Cacao is wildly passionate, still, and effortlessly chic. It dresses anyone up as fine as a well-tailored little black dress. Melting cacao on the stove is a dance for the senses. You’ll wonder…why not make this every week?
When you try something that you used to eat, you might be amazed that you ever ate it at all. We haven’t had pretzels in a long while since switching over to fresh, un-packaged organic foods. I had a Valentine’s Day memory craving for chocolate covered pretzels. After having them, I prefer the hazelnuts because they have their own flavour, so next time we may leave out the pretzels. I do so prefer the 100% pure cacao, (no sugar or preservatives) over the 60% bars we used to eat that were very sugary and had lots of additives.
Tasting pure, fresh, true flavours of food gives your taste buds an appreciation for just that. I find myself very happy with our food evolution. As good as cacao is, it’s not for babies as it’s a stimulant, so until older, say “later you can try it.” I’m pleased that the baby has only eaten true, fresh food. It makes for wonderfully enthusiastic dining partners and excitement for growing food from seeds.
For more info about cacao’s beautiful health benefits, read this.
Cacao Covered Hazelnuts & Pretzels
A simple to make, yet always appreciated treat!
Non-GMO, organic, local, free range, grass-fed ingredients:
Hazelnuts and Pretzels, add in anything you like! Bananas and fresh berries are good!
100% Cacao 2-3 Bars (No sugar or additives)
Add a dash of cinnamon into the chocolate as it melts. (If you’re only using nuts and they’re unsalted, if you like, add a little pink Himalayan salt on after pouring the chocolate over top, before it hardens.)
Slowly heat up broken up cacao bar pieces in a metal (heat-safe) bowl over a pot of simmering water on the stove. (Use a heat safe wooden or silicone spatula.) Avoid the bottom of the bowl touching the water. Stir until smooth and gloriously melted. Pour over assorted ingredients on a cookie sheet. Place sheet in the refrigerator to harden. After a few hours, take out and break up pieces gently with the tip of a knife and store in a glass container. Serve cold as they deliciously melt in your fingers.
(Tip: A silicone baking liner helps cacao to not stick to the sheet after chilling. Also helps with clean up and gathering any excess so it’s not wasted.)
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Tonight’s Dinner Music: “Hey Baby” by Rosemary Clooney and Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.