Cacao Love {Sweet of the Week}

There’s a reason why the Latin name for the cacao tree means “food of the gods.” Why the ancient cacao bean was worshiped by the Aztecs. Why most women can’t get through a day without chocolate…

There are few places left where you can really taste the history. Where you can really taste and feel what our ancestors described as a spiritual, medicinal, nutritional, and an aphrodisiacal source. “Cacao,” Atlanta’s bean-to-bar chocolate company, is one of those special places. If life is a box of chocolates, Heaven is Cacao’s chocolate bar.

THE GOODS: Cacao makes a handful of unique TRUFFLES catering to every taste bud. Each truffle has a number. Don’t worry, they include a key card that lists each truffle numerically with a short description!

THE SPOT: Cacao (3 locations: Inman Park, Virginia Highlands, Buckhead and ONLINE!) Each location has that signature “Cacao feel”…clean, elegant, a touch of shabby chic, and pure class. Just walking through the door makes you feel light, confidant, and…hungry.

THE SCOOP: It’s no secret: you can tell their chocolates are made with the finest organic ingredients and pure LOVE. My favorites: The caramel with it’s sprinkle of sea salt was perfection.  The strawberry and blueberry lavender were also delicious, subtle flavors that weren’t overly fruity or sweet. The Cola has a slight but familiar hint of the historic Coca Cola flavor and their #9 cayenne passion fruit has a surprising and definite kick! The list goes on with a dozen more surprising and creative flavors. Check your local cacao for the most recent truffle selection.

FACT MORSEL:Cacao is one of a handful of bean-to-bar chocolate companies across the nation that make their own chocolate on site. What is bean-to-bar? Well, simply put, it’s hand-made. From scratch. On site. Every step of the way, from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar, is done by hand with natural ingredients. Stay tuned for my bean-to-bar feature next month!

Meanwhile, check out this Cooking Channel Video and this article on Kristen Hard, the founder of Cacao and get excited for a chocolate factory to come to Atlanta!

 

* Some of these pictures were not taken by my professional i-phone camera 🙂 , if you click on them, they link to their original source.

* Thanks to Kevin, at Magick, for always bringing in new truffles to taste.

 

 

Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution: Local Sweet Tooth

There are a million and one reasons to love your local farmer’s market:

1. Supporting your local small businesses and farms

2. Eating Fresh Fresh Fresh

3. Knowing your foods history

4. Taste testing

5. Tootsie’s favorite reason: These doughnuts

THE GOODS:  Tootsie went to town on this freshly baked Caramel Doughnut. It was a tough choice, but being on a caramel kick, this one spoke to us. Other doughnuts pictured are their chocolate, cinnamon, blueberry, and peach!

THE SPOTRevolution Doughnuts is a new company based out of Decatur, GA. They have their own shop and also occasion the Grant Park Farmer’s Market on Sunday mornings. Check out their facebook page and their twitter for menu updates. They apparently have something called a Nutella Puff….YES PLEASE.

THE SCOOP: You really can taste the Love baked into these sweets. They are “classic” in every sense of the word: made from scratch with real ingredients, no fillers, stabilizers, or preservatives.  It’s a hearty treat, but it doesn’t leave you feeling like you put a rock in your stomach. I love a little double D’s as much as the next New Englander, but no chain can hold a candle to these doughnuts. They are the real deal, folks.

FACT MORSEL: When asked where they came up with the name “Revolution” they said it was the “…dual connotation of round/rolling and power to the people – we are taking doughnuts back from the machines and crafting them by hand. “-Maria Moore Riggs (General Manager of Revolution Doughnuts) For Maria and her team, it’s all about the community. Everything you love about your farmer’s market you will love about them: handmade, local, fresh. Come out and support this true labor of love!

P.S. I am still in awe of technology. I took these photos with my iPhone, uploaded them to my Computer, and edited them with an Online program called Pixlr-o-matic….if you love Instagram you will LOVE this site.