Drinking Chocolate

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Beni Tonka Drinking Chocolate. Rediscover the pristine, transcendent, restorative power of deep fermented, semi-wild cacao. After sun-bathing and being stone-ground in its native Trinidad, our pristine Caribbean chocolate gets hand-carved in Germany out of great glistening, marble-scaped blocks of Beni Tonka Chocolate.

A mystic brew, our chocolate was originally a ritualistic beverage made from coarsely ground fermented cacao beans, chili and spice. Brewed beneath the surface of water just under a boil, give the chocolate space to bloom. Then, theatrically they’d pour the elixir from one cup to another, awakening the spirit of the drink, the froth. They drank this frothy chocolate, not only for its seductive flavours or nutritional values, but for spiritual visibility, during wakes, ancestral rituals and of course, to fuel romantic trysts.

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  • transcend every day by elevating the senses
  • the original non-alcoholic stimulant drink for adults
  • rediscover the essence of chocolate
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Beni Tonka Chocolate – while being mysterious, forbidden and indulgent – sweetens experience, calms the nerves, energises and excites us. I thought I knew chocolate before meeting my family, but after that first experience drinking original chocolate, I was a believer.

The link between cacao and sexual desire stretches back millenia. Chocolate’s original name was Xocoatl, ‘The Drink of the Gods’. Considered the first non-alcoholic stimulant drink in Europe; a font of potency, an elixir, a curative, a panacea for mental stress, thirst quencher, fever reducer, relief to the broken-hearted and amour for the loveless.

The Effect

“The cacao bean is a phenomenon, for nowhere else has nature concentrated such a wealth of valuable nourishment in so small a place.” Alexander von Humboldt

Phenylalanine (PEA)

an amino acid – related to amphetamine – that stimulates the nervous system by triggering the release of pleasurable opium-like compounds, endorphins; thus, elevating mood, increasing amiability, tranquility and bliss. Also found in the human brain, it is probably the most influential love compound in chocolate. Consensus among psych-pharmacologists, is that people consume chocolate to boost PEA, thereby echoing the same euphoric arousal experienced when falling in love. PEA also potentiates the activity of dopamine, a neurochemical directly associated with sexual arousal and pleasure. It acts as a potent anti-depressant and rises during periods of romance; significantly increasing in the brain before and when we achieve orgasm.

Anandamide

born of the Sanskrit word Ananda, meaning eternal bliss. Like phenylalanine, anandamide helps arouse emotions and heighten sensations in the body. Cannabis contains a group of compounds called cannabinoids. Of these, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, causes the high associated with consuming that plant. Cannabinoids are found in only two other places: the human brain – where the mind-altering anandamide is manufactured – and in chocolate. It’s not the sugar producing that kind of euphoria.

Serotonin

Chocolate gets right to the heart of sexual pleasure by increasing the brain’s level of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical. It plays a major role in positive mood, emotional health, proper sleep and a balanced appetite; also, contributing to numerous behavioral and physiological functions. Decreased serotonin is a well-known factor in cases of depression or following various hallucinogenic trips. Many then consume chocolate as a form of selfmedication, mostly unaware of the fact. Increased brain serotonin promoted by chocolate increases sexual excitation, desire and responsiveness.

Women tend to have more serotonin in their systems than men and appear to be more sensitive to chocolate. Chocolate provides a mood boost to women during menstruation, when serotonin levels are often down. It is also great and safe for breastfeeding. Chocolate’s serotonin elevating activity helps to modify mood in positive ways and acts as a sexual sweetener, enhancing a sense of closeness between lovers.

Tryptophan

a building block of serotonin, helps the brain increase serotonin production. Increased amounts of serotonin from endorphin secretions in your brain will make you feel good, and anything that makes you feel good is going to put you in the right mood.

Magnesium

Helps the brain manufacture serotonin.

Theobromine

Theobroma cacao, cacao’s scientific name, derives itself from one of it’s active stimulants, theobromine; a vasodilator (blood vessel widener) used to treat high blood pressure, and often taken as a diuretic. Like caffeine, it serves as a central nervous system stimulant, increasing alertness and concentration; though theobromine gives a stronger cardiac boost. And guess what, it’s also a mood-enhancer.

Flavanols

In 2014, the European Food Safety Authority approved the following health claim for cocoa products containing minimum 200 mg of flavanols: “cocoa flavanols help maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, which contributes to normal blood flow.”

Pure chocolate is rich in antioxidant polyphenols, a group of protective chemicals found in many plant foods. Researchers at Cornell University discovered that cacao contains nearly twice the antioxidant content of red wine and up to three times that of green tea (specifically those defending the skin against free radicals). Drinking chocolate will give you more antioxidants than eating chocolate, because heat simply releases more of them.

Made in Trinidad

Beni Tonka Chocolate is locally grown, harvested and manufactured. Trinidad has a long, defiant tradition of making chocolate. At home in we get the best flavors and textures out of our beans, and take care of our farmers, manufacturers and their families directly and first.

Remember the sense of fulfillment you get when creating something from your home and then sharing it with others? That’s the Beni Tonka spirit; the spirit of our ancestors travelling via this vessel and through it, we cultivatenot only the highest calibre whole chocolate imaginable, but a whole community and growing. >>>>> read more

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