If anyone on the planet still doubts the magical properties of excellent chocolate, hand them this bar and watch their resistance fade wither like a leaky balloon. One piece of this bar, melting on your tongue, releases hints of spice (coriander? turmeric?) with the subtle sweetness of a dark dark chocolate. Only later will you feel the "Gaba Baba" joy from the botanicals cleverly along for the ride: GABA and Kava Kava. It might even make you break into spontaneous meditation. Ommmmmm nom nom.
One slowly melting bite is all it took for me to realize that I was probably going to be eating a LOT of chocolate today. Not like that's a bad thing, especially when the rest of the day had its share of stressors and ups and downs. I tasted the spices, the potent raw cacao and the mellow coconut sugar. I eat a fair amount of chocolate and eating BOTANICAL chocolate compared to the usual is like a ripe aged Parmesan compared to whole milk. Like "bulletproof" coffee compared to straight up black.
That means this bar is both complex and surprising. While the chocolate will give you a gentle smile, the GABA's neurotransmitter functions will make that smile permeate your mood and take the rough edges off the day. Add to it the renowned calming effects of kava kava and you've got meditation in a chocolate bar.
There is, of course, a story. It starts with how chocolate was consumed hundreds and thousands of years ago: as a supplement, not as a treat. Chocolate DOES things to you, and those things are good: it's a vasodilator, meaning its chemical compounds expand the blood vessels. That’s part of the reason you can FEEL chocolate. Instead of using refined sugar, processed emulsifiers, and conventional preservatives (which all penetrate the body with less-than-healthy consequences), it's a better idea to use chocolate as a delivery system for organic herbs, teas, flowers, and superfoods.
What Yes CaCao has done is admirably delicious and customizable to your needs. The repurposing of cacao has historically followed a pattern of adapting to cultural values, and ours are transformational times, with leanings toward conscious evolution. Yes CaCao is here to help you easily adapt into a healthier lifestyle, feeding the mind, body, and spirit connection. Botanical Chocolate is food to help you find your “YES”.
Yes CaCao's mellow-making bar called Gaba Baba is a powerhouse of calm, bolstered by the antioxidants of chocolate and the hum of perfect flavor symphony. Here are some of the highlights:
Yes CaCao sources beans with a team of over 450 wild harvesters throughout Ecuador, in a truly unique system that benefits the soil, the cacao trees, the ecosystem, the workers... all the way to you, goodness through and through. This wild variety is call Arriba Criollo, regionally specific to the Ecuadorian Andes, and known for its exceptional flavor. Our preference for wild cacao stems from our trust in the knowledge of nature. The true aim of organic and biodynamic methods are to emulate the wisdom of the wild. Wild cacao means there are no farms and no plantations. All our beans are sourced from seed propagated trees, thriving in diverse ecosystems, fed by rain and spring water. Supporting this cacao preserves and protects the heirloom varieties we wish to share with our next seven generations and beyond.
Liberate your mind from your day. GABA is an amino acid naturally produced by our brains, to balance melatonin and serotonin. Through restful sleep, meditation, and other practices that calm the nervous system, we replenish our natural GABA levels. With the amount of stimulus most people encounter daily, it helps to know tools that support relaxation.
Kava is a crop grown in the South Pacific. Traditionally, its roots were chewed fresh (with the resultant liquid often spit into communal bowls), pounded to release the moisture, or sun-dried, ground, and steeped in water to make an intoxicating, relaxing mild sedative. Nowadays, the active kavalactones are also extracted and pressed into capsules, or added to foods just like this chocolate bar.
First, just to clarify, “raw” chocolate has actually been fermented, which is a very good thing nutritionally. Fermentation makes foods a lot more digestible, activating compounds that you want to be eating, and neutralizing those you don’t. So all so-called raw chocolate is actually fermented. No, it doesn’t have a funky taste like kimchi or sauerkraut, but you can definitely taste a tangy tannic quality in good dark chocolate, not dissimilar from wine.
The benefits of raw chocolate (compared to cooked) include: much higher levels of antioxidants (oligomeric procynanidins, resveratrol, and the polyphenols catechin and epicatechin) as well as the preservation of vitamin C, phenethylamine (PEA, the feel-good neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of love), omega 6 fatty acids (which when heated become rancid and cause inflammation), tryptophan (a commonly deficient amino acid in those who consume a diet of mostly cooked food) and serotonin (a neurotransmitter that makes us feel goooood.)
For thousands of years sugarcane was considered a medicinal plant. What? Sugar? Medicinal? Yes. Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) is in the grass family of plants, and is very proficient in mineral absorption from the soil. When sugar is commodified and grown in large plantations, the nutrition of the soil is depleted quickly and the sugar cane becomes "hollow", only containing artificial fertilizer "minerals". They source their Sundried Cane Juice Crystals in Ecuador, with producers that champion non-plantation styles of farming. This allows the highly mineralized volcanic soil to allocate nutritional density into each sugarcane stalk. Once the sugar is harvested, the canestalks are juiced in a press, then sundried until crystalized to preserve enzyme activity. With an abundance of organic minerals and available enzymes, this sugarcane honors its historical medicinal nutrition profile.
Yes CaCao uses chocolate as a delivery system for botanical medicine, a vehicle for education, and a reason to praise with a big smiling “Yes!”. The Gaba Baba can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night. We have stoneground the GABA tea, kava, turmeric, and blue lotus spagyric into this smooth and flavor-layered chocolate, to help you relax into your natural rhythm. The bars contain no refined sugar, no dairy, no soy, and no gluten. There is only one rule: MAKE A WISH and TAKE A BITE.
Q: What is the recommended serving size of this amazeballs chocolate bar?
A: The serving listed on the wrapper is one bar. Use you own reactions and body to decide how much you'll enjoy at a time. One word of caution: Kava Kava should not be taken daily, as it is a stressor on the liver. Have a bar once or twice a week and take breaks, and all will be well and mellow as you wish.
Justin Frank Polgar: The Minister of Chocolate. Is an an alchemical chocolate technologist!
Focusing his chocolate innovation toward education in the holistic health and wellness category, Justin reallllllly loves chocolate. Making chocolate with Willy Wonka style, he is an inspirational cheerleader for everyone to find their YES.
When he is taking a moment away from his educational art project Yes Life Foods, you will find Justin chanting “YES!”, dancing like a wild child, concocting in the kitchen, getting praisey with Zoë, drinking tea, adventuring to foreign lands, and engaging plant medicine of the old pharmacopoeias. Contact Justin by email at Justin@yescacao.com
Zoë Segal: Director of YES
The muse maker for all our chocolate inventions, and our organizer extraordinaire, Zoe’s passion for YES CACAO is fueled by a deep desire to give the ritual back to cacao. She takes the -Make a Wish and Take a Bite- invitation very seriously and is daily singing YES songs in support of all your chocolate wishes coming to fruition. She leans into the mystery with adventurous curiosity, thriving in depth-filled conversation. Her YES is Justin, dance as prayer, singing nonsense, collecting spoons and overflowing tiny tiny tiny tea cups. She is the Mary Poppins of this chocolate show. To Contact Zoe email: Zoe@yescacao.com
What you see and what you taste is a hand crafted labor of love. Enjoy and remember to..... Make a Wish, then Take a Bite.