“It’s good to have chocolate everyday.” Have you ever heard anything so beautiful? But, before you stock up on M&Ms, let’s clarify this delicious quote from Ritva Dale, health coach and founder of Rawsome Fudge. Ritva has captured the goodness of raw chocolate with all of its health benefits, combined it with natural sweeteners (no refined sugars, please!) and other organic ingredients to create a true chocolate aficionado’s dream.
“When people who really enjoy dark chocolate sample my fudge, I see their faces light up,” Ritva says.
Ritva grew up in Finland eating a very healthy diet off the land. When she moved to the US in her twenties, she fell into bad habits that began to affect her health. She also developed Lyme disease, adding to her discomfort. She decided it was time to revert back to cleaner eating.
“I studied to be a health coach,” Ritva says. “That is where (among other things) I learned the health benefits of chocolate.”
We all reach for the chocolate when we are distressed because it is a natural mood elevator, raising our serotonin levels. Raw chocolate has a lot of vitamins and minerals. It also is high in magnesium, a mineral that every cell in our body contains and requires, but does not get enough of, even in a healthy diet. Also, heating chocolate to more than 115 degrees, as is done in many commercial products, strips it of these essential elements.
Rawsome Fudge contains raw Peruvian chocolate and is sweetened with coconut nectar. Ritva adds ingredients such as lemon, ginger, orange zest and berries. She says the two most popular flavors so far are the Original and the Mint Crunch, which is especially good when frozen. She recently released, online only, Sea Buckthorn Blast containing a super fruit she grew up eating in Finland, with a little touch of mango. Check out all of the flavors online at rawsomefudge.com.
Chocolate lovers rejoice! Ritva will be at Doylestown Food Market on October 15th and 29th from 11 am to 3 pm for a demonstration and tasting. Get 20 percent off Rawsome Fudge products all month long.