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Cacao Husks

by Melanie Boudar June 27, 2017

Cacao Husks

In the process of making chocolate, called winnowing, we are left with a by product- cacao husks. Some people enjoy the husks steeped like a tea. The shells contain a high proportion of theobromine making for a stimulating drink some call Choffee.

We have several other uses for our husks. Cacao shells are wonderful garden mulch and make your garden smell like chocolate! We don't advise this if you have a curious pet however as Theobromine can be toxic to cats and dogs if ingested. My dog could care less about digging up and eating mulch but some do get into pesky trouble.

Finer shells are sifted out and go into our finely crafted Cacao husk soap. These provide a nice exfoliant for the skin, and delicious scent! We can barely keep these beautiful soaps in stock.

We also sell the finer shells and crushed nibs to our local Blue Corn Brewery who has made an exceptional Chocolate Porter beer with them. If you are in Santa Fe, stop in their Rodeo Road location and try this wonderful drink.



Melanie Boudar
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