Opening your heart can be a simple experience, it does not have to be elaborate to have a meaningful effect.
Cue scene: An empty house with the exception of your canine kin, the sun casts it balmy glow atop the trees. The filtering light creates scattering golden hour giving you a bit of shade for respite. The simmering pot warms milk with spices, a light dusting of sugar, broken pieces of cacao. The heat melds all the ingredients together to create an “adult” version of hot cocoa. You pour the warm drink into your favorite mug and step back outside. As you sip you take in a moment of silence. Calming your mind, letting the bittersweet brew warm your body.
Some moments pass and the scene ends. Drifting from harmony and back toward the real world feels humbling. This is my cacao ceremony. Harbored between the day to day activities, it is my own ritual of happiness and awakening.
The delicious cacao bounty roots back to Mesoamerica and South America. Cacao alone has a unique bitter taste. When the variety of cacao comes into play, the taste may also be a little nutty, or fruity, even astringent.
Firefly chocolate specializes in ceremonial grade cacao. This refers to the care and consideration to source, harvest, ferment, and dry the bean. This truly is a process that takes time, love, and labor. The company values quality cacao over a rushed product, which I commend them for.
Firefly Chocolate sources their cacao through ethical and local cooperates (source). They have a wide variety of cacao flavor profiles and blends.The one I received is their Tantric Rose Blossom 100% Ceremonial Cacao Drink. Lovely little cacao discs sourced from Tanzania along with Moroccan rose petals that add a subtle floral flavor.
My aim for this cacao was to create a soothing cacao ceremony, to continually cultivate self love.
HEART WARMING CACAO RECIPE FOR TWO:
- 2 cups of oat milk
- 12-15 discs of cacao
- 1 tbsp of vanilla paste or extract
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
a touch of creamer if you want some creaminess
edible flowers for a garnish
warm the oat milk on the stovetop on medium heat, do not let it boil or milk may curdle
add the cacao discs gently and stir
add the vanilla extract or paste, honey and whisk
Whisk until everything is combined
Serve and enjoy!
Today, some use cacao as a liberating ritual. Some are done in a group setting or as a solitary experience. This is called a cacao ceremony.
Cacao holds a special place in my heart – to soothe and to connect. To pause and reflect. Consider this an invitation to create your own cacao ceremony. Thank you to Firefly Chocolate for sponsoring this post and introducing me to the realm of cacao.