Comin' in hot for Valentine's Day some steamy, spicy, aphrodisiac chocolate. Delicious at ANY time of the year, but an especially sensual and alluring treat for any love themed holiday.
Firstly, what is an aphrodisiac? By definition an aphrodisiac is: "a food, drink or drug that stimulates sexual desire". So this can be ANYTHING that puts you in that sexy, sultry mood.
This chocolate bar doesn't contain any drugs, but it does contain the following herbs, fungi and plants that are thought to increase libido:
Maca root is an ancient root vegetable, grown in the Andes, long revered by the Incans for its energizing qualities. Its also thought to improve sexual desire and function in both men and women. Similarly, cordyceps are a fungi that have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to enhance performance and energy levels and improve a low sex drive in both men and women alike.
Cacao and cayenne are both thought to improve energic vitality in the body and can help increase blood flow (to all the right places).
And In addition this bark has the saltiness of pistachios and the romance of the pink rose petals that are visually stimulating and will get you feeling all lovey-dovey.
When exploring adaptogens its important to remember that these help to support your body's natural abilities and functions, as opposed to vitamins that tell your body to do something and drugs which can all together change natural rhythmic patterns of your body. So this bark isn't going to magically give you the libido of a porn star on their third ecstasy pill BUT it is going to help support your body's responses to stress (helping your to relax) give you an energy boost (making you more inclined to play) and help to support blood flow to all of the places that make sexual experiences that much more pleasurable.
Trust me, you're gonna wanna try this one!
Aphrodisiac Rose & Cacao Bark
3 cups dark chocolate chips (dairy-free)
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp maca powder
2 tbsp cordyceps powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper
handful of cacao nibs
handful of pistachios
handfull of dried edible rose petals
flaky sea salt
Over a double boiler, mix the chocolate chips and coconut oil until melted and smooth. In a separate bowl, add the chocolate mixture, maca powder, cordyceps powder and cayenne and stir until well blended. Next, line a baking dish or baking sheet with parchment paper and spread chocolate evenly across the surface. Sprinkle the cacao nibs, pistachios, dried rose petals and flaky sea salt across the top of the chocolate and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight). Once firm, remove the parchment, and cut or break into large chunks. Spread some more sea salt (if desired) and enjoy.