** I received a discounted product in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own. **
I am a chocoholic and a hardcore foodie so, when this opportunity popped up to review FineNaturals Cocoa Powder, I applied and crossed my fingers! I use a lot of chocolate in recipes and since I live right by Hershey, PA, I have always opted for Hershey products when it came to baking. (and candy of course!)
We are fairly organic, all natural, green living, etc etc, at our house, so the first pro about this product was that is is organic and unprocessed.
I also like the price. A little goes a long way and when I realized this, I started figuring out the math in my head. It actually saves me money to purchase this brand as compared to other brands, It is a full pound bag which will last me a few months. Even when used for cleansing grains, chocolate mousse, brownies, cookies and anything else we can mix up!
Cocoa is very good for your skin (and your belly!) I make whipped body butters with cocoa as well as facial creams and cleansing grains. I made a batch of body butter with cocoa butter and Finenaturals Cocoa Powder and a cleansing grain meant to help fight puffiness. Cocoa is rich in antioxidants and can help slow down the aging process.
I am very pleased with this ingredient in my personal homemade skin care and body products and for products I make for friends and family. (I am including a cleansing grain recipe if you would like to try it out! )
I am also delighted with the rich, smooth, gourmet taste! I make a quick and easy chocolate mousse, (just because we love mousse so much.) and it tastes like I bought the fanciest, most expensive, mousse around! Really, I just add 1 cup of whipping cream, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1/4 cup of FineNaturals cocoa powder and 1 tsp of vanilla extract and beat until desired consistency. YUM!!
I won't be changing back to my regular cocoa powder so, I will be back to buy more when I'm low!
To make some fabulous cleansing grains, 100% natural, just blend the following ingredients together and place in a metal tin or glass jar and mix some with distilled water, yogurt, fruit juice or whatever your heart desires!
Organic coffee, organic cocoa powder, goats mlk, bentonite clay, grapefrut oil and cornsilk. (It feels and smells scrumptious!)