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Cacao's Energy-Boosting, Health-Enhancing Abilities
"...oomph that a perfect bite of chocolate provides, raw cacao is being increasingly consumed as a nutrient. Cacao's energy-boosting,..."

Feb. 12, 2008 Postmarks

Ecuadorian Family Makes Cedar Park a Chocolate Mecca
100% cacao bars and cognac bonbons are just the beginning
"...Isabel Galarza are strengthening the connection between their family's cacao plantation in Ecuador and their Cedar Park chocolate shop,..."

Feb. 14, 2020 Food Feature by Jessi Cape

For the Love of Chocolate
The taste, the look, the feel of an obsession
"...chocolate. European makers have traditionally blended different varieties of cacao from various parts of the world to produce their..."

Feb. 11, 2005 Food Feature by Claudia Alarcón

Austin's Own Bean-to-Bar Chocolates
Kiskadee's labor-intensive process yields distinctive product
"...craft chocolate, the maker must start with the raw cacao beans and take them all the way to the..."

May 2, 2014 Food Feature by Kate Thornberry

Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao
"...Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao..."

March 9, 2007 Food Review by Claudia Alarcón

Cookbook Reviews
"...Taste of Chocolate: A Cultural & Natural History of Cacao With Recipesby Maricel E. Presilla..."

July 5, 2002 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

New Products From Cocoa Puro
Do yourself a favor and visit Tom Pedersen's booth at the Downtown Farmers' Market
"...I became an official cacao nerd after a visit to the Cacao Coast of..."

Aug. 12, 2011 Food Feature by Claudia Alarcón

Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods: The Sacred Realm of Chocolate in Mesoamerica
Exploring cacao's powerful role and significance in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica
"...Simon Martin, and others – for her research of cacao in ancient Mesoamerican cultures. So I was ecstatic to..."

May 29, 2009 Food Feature by Claudia Alarcón

Boycott the Pumpkin Spice Latte With Alternative Spices
Five types of non-pumpkin autumnal beverages around town
" the Olmec, the earliest known civilization in Mesoamerica. Cacao nibs were ground into a paste and mixed with..."

Sept. 27, 2019 Food Feature by Lina Fisher

Raising the Bar
Local brand takes chocolate-making SRSLY
" "low and slow," he says, roasting the fermented cacao beans he receives from the CONACADO cooperative in the..."

Feb. 13, 2015 Food Feature by Amira Jensen

Cocowhip Frozen Dessert Comes to Austin
Local women bring us Australia’s favorite healthy treat
"...always on tap, but alongside the classic might be Cacao Bliss, Super Berry, Minty Matcha, or African Mango and..."

April 10, 2018 Food Post by Alisha McDarris

Free Chocolate!
Kiskadee Chocolates pop-up at Froyoyo
" take chocolate all the way from the unroasted cacao bean to the finished product. Sometimes called “bean-to-bar” chocolate,..."

April 15, 2014 Food Post by Kate Thornberry

Rising Stars of Chocolate Bars
Meet Austin's newest chocolate artisans, Crave Artisan Chocolate and the Chocolate Makers Studio
"...relatively sparse. Tom Pedersen's Kakawa Cocoa Beans – roasted cacao beans covered in white, milk, and dark chocolate and..."

Nov. 29, 2013 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Cake balls appear in Austin, finally, and sincere condolences to the family of Matt Martinez Jr.
"...I've seen in a while has to be Holy Cacao (1207 S. First, 851-CAKE,, the logo painted on..."

April 3, 2009 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Elemental Chocolates
"...villages where they still consume the traditional, stone-ground, natural cacao beans. This isn't the heavily processed and sweetened glossy..."

Feb. 8, 2008 Food Feature by Mick Vann

Soothe Your Stress With These Five Decadent CBD Brands
More than just tinctures
"...and Zucchini Kill Bakery), these chocolates feature unroasted (raw) cacao that is 100% wild-harvested heirloom Arriba from Ecuador. (Lulu's..."

Nov. 29, 2019 Food Feature by Jessi Cape

Farmers’ Market Report: Oct. 26-27, 2013
Sweet peppers, butternut squash, lettuce, apples, and bacon
"...a new chocolatier: Kiskadee Chocolates. Using only organic, fair-trade cacao, Laura Atlas makes brewing cocoa, bean-to-bar brownies, bean-to-bonbon truffles,..."

Oct. 25, 2013 Food Post by Kate Thornberry

Hot Chocolate for Cool Weather
Homemade hot chocolate mix will warm up your day
"...gonna be the kind of spoon-standing, ultra rich 80% cacao cup of melted chocolate lusciousness like you get at..."

Oct. 26, 2012 Food Post by Mick Vann

Growing Tasty Tropical Plants: In Any Home, Anywhere.
Does the avid gardener in your life know how to care for Australian finger limes or Buddha's hand citrons?
"...really strange offerings like dragon fruit, coffee, and even cacao, miracle fruit, and black pepper. It includes a few..."

Nov. 26, 2010 Food Feature by Claudia Alarcón

Austin foodies welcome a new KOOP show, a new specialty spice shop, and a new Food Code ordinance
" of the first Gypsy Picnic Food Trailer Cook-off: Holy Cacao's Frozen Hot Chocolate (Greatest Gulp) Torchy's Tacos' Green Chile Pork..."

Nov. 12, 2010 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Event Menu
Iconic local restaurant closes, farmers' market relocates, fundraising party for Barr, and two Austin sweet spots get some screen time
"...Monday with cake balls and cake shakes from Holy Cacao and continues this week with a visit to Big..."

July 16, 2010 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Top 9 Sweet Bites of 2009*
Cacao and cake balls and pie, oh my!
"...2) KAKAWA'S CARAMELIZED CACAO NIBS The toasted sugar and dark chocolate crunch of..."

Jan. 1, 2010 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Hot chocolate, indoor turkey frying, and more for the holidays
"...the Austin Farmers' Market Downtown, as well as the Cacao Blanxart traditional Spanish hot chocolate powder received from my..."

Dec. 25, 2009 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Another successful Eat Local Week, and foodie news about town
" red velvet, peppermint, chocolate mint, and gingerbread. Holy Cacao (1311 S. First, 851-2253, offers 12 holiday flavors..."

Dec. 18, 2009 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Dining options in Austin's far-flung suburbs are definitely improving
"...wrote about the cake balls on sticks at Holy Cacao (1207 S. First, 851-CAKE, a couple of weeks..."

April 24, 2009 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

New Cocoa Puro Products in My Kitchen
Virginia trys out new products from the local Cocoa Puro line and describes the delicious results.
"...lamb ribs to savor the rich flavors of ground cacao, coffee, dried porcini mushrooms and other spices as a..."

Jan. 26, 2009 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

Chocolate Renaissance
The Food staff recommends local and online chocolate retailers for Valentine's Day
"'s riches. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadores introduced cacao beans to Europe as one of the exotic foodstuffs..."

Feb. 8, 2008 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Holiday Cookbook Roundup
Gift Guide
"...pie-makers alike. Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes: From the Cacao Pod to Cookies, Desserts, and Savory Dishesby Caroline Jeremy..."

Dec. 14, 2007 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Hippo Snouts and Hyena Eyeballs
Through the years, Mick Vann explains, just about every edible thing imaginable, and some stuff even the most jaded imagination can barely contemplate, has been used to gird the loins of the hapless horny male. Remember: It's almost always the guys who feel the need to produce seed.
"...gobbling onions through the course of his lovemaking. The cacao bean harvest for the Aztecs created orgiastic rituals that..."

Aug. 11, 2000 Food Feature by Mick Vann

Food Editor Jessi Cape's Top 10 Austin Bites
Conscious craving has always been
"...handmade truffles (salted caramel; vanilla chai) and bark (cinnamon cacao) are a perfect way to end any meal...."

Dec. 20, 2019 Food Feature by Jessi Cape

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