An Ancient Myth And A Love Of Chocolate...
"Whenever the balance in the world becomes threatened, cacao comes from the rainforest to open people’s hearts and return the world to a state of harmony."
Deep within the Amazon rainforest, this ancient Mayan myth has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s what inspired us to bring the wonder of raw cacao into people’s everyday lives so we can reconnect, reframe and rebalance.
The Mindful Chocolate
At Little Love, we feel the world has lost its balance. Aggression, dominance, speed and power dominate qualities such as thoughtfulness, connection, patience and compassion. Instead of co-existing and balancing each other out, the scales have been tipped. When this balance gets disturbed, it’s easy to become stressed. We stress, we worry, we get tired, we burnout.
So at Little Love, it’s our mission to open hearts and minds, to bring back the balance and enjoy some really good chocolate at the same time. All Little Love chocolate is 100% vegan, organic, naturally sweetened with coconut blossom nectar and comes in plastic free packaging. Made with love and care, Little Love is the mindful chocolate that helps give you peace in mind, body and soul.
We make Little Love from raw cacao that has been minimally processed and naturally sweetened. The cacao used in standard chocolate is highly roasted and processed to make the chocolate smooth. This can impact the cacao's great components like vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and naturally occurring mood enhancers - what we like to call “love chemicals”.
To treat the amazing nutritional qualities of raw cacao with respect, we just lightly roast the beans' outer shell and sweeten the chocolate with natural coconut blossom nectar. No waltzing, conching or any other unnecessary production steps and treatments. Just organic, vegan raw chocolate, naturally sweetened.
Yes, raw chocolate is a little rougher on the tongue but what’s a little roughness when you get the full, authentic cacao flavour and all the benefits it brings?
We believe it's good to take time out, to pause and reflect before diving back into the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So when things get a bit too much or the world feels plain crazy, just switch off, kick back and give yourself a Little Love.
How Our Raw Chocolate Is Made
1. Cacao Pods
Our raw chocolate starts with cacao pods in Peru and Ecuador.
2. Pulp and beans
Once the cacao pods have reached the exactly the right hue of reddish brown, our cacao farmer partners open them and take out the white pulp from the cacao pod.
Fermentation is one of the most important steps in making delicious raw chocolate The cacao beans are placed into big banana leafs to ferment for 3 days as this helps to break down the cacao’s bitterness and acidity whilst preserving the full, rich, fruity flavours.
After fermentation the cacao beans are dried and the last bits of white pulp removed. Once dried, only the very best beans are picked for light roasting.
5. Light Shell Roasting
In contrast to the considerably longer and stronger roasting in traditional chocolate manufacturing, we only lightly and shortly roast the cacao beans' outer shell for microbiological safety.
This is where we separate the shells from the cacao beans.
This is the last treatment step for our raw cacao. We grind the cacao beans to the perfect fineness to produce our signature Little Love chocolates.