You know when you wake up in the morning, you need a little something extra to get yourself going on the right foot? I mean, clearly you do… Coffee shops like Starbucks are all over the freaking place. Starbuck, Caribu, Biggby, and Tim Hortons just to name a few…
Well, like most people, I need a little extra help in the morning. But I LOATHE coffee. Love the smell, if I could drink the smell I would. But I can’t, and frankly, I just can’t stand the taste. That being said, however I do generally get my caffeine buzz from tea or every great once in a while I’ll treat myself to a rich, yummy hot chocolate.
I’ve tried them all, Starbucks, Caribu, Timmy’s… They’re good, but $$. So when I was offered the shot to try out this *new* type of hot cocoa, I pretty much leaped out of my chair into my computer screen.
Crio Bru is one ingredient. Ground Cocoa Beans.
I mean, it can’t really get any better than that can it?
Well, lets just say I don’t think Starbucks will be offering me a job as a barista anytime soon. I don’t think I actually brewed it correctly.
Crio Bru is a packet of ground cocoa beans that you actually brew with either a french press (don’t have one…) or a regular coffee machine. You’ll need a gold filter (don’t worry I and to google what that was too) because the paper filters just won’t cut it. I heard from some of my fellow bloggers that tried it in a french press that it turned out better. So I’m going to take their word for it that I just messed something up big time and that whatever came out of my coffeemaker wasn’t was it was supposed to taste like.
However– When I was doing my research of the product, I noticed that they had recipes that you could use it in.
YOU CAN BAKE WITH THIS STUFF!
So of course, I baked…
And wouldn’t you know it, the cookies turned out pretty darn good!. I use my Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with the substitution of 1/3 Cup Cocoa Power & 1/3 Cup Crio Bru Maya and then made the recipe like regular after that.
The cookies came out a bit fluffier, more brownie-like, with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and cayenne. Perfect to get that hint of spice, but nothing over-whelming.
Overall I’m satisfied with the baking aspect of this product, I think I could use it in other recipes and it would turn out pretty well too. Creme Brûlée anyone? Maybe Chocolate Pots? The chocolate itself being ground up Cocoa beans is a bit bitter, but when combined with the sugary sweetness in dessert you get a real rich chocolate flavor without too much sweet.
More fun facts about Crio Bru and Cocoa Beans taken straight from Crio’s Site:
The cocoa beans used in Crio Brü and Crio Beans are superior to most foods because they deliver so many nutrients that we each need to boost health and wellness*. Here is list of some of the benefits of incorporating cocoa beans into your life:
|Boost your immune system
|Increase energy naturally
|Curb your appetite and lose weight
|Support your heart, digestive system, brain and bones
|Oxygenate the blood and maintain healthy blood sugar levels
|Feel great, increase focus, reduce stress and sleep better
So it’s good for your heath too!
Well, maybe the cookies aren’t. But if I can pretend that the Crio Bru made them just slightly healthier for me… well, I might just have a few more…