacon root powder for a prebiotic effect, helping those microflora to thrive once in the digestive system. This chocolate is quite the treat with truly raw cacao butter for a smooth, melt in the mouth consistency, and truly raw vanilla bean to perfectly compliment the flavor of raw cacao. Sweetened only with Bali coconut sugar crystals, these bars also happen to be very low glycemic. 
 
 
The Probiotics in Sunbiotics' Probiotic Chocolate Bar  

Lactobacillus acidophilus - breaksdown nutrients for the body to use and creates by products such as lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide that create a hostile environment to the organisms that are unhealthy for you.*
 
Bifidobacterium bifidum - aids in the synthesis of B-complex vitamins and vitamin K in the intestines. It also promotes bacterial balance and optimal digestion.*
 
Bifidobacterium lactis - helps fight off some of the damage caused by bad bacteria found in the body and also aids in digestion.*
 
Bifidobacterium longum - maintains a normal digestive tract, inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria, and also boosts the immune system.*

Note: Our probiotic strains are Dairy Free, No Soy, Non-GMO, No Wheat, No Eggs, No Yeast, No Refined Sugar, No Corn, No Carriers, No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives
Probiotic Chocolate Bar
 
Ingredients: Raw Cacao Nibs°, Coconut Sugar°, Raw Yacon Root Powder°, Raw Cacao Butter°, Raw Vanilla Bean°, Live Probiotic Blend of L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, B. lactis, B. longum.

°Certified Organic
 

Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 1.1 oz. (31g), Servings Per Box 1, Amount Per Serving: Calories 180, Calories from Fat 80, Total Fat 9g (14% DV), Saturated Fat 6g (30% DV), Sodium 35mg (1% DV), Potassium 10mg (0% DV) Total Carbohydrate 10g (3% DV), Dietary Fiber 8g (32% DV), Sugars 7g, Protein 2g, Calcium (4% DV), Iron (15% DV), Love (100% DV).

Net Wt: 1.1 oz 
 
Finally its possible to get your daily chocolate fix AND your daily probiotic dose in one delicious bite! Our chocolate adoring dreams have just come true thanks to Sunbiotics! 
 

 

Lulus Chocolate Heart Truffles

 

Once in while a new raw product will tip toe along nearly slipping under my radar without notice. Such was about to be the situation with Lulu's Love Truffles , my newest chocolatey obsession. Being as that I'm not a huge choclopath or chocalomaniac,  when Lulu's newest creation entered into the world around the 4th of July I was definitely intrigued, maybe even excited, but not ecstatic. No, the ecstasy was experienced a bit later, the moment I took a bite of these so-delicious-it-should-be-illegal chocolate truffles! I thinks it's safe to say that if ever there were perfection in chocolate form, it would be right here with Lulu's Love Truffles!

These cute heart shaped truffles are the mergence of 2 of the most epic chocolate creations that the raw food industry has to offer: Lulu's Handcrafted Chocolate (of course), and Rawmio Stone Ground Chocolate Hazelnut Butter . Holy cacao this is a love affair that will surely last till the end of time! Whoever had the idea to combine a melt in your mouth shell of creamy, perfectly textured, rich but not too sweet raw chocolate with a dense, almost fudge-like filling of Rawmio hazelnut butter needs to win a prize! I love how with each bite you get a little hint of Fleur de Sel sea salt to really bring out the flavors of cacao and hazelnut, while also helping to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate. I also love the fact that the only sweetener used is coconut sugar which is very low glycemic. These truffles actually have a glycemic index of only 35 making it a potentially safe treat for those with blood sugar sensitivities as well. Being that it is July and hotter than heck out there, my heart shaped truffles actually melted together in their pretty gold foil wrapper while in transit and combined to make what looked exactly like a lumpy, bumpy candy bar (Babe Ruth style). The situation was quickly remedied by a short trip to the freezer. Not even the power of the mid-summer sun will inhibit the divine deliciousness of these truffles!

Now that you're mouth is watering for this delectable treat, I'd love to highlight just a few key nutritional elements of these truffles as well! Both Lulu's chocolate and Rawmio are kept very cool in their processing steps. Even during the tempering and melting process, Lulu's never exceeds the barely warm temperature of 113 degrees. When Theobroma cacao is eaten in it's raw state like this you get to enjoy all of it's powerful constituents such as Phenylethylamine (PEA) also known as the "love chemical", and Anadamide or the "bliss chemical". No wonder I'm in such a great mood! Also contained within cacao are high levels of trace minerals such as magnesium for healthy, strong bones and yogic-like flexibility. Did you know that cacao butter , when in its raw unprocessed form, actually helps keep the skin supple and hydrated from the inside out? The healthy essential fatty acids within it help our skin lock in water molecules for the ultimate plumping effect. 

Also worth noting is the packaging of this product. It is 100% recycled material and the print is soy and veggie ink. Even the foil can be thrown into your compost bin as it is a material called "Natureflex" that will breakdown right along with your mango peels and kale stems. Fairly traded, certified organic ingredients, environmentally friendly packaging, and a company based on the premise of spreading euphoric, raw, unadulterated love and bliss to their customers.....who wouldn't want to take a bite out of that?

In short, if Lulu's love truffles aren't up for this years Best of Raw awards in the Chocolate category then I won't know what the world is coming to. Whatever you do don't make the same mistake I did and only order 1! My recommendation is to get at least 5 or 6 of these decadent little morsels and store them in your freezer for a cool treat, perfect for these hot summer days we've been experiencing lately. The texture of the chocolate is almost like that of a dip cone from the ice cream parlor! Remarkable. I would love to see Lulu's do a butterscotch version with their Maca Love bar and perhaps Rawmio silk or crunch as the filling. Oh yes, now the gears are turning! Brace yourself and prepare to be completely floored by the utter yumminess of this new enticing chocolate treat!


Have you ever felt a little whacked out from too much raw chocolate? Maybe a bit jittery or over stimulated? While raw cacao can shoot some people to the moon on it’s own, many times it has more to do with the combination of ingredients than the actual cacao itself. Leave out the high glycemic sweeteners and throw in some other wholesome ingredients and you may just end up with a chocolate treat that is both blissfully delicious but will leave you feeling amazing after chowing down too! It is here that Rawmio's Raw, Stone Ground Gourmet Chocolate Barks enter the picture. There is a lot going on with these chocolate barks in all departments: ingredients, flavor, texture, everything! Holy yum this stuff is amazing!
 
Rawmio Chocolate Bark comes in 4 heavenly variations: Sprouted Hazelnut and Fig , Superfood , Trail Mix and Sprouted Cereal . All flavors are raw and certified organic. Another commonality between all 4 flavors is their perfect combination of textures and flavors whether that's crunchiness, gooeyness, creaminess, melt-in-your-mouth-chocolatey-goodness, bitter, salt, and sweet. The truly raw organic cacao nibs are lightly sweetened ever so delicately and lend a powerful fresh cacao flavor and crunch. In the Sprouted Hazelnut and Fig flavor the drizzle of Rawtella silk melts away between crunchy cacao nibs into creamy oblivion. The fresh dried black mission figs are chewy and soft and have a honey-like flavor that pairs so well with the chocolate and hazelnuts. Also, because cacao is so rich in magnesium and figs in calcium this is a great bone building treat. High levels of pure raw cacao combined with sprouted hazelnuts gives you plenty of antioxidants, minerals, and healthy fats and protein. Within the Superfood flavor you will find a plethora of medicinal mushrooms such as chaga, cordyceps, and reishi as well as red clover, maca , chewy delicious mulberries and nourishing chia seeds. Wowee, all of this potent medicine in a base of tasty raw chocolate? How did we ever get this lucky! It would seem that the creative geniuses behind Rawmio know the best part of trail mix is the chocolate, and so it was that the Trail Mix Chocolate Bark was born. Submerged throughout the stone ground chocolate you will find a host of various nuts, seeds and dried fruits such as pumpkin seeds, almonds, mulberries and goji berries. The Sprouted Cereal Bark is especially fun because the light and crispy sprouted seeds strongly mimic a crispy puffed rice effect, which seems like it may be challenging to achieve in a raw chocolate medium. Until now. No refined grains, sugars or dairy additives, just pure stone ground cacao , natural coconut sugar and organic sprouted buckwheat and quinoa! Simplicity at it's finest.
 
This is highly nutritious chocolate! The primary sweetener used is raw coconut sugar which has a low glycemic index and is actually less processed than many other "raw" sweeteners such as agave nectar. Rawmio chocolate bark is almost more of a meal packed into a piece of chocolate rather than just a dessert. And if you enjoy the Superfood flavor you're also getting a dose of potent gland nourishing, immune system boosting, and longevity enhancing medicinals as well. These barks make the ultimate treat for a long road trips or outdoor activities when you need something totally tasty that will provide prolonged energy and nourishment. This product would make an amazing gift for a friend, a great party or potluck treat, or even a midday pick me up instead of coffee. A little bite goes a long way and leaves that chocolate loving sweet tooth perfectly satisfied. Also, it is made fresh with human love from start to finish and that can most certainly be felt with each richly satisfying bite. Try some today while there's plenty in stock!


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