What are Cocoa Sticks?
Cocoa Sticks are made from cocoa beans and traditionally used to make Cocoa Tea. The beans are roasted, de-shelled and crushed. They are then shaped into sticks and left to dry. Sometimes spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg are added to the stick for additional flavour. The sticks are made from pure unsweetened cocoa.
What are Cocoa Sticks good for?
- May help to reduce high blood pressure
The flavanols in cocoa are thought to improve nitric oxide levels in the blood, this can enhance the function of your blood vessels and help to reduce blood pressure.
- Can help improve brain function
The polyphenols found in cocoa can help blood flow to the brain, thus increasing brain function and reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disease.
- Antioxidant rich
Cocoa is a delicious source of antioxidants. According to studies, the addition of dairy in most chocolate products is blocking our ability to absorb the antioxidants found in raw cocoa.
- May help treat Diabetes
Consuming cocoa tea can help with managing type 2 diabetes as it can help improve insulin resistance in the body. Cocoa can also help with regulating sugar in the blood stream.
- Mood enhancer
Cocoa can help to combat depression, it contains anandamide which is an effective mood enhancer. Drinking cocoa can release endorphins in the body, endorphins are commonly referred to as the ‘happy hormone’.
- Improves skin health
Cocoa can be beneficial for the skin and has been used as a part of skin treatment in many ancient cultures. Cocoa can enhance the skins elasticity by making sure skin cells are hydrated and oxygenated. The antioxidant properties of cocoa help to promote the regeneration of new skin cells.
- Good for oral health
Todays processed cocoa uses additional ingredients which are mostly sugary and those are the main cause of tooth decay. However, raw cocoa has the opposite effect and can be extremely effective in protecting teeth enamel.
How Can I Use Cocoa Sticks?
Cocoa Sticks are used to make a delicious, chocolate tea.
How much tea will I get from one Cocoa Stick?
One Cocoa Stick can make somewhere between 20-30 cups of tea, depending on how much you use. We recommend 1 heaped tbsp of grated cocoa per cup of tea.
What does Cocoa Tea Taste Like?
The flavour of cocoa tea is like dark chocolate, it has an earthy and nutty taste not sweet like processed chocolate. It can almost have a roasted coffee bean flavour. When preparing the cocoa tea with plant milk it will have a deliciously creamy, yet strong hot chocolate taste.
Where Does Cocoa Stick Come From?
Our Cocoa Sticks are handmade by locals on the Island. Cultivated in the beautiful Caribbean island of St Lucia. Cocoa Sticks are made from freshly picked cocoa beans from the cocoa tree. The beans are roasted, deshelled, and crushed. They are then shaped into sticks, with a hint of cinnamon and left to dry. The sticks are made from pure unsweetened cocoa.
No other products have been added to our Sea Moss making it 100% natural.
Ingredients: Raw Cocoa Beans, Cinnamon
HOW TO PREPARE:
- Add 1 mug of cold water per serving, into a pot (preferably spring or distilled water)
- Bring water to a boil
- Once the water is boiling add 1 tbsp of grated Cocoa per serving
- Add ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon and 1 bay leaf (optional)
- Let boil on a low heat for around 3 minutes
- Then add plant milk, ½ - 1 mug full per serving and your choice of sweetener to taste
- Remove bay leaf if using
- Let simmer until the powder is dissolved
- Pour into your mug and enjoy
How long can the Cocoa Sticks be stored?
Cocoa Sticks need to be kept in a cool place as they may melt if they get too warm. The stick can last for up to 1 year. We recommend storing in the fridge once you start using.
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*Please note the listed health benefits of our products are subject to opinion and should not be taken as medical advice. Nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another. You should always consult with a medical professional before incorporating herbal remedies into your diet, particularly if you are taking medication, pregnant or breastfeeding.
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