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Coracao Confections Valentine’s Goodies

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I can imagine that happiness looks something like getting chocolate delivered to your door. Am I wrong? I know Valentine’s Day is getting super close, but it’s never too late (or too early depending on when you read this) to start shopping for that special someone. Who did I buy these for you may ask? To be honest I bought a few different varieties for myself and as gift options to have on hand. Luckily, I had these just in time for my mom’s birthday and she helped me out in reviewing them! Find out what I thought of these treats from Coracao Confections, and afterwards order some (and scroll down for a 15% OFF promo code) from their online store today. Trust me on this one! Continue reading

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My mom really likes peppermint patties, so I gave her the one from Coracao to try. It’s the one on the bottom left if you were wondering! She said it was a million times better than any “generic” peppermint patty brands that you find in most stores. There was a hint of coconut along with the mint that really complimented the rich chocolate flavor nicely.

The Crangerine Truffle on the bottom right(a holiday/seasonal variety) had a sweet, cranberry orange taste that went surprisingly fantastic with the dark chocolate. The taste was very smooth, yet almost airy when you bite into it. I think this was a splendid holiday treat that I will wish was sold all-year round!

IMG_8099Next, the Chai Spice Truffle (top left), which had a similar lightness with cacao and the traditional spices you find in chai. Now, normally I don’t care for chai with chocolate, but this was a nice surprise. I really like the fact that these truffles aren’t overly sweet and they are made with only high-quality ingredients. The flavors really speak for themselves.

Ok, a bit of a warning on this one (bottom right). If you don’t like coffee or espresso, you probably won’t be a big fan of this one. But if you are like me and really like the coffee-chocolate combo (and I mean good-quality coffee and chocolate) then this Espresso Ganache truffle is definitely for you. What a powerful coffee flavor in such a little morsel. This may be a little more espresso than coffee in terms of flavor, but it still retains the same richness of the other chocolates.

IMG_8133The After Dark Truffle (bottom left) is one of my favorites. It has a true, dark chocolate flavor and a mousse filling along with many of the other truffles. If you or someone you know loves only the darkest chocolates, this is the one to try first for sure!

Also, the Almond Coconut Dream (top left) which tastes like a Mounds bar in truffle form! From what I can remember at least, although I think this is even better. The inside is soft and chewy, with a strong hit of coconut and actual flakes. This tastes how a candy bar should!

Last but not least of the truffles, the Almond Butter Bon Bon (top, second to left). This had a filling that oozed right out of the truffle as I bit into it. I could definitely taste the maca powder in here as well as the coconut sugar that gave it note of a toffee. I didn’t love this one compared to the other flavors, but if you like almond butter and cocoa together this might be right up your alley!

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I couldn’t wait to try the Blondie Bar! It looks like a chocolate-dipped cookie and has a faint coconut and chocolate smell. The taste? Like a chewy coconut and vanilla cookie with a nice surprise. It’s advertised as a butterscotch cookie dough flavored macaroon dipped in 81% dark chocolate. Though the chocolate is really dark, the sweetness of the cookie helps to balance it out. After a couple bites, the bar really did taste like a sweet and buttery cookie. This bar is actually a pretty decent size, and you could even split it with someone special if you like.

IMG_8149Did someone say bacon? Relax, it’s coconut bacon! This make an excellent addition to your salads, sandwiches, and both sweet and savory dishes as an added topping. Or, you can just eat it out of the bag by the handful. No judging here! This would also make a great gift to bacon-lovers (omnivores and plant-eaters alike) or for someone who prefers savory treats to sweet ones! Just to be on the safe side, you can even get them one pack of coconut bacon and some truffles to see which they prefer.

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I’ve been eyeing the other Coracao spreads, since trying their fantastic Salted Almond Caramel one that I tried in a smoothie recipe here. This particular spread is an almond butter with cacao nibs inside, and it has a nice nutty but surprisingly decadent taste from the nibs. It’s not overly sweet, and thanks to the coconut sugar, and maca this has a slight caramel-taste that makes it a wonderful treat even simply on a spoon. Oh, and if you are looking for a pick-me-up, this smoothie is truly worth trying, especially since it has some Coracao in it!

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I thought this small box set was the perfect gift for my mom and I think she agreed! This one comes with everything from a Caramel Cup to a Raspberry Fudge Truffle. Now, I’m not going to go too in-depth with this one, but some of the favorites were the Hazelnut Mousse Truffle and the Berkley Bar, which is Coracao’s take on the classic Snickers® bar. A gift set like this is great because there is one truffle per flavor so the recipient of your gift gets to try them all! Also, this comes pre-packaged in a cute box with a bow tied around it, so you can have it shipped right to their door.

IMG_5889As part of this post, I also decided to do a special GIVEAWAY just in time for Valentine’s Day! Coracao Confections was incredibly generous to send me not one, but TWO Valentine’s Gift Boxes and some of their Love Potion Hot Cocoa. These items are both full of high-quality chocolate and ingredients like maca, rose oil and vanilla that are perfect for any romantic gift. In fact, the hot cocoa is infused with 18 roses so it’s definitely great for special occasions!

IMG_5847As you can see, this is a super fancy gift box that you or someone else is sure to love. The box contains a Berry Caramel Heart, Raw Fudge Truffle, Goji & Almond Heart,  whipped cashew butter Caramel Cup and a Rose Truffle. Can you imagine how good they all taste?! To enter, just follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter giveaway below. The winner will be announced Wednesday, good luck to everyone! For anyone who doesn’t want to wait for the giveaway winner to be announced, you can order from Coracao Confections directly and get 15% off your entire order with the code “hungry vegan” at checkout! This code is only good until Valentine’s Day, so I would definitely take full advantage of it while you can.

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Chocolate Love Potion Shake

Chocolate Love Potion Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comLove is in the air. You know, if you believe in that sort of thing around Valentine’s Day. Truth is, I really just use February as an excuse to eat more chocolate and heart-shaped foods. However, that doesn’t mean that healthy options can’t be made along the way! I came up with this Chocolate Love Potion Shake using a few of my February Favorites, which include products from Coracao Confections, Righteously Raw, and Growing Naturals. These products all combine to form a truly incredible combo, but you can easily make substitutions if you don’t have them all. Luckily, I will be announcing a giveaway with one of these companies tomorrow that you’ll definitely want to take full advantage of. Plus, another giveaway will be coming to this blog for some more products featured in this recipe in the next week. Stay tuned for those, and keep reading for this spellbinding shake recipe! Continue reading

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I found myself with a few extra bite-sized pieces of raw chocolate after my very recent review of Righteously Raw (you can still get 15% off by the way with the code “AHV15″ at checkout on their site. I added a square of their Rose chocolate, which is flavored with things like raspberries, maqui powder, cacao and rose hips. It has a fruity and chocolatey flavor that’s nicely sweet all on its own. As usual, I totally understand that you might not have these exact ingredients on hand but you can easily use a piece of your favorite dark chocolate bar. Just try to use one that is organic and of higher quality, though it will make just a bit of difference in the smoothie overall when you blend it everything up. I figure if you’re gonna have chocolate, you and I deserve only the best!

Chocolate Love Potion Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comSomething that really makes this smoothie over-the-top is this Cora Quick “Love Potion” Hot Cocoa mix.  I still have yet to use it in an actual cup of hot cocoa, but I have a strong feeling it will be just as good! This mix is flavored with cacao powder, maca, cardamom, rose oil, vanilla and pink salt. Just as a hint, I will be doing a giveaway with this stuff (and some other products soon) plus a review of a ton of the treats made by Coracao Confections. However, if you just can’t wait you can always pick yourself up a container of Love Potion Hot Cocoa Mix right now!

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Last but not least, the ingredient that adds plenty of sweetness, protein, and a great dairy-free and low-fat base for this smoothie…the Creamy Vanilla Rice Drink made by Growing Naturals. I’ll have a review (and pst…a giveaway too) up on the blog tomorrow where you can win your choice of plant-based protein and other products from this company. You can always add your favorite plant-based protein (preferably vanilla), however I think the Rice Drink adds a smooth consistency that isn’t too thick as many proteins might be. Stay tuned for that post, but in the meantime if you don’t have any Rice Drink powder try and sub about half a scoop of protein and some non-dairy milk for the same amount of liquid. Or you can forgo the protein and add something like hemp seeds or nuts to get that creamy flavor and protein power.

Chocolate Love Potion Shake
Serves 1
A creamy, decadent yet healthy shake that just might put you under a love spell.
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Ingredients
  1. 8-12 oz cold, filtered water
  2. 1 Scoop Growing Naturals Creamy Vanilla Rice Drink
  3. 3 Tbs Coracao Confections Love Potion Mix
  4. 1 frozen, sliced banana
  5. 1 Tbs raw almond butter
  6. 1 piece Righteously Raw Rose Dark Chocolate
  7. Ice, as needed
  8. Optional: cacao nibs for garnish
Instructions
  1. 1. Begin by placing the water and Rice Drink powder into a blender and mix. Or alternatively, use non-dairy milk in place of the water plus 1/2 scoop of your favorite vanilla-flavored plant protein.
  2. 2. Next add the almond butter and continue blending until you get a creamy consistency. Add in the dark chocolate, love potion mix (or 3 Tbs cacao powder+1/2 tsp maca) and the banana and continue to mix.
  3. 3. Test for consistency and add a little ice for a frostier shake. Garnish with cacao nibs, cacao powder, fruit, or a non-dairy whipped cream if you'd like!
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Maca Chocolate Power Smoothie

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Remember when I said I would do another smoothie with Cocozia’s coconut water? Well, here it is! I was really in the mood for chocolate this time while wanting to keep it on the healthy side. If you didn’t get the chance to read my review on their coconut water, you can check it out here along with a bonus recipe. This smoothie ends up being a potassium packed, energizing and hydrating drink all in one. It’s perfect for either after your workout, or if you’re looking for a filling but still healthy chocolate treat during the day. Continue reading

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This is another smoothie using Sprout Living’s EPIC Chocolate Maca Protein. I am obsessed with adding this to smoothies for that malty cocoa taste it adds. This protein is raw, organic, and made with sprouted brown rice. I find that it digests really easily and it’s a great coffee-free energy boost in the morning.

I also got the chance to try out Coracao Confection’s decadent Rawmond & Nibs Spread in this recipe. Coracao sells a wide variety of excellent, healthy chocolates that you can tell are made with nothing but love. The ingredients in here include raw almond butter, cacao nibs, coconut sugar, cacao butter, maca, and Himalayan pink salt. It’s great on its own, but I love adding it to a smoothie to give it a more rich taste. Plus I can’t complain about the added protein and healthy fats. I’ll be doing a review sometime in the new year featuring Coracao’s chocolates, truffles and other products so stay tuned! 

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What I really love about this smoothie is that it’s actually a great recovery drink after exercise, or if you wake up needing an extra boost of energy (without the coffee). The coconut water is rich in electrolytes to help with muscle cramping I find that it’s perfect to enjoy during the holidays in place of indulging on vegan chocolates, cookies and cake (although everything in moderation is fine in my book). You can absolutely try some variations on this smoothie, such as using peanut butter instead of the almond butter or even raw cashews or almonds to make your own milk in the blender. Next time, I will definitely add some mint extract to make it more festive!

Maca Chocolate Power Smoothie
Serves 1
A potassium-rich, energizing smoothie with a boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut water
  2. splash almond/flax milk
  3. heaping tbs Coracao Confections Rawmond & Cacao spread (can sub for raw almond/other nut butter and cacao nibs)
  4. dash of cinnamon
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 1 pitted date, soaked
  7. 1 frozen banana
  8. 2 scoops maca chocolate protein powder
  9. ice
Instructions
  1. 1. Place the coconut water, non-dairy milk and almond butter into the blender and mix until you get a smooth, milky consistency.
  2. 2. Add the pitted date, cinnamon, salt, protein powder, banana and ice and blend until well-mixed.
  3. 3. Add additional ice or sweetener if needed, pour into a glass and enjoy!
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