Cacao is said to be the food of the Gods! Carefully handpicked and simply dried organic cacao beans, unsweetened and untouched, dried in their own bean pods are packed into each HEIRLOOM Organic Cacao Bean pack.
A chocolaty and slightly crunchy treat, that is ideal as a cereal topping and for baking too! Add into slices and energy balls, chopped up or ground. Tastes great paired with our dried pineapple too! Brew into a tea, Blend into smoothies and cocktails. Soak overnight oats with crushed cacao beans, healthy seeds, and nuts.
- Toss cacao nibs into your favorite smoothie.
- Use them in baked goods like muffins and breads.
- Blend cacao nibs into homemade nut butters.
- Mix them with nuts and dried fruit for an energy-packed snack.
- Add cacao nibs to coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos.
- Use them in savory sauces, such as barbecue sauces and mole.
- Crust steak or duck with crushed cacao nibs for a unique flavor.
- Blend into hot chocolate or homemade nut milks.
- Incorporate cacao nibs with coconut, almond butter, and puréed dates to make healthy energy balls.
- Replace refined-sugar laden chocolate chips in granola recipes.
- Sprinkle roasted, chopped cacao beans on top of yogurt.
Cacao beans are slightly bitter ( due to ti richness in antioxidants) and chocolaty and crunchy naturally. The color of the nibs inside each bean pod can vary from chocolate brown to a beautiful purple, depending on the harvest and season . Cacao beans are harvested as a natural cottage-industry product that does not use any chemical refining, additives, or preservatives to standardize the product.
Ingredient: 100% cacao beans
Grown in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Packaged in a facility that also processes cashew and coconuts
Keep airtight in the pantry, away from sunlight and damp. Its potency and flavor remain strong as long as it is stored airtight. With a best before of two years from the manufacture date, Cacao beans remain safe to use for even longer periods as long as it is stored with minimal exposure to light, air, and moisture. This is why HEIRLOOM Cacao beans are packed at the origin, in the very region it is harvested from. This seals the freshness and reduces exposure from day one until the pack is opened by you. A slight color change is possible as the product is completely free of sulfites or other nasties that would otherwise keep them brightly colored.
There is nothing else. No refining or coloring. 100% zero-waste, no bi-products. This product is internationally accredited by Control Union; Certified Organic (EU and USDA NOP), ISO and/or HACCP certified.
Cacao beans have many health benefits :
- Rich in antioxidants
- Raw cacao is a good source of iron and dietary fibre
- Improves insulin sensitivity to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Improves glucose intolerance and has anti-inflammatory potential.
- have been linked to reduced heart disease risk.
Read more research-based information, here.
100+ years of expertise
Our Cacao beans sales’ supports the traditional livelihoods of villagers in the rainforest regions of Sri Lanka. Cacao is harvested by traditional methods and allows village populations to utilize their age-old knowledge and expertise to survive in this modernized and mechanized world of manufacture by producing this 100% natural unrefined product. Backed by generations of expertise of the harvesters, and packed in a certified ISO and Organic processing mill, this product plays a vital role in the employment, welfare, and wellbeing of the rural village community. The children of our workforce are provided with school books and stationery for the entire school year. The mill also organizes religious and cultural events to inculcate a sense of belonging to a bigger cause, bringing a sense of pride and community to the villagers who are using age-old knowledge, treading lightly, and making a living for their families, sustainably.
Price for quality
Our products are not mass-produced in vast industrialised factories. So we do not enjoy the economies of scale that supermarket brands do. We pay the millers and farmers a fair price. Specifically, batch-crafted for New Zealand, Kokonati & Heirloom products are made with multigenerational expertise and knowledge to be the best quality they can be and so easily justify the premium price for the premium quality you are getting.
Packaging and recycling
100g bag in box. Dispose of the soft plastic bag in the supermarket collection bin. The card box can be disposed of in your recycling bin. The reason we use a clear bag for dried fruits is so you can see the product in the clear window before you buy it and because the product potency is preserved without exposure to air or moisture. The box protects the product by reducing exposure to light.