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    Mint Dark Chocolate

    Made with Amazonico Criollo, Certified Organic Raw Cacao (71%) from Satipo, Peru, and sweetened with Organic Evaporated Coconut Nectar. We’ve added a touch of organic mint essential oil with our antioxidant-rich raw dark chocolate. It’s a timeless classic, perfect for anytime of the day.
    • 30g -
      $2.68
      +GST
    • Box - 30g x 16 -
      $36.47
      +GST

    What is it?

    We've combined Fair Trade Certified (FLO), Amazonico Criollo Raw Cacao, sourced from Satipo, Peru, Evaporated Coconut Nectar and organic mint essential oil to create a decadent, melt-in-your-mouth Mint Chocolate. Our Dark Mint Chocolate has a nice, clean snap, and a complex flavour with a fresh, burst of mint.

    This healthy treat has up to twice as many antioxidants as conventional chocolate and uses Organic Evaporated Coconut Nectar a natural, sustainable, low GI sweetener.

     

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    • Cane Sugar Free
    • Gluten Free
    • Dairy Free
    • Low GI
    • Vegan
    • Fair Trade
    Ingredients Organic Raw Cacao Beans, Organic Evaporated Coconut Nectar, organic peppermint essential oil (<1%) *Made in Australia from imported ingredients. Contains traces of nuts.

    How to use

    Our Luvju makes for a deliciously healthy snack at any time of the day.

    Health Benefits

    Raw Cacao Nibs 

    Antioxidants

    Research has demonstrated that the antioxidants in cacao are highly stable and easily available to human metabolism. In the adjacent table you can see that our Raw Cacao has set the world record for antioxidants when compared to the other top 10 antioxidant foods such as Goji Berries, Acai Berries, and blueberries. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture to measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which normally cause cell and tissue damage. The higher the ORAC score, the higher the level of antioxidants present in the food.  

    ORAC Scores for top 10 Antioxidant foods per 100g

     

    1)

    Loving Earth Cacao Powder*

    98,000

    2)

    Raw Cacao Nibs**

    62,100

    3)

    Roasted Cocoa Powder

    26,000

    4)

    Loving Earth Raw Dark Chocolate*

    27,900

    5)

    Goji Berries**

    25,300

    6)

    Acai Berries**

    18,500

    7)

    Dark Chocolate

    13,120

    8)

    Prunes

    5,770

    9)

    Raisins

    2,830

    10)

    Blueberries

    2,400

    Source: US department of Agriculture

    * Tested by Southern Cross University 

    ** Tested by Brunswick Laboratories, MA, USA

    Magnesium for the Heart and Brain

    Raw Cacao is a good source of Magnesium. Magnesium is the most important mineral for a healthy functioning heart. It also plays a key role in producing energy for the neurons in the brain from glucose. So when there is an abundance of magnesium the brain works with clarity and focus.

    Evaporated Coconut Nectar

    Our Evaporated Coconut Nectar is unfiltered and preservative free. It has a low on the Glycemic Index (GI) of 35. By comparison, most honeys are GI 55 and cane sugars are GI 68.

    The Glycemic Index provides a ranking for carbohydrates according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a low GI (less than 40), produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, avoiding the sugar “highs” and “lows” that we experience when consuming foods with high GIs.

    Evaporated Coconut Nectar also has a nutritional and mineral content that is richer than all other commercially available sweeteners. When compared to brown sugar, Evaporated Coconut Nectar has twice the iron, four times the magnesium and over 10 times the amount of zinc.

    Growing

    Satipo is a region that sits at the edge of the Amazon basin at the base of the Andes mountain range. In this area we work with 4 small producer groups that are grouped under the umbrella association of cacao producers of Satipo that consists of 164 families in total.

    This Criollo cacao is shade grown under multi-story canopies that include fruit trees such as avocado, mango, coconut and papaya which all lend their distinctive nuances to the fine multi-floral flavor of this exquisite cacao.

    There are three main varieties of the cacao plant; the Forastero, Criollo and Trinitario. The cacao beans that we have sourced from Satipo are of the Criollo variety, which are the rarest of the three types of beans and are highly regarded for their delicate and complex flavours.

    Processing

    Cacao pods are harvested from the trees and cracked open. The beans are then taken out and fermented. The level of fermentation affects the flavour; we do a low fermentation at approximately 45 °C. At this lower temperature, the structure of the nutrients is preserved.

    The main thing that Loving Earth does differently to other chocolate makers is that we don't roast the raw cacao beans before we process them. The standard procedure in the chocolate industry is to roast raw cacao to create cocoa, which has a lower nutritional content. This method also removes some of the antioxidants contained within. At Loving Earth, we wash our raw cacao beans with a citric-based organic disinfectant to remove the microbiological matter, whilst preserving the nutrient and antioxidant properties.

    Afterwards, the beans are dried in large commercial dehydrators at controlled temperatures, before being winnowed into nibs, whereby the skin is removed. The nibs are ground and pressed to create the Cacao Powder and Cacao Butter.

    This process also yields three other by-products - Raw Cacao Nibs, Raw Cacao Beans and Raw Cacao Liquor.

    This highly efficient process allows us to extract the five basic materials we need to create our Loving Earth chocolate, all from a single origin in Peru. By sourcing our cacao products from this one community, we are supporting Satipo’s agricultural industry as well as the development of their indigenous community.

    The Raw Cacao Nibs is then combined with Evaporated Coconut Nectar and Peppermint Oil to create our delicious Mint Luvju.

    Packaging

    Since we wanted to invest all aspects of Luvju with meaning, the packaging we’ve created is based around the classic heart symbol, formed by placing two of our drop-shaped logos together.

    The wrapper is compostable and made using sustainably managed renewable resources such as non-GMO corn and wood cellulose.

    Nutrition Information

    Serving Size 30g

     Per ServePer 100g
    Energy671kJ(160kcal)2400kJ(571kcal)
    Protein2.9g9.6g
    Fat, total10.1g39.9g
    - saturated5.4g23.1g
    Carbohydrate15.2g46.9g
    - sugars8.4g28.0g
    Sodium7mg23mg
       

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