I don’t know how I’ve gone my whole life without cacao paste but that sad state of affairs has been remedied, thankfully.
So, what is cacao paste?
Cacao paste is made from pressing cacao beans at low temperatures. (The low temperatures also retain more of the nutrients.) When dried they form blocks and smell intensely delicious. So, the paste I received was in dry block form — and I stopped to bask in the aroma when I first opened the package.
Historical healing properties
The Aztec and Maya used cacao for rituals, medicinal purposes and possibly sheer enjoyment. It was known as “food of the gods” and imported to Europe in the 16th century where it was also valued for its healing properties, my favorite being for the defect of “mental weakness”.
I have to say that I feel fortified — mentally and otherwise — during and after my cacao paste hot drink.
It’s usually used in desserts, chocolate bars and confections, as well as mixed with syrups or sugars to make hot chocolate. The desserts and chocolate bars sound pretty good but I’ve only used it for one purpose: Kiss From the Gods Hot Drink.
My secret recipe
Do you love intense dark chocolate? This is for you!
Kiss From the Gods Hot Drink = cacao paste + boiling water.
Place cacao paste in a sturdy glass or ceramic bowl. Pour small amount of boiling water to gently cover cacao paste. Whisk until smooth, gradually adding boiling water. Adjust ratio to taste.
Fill mug(s) with boiling water to heat, then empty and fill with Kiss From the Gods. If you don’t have a whisk using a fork should yield same results. You could also use a bain-marie or double boiler in lieu of bowl, if so inclined.
Savor at leisure. Oh, baby!
You’re welcome. 🙂
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