A few weeks back I was invited to do a chocolate tour at CocoàFair in the Old Biscuit Mill. They are known for their decadent dark chocolates which are my favourite primal treats, so of course I jumped at the opportunity.
I took my Mom along with me and Heinrich kindly took us through his chocolate factory! It was like being a kid again, learning about the chocolate making process from seeing the actual whole cocoa pod and watching the art of chocolate making taking place before my very eyes.
CocoàFair are Africa’s first Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Factory founded on social entrepreneurship, meaning that the profits from the company go back into Cape Town’s communities to support local initiatives.
Their values and ethics as a brand are something I truly admire about them. You know that when you purchase their (very reasonably priced) chocolate, you can feel good about the fact that CocoàFair is putting your money to use by paying fair wages to farmers producing the raw materials, creating employment opportunities, and starting projects driven by social innovation that will benefit the development of communities in South Africa.
When we began the chocolate tasting part of the tour, Heinrich said he would be starting out with the 95% dark chocolate – and I was preparing my taste buds for some major bitterness…
But when that chocolate hit my tongue, I couldn’t believe it – it’s not something I can explain, this chocolate is something you need to go and experience for yourself!
It’s also extremely healthy as far as chocolate goes as it has very little sugar and no other added preservatives. They try and keep their chocolate as pure and simple as possible.
For those who try to avoid sugar all together, they have some 100% cocoa mass, roasted cocoa beans or cocoa nibs for snack time.
I was super chuffed on discovering this little gem of a shop as after Macadamia nuts that pack in a good 76% of fat, cocoa beans come in at 55%. However to benefit from the high fat content (the more fat the better on a primal diet), you really need to be eating as dark a chocolate as possible, which has always been a big challenge for me as I’m not so fond of the bitter taste of the usual 90% dark chocs that I find on the shelves of local supermarkets.
He even has cranberries coated in dark chocolate – no words!!
Take my advice and go experience it for yourself!
This past weekend was our good friend ‘Mr Cereal Killers‘ birthday celebration so I decided to try out a dark chocolate tart that my sister Cara Lee has spoilt me with before. I used 500grams of CocoàFair’s 95% dark chocolate and although I don’t think I got it as good as my sister’s version, it was definitely a party favourite. Even the kids were devouring it!
Wheat-free (super rich & delicious!) dark chocolate tart recipe:
- 500 grams of CocoàFair’s 95% dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of raw honey (you can add a little more if you want it slightly sweeter – taste the final raw mixture to test!)
- 1/2 teaspoon grinded Himalayan crystal salt
- 6 free range eggs
- Cocoa powder
- Use some coconut oil to grease a baking pan around the sides and bottom and dust with a fine layer of cocoa powder.
- Using another glass dish which is slightly bigger than your baking pan, fill it about half way with water.
- Use a layer of tin foil to wrap your baking pan and place it in the water bath and set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 135 degrees celcius.
- Using the double boiler method on the stove, heat all your chocolate and coconut oil together in a deep pot until it’s completely melted.
- Mix in your honey and salt.
- Beat your eggs in one at a time.
- Now carefully pour your mixture into your baking pan.
- Bake in the oven (in your water bath) for about 50 minutes and then remove (from oven and water bath) to cool.
- Once it’s room temperature, put your tart in the fridge for a few more hours to set.
- You can decorate it with some strawberries or raspberries and serve with a big dollop of whipped cream.
It has quite a different texture to what you’re probably used to, very dense and very rich, but absolutely divine!
Enjoy and if you try it, let me know how yours turns out!