Organic Cacao Beans by Hatton Hill Organic. Organically grown, harvested and dried in Peru. Packed in the UK.
The origins of cacao beans lie in Central and South America among the Aztec, Olmec and Maya peoples, by whom they were used as a medium of exchange starting more then 3,000 years ago. Today, for most people, cacao means one thing: chocolate!
Hatton Hill Organic's organic cacao beans are sourced from Peru, in their native region, and in addition to being the foundation for chocolate, they have a range of uses in sweet and – it may surprise you – savoury dishes.
But first, chocolate. Homemade chocolate is surprisingly easy to make, requiring only cacao beans, cacao butter and something to sweeten the mix, such as honey or sugar. Once you've got your mix in the pot, simply add whatever you like to give it texture and additional flavours – almonds, hazelnuts, raisins, coconut flakes, dried cherries and other dried fruit, liqueurs and essences, bacon... Yes, bacon. The only limit is your imagination!
Some intriguing possibilities beyond chocolate open up when you crush cacao beans to produce cacao nibs. Think of cacao nibs as nature's own ready-made chocolate chips and you've got the idea. Ice-cream, cookies, biscotti, chocolate sauce, a wide range of desserts, coatings for truffles, fudge, homemade chocolate liqueur and even duck confit with white beans and unsweetened cacao bean cassoulet sauce – or how about a similar cacao sauce for lamb? – if you're feeling inspired!
Before you start wondering whether or not all of this apparent indulgence isn't quite in line with a healthy lifestyle, it's important to note that cacao is loaded with minerals such as potassium, antioxidants, B vitamins and anandamide, a substance that prompts that special feeling of happiness that's at the root of the craving for chocolate that many (if not most!) of us experience from time to time. Our organic cacao beans are 100% natural, making them as good for you as the preparations you create from them!
Organic ✓ Vegetarian ✓ Vegan ✓
Certified as organic by the UK’s Soil Association (licence no. DA22427).
|Typical values||per 100g|
|- of which saturates||26g|
|- of which sugars||1.6g|
Packed on premises that handle celery, cereals containing gluten, mustard, peanuts, sesame, soybeans, sulphur dioxide and sulphites, and tree nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamias).
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