Great question! We get this question daily. As you know, cacao comes from a plant. The bean itself is a bit bitter. The cacao bean contains high amounts of theobromine, one of the many healthy substances in chocolate. The beans are roasted then made into a thick paste, or chocolate liquor, and then may be mixed with cocoa butter and sugar to make chocolate.
Typically, the higher percentage of cocoa (or cacao) in chocolate equates to greater health benefits; and the more sugar that is added the lesser the percentage of cacao.
Milk chocolate contains milk solids, which obviously makes it non-vegan and typically has more sugar and a lesser percentage of cocoa.
Next time you go to purchase a chocolate bar, take a look at the ingredient label. The more simple the ingredients the better. We typically recommend five ingredients or less. For the healthiest dark chocolate bar look for cacao solids. cocoa butter, and cane sugar. It may also contain vanilla for flavoring.
Truffles are a little different since they have the creamy ganache center. Typically the ganache is made of cream, butter and sugar. Nicobella truffles use oat milk and/or coconut oil to make our ganache creamy. Then we add wholesome high antioxidant foods such as blueberries, walnuts and sunflower butter to make it even creamier. We use all whole foods, no flavorings or additives, to bring out the true flavors. Finally, our truffles are enrobed in 70% dark organic and Fair Trade chocolate.
Our goal is to start with high antioxidant dark chocolate and make it even healthier by adding whole vegan foods. We want to create something tasty that you can feel good about eating, while also know you are doing good for the planet and our animals.
"Make a list of important things to do today. At the top of your list, put "eat chocolate." Now, you'll get at least one thing done today." - Gina Hayes