Choc through the heart. And ChocoVivo’s to blame.
Darling, it gives loving plain old cocoa a bad name.
Fair trade organic nibs (the product of sun-dried beans carefully handpicked on a family owned plantation in Tabasco, Mexico), along with whole ingredients — goji berries, chiles, chamomile buds, cinnamon sticks — and a touch of unrefined cane sugar, morph into chocolate sheets the 2,000-year-old Mayan way (hand-ground between two lava stones), eventually taking shape as a rustic bar or powder.
Savor by the piece, checking off complex flavors as you go. Or whip up a drink: Warm a few ounces with milk, soy, water, or whatever liquid you fancy and get toasty (no one said you couldn’t spike it); add cold milk to hot chocolate and stick it in the freezer for a summertime slushie.
One sip and you’ll be singing its praises.
Available at Andrew’s Cheese Shop, 728 Montana Avenue, at Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica (310-393-3308); Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Playa Vista Farmers Market, Seabluff Drive, at Pacific Promenade. For more information, go to ilivechocolate.com.