Dark chocolate, like Winans Mesocacao chocolate, is a healthy indulgence you can include in your New Year’s Resolutions to be healthier in 2016.
Mesocacao is a single origin (bean to bar) chocolate line that Winans uses to make delicious chocolate bars. Our very own Joe Reiser has visited the cacao farms in Honduras and Nicaragua to help with the process of transforming raw cacao into chocolate.
Cacao has many health benefits and the best way to get a high dose of cacao is to try our Mesocacao chocolates. These lovely chocolate bars, molded with an intricate, geometric cocoa pod design, have the highest cacao content of all the chocolate Winans offers. Mesocacao bars are a great way to experience chocolate in its purest form. Joe Reiser, Winans owner, has a personal relationship with the cacao farmers and helped produce the first batch of this unique chocolate in Honduras. Nothing extra like preservatives, lecithin or additional sweeteners are added to the chocolate before they reach your palette.
The taste of the Mesocacao chocolate is fantastic with a wonderful texture and consistency. The Honduran chocolate is fruity with notes of dates and cranberries while the Nicaraguan chocolate has more of a nutty taste, reminiscent of a French roast.
In case you need more encouragement, these are just some of the benefits of cacao:
- Improves weight loss: cacao can help stabilize your blood sugar, increase metabolism, control your appetite and reduce cravings.
- Improves mood: cacao increase the amount of time anandamide, nicknamed “the bliss molecule” stays in the body. Dark chocolate also decreases the production of stress hormones in the body.
- Contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Cacao is rich in zinc and copper, both key minerals for our immune system, as well as including flavonoids, which help prevent LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) from building up in the arteries.
- Improves cardiac response: cacao has theobromine and theophylline which increase the efficiency of heart muscle, can reduce blood pressure, and has both anti-inflammatory and anti-asthmatic compounds.
- Improves brain function: cacao contains the antioxidants known as flavonols, which increase blood flow to the brain. Cacao also has high levels of sulfur and magnesium, which help us remain focused and alert.
Learn more about Winans Mesocacao line of chocolates by reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Hands on Our New Mesocacao Chocolate Line!
Wishing you a safe and healthy, happy new year with Winans Chocolates & Coffees!
The information presented in this blog is offered for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as personal medical advice. This information is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.
#1 Bean to Bar
Traditionally chocolate manufacturers are unable to trace back the origin of the cacao to produce chocolate to send to companies to use for various reasons. These manufacturers are usually multinational corporations with little regard to the process of how cacao beans get to their buildings. Currently Winans buys from such a provider. However, with Mesocacao we are able to trace back the chocolate to the exact farm where it came from. The phrase “Bean to Bar” is a phrase that means the process of getting cacao beans to chocolate manufacturing locations to make dark and milk chocolate to send it out and have it used in the production of chocolate bars. With this chocolate we are not only making chocolate bars but have already experimented on our own specialty pieces such as peanut butter delights and sea salt caramels, they are available in the stores now!
#2 We Know the Farmers!
Joe Rieser, one of the co-owners of Winans has been part of the Mesocacao process. He has been to Central America, in Honduras and Nicaragua, to visit the farms and actually get in on the process of cutting, fermentation, drying and transforming cacao into chocolate. He got to know the farmers of the area and got a sense of their culture, to bring back into the chocolate and coffee business. Mesocacao is proud to call Joe Rieser one of their partners in helping Central America rebuild cacao production and boost the economy. The Mesocacao team creates direct trade relationships with small farmers ensuring they are properly compensated for planting and harvesting the highest quality product. The facility that was built to produce this chocolate only uses cacao and cane sugar, which is all from farms only a few hundred miles from the facility. Local, fresh and trustworthy, kind of like Winans!
#3 This Chocolate is Pure and You Can Taste It!
Because of the lack of pesticides, preservatives, added sweeteners and extra processing we can truly call this chocolate pure. The taste is phenomenal and it has a wonderful texture and consistency. The Honduran chocolate is full of fruit notes such as dates and cranberries which makes it delicious to pair with nuts or to just eat by itself! The Nicaraguan chocolate has a bit of a different flavor profile. The chocolate has more of a nutty taste has characteristics of a French roast. It pairs well with coffee and grains. Let’s face it; this chocolate is just flat out fantastic and the moment you taste it, we truly believe you will agree. The chocolate also tastes better when you can feel good about it! You know where it came from and how it was made with integrity and passion for the industry, which is important nowadays.
#4 Our Pricing is Competitive
Mesocacao’s streamlined production allows Winans to buy from them at such a low cost compared to other single origin chocolate producers in Europe and North America. We buy at 30% to 50% less than what others do, making it cheaper for the customers as well. The cost savings come from the absence of pesticides, preservatives, added sweeteners and extra processing, which were mentioned previously.
#5 We, As a Company, are Excited to Offer You a Product Like This
It is rare that companies can offer their customers products that they can endorse with 100% honesty and support. (It helps that it is delicious!) Each employee will read up on Mesocacao and each employee will literally know the entire process of Mesocacao chocolate. That is rare for a company to be able to say about their products. At this time it would be difficult to convert all of our chocolate products to Mesocacao simply because they do not have the capacity yet. Mesocacao is still a growing entity in the industry and so is the region that the chocolate comes from. We hope that someday this will be possible. But for now, as a Winans customer, participating in the delicious partaking of Mesocacao chocolate will aid the growth in Central America and the growth of Winans!
You can find even more information by going to www.Mesocacao.com. There you will find pictures and even more background on the production of single-origin chocolate.