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What are antioxidants and how do we measure them?

What are antioxidants and how do we measure them?

Antioxidants are found in all sorts of foods and they inhibit oxidation of the cells in our bodies.  But what exactly are 'antioxidants?' If we break down the word: anti (against) oxidants (oxidation) which means antioxidants are substances that prevent cell damage and can cause oxidation.  Read more

Make Your own CBD Cacao Mylks at Home


Have you had one of our CBD Cacao Mylks and wish you can make it at home?

With our 220mg Full Spectrum Cacao CBD Tincture, some chocolate, your favorite milk and a little time you, can make it at home.

Ingredients

  1. 40-50 grams favorite ChocoVivo Bars or Powder
  2. 8-10 oz. of favorite milk
  3. 1 dropper (10mg) full of ChocoVivo Cacao Full Spectrum CBD Tincture

Steps

  1. Heat up your liquid on the stovetop and add small pieces of chocolate bars or powder and whisk together.  
  2. Measure 1 dropper full (~10mg CBD) of ChocoVivo Cacao CBD tincture and stir into the hot chocolate.
  3. Sit back and enjoy :)

220mg Full Spectrum Cacao CBD tinctures available in two flavors.  Cacao and Mint

3 Recipes for your Next Chocolate Spa

3 Recipes for your Next Chocolate Spa


Dark Chocolate is not only a great dessert and snack.  It can be incorporated into your skin regimen.   When you eat concentrated dark chocolate (70% and higher)  you will benefit from the flavonoids and phytonutrients that are naturally occuring in cacao. When eaten on a regular basis, flavonoids help skin to reflect UV light, which contributes to improved skin appearance by reducing photo damage and collagen breakdown. 

 

You don't need to eat it in order to obtain these benefits.  Below are a few recipes to use cacao to moisturize skin and hair, prevent wrinkles, and improve hair elasticity. 

 

1. Cacao Foot and Hand Scrub

Ingredients
  1. 5 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  2. 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
  3. 3 drops of Chocovivo Chocolate + Rose Body Oil ( a little goes a long way)
Steps
  1. Add all the ingredients together store in a small glass container.
  2. Use on hand and feet to scrub away dead skin and leave your hand feet and cuticles soft and moisturized use once a week or as needed

2. Aloe Vera and Cacao Powder Hair Mask

Ingredients
  1. 4 tablespoons of organic Aloe Vera
  2. 3 tablespoons of Chocovivo 100% cacao Powder
Steps
  1. Mix the ingredients together
  2. Apply to damp hair and leave on for 30 minutes
  3. Rinse off and welcome moisturized and CLEAN! Hair

3. Rosewater and CBD Cacao Tincture Hair Rinse

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Rose petals and distilled water “or” store bought rosewater
  2. 4 drops of ChocoVivo’s CBD Cacao Tincture
Steps
  1. To make your own rosewater
    1. bring distilled water to a boil in a lidded pot
    2. Use 4 rose head petals and put roses in pot
    3. Cover pot with lid and let simmer
    4. Once petals lose color turn off heat and let sit for 20 minutes
    5. Once finished transfer to a glass container for storage is good for 30 days!
  2. Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl
  3. Coat hair strand by strand with mixture and cover with shower cap
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes then rinse
  5. Best done before bed

GET YOUR SPA ON!

 

For those interested in knowing more about the benefits of cacao, here is a well-written article we approve of written by Dr. Merry an M.D, Ph.D, article on cacao. 

Dark Chocolate and Love 5

Dark Chocolate and Love 5 "lovely" properties of Dark Chocolate


1.Dark Chocolate the “Love Drug”

Eating Dark Chocolate releases Phenylethylamine and Serotonin. The chemical Phenylethylamine a chemical much like amphetamine is released in the brain when individuals feel love. The release of which is helped along by Serotonin, the combination of the increased levels of these chemicals induce feelings of love.

2. Dark Chocolate the Heart Opener


Cacao was used by the Maya as a “Heart Opening” agent during Cacao Ceremonies. A ceremony in which a Shaman would by the use of Cacao Drink prepare warriors for battle or assist in paving the way towards a physical or emotional journey. Luckily we hold Cacao Ceremonies on the last Friday of every month sign up here!

3. Dark Chocolate the Mood Lifter

 

Dark Chocolate releases Endorphins in the brain that are known to decrease levels of stress anxiety and pain, making chocolate a great way to start your day! Our signature Cacao Mylks are packed with the super food and are a great way to get your daily dose of chocolate in a both nutritious and delicious way.

4. Dark Chocolate the Stimulant

Take a cup of coffee for your morning, well think again. Dark Chocolate contains Theobromine a chemical cousin to Caffeine but a far healthier option, Theobromine gives the same boosted feel of consuming Caffeine. There’s 250 milligrams of Theobromine in a 50 gram bar of dark chocolate and ALL our chocolate is dark.

5. Dark Chocolate is actually good for your heart!

Dark Chocolate contains Flavonoids a group of Phytochemicals that like antioxidants help fight heart disease and other ailments affecting the heart. And get this Dark Chocolate contains more Flavonoids than apples, apricots, grapes, tea, legumes and more! Check out our "Dark Chocolate covered Cacao Beans" if you break one open and see it's purple inside as proof of it's Flavanoids!

Make sure to grab you a "Mood Lifter", "Heart Opener", "Love Drug" Superfood!

5 chocolate experiences to try in LA

5 chocolate experiences to try in LA


1.Los Angeles Chocolate Tasting Tour

For chocolate lovers and great for date night, take a tour of LA’s best chocolate tastes and indulge in everyone’s favorite chocolate. For 3 hours and 69 a person try chocolate from different chocolatiers in the L.A. area including your truly ChocoVivo! Learn more here!

2. ChocoVivo’s Chocolate Tasting

If you’re looking for a great way to spend an evening that doesn’t take 3 hours and is great for date night families and friends alike come on over and try our Chocolate Tasting. From the most bitter 100% cacao to the least Coffee and Vanilla we’ll give you 13 chocolates we make in house for $10 dollars and get this you can come in any time for it. Just order a full chocolate tasting the next time you drop by. Unsure of what you’re getting into checkout this article “How to Enjoy a Proper Chocolate Tasting at ChocoVivo”

3. Chocolate Making Class

Ever wanted to learn how to make chocolate?Learn how to make chocolate with Chef Ryan. Best thing about this one is you can go to Chef Ryan or have Chef Ryan come to you. For $110 a person you can enjoy a full 3 course class and get a cool skill for your next gift. Sign up and make your chocolate making dreams come true here!

4. Edelweiss Chocolate Factory Tour

A gem of HollyWood and Beverly Hills Edelweiss Chocolate Company circa 1942. Tour the chocolate factory that catered to stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Nancy Reagan and members of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Get a tour of the facilities that made this chocolate world renowned and forever a gem of the Golden Era of Hollywood.

5. ChocoVivo’s Cacao Ceremony

A sacred Mayan Tradition right here in the heart of LA.The last Friday of Every Month ChocoVivo holds a Cacao Ceremony a ceremony that through the use of sound baths and ceremonial cacao drink a process called heart opening is initiated and allows for the beginning of a revelation emotional or physical. Read more here or if you’re ready go ahead and sign up.

 

5 recipes with our cacao butters

5 recipes with our cacao butters


Nuts and Chocolate go together like salt & pepper meaning it can be added to a variety of dishes to amplify the taste to all sorts of snacks/dishes.   We have a variety of Chocolate Nut Butters that we produce. 

Each nut has its' unique benefits.

-Almonds have some very beneficial impacts on blood sugar. Research shows that they reduce blood sugar and insulin levels in diabetics as well as non-diabetics.

-Hazelnuts contain the highest amount of PACs (important polyphenols with high levels of antioxidant capabilities) among nut varieties.

-Pistachios are high in fiber, which is good for your gut bacteria. Eating pistachios may increase the number of bacteria that produce beneficial short-chain fatty acids like butyrate.

-Pecans have protein, vitamin E, and antioxidant properties which help in protecting the heart and reducing the risk of hypertension.

 

1. Salted Pistachio Butter Fudge

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of our salted pistachio butter  (110g)
  • 1 large banana (150g) (Can sub with 2/3 cup coconut butter)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter OR melted virgin coconut oil
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp powdered sugar or  pure maple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a small blender until completely smooth, OR mash the banana and stir together ingredients very patiently by hand until completely smooth. Scoop into a small plastic container. Freeze until firm. Due to the viscosity of coconut, this fudge is best stored in the freezer.

 

2.Almond Butter Fruit Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 (5.3 oz) containers Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or 1 slightly heaping cup)
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp honey , or to taste

Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend until smooth. Serve with fruit (recommended bananas, apples, raspberries or strawberries). Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.

3.Black Sesame Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of Black Sesame Butter

3 large, ripe bananas

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

a super teeny-tiny dash of cinnamon

sea salt to taste

 

Cut the bananas into small chunks and freeze until solid, at least 1-2 hours. Transfer the bananas to a very strong blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Within a few minutes, you should be seeing a thick, creamy ice-creamy mixture in the blender. Add the Black Sesame Butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sea salt, and anything else you might like in there. Pulse the blender quickly to stir the ingredients all together and when everything is mixed, serve immediately.

4. Pecan Butter stuffed French Toast

Ingredients:

4-6 tablespoons Pecan Butter

2 large eggs

1/4 cup milk

4 slices French bread

2 tablespoons Pecan Butter

Powdered sugar, for serving

In a shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk the eggs and milk together. Spread 2 slices of the bread with the Pecan Butter, about 2-3 tablespoons per slice. Place the other slices of bread on top and gently press them together. Carefully dip both sides of each sandwich into the egg mixture until well coated. In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the French toast sandwiches and cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side. Cut the sandwiches in half on the diagonal and transfer to plates. Drizzle with Lori’s Salt Caramel Syrup and dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately

 

5. Hazelnut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, broken into chunks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup Hazelnut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  1. Place bananas, milk, Hazelnut Butter, honey, and ice cubes in a blender; blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Get your butter and make something great!

 

5 Perks of working at a Chocolate Factory

5 Perks of working at a Chocolate Factory


Perk 1. Eating all the mistakes

We do our best to serve you the perfect drink which takes effort on our part great thing though the mistakes are delicious!

Perk 2. Getting to test all the new items on the menu

Oompa Loompas get to taste test all recipes before they go out to the public.

Perk 3. Learning how to make gorgeous drinks

Let’s be real our drinks are superb and the skill comes in handy during events or just a little fancy breakfast.

Perk 4. Meeting chocolate fanatics

ChocoVivo’s real chocolate brings in chocolate fanatics from all over to try chocolate from the small chocolate factory that’s making big moves.

Perk 5. Slowly learning how good REAL chocolate actually tastes

We all love that classic milk chocolate but as we and  most of our customers say once you’ve tried our chocolate there’s no going back. There’s something about tasting the chocolate flavor that is in unprocessed rich cacao.

Stop on by  and meet the Oompa Loompas and tell us what your favorite part of being a regular at ChocoVivo is!

 

 

ChocoVivo Chocolate Bars Ranked

ChocoVivo Chocolate Bars Ranked


6. Cherries + Almonds

It’s like a trail mix inside chocolate.  The black peppercorns are stone ground into the chocolate and helps to accentuate the chunks of cherries and give it a nice minty taste. A good one but not the best the Cherries + Almonds Bar is perfect for those of you who like chocolate but also like fruit.

5.Shangri-la

The toasted black sesame in this blend give the chocolate a nice toasty flavor with chewy bits of goji berries. Black Sesame is full of magnesium and goji berries are full of antioxidants just like cacao. A favorite for the name and the taste Shangri-La is a must try at Chocovivo

4. Coffee + Vanilla

We take real espresso coffee beans and vanilla bean pods (the whole pod and little beans) and grind it together with our cacao nibs and unrefined cane sugar.  It’s calling out to the chocolate and coffee lover. A perfect way to start your morning and a favorite in our drinks the coffee and vanilla bar is a great way to start your day.

3. Mayan Tradition

This is one of the most popular blends.  If you think you know what spicy chili and chocolate tastes like, you haven’t tasted this. The most popular but not the most recommended Mayan Tradition is a  regular for regulars and a top choice for newbies to be sure to grab one

2. 100% Cacao Bar

Not for the faint of heart. Pure cacao doesn’t contain any sugar and this will definitely keep you going through the day. A bar for the purists and for those who should really just try what REAL chocolate tastes like the 100% cacao bar is perfect for those who enjoy eating chocolate and those who should truly just try it.

1. 75% Cacao Bar

A healthy mid between dark and light the 75% the middle of the road for most people and great balance between the bitterness and sweetness of the chocolate. And our most recommended for its benefits for the heart and a great start to your day the 75% is our lucky winner.

 

Be sure to pick up any of our bars, if you want to try all of our chocolates without breaking the bank be sure to drop in for a chocolate tasting, we’ll see you at chocovivo