We are proud to support the amazing Stephen Petronio Company as they celebrate with an Opening Night Gala on Tuesday, March 6th at the Joyce Theater in NYC!!! From the artwork of Fernando Elvira that graces our labels, to our support of myriad artisans and performers, and our fierce commitment to handcrafted chocolate – Raw Shakti is dedicated to empowerment through creative energy.
Raw Shakti is proud to announce 100 retail locations!!! Congratulations to Nostalgique Antiques for being number 100!
Check out this video clip in which Dr. Oz touts coconut palm sugar as the “best new sugar alternative“. All six varieties of Raw Shakti Chocolate are sweetened with coconut palm sugar!!!!
At Raw Shakti we are always excited to follow the latest health research regarding chocolate. Each week we receive a steady feed of articles but occasionally certain research particularly sparks our interest. Recently the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed a study that found a decrease in insulin resistance following cocoa consumption – this turns traditional thinking about chocolate and blood sugar upside down! A fantastic article titled, “Chocolate: Candy or Cutting-Edge Medicine?” on GreenHealthInfo.com links to this research and to more than 70 potential health benefits associated with regular chocolate consumption. We appreciate the author’s attention to chocolate that is both good for people and the environment; he warns chocolate consumers of child enslavement related to cocoa production and the physiological pitfalls of non-organic cocoa. We’re proud to offer chocolate that is produced in accordance with fair trade practices and organic agricultural practices … cheers to your health!
This article provides a brief overview of cacao trees – where they are grown and the best growing conditions.
For our chocolate, we use raw, organic cacao nibs of the Bali Criollo variety purchased from Big Tree Farms in Bali. Our nibs are grown in a mountainous area on volcanic soil, unfermented and dried under the cleanest conditions and are obtained from crushing cacao beans after they have been dried.
For our Single Origin Ecuador bar, we use raw, organic cacao paste of the Arriba Nacional variety, purchased from small-scale growers at Pacari Farms, located in the Esmeraldas region of Ecuador. This cacao is shade-grown, which means it is grown under a canopy of rainforest trees and other plants. Shade-grown cacao is far more resistant to disease and helps to enhance biodiversity.
BigTree Farms in Bali presents the worlds only true raw cacao Butter and powder. Presented by Ben Ripple organic Farmer and founder of Big Tree Farms.
An article on the benefits of coconut palm sugar.
We use coconut palm sugar as our sweetener because it is one of the lowest glycemic sweeteners. This makes our bars diabetic-friendly, in addition to being vegan and gluten-free.