Love Chocolates (with a secret sexy ingredient)
Well I must be honest, these chocolates just kind of came about recently when I was making chocolates for Valentine's Day, you see...
I originally started off with the intention to make heart-shaped chocolates in moulds and with goji berries and coconut milk but after attempting to make these twice (one batch melted on the front seat of my car after I got back from an appointment) and the other batch got devoured by my chocoholic husband!
The thing I was never happy about with the first 2 batches is how soft they were and no matter how cold they were they were still always soft!
After speaking to my friend Gemma from Totally Nuts (she makes the most amazing raw chocolate by the way!) we got to chatting and I asked her, "what do you do with your chocolates to get them hard like this"? (oh gosh this blog is sounding kind of suggestive isn't it?) ha ha
She told me what she puts in hers and there was no mention of coconut milk so I knew coconut milk was the culprit making my chocolates soft! (there we go again with the sexual innuendos again whoops).
So after hearing this I was ready to try again but leave out my friend old mate coconut milk...
After going through all the recipe steps I poured the liquid chocolate into the heart moulds and then into the fridge, feeling confident these would work out this time around and I was happy to find that they did! Winning! :)
As I ran the base of the moulds under hot water and turned it over to remove them, they popped out with ease!
So seeing that they turned out so well I thought I'd share them with you.
What I did realise (remember) through this third attempt was an ingredient that's renowned for helping "between the sheets" and has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine and it really makes a "sexy" edition to these chocolates and I think it has taken my original Love Chocolate recipe to the next level!
What is this bewildering ingredient I can hear you say?
It's none other than Organic Cordyceps Sinensis. Yeah but what is Cordyceps and what makes it qualify to get in bed with me?
Well nobody really goes to bed with a medicinal mushroom but you can take this supplement (or have it in my love choccies take your pick). This medicinal mushroom (technically a parasitic fungus/mushroom that grows on a caterpillar that lives in the ground) has been touted to have some pretty epic effects when it comes to one's sex life. Such as:
- Aphrodisiac for women because of it's Chi-balancing potential
- Cordyceps is considered to be a potent sexual tonic in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)It's been useful for thousands of years in helping men with erectile dysfunction and to help with erections
- It is meant to help reverse sexual dysfunction in women also!
- Can be helpful in increasing blood circulation (including genitals of both male and female) thus helping increase sensation and making sex more pleasurable
- Cordyceps is very popular amongst athletes for assisting with energy, stamina and endurance so imagine what it could do for you in the bedroom?
Ok so now that I've given you the low-down on what Cordyceps is and why I added it to my 'Love Chocolates' I can get to the best part... the Recipe of course! (well, I don't know about you but I'm feeling a little hot and sweaty after reading about all these sexy potent-ial benefits so just give me a moment to gather myself up...
OK, I am good.
Here is the recipe!
- 250g Cacao Butter
- 1/4 cup Real Maple syrup
- 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 4 capsules Perfect Organic Cordyceps capsules
- 1/2 tsp maca powder (great for balancing hormones)
- Activated/roasted or raw almonds (small handful)
- Small handful of cranberries
- Chop up you cacao butter into small bite-sized bits
- In a medium sauce pan get about 1/3 water boiling then place a glass Pyrex bowl on top
- Add the chopped cacao butter and using a whisk, continually stir until fully melted
- When the cacao butter is completely melted add in the maple syrup and give a good whisk until fully dissolved
- Add in the cacao powder and whisk again, then the maca a sprinkle of cinnamon
- Pull apart the Cordyceps capsules and tip in the contents of the caps into the chocolate. Give another good whisk
- Pour the warm chocolate into the choccie moulds but be sure to not fill completely so you have room for your almond or cranberries
- I added just 1 almond and then in a separate batch I did the cranberries (just 1-2 is enough but go for it if you like more!
- Put the mould tray onto a plate or brownie tin and pop into the fridge for a few hours
- When hard, simply run the base of the mould under hot water for a few seconds and then the chocolates should pop out very easily!
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge as they will melt
- Repeat the process from step #7
How fun was that? I hope you enjoyed today's blog and more importantly.. you make these! I feel sooooo good when I eat these and I don't know if it's a placebo effect or it is the Cordyceps workin' it's magic but whatever it is, I am there!
If you did enjoy the blog or make/made the recipe be sure to let me know in the comments section below. I love to hear from my tribe.