Cacao beans are extremely important throughout history. This tiny seed was considered a source of power by ancient civilizations like the Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs.
For a wonderfully dark chocolate drink, take a quarter cup of black onyx cocoa powder, a half cup of granulated sugar, one third of a cup of hot water, an eighth of a teaspoon of salt, and four cups of milk and warm them in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir frequently until the sugar, salt, and cocoa dissolve and the mixture bubbles. Serve hot. If so desired, add a cinnamon stick for decoration and a little added flavor.
Cocoa powder in general is great for foods on the sweeter spectrum so consider sprinkling some over a bowl of fruit. Frozen bananas can be chopped and then dusted with this to create a healthy snack. Take it a step further and blend the bananas with the cocoa powder for a nice, cold smoothie to be drunk or eaten with a spoon.
For that avid meat eater in your life, you could rub some of this on a rack of ribs to enhance the meat’s flavor. For a less direct approach, combine it with your favorite barbeque sauce and then apply to the ribs. Add a pinch to a meat based chili for an interesting new dimension to a classic dinner favorite.