A Chocolate Maker First: Hand-shelled Cocoa Beans Into Bars
Have you ever taste chocolate that was hand-shelled? The people at Ridgewood Chocolate have created a unique tasting chocolate that uses the entire contents of the cocoa bean. They hand-peel each bean just like the indigenous people.
NEW YORK - Oct. 16, 2018 - PRLog -- Ridgewood Chocolate, created by Rubi & Constantine, chocolate makers in Queens, NY, creating handmade chocolate safe for diabetics, and vegans.
Chocolate makers typically feed roasted beans into a bean cracking machine, which pulverize, and crush the cocoa bean. Indiscriminate vacuuming of the shells, along with the cocoa bean particles, removes up to 30% of the cocoa bean contents.
Rubi said they create chocolate 70% bars, popsicles, and melting discs, with two ingredients, cocoa beans and sugarcane. Bars are born with pistachio, almond, peanut, cayenne, sea salt, pecan, poppy, and pine seed, and are caramelized into bars.
The Food of the Gods
The Mayan civilization called cacao "food of the gods," who honored the cacao god, the term had a literal as well as a spiritual meaning. The Aztecs used cacao beans as currency, food, and drink.
The many health benefits of chocolate:
Not all chocolates have these benefits, you need to choose chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa. Chocolate improves your health mainly because of flavonoids. Some manufacturers remove flavonoids, due to their bitter taste, without disclosing it on the label. Some manufacturers use High Fructose Corn Syrup for their sugar, not healthy at all. Milk chocolate contains more fat and sugar and less cocoa, which reduces the benefits of chocolates.