Cacao is a sacred tree originating from the Amazonian jungle. Cacao has a rich tradition of ceremonial use all of Central and South America.
I have been working with Cacao as a sacred plant medicine for about two years now, and the deeper I go with her the more I realize the potential she holds for healing the greater collective.
Magic brought me together with a teacher named Sena Maria and she guided me in crafting a sacred relationship with the Cacao Spirit.
Sena also connected me with Firefly Chocolate, an amazing source of high quality, ethically produced cacao from small sustainable farms in Tanzania, Ecuador, Belize and Guatemala.
My world changed when I started working with Firefly’s Cacao.
It was another level of intentional, I could literally smell the magic coming from my cup.
Again, and again with the Firefly Cacao, I experienced deeper levels of myself, and I am eternally grateful for the magic they are producing.
One of the biggest lessons that has come through my work with Cacao and other Plant teachers is the you must Respect the Energy.
because sometimes a little can go a long way..
So rather than always making a tiny cup, or worrying about not drinking the whole thing.. I started playing around with making my own Chocolate bites/bark so I can take small doses throughout the day while I am working with the plant energy.
Why not just snack on the perfect Firefly Cacao disks?
Well I do that too. But there is something magical about preparing the cacao yourself before you work with it. It’s like I get to bring my intention INTO the finished product.
So.. I know you want my recipe for making this Ceremonial Chocolate.. because it’s magic.
And because I love you.. I’m also gonna give you the link to Firefly..
Click here to get your own Ceremonial Cacao!
(And use code ‘themindsetwitch to get 5% off <3 )
CEREMONIAL CACAO CHOCOLATE BARK
2oz of Firefly Ceremonial Cacao (about 40 disks)
2 tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon of Local Honey (or sweetener of choice)
Spice to taste*
1/4 teaspoon large grain sea salt (plus extra for sprinkling)
* In the recipe I say spice to taste, I use cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and ginger, and I allow my intuition to guide me, and honestly have no idea how much I put in.
***Also.. If you are using store bought cacao or cocoa powder you will need to include significantly more coconut oil or even better use Cacao Butter.. (and then these would not be ceremonial chocolates.. because of the initial processing)
Place Cacao, Coconut oil, Spices, Honey and Salt in a double-boiler, or a heat safe bowl over a boiling pot.
Stir with spatula or whisk until fully incorporated
As you stir the mixture feel into an intention that you want to infuse your ceremonial cacao with. As you stir, visualize that intention filling the dark cacao.
When Cacao, oil and spices are fully melted together, carefully remove from heat.
On a lined baking sheet (that fits in the freezer), pour the entire mixture as evenly as possible.
After allowing the Cacao to cool for 2-3 minutes, sprinkle salt crystals on to the top of the Cacao.
Slide gently into the freezer (as flat as possible) and allow to freeze for 10-15 minutes.
Break into small pieces and enjoy before a ritual, taking a moment to honor the intention you set when you crafted the Chocolate, and any other intentions that come through in the moment.
Store in the freezer or fridge in an airtight container.
FYI - This does not make Sweet chocolate.. I suggest tasting the melted cacao to see if you need more sweetener.. Less is more I believe
I hope you enjoy! Let me know how it goes :)