Santosha Chocolate does not contain cane sugar, animal products, common allergens such as nuts, soy, or gluten, or any fillers or emulsifiers. Our chocolate bars are made from raw cacao beans and other organic ingredients. We differ from other raw chocolates in that our bars are made from whole cacao beans and unique ingredients, which we stone-grind and hand craft into delicious and nutritious bars. We are pleased to hear customers consistently say Santosha Chocolate is the best chocolate they’ve ever tasted.
Santosha Chocolate is handcrafted, from bean to bar, in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina
Fernando Elvira, a revolutionary Basque artist, created the images for the Santosha logo and Santosha Chocolate bar labels using one of his unique techniques, cut out adhesive vinyl. Fernando shares our passion for raw foods and cross-cultural understanding; he is a terrific artist and human being. We are grateful to collaborate with him and showcase his designs on our chocolate bars. Check out his artwork at www.fernandoelvira.com.
We believe Santosha Chocolate is healthy for all types of diets. We sweeten our chocolate bars with a low glycemic sweetener, coconut palm sugar, which affects the body differently than cane sugar. Its calories are absorbed into the blood stream at a slower rate than refined sugar, therefore coconut palm sugar does not produce a spike in blood sugar levels. Santosha Chocolate is also healthy for those with other types of diet restrictions; our ingredients are all gluten- free, nut-free, soy-free, non-GMO and do not contain animal products.
We’ve heard from doctors and mothers about the value of consuming dark chocolate during pregnancy. According to a National Institute of Health research study, chocolate consumption during pregnancy may lower risk of preeclampsia, a major complication with cardiovascular complications which affects 3-8% of pregnancies. Read the full article published by the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology titled “Chocolate Consumption in Pregnancy and Reduced Likelihood of Preeclampsia”.
We are working everyday to make Santosha Chocolate available to customers in the stores they love. We invite you to contact us and let us know where you live and which stores in your area would be good retail locations for Santosha Chocolate. We appreciate your input and will do our best to bring our chocolate to a store near you!
Each Santosha Chocolate bar has approximately the same amount of caffeine as a 1 cup of decaffeinated coffee.
All of the herbs used by Santosha Chocolate are gathered from their natural environment and taken to separate facilities for processing. All wildharvested items gathered and contracted for Mountain Rose Herbs, including the herbs that we use in our chocolate, must sign a preliminary “Wild Take Audit” to insure that materials are sustainably gathered with a no more than 10% take, and that the plants are re-seeded or roots are left to re-stock native populations.