I love chocolate! Chocolate has always been a big part of my life and some of my earliest childhood memories are of making and eating chocolate as a child in South America.
Having rediscovered the chocolate of my childhood here in the UK, I resolved to set up CHOC Chick to promote the pure goodness of chocolate in its raw state and bring the delights and benefits of raw chocolate to everyone.
I must also confess to not being one who spent a lot of time in the kitchen. As a working mum, cooking was more of a chore and never a relaxing experience for me. What really amazed me was how simple and enjoyable making raw chocolate is and how much I enjoy experimenting and thinking of new ingredients to add to the chocolates.
The best part really was discovering how good for you raw chocolate actually is. The more I read about the benefits and properties of raw cacao, the more amazed I was that cacao ingredients weren’t a household staple and a healthy alternative for baking, frying, cooking, hot cocoa, smoothies and chocolate making…the applications are endless.
Not only is raw cacao considered a “super food” CHOC full of antioxidants containing over 300 nutritional compounds, but made with natural fruit syrups like Sweet Freedom, coconut nectar or agave, these delicious homemade chocolates will have a low glycemic index and are dairy free and gluten free. Cacao is also a recognised anti-depressant, mood enhancer, appetite suppressant and my ultimate favourite…aphrodisiac!
Having discovered how simple it is to make raw chocolate, I of course started making large quantities of chocolates for my family, friends, dinner parties, school fairs and any occasion I could find. Sunday mornings in our household have become infused with the smells of melting cocoa butter and chocolate powder and my daughters adore helping me and of course eating the chocolates!
This rediscovery was too good to keep to myself and circle of friends, so I resolved to spread the word and make easy-to-use raw chocolate kits available to others. And so the first CHOC Chick Kit was born.
My lovely company has grown fantastically (or should I say CHOCtastically) since the online shop went live in 2009 and we are now stocked in so many wonderful retailers and stockists throughout the UK and Euope (Holland & Barrett, Whole Foods Market, John Lewis Food Halls, Harvey Nichols, Ocado, Planet Organic and Infinity Foods, to name a few!).
The provenance of our ingredients has always been incredibly important and sourcing ethically and responsibly is a fundamental value and very much a part of our Social and Environmental Policy. I feel very privileged to have had the chance to meet my cacao suppliers directly when I visited Ecuador in June 2011 and again in August 2016. I have spent time in the mountains, the jungles and the stunning coastal towns of Ecuador and was able to meet many of the farmers we source our cacao ingredients from, visit their family farms and learn more about the organic and sustainable farming methods they use. I’ve had some incredible adventures in Ecuador, to find out more visit our CHOC Chick Cacao and Our Farmers pages.
I hope you enjoy CHOC Chick cacao products as much as I do and please send any questions, suggestions or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amor y chocolates!