Cacao is Wild, Whole, Sensual, Creative, Complex, Subtle, Regenerative, and Transformative.
What is Ceremony?
Ceremony is when we devote our personal time, our true intimacy, and our transparency to a sacred space that has been created to honour ourselves and higher beings. It often involves the use of sacred plants, animals, instruments, songs, and other particular components that can enhance the essence of this practice. Ceremony can bring us together in a common intention.
What is Ceremonial Cacao?
Ceremonial grade Cacao is cacao that has been sown, grown, nourished, transported, and transformed with special care and attention. To ensure the qualities of this product, Ceremonial Cacao must be an all organic product, preferably grown in biodiversity and through regenerative farming practice, is handled with care and intention, and assimilated primarily by hand, with little use of machinery. It is also important that all people involved in the creation of this product (farmers, families, distributors, buyers, makers, etc.) are treated with care and fair share.
To its highest potential, Ceremonial Cacao is prepared into a drinking chocolate where it is used a tool in ritual and ceremony.
About our Product
All of our Cacao comes from the heartbeat of the Jungle and has been in the care of Mayan communities of Toledo, the Southern region of Belize. Grown through Organic & Regenerative Practice – Marco, the grower of this Cacao and student of Permaculture, Agroforestry and Traditional Mayan Medicine, has inherited his grandfather's Cacao farm where he passionately communicates with the living system he has helped create and embodies his role as a teacher and guide for his community.
Under the care of Dragons, the whole process from transforming the beans into chocolate is nearly all done by hand. The only step that it goes into a machine is for final refining – where the Cacao paste grinds for a period of about 24hrs. From here, we choose to temper our chocolate, which is essentially manipulating the molecular structure of the fat in the cacao (achieved through rapid change in temperature) to achieve a stable state and smooth texture. We choose to do this to offer our drinking chocolate a rich, velvety tasting experience. All of our Chocolate is made in 'nano-hatches,' and our CereMOONial hatches get special treatment by keeping attuned to lunar cycles.
It is all of these components of our CereMOONial Chocolate that create a truly magical and transformational experience for ourselves and for You!
How to prepare CereMOONial Chocolate
Ok, so first of all condragulations for getting your bar(s) of pure Cacao bliss and for supporting our great vision!
Now, you probably want to know how to make the best drinking chocolate in the world – and we are here to help!
One bar of CereMOONial Chocolate weighs 2 oz
Each bar can make anywhere from 2 to 6 servings, depending on how strong and thick you want to make the drink.
If you want to make a potent, thick drinking chocolate (this is the way Dragons like it), then look at one bar as 2 servings.
For every ounce of Chocolate, calculate 1 cup of purified water, nut mylk, or cow milk.
This is really your opportunity to feel into what your body wants or needs! Take into consideration what your intention is, what the energy of the day is like, and what you would like to call into your drink!
Special spices and ingredients that offer a beautiful variety and work in harmony with Cacao are:
Honey or Maple Syrup
Above all, Love & Intention!
Get a small pot, or a big pot if you're making chocolate for a large group.
Measure the amount of water you'll need by filling the same mug(s) you will use for drinking the chocolate out of and pour into the pot. Pour a little extra water in case you want seconds ; )
On medium or high heat, bring the water to a gentle boil. Using a sharp chef’s knife and a wooden cutting board, chop the 2 oz CereMOONial bar(s) into thin chunks or slivers. Scrape the chocolate into the boiling water and whisk well until all chocolate has melted. MMMM. Begin to loose your mind over its scent & beauty...
At this point you can add any desired spices or natural sweeteners (just not honey, it is best to not heat it) and whisk again. If the spices are finely ground, you can add directly to the chocolate. If you have larger chucks (such as whole nutmeg, fresh grated ginger or cinnamon sticks) then simply use a cotton bag and steep in the cooking pot. Lid the pot and let gently boil for a couple of minutes.
Turn the stove off and let the chocolate sit for about 5-10 minutes. This settles the chocolate and incorporates flavor. If you are using honey to sweeten, place about 1 tsp at the bottom of your chosen mug(s). Right before serving from the pot, whisk the chocolate drink vigorously to fluff & incorporate air. You can now serve the chocolate into your mug(s) and remember to stir well if you’ve chosen to sweeten with honey.
These are the basic steps to making a traditional chocolate drink. Get creative and try new spices each time or even add your favorite local herbs!
We hope you have Fun ~ Be in the Magik and enjoy your Intuitive Alchemy!