Chocolate is the New Healthy – Good Stuff Cacao
\ˈchä-k(ə-)lət, : a food that is made from cacao beans and that is eaten as candy or used as a flavoring ingredient in other sweet foods
Chocolate gets a bad rep’ these days. And the real culprit is all the refined sugar and preservatives those big boys use to make the stuff you find at stores that use forklifts to stock the shelves. But the cacao bean is one of the most nutritious things we can consume, and it tastes great mixed up with a natural and pure sweetener. Barbara over at Good Stuff Cacao is the resident “chocoholic” and is here to tell us why chocolate is the new healthy. Be warned though, this isn’t your run of the mill Halloween leftovers, this is real deal artisan made \ˈchä-k(ə-)lət.
Tell us a little about yourself and the company you own/run
This is a family run business that started because I am truly a “chocoholic” in need of a healthier alternative. So many dark chocolates are very bitter and I think I tried them all. I finally found a recipe that was really good tasting, but it was difficult to make and I didn’t like the sweetener it called for. After some time of “messing around” with the recipe, I found a combination using raw honey and I was able to keep the cacao raw. (raw keeps the naturally occurring nutrients in tact) I made it for my family (mostly me) then friends, and before I knew it, we were renting a commercial kitchen and wholesaling our cacao to stores. Now dentists (the Theobromine kills Streptococci mutants that cause cavities), chiropractors and other Doctors sell it in their offices because it’s a snack that they can approve.
What is your location and when did you start/how long has the company been in business
We officially started as Good Stuff Cacao in August of 2013 and in October began renting a commercial kitchen in Rochester one day a week. However, we outgrew that kitchen very quickly and moved to our own kitchen facility that opened in March 2014 at 3562 S. Lapeer Rd in Metamora, MI. We welcome anyone to stop by and visit our kitchen (and even buy a box, or two). However, we mainly wholesale. Our wholesale locations are mapped on our website, and that number grows nearly every day. We also ship directly from our website- goodstuffcacao.com
What makes your products special/unique
I think many are attracted to our packaging first off. Although many hum me the tune, “brown paper packages, tied up with string, these are few of my favorite things,” yes it’s one of my favorite things, but we designed it to represent our desire to get back to the basics. I naively wished many years ago that if someone put nutrients in a candy bar I would be the healthiest person on the planet. Through my journey of healthier choices, I discovered raw cacao is a whole food and has over 300 nutritional compounds. I needed to re-educate myself to be able to make better choices. That’s not easy. So, part of our packaging is dedicated to providing information that may help others re-educate themselves.
Once you’re through the packaging it’s the first taste that gets you. It’s sweet, not bitter and that surprises everyone. Next, the purity really comes through long after you’ve enjoyed this nutritious snack because you feel so good. No rushes, no let downs, no aches, no “gut” issues, and definitely …No Regrets!
What’s the favorite part about your job
All the many, many complements that I receive every day, all day long. There’s some very special people I couldn’t have done this without and I feel blessed to have been given the secret to putting this all together – hard work and determination.
Where can we buy more of your products
On our website we have a map with all of our locations or order online. Let us know if you have a favorite store, coffee shop or other location you would like to see Good Stuff Cacao in and we will try our best to make it happen.
Whats the best way to enjoy/eat/prepare/utilize your product
Just open the box and enjoy! Some like it best when it’s stored in the freezer- it gives it a chilled snap.
Well it’s time for us to go get healthy, and by healthy we mean fill our mouths with delicious Good Stuff Cacao. Check em out on Facebook and see what they are up to next!