Kiss From the Gods: Cacao Paste Hot Drink

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.

Recommended usage

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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[“Dear Mr. Fantasy,” by Traffic.  Performed by:  Steve Winwood, 2003.]

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35 thoughts on “Kiss From the Gods: Cacao Paste Hot Drink

    1. You’d know it if you had… oh, and btw, this is cacao paste — rather than cacao in any other form. Highly recommended!
      Thanks very much for the link! A quesadilla crisis is serious business, and I imagine a rollicking ride Brad style. 🙂 I’m on my way over….
      I’m sooo looking forward to your 1st Song Challenge Post!
      Hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend.

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      1. Glad to hear u agree that a quesadilla crisis IS a serious business – been complaining thro proper channel for ages and can never get anybody to listen!
        Yes, u’ll like Day 1 of my Song Challenge – just about got it ready to put up Monday am
        Th weekend has been so-so so far, but has just been made lovely by receiving your wonderful Comments; ‘twould b an honour if I cld use 1 or 2 as quotes on my site – may I?
        Bless u

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        1. Absolutely, feel free to use my comments as quotes on your site. I’m honored. 🙂

          I always imagine graphic novels when I read your stories. And I’m glad I mentioned it! I’m happy you’re illustrating as well as writing — and I’m tickled that I was the first to learn of this project!

          I’m glad your weekend is becoming lovely. 🙂

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          1. Hopefully th sketches will show up clearly online! Working on it, working on it…
            I am quite taken w “Never miss a chance to dance!” U have an amazing way w words – am constantly spellbound by your fiction, always a pleasure to read
            Hope u’re having a great weekend!
            Cheers!

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            1. My apologies! It looks like my original reply didn’t post.
              Your sketches will look great even if they don’t show up all to clearly. Lots of graphic novels have that comic book look which is more pixelated.
              Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment. It means a lot to me. Really and truly.
              I hope you’re enjoying a beautifully creative and relaxing weekend! 🙂

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              1. Next Post in th works NOW! ‘Twill b beautifully creative, whatever subject or format it takes!
                Day 2 of Manic Music Monday also to come, don’t forget!
                Thank U so much for becoming my 3rd highest Commenter – that means a lot to me!
                Cheers!

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                1. Great news! I know it will be beautifully creative! Your posts always are.
                  “Manic Music Monday” is a delight — and maybe will become a regular feature?
                  I’m thrilled to be your 3rd highest commenter!

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                  1. Great news: been working on my artwork these past few days (pencil sketches mainly)! If unsure about a fictional character, I’ve usually drawn him/her to see what they might look like!
                    Not sure if MMM will make it as a regular feature – th 1st has had minimal response…
                    I’m thrilled that u r my No.3!
                    Alas, No. 2 no longer looks @ my blog – so th no. of his Comments r mysteriously dwindling… yes, hard to believe, but there r bloggers NOT so chuffed w my awesomeness…

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                    1. I can imagine that drawing your characters helps you see what they might look like! You’re lucky to have that talent! I haven’t sketched, but I sit with my characters to get to know them… if that makes sense, lol.
                      Sometimes new series or features can take time to get established.
                      Hmm… I’m hoping to take over the No. 2 spot then! 🙂
                      Everyone appreciates your awesomeness. Some bloggers must have other things going on that allows for less time commenting and such.

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                    2. Perhaps th time its taking to establish my medieval fiction is why it’s becoming such a chore to get it done!
                      Personally, I cld easily red a whole Post where u explain how to “sit w characters to get to know them”!
                      Er, *everyone*? Oo er!

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                    3. Yes, big projects can be draining. It’s sometimes good to shift gears and work on something else. It also makes sense sometimes to have a few projects going, mixing the larger with the smaller.
                      Really? Good to know! Maybe I’ll write something up….
                      Everyone, hard to say but it definitely happens especially over time.

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                    4. Yes! Thank u!
                      A few projects certainly – several blog Posts in fact! Usually I end up finishing – depending on mood or energy – something completely different to what I started out w.
                      Goody gumdrops! Can’t wait to see what u Publish next!!

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    1. It lives up to the hype! You won’t be disappointed. 🙂

      The cacao paste + boiling water is perfect if you like dark, intense, unsweetened chocolate. If not, you may want to add sweeteners of your choice and/or milk, soy, etc.

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  1. I love dark chocolate but how “intense” would the chocolate be to compare to this? Once the cocoa content gets into the mid-70s it’s a little too coffee-like for me, which is a turn-off. 72% is probably my sweet spot (no pun intended). Nice music choice, by the way. 😀 Hope you’re having a great weekend.

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    1. It’s as intense as it gets. It’s pure cacao bean, undiluted and unmixed. That would make it 100% cacao.
      You could achieve 72% with your own recipe. The beauty would be that you could select your own sweetener (maybe honey? ) and your own mixer, such as steamed cashew milk.
      I’m glad you like the musical accompaniment. It best describes the experience. 🙂
      Thanks, I’m working on a couple projects so it’s very enjoyable. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Yes, you’d want to blend it with something. It’s 100% pure cacao. As I mentioned to Rich, the great thing is you could choose your own additions, fully customizing your experience.

      Ah yes, nothing like being kissed by the gods….

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  2. Yes! Now you’re talking! I’ve never tried cacao paste, but I am partial to using some cacao in cooking, etc (cake, hot chocolate, scallops… nothing is safe!). Took to it big time after discovering Willie’s Cacao.

    You may find a lot to love here: http://www.williescacao.com

    All the 100% cacao you can shake a stick at. Hurrah!

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    1. I’m fairly certain you’d love cacao paste! Wow, scallops…intriguing! Have you tried drizzling over pears?
      Thanks so much for the link!
      Everyone should know about this, lol. 🙂

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      1. I’ve discovered that cacao can be used on anything! Haven’t tried pears (I’m assuming they’re cooked and I’m not such a fan). I’d recommend looking out for some of the 100% cylinders. The flavours are complex and just about the best cacao you can find, I reckon. You can honestly grate into just about anything! (casseroles are a favourite!).

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        1. My apologies! I replied a few days ago but it looks like it didn’t post!
          Yes, I absolutely agree with you about using cacao on anything! It makes the world a better place. I’ve tried it on baked pears, which may not be that good if you don’t like the baked part.
          Thanks so much for the recommendation! 100% is the way to go. The taste is unbeatable.
          I’ll have to try on casseroles!

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