Colorado Springs chocolatier has 3 aphrodisiac candies for Valentine's Day cupids
Jacquie Mosher, owner of the award-winning Radiantly Raw Chocolate store, has launched a new collection of chocolates just in time for Valentine's Day.
"Our new box of chocolates sold out almost before we got them on the shelves," she said.
And no surprise: The three new candies are laced with damiana, an ancient aphrodisiac.
"It's thought that the herb creates more oxygen, increases blood flow and relaxes the nervous system," she said. "We suggest splitting the box with someone you love about 15 minutes before things heat up."
Her new collection includes three flavors, all enhanced with other foods believed to have aphrodisiac effects - including walnuts, cherries and pomegranates - as well as other herbs. The cashew butter cup, for example, has maca roots in the mix. According to webmd.com, the herb is grown in the mountains of Peru and has been called the Peruvian ginseng. There's also pomegranate rose truffle and cherry walnut dark chocolate in the box.
There are more reasons than heavy breathing to take a look at raw chocolate. For Mosher, eating a raw diet is for her health. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 22. She shuns processed and genetically engineered foods.
"Food is my medicine," she say on her website. "I believe in whole foods, and I believe that if you want to feel radiant and unstoppable, eat simply."
On her journey to eating more healthy foods, desserts were "just plain terrible," she said. She started making her own raw chocolate and has not turned back.
Mosher sources her cocoa nibs from places where the soil they grow in is nutrient dense.
They're also tested for metals and may have "slight traces of heavy metals," she said, but it's a far cry from what's found on grocery store shelves.
Her chocolates range from 50 to 90 percent cocoa. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the more antioxidant dense the chocolate. And an added bonus: Raw cocoa is "the number one aphrodisiac," she said.
"Fifty percent cocoa is the standard for European milk chocolate," she said. "Grocery store milk chocolate can be as low as 10 percent. It's so heavily process and diluted with oils and sugar."
Radiantly Raw Chocolate is also vegan, made with raw honey and nut oils.
"It's perfectly balanced," she said.
What's not to love about that?
Mosher was honored by Gazette readers in the Best Of the Springs awards for Best Candy Shop and Best Truffle in 2015 and 2016, which is saying something for her business of four years in April.
For $25 per box of Valentine's Day chocolates, you get six pieces (two of each of the three new flavors. While it sounds like a lot to pay, there's a lot that goes into these chocolates. For instance, the pomegranate rose truffle alone takes four to five days to make. And damiana is an expensive herb.