Cacao Ceremony

Long ago in ancient Meso-America, the Mayans regarded cacao as a sacred medicine, primarily using in ceremony and a means to communicate with the gods.
Cacao is a valuable plant medicine that has abilities to support psychological and physiological health, by using it in a ceremonial setting it has potential to release stresses, open the heart and introduce a calm, mindful state.  Also where there are no distractions, you are allowed to connect with cacao's energy, noticing the subtle effects it is having on your self. The ceremony provides a state where one can express themselves creatively by singing, dancing, playing and letting the inner child out!
The idea to start producing cacao chocolate was sparked whilst traveling through Peru, where I traveled to in order to further my knowledge of yoga and holistic health.
One day I was invited to a cacao ceremony, where pure 'ceremonial grade' cacao was served in a sacred environment. Part of the ceremony a meditation allows a deep introspective journey, where healing work can take place, releasing negative emotions and emotional blockages.
After this beautiful experience, I was blown away by how this type of cacao had the potential to taste delicious and have incredible effects on the mind and body. Upon returning home I went on a search for the highest quality cacao beans I could find to create the same experience and share it with friends and family. I then combined the cacao with a variety of herbs and botanicals to create a synergistic effect.
Whenever I drink cacao I try to integrate aspects of the ceremony into the experience, making sure I have enough time without distractions to sit down and mindfully be aware of the taste, texture, how my body is feeling and how the energy of the cacao is working with my self.

 

Benefits and nutrients

Cacao should not be underestimated, it is a wonderfully powerful ingredient that provides our bodies with an abundance of nutrients that improves our energy on many levels!
From a physical perspective cacao contains a wealth of phytonutrients (plant nutrients) :
- Theobromine, translated to "Food of the gods" by the Mayans, it is a stimulant but doesn't affect the central nervous system like caffeine
- Anandamide, known as the "bliss chemical" it is responsible for making us have a sense of pleasure when eating chocolate
- Phenethylamine, is the chemical the brain releases when we feel pleasure or fall in love!
- Serotonin, helps regulate bodily functions such as appetite, behavior, sleep and memory
- Iron, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, selenium, chromium, manganese,  all support a healthy cardiovascular, nervous and immune system
- Antioxidants, has some of the highest levels of antioxidants found in any ingredient! Helps eliminate free radicals that can build up in the body
Since it contains such a plentiful amount of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals this ingredient can be used as a superfood, using it as a supplement, to take alongside a healthy balanced diet, in order to provide the body with the nutrients it is usually lacking.

Ethics

Unlike conventional chocolate, the chocolate we produce is made with the key intention to showcase the highest quality cacao beans that have been grown by farmers striving to produce cacao in an environment symbiotically with nature.
Made With Ananda chocolate is truly made with as much care and attention as possible, from hand sorting the beans to the final wrapping in hand made paper.
Our ethics focus on producing a product that not only has a benefit to our health but also has a positive benefit on the environment due to the selection of specific beans produced using natural organic farming methods, that are directly sourced from estates to help farmers earn a living from farming cacao.
We are constantly working on different ways to improve our cacao products and create a beautiful chocolate experience for everyone. We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Use our Contact Us page to get in touch.

Thank you and have a wonderful day! 🙂