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How to prepare your ceremonial cacao

The time has come for you to experience your sacred cacao!  Whether part of a ceremony or for your own personal self-care ritual, the intention and love poured into to the preparation and consumption of cacao, creates an incredible impact on the experience.  Smile Cacao has had loving intention poured into it from the farmers in Peru right through to being delivered to you. 

We recommend regarding the preparation of the cacao just as important as the consumption.  Mindfully preparing your cacao with loving intention will undoubtedly make your experience that much deeper and more profound.  Before consuming your cacao, we recommend blessing your cacao.  Check out How to bless your cacao.  


There are many creative ways to prepare ceremonial cacao (see ‘ways to boost your cacao’ below).  The core recipe is as follows:



  • 25g Smile Cacao
  • 200ml Milk of Choice
  • 1 tsp Honey or Sweetener of Choice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • Pinch Himalayan Salt




Method if using an all-in-one appliance such as a Thermomix:

  • Blitz the cacao paste on speed 5-6 for a few seconds for smaller fragments
  • Add remaining ingredients (except essential oils if using) to appliance
  • Heat to 75 degrees, speed 5 for 4 mins
  • (Add essential oils if using, then briefly mix again)
  • Pour and enjoy!

Method If using a saucepan:


  • Grate or blend the cacao paste into smaller fragments
  • Add all ingredients (except essential oils if using) to saucepan
  • Heat to around 75 degrees
  • If you have access to a heat-safe blender, blitz the mixture (with essential oils if using) on medium-high for 2 minutes for best results
  • Once thoroughly mixed and warmed, pour and enjoy!


On top of the base recipe above, you can ‘boost’ up your cacao with a number of different ingredients.  Ingredients we love to add are:

  • 1 tsp Cacao Butter or 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Maca Powder
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Gelatin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Collagen Powder
  • Pinch Mushroom Powder
  • 1 drop Orange & Cardamom Essential Oils (food grade only)
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Once ready, take time and space to consciously sit with your cacao.  Enjoy the aroma, sense the warmth, feel the energy from the cup.  

Here is Kimberley Hopkins from kimberleyhopkins.com  enjoying a cup of Smile Cacao