Get ready for some of the most glorious chocolate porn you ever did see.
I recently had the pleasure of sampling a number of artisan raw chocolate goodies from Coracao Confections. Coracao Confections was founded in California in 2008 by pastry chefs and raw food enthusiasts Matthew Rogers and Daniel Korson, who set out to create incredibly healthy and delicious chocolate. Their mission is to replace cravings for junk-food chocolate with nutrient-rich, decadent, raw cacao treats. Raw cacao is a highly nutritious food, containing noteworthy amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and “happy brain” chemicals that can uplift ones mood and enhance overall well being.
All of Coracao Confections‘ chocolates are made with raw cacao and contain no dairy, gluten, soy, or corn. Only low-glycemic sweeteners such as coconut sugar are used to sweeten the chocolate. Sweet! In fact, everything that Coracao makes is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free,and low glycemic.
Let’s start with Coracao‘s blondie bars: raw butterscotch-cookie-dough-flavored macaroons dipped in 81% dark chocolate. As you may know, I am quite the raw blondie aficionado—both my cookbooks, Practically Raw and Practically Raw Desserts, contain recipes for raw vegan blondies (in the case of PRD, recipes for multiple varieties!), so I have high blondie standards. I am pleased to report that these shredded-coconut-based blondies passed my blondie taste test with flying colors—they were fantastic! They’re chewy and rich, with just the right buttery, brown-sugar-like flavor notes, and I love that they’re dipped in just enough dark chocolate to complement their vanilla-coconut base.
These are so outstanding, I don’t even have words for them. I think I’ll let the photos do the talking. Behold…
The Caramel Filled Bar: an 81% dark chocolate bar filled with sumptuous cashew and yacon based caramel.
The Kaffir Lime Caramel Filled Bar: an 81% dark chocolate bar filled with decadent caramel that’s been infused with fresh, local kaffir lime leaves.
And their new Rawmond Butter Filled Bar (like a peanut butter cup!): creamy raw almond butter with coconut sugar and Himalayan crystal salt inside an 81% Peruvian dark chocolate bar.
I mean, for real!!
Coracao is absolutely right when they say “This is pure happiness in a box.” It’s a collection of 22 truffles and candies, guaranteed to help you get through a tough work day, make you feel happy, and melt into delicious feelings of sweet love. It automatically comes gift wrapped and is a superb choice for a present.
The box includes Caramel Cups, Raw Fudge Truffles, Mayan Spice Truffle, Raspberry Fudge Truffle, Almond Coconut Dreams, Ginger Saffron Truffle, Hazelnut Mousse Truffles, Espresso Ganache Truffles, Peppermint Patty, Rawmond Butter Cups, Live Almond Heart, and an 81% Dark Chocolate Baby Bar. Items in the box may fluctuate slightly due to availability of certain ingredients, because Coracao‘s focus is always on freshness and seasonality.
I truly can’t say enough good things about Coracao Confections‘ raw vegan chocolate candies. I can’t stop dreaming about the caramel- and almond-butter-filled bars, and I’m carefully guarding the last few precious truffles in my Deluxe Gift Box. I can absolutely see why so many people join Coracao‘s Chocolate of the Month Club!
Now, I know you want to win some of these bad boys!
Before you enter, though, please read the directions carefully! Otherwise, all your entries may be disqualified. For my last giveaway, I had to pick a winner four times, because all of the first three winners did not follow the directions on the mandatory entry by signing up for the company’s mailing list as required. I know it’s easy to get distracted by all these beautiful raw chocolates and enter too hurriedly, but please take care to do the mandatory entry as described below!
First, you’ll need to go to this link and sign up for Coracao Confections’ mailing list.
On the next page, after confirming your e-mail, write “Amber” in the “How did you hear about us?” section on the bottom right.
Then, return here and leave a comment below letting me know you successfully signed up for the mailing list. (Also, don’t forget to mark your entry as completed in the Rafflecopter widget.)
Got it? A bonus of signing up for their newsletter is that you’ll be automatically entered to win a $25 gift certificate to their web store every month!
THREE lucky readers will each win a 3-pack of Coracao Confections‘ filled chocolate bars: 1 Caramel Bar, 1 Kaffir Lime Bar, and 1 Rawmond Butter Bar.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Enter using the widget below.