{ Paris Vlog } Freddie and the Cacao Factory

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If you’re anything like us, you could eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You don’t, obviously, but you could.

As Linda Grayson once wisely stated, “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”

That’s how we feel, anyway.

But chocolate is not chocolate is not chocolate.

The Skinny on Chocolate

General rules of thumb:

  • Eating quality organic, dark chocolate 70% or higher, (with no soy lecithin) in reasonable portions has nutrients and benefits. But, yes, it also has fat and sugar, so don’t have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Any other “chocolate” should be seen as candy — even if it’s vegan — and treated as such. Candy = an occasional treat.

But even the darkest chocolate remains a roasted — albeit minimally — processed food. The thing with normal chocolate is that it is roasted, meaning it loses most of its superfood qualities, and some of its nutrients and enzymatic properties.

So, the holy grail is raw cacao or raw chocolate.

What is Raw Chocolate?

In the simplest terms, it’s chocolate in its purest, un-roasted form. Raw chocolate is made by grinding the raw cacao beans and never heating them above 42 degrees celsius (the temperature you’re not to surpass when preparing raw food.) This gentle preparation reveals the cacao’s beauty, strength and magical subtleties.

And there’s a reason why cacao, a.k.a. Theobromine, translates to “food of the gods.”

A Few Health Benefits of Raw Cacao

  • The highest plant-based source of iron.
  • Packed with Magnesium (good for your heart and brain) and Calcium (good for bones and teeth, plus nerve function and a slew of other things.)
  • Between 20 and 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries. (Seriously. Read more here.)
  • Plus, raw cacao is mood boosting, energizing, it can improve memory, reduce heart disease, boost immunity,  and can help you lose some lbs.
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“So where can I get this miracle food?”

So glad you asked.

Well, if you’re in Paris, you’re in for a treat because there’s a magical chocolate factory.

(And if you’re elsewhere, you can order online!)

Rrraw Cacao Factory

Frédéric Marr, creator of Rrraw Cacao Factory is a chocolate visionary. Passionate about cacao, but equally about food and nutrition, Frédéric has been working diligently for years to bring the healthiest, purest artisanal chocolate to life. His creations are organic, made in Paris, gluten-free, and vegan. (Note: There are two truffles that have ghee or honey/pollen in them, so if you’re lookin’ to keep it kindly, avoid those, but all the rest are 100% vegan and 100% delish.)

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Ann & Chloe and the Cacao Factory!

We recently made a visit to Fred’s cacao factory to show you where the magic happens (and also, let’s be honest, to drink and eat chocolate all afternoon.) We fell in love with Fred’s new hot chocolate, as you’ll see in the video. It’s thick and rich, and the flavors linger on your tongue as you taste all the notes and undertones that fine chocolate provides. So let’s dig in, shall we?

{English speakers — make sure to activate the subtitles by clicking on the CC in the lower right corner of the video.}

And on the note of being a “friend with chocolate”….

Holy Cacao, It’s the Perfect Gift!

Without a doubt, fine, raw, artisanal chocolate is one of the best gifts in our opinion. Fred has put together some divine gift boxes just for the holidays, so make sure to grab some before he runs out.

Also, we’re so excited about his new collaboration with Alban Muller. This organic chocolate mousse face mask is what we want for Christmas…

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And guess what?

Use the code: “VEGGIEMAGNIFIQUE” at check-out to get 10% off your purchase at Rrraw. Mmmmm.

 

Visit the Rrraw Cacao Factory in Paris!

  • Monday – Friday 12pm – 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 2pm – 8pm

8, rue de Mulhouse (cross street Jeûneurs) 75002 Paris
Tel: 01 45 08 84 04

 

Did you enjoy this chocolatey visit? Let us know in the comments below. Also, let us know if there’s another place you’d like us to check out in Paris, and we’ll get to it!

Merry chocolate-ing,

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P.S. These chocolate covered cacao beans are our favorite.

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