I bet you never guessed there were so many different types of hot chocolate – let alone types of dairy-free hot chocolate. CaCoCo Superfood Drinking Chocolate is yet another nourishing and satisfying delight that can be enjoyed a multitude of ways.
Like the other dairy-free “drinking chocolates” I’ve come across, CaCoCo retains the cacao butter for creaminess (it is usually processed out in hot cocoa) and can reportedly be enjoyed hot or cold (but for me, this rich decadence still beckons most when the temperatures drop). But unlike the other brands, CaCoCo is a coarsely ground treat that is amazing sprinkled over desserts – like dairy-free coconut milk ice cream, a warm custard, or even a thick smoothie.
CaCoCo is also much more than ground dairy-free chocolate. It is made with un-roasted, raw cacao, the beans are sources via Direct Trade from a farm supplier in Ecuador, and it comes in three completely unique flavors:
Original CaCoCo Superfood Drinking Chocolate
As my first foray into CaCoCo, I was shocked by the serving size – just ¼ cup of hot water to create a truly rich drinking chocolate experience. It’s a sipper indeed, but surprisingly not that high in calories, quite low in sugars, and if you’re in the mood for something lighter, just add more water or dairy-free milk alternative.
The rustic, yet decadent, spicy sweetness really shines through in the Original CaCoCo for a heightened beverage that is packed with unique flavors – all playing nicely off of one another. Though it looked like simple ground chocolate, there is a complex layering of raw ingredients, including carob, mesquite, lucuma, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne.
Essential Midnight CaCoCo Superfood Drinking Chocolate
The most simplistic of the CaCoCo bunch, this is simply a pure, deep 80% dark, lightly sweetened with coconut crystal nectar and no other spices or flavor additions. The taste is bold and dark, but not overly so, with a pleasant, rich, grown-up semi-sweet taste.
Global Warrior CaCoCo Superfood Drinking Chocolate
(described as dark, bitter-sweet, medicinal, energizing, raw chocolate) – This CaCoCo drinking chocolate is the lowest in sugar (just 1 gram), fat (3 grams) and calories (39!) per serving – though I could easily enjoy a double or triple batch! It’s also the most unique, in my opinion. The raw cacao is infused with maca, mesquite, wildcrafted shilajit, turmeric, cardamom, orange peel, and a touch of stevia (for balance). Somehow it bridges tasty, alluring and medicinal all in one delicious semi-sweet sip.
Price: $18.99 per 8-ounce bag
Certifications: Note that CaCoCo Superfood Drinking Chocolate is made with all organic ingredients and they source their cacao via “Direct Trade” but they are a small company and haven’t paid for certifications at last check.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, CaCoCo Superfood Drinking Chocolate is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the CaCoCo website at www.coracaoconfections.com/pages/cacoco-home.