Heavenly Cacao specialise in making wholefood confectionery using fresh fruits, natural ingredients & cacao.Our focus is working with natural foods to colour, flavour and sweeten recipes and teaching others how to as well. We like to call it Conscious Confectionery.
Catapulted onto this journey after undergoing cancer treatment in 2009, Nicole had many sleepless nights terrified by thought it would come back. She was determined to do everything in her power to make sure it didn’t and became obsessed with it. “I studied treating cancer, preventing cancer, reversing cancer, curing cancer – cancer, cancer, cancer!!!”
“I look back and can ‘hand on heart’ say it consumed my life but… I enjoyed every minute and felt empowered by the solutions I was finding. And, out of all my study into both conventional and alternative treatments, there was one undeniable theme that kept coming up in all the literature I was reading… What you put in your body and it’s nutritional content matters, the chemicals you are exposed to matter, your internal and external environments matter! Not just to cancer but to almost every conceivable health problem.”
This realisation lead her to a new obsession… Cleaning out the chemicals from her life, boosting nutrition and eating only clean, whole foods. “It was like a broom swept through my life. I removed all the chemical cleaners from my home and all the processed foods from my diet – I even changed to glass saucepans due to chemicals in metal cookware. I left no stone unturned!”
But the she was faced with a problem… what could she eat? Gluten was out, dairy was out, most animal products were out and sugar was TOTALLY out. Nicole had to learn new ways of preparing food and new ingredients to work with to replace what she chose no longer to eat.
“I embraced the changes pretty well, motivated more by the fact that I was actually scared for my life… But the one thing I couldn’t quit was my chocolate so I started learning to make my own with raw cacao and wholefoods”. Nicole found if she kept recipes diary free, gluten free and refined sugar free, that not only were her treats delicious, to her surprise they satisfied cravings with just a few pieces instead of the whole bag or block it would usually take with commercial confectionery.
“I was STOKED – no uncontrollable over-eating, no feeling sick and no post binge lethargy… Well, no binging at all! In fact, I actually felt good. I found I had more energy over a longer period and a sense of wellness instead of the sharp sugar highs and lows. I set about finding ways to cram as much goodness into my food – and TREATS – as possible. I was just having so much fun, both making and eating them that my obsession turned into a passion for creating and sharing my recipes”
This is how Heavenly Cacao was born. Please join Nicole for a chocolate making demonstration at Bloom and if you’re lucky you may even be able to taste test some of her delicious treats!!