For those of you who are familiar with Loco Love’s Holy Cacao medicinal mushroom blend, those two words will have just made your day.
If you’ve yet to experience this beautifully indulgent product (perhaps you haven’t yet been convinced of the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms?), and were wondering how and where to start, this post has been written especially for you.
So, without further ado (read: salivating), here’s what you need to know, step by step.
Who are Loco Love?
“Call it what you will: nectar of the gods, new age alchemy, sweet cacao sorcery, heaven on earth - this is chocolate that will take you higher.” - Emika and Jesse Penklis
Loco Love, in the words of Emika Penklis, is a small business whose ‘purpose is to bring presence and love into the world’. Emika, an accredited naturopath, and her husband Jesse create seductive and flavourful chocolates that make you feel good when you eat them. Their chocolates are not only vegan, but and soy- and refined-sugar-free, and serve as decadent and indulgent reminders of the power of love, purpose, artisanship and nourishment.
What is Holy Cacao?
Holy Cacao medicinal mushroom blend is a rich and intoxicating blend of Loco Love chocolate shavings, raw and organic cacao powder, and organic and scientifically-tested medicinal mushrooms. It’s designed to be enjoyed as drinking chocolate, but you can also add it to porridge, use it in your baking, sprinkle it on ice cream (yum!), or dust some over granola and yoghurt.
What are medicinal mushrooms?
Mushrooms have been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years. The list of the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms is a long one, but among the best-known are stimulating your immune system, alleviating anxiety, heightening focus, enhancing concentration, maintaining good cardiovascular health, increasing energy levels and improving the quality of your sleep.
The mushrooms used in Holy Cacao and their benefits include:
Reishi - fatigue fighter, immune system hero, anxiety be gone
Cordyceps - spring in your step
Chaga - eases inflammation, shows blood sugar who’s boss
Lion’s Mane - laser-focus, creative energy, executive function improvement
Maitaki - adaptogen. Cholesterol-buster.
Each serve of Holy Cacao includes 1500mg of active mushrooms. This means that they’re therapeutically effective–science has now caught up with what Ayurvedic practitioners have known for millennia.
Are medicinal mushrooms legal?
This may seem like a strange thought to include here, but it’s a necessary one (I did promise that this would tell you everything you need to know, after all). Medicinal mushrooms are not the same as what is euphemistically referred to as ‘magic mushrooms’. They do not contain psilocybin, and their extensive list of health benefits does not include ‘hallucinations’. Medicinal mushrooms are perfectly safe to consume and have few to no side-effects.
What do medicinal mushrooms taste like?
Thanks to Emika and Jesse’s dedication and skill, Holy Cacao (in their words) ‘tastes like real chocolate because it is’.
How do I prepare my Holy Cacao?
Make the ordinary extraordinary with a Holy Cacao ritual. Simply add two teaspoons to 200ml of hot milk and blend together along with your sweetener of choice. You may need sweetener as this blend is all cacao and mushrooms, and like most cacao products, this is not a ‘sweet’ drink.
Where can I get Loco Love’s Holy Cacao?
I’m very proud to be one of a select few stockists of Loco Love in Melbourne.
Can I use Loco Love Holy Cacao in baking?
You certainly can. I do! Here are a few from my repertoire–I’d love to know what you do with your Holy Cacao, too!