- How should I use this yummy stuff?
- What is a Lovebean?
- Do I need to refrigerate my Fudge Spread?
- How do I soften my Lovebean for spreading?
- How do I make a Lovebean shell on top of ice cream?
- What does it mean if I see clear liquid or hard white stuff on top?
- Why does Lovebean cost more than a chocolate bar or similar chocolate nut-butter spreads?
- When will Lovebean be available in my local grocery store?
- Are there any allergy-causing ingredients?
- Do you use only organic ingredients?
- Do you ship internationally?
How should I use this yummy stuff?
Great question. There are so many ways to Spread the Love! Here's a few starting points, then let your imagination run wild.
- On Fresh Fruit (strawberries, apples, bananas, mangos, etc.)
- On crepes, pancakes, waffles, toast, or any type of bread
- Put a tablespoon in your hot coffee to make a mocha
- Throw a tablespoon in your smoothie
- Use a tablespoon in a steaming hot cup of milk of your choice to make a hot cocoa
- Melt it and pour over ice cream. It makes a hard shell.
- Eat it by the spoonful. (Try pre-loading the spoon with a little almond butter and eat them together.)
- Melt it and put in a squeeze bottle and decorate cakes with it
- Spread it onto a cake for a vegan cake icing
- Make edible tattoos
What is a Lovebean?
Our name comes from our deep love and respect for the seed of the cacao fruit, also known as the cacao bean. Unlike most other beans, this one is full of minerals and antioxidants and is the base for all pure chocolate products. We know of no other bean quite as loveable.
Do I need to refrigerate my Fudge Spread?
That will depend on you. Our products have a one-year shelf life typically. Once opened, they should be fine at normal indoor temps for 2-3 months. At room temp, Lovebean stays nice and spreadable so if this is the way you like it, it's best to just leave it in your pantry. You may try it in the fridge if you tend to like your chocolate cold, as it takes on a much more chocolate-bar like consistency.
How do I soften my Lovebean for spreading?
Well, if your jar is in the pantry around 70-76 degrees F, you should be good to go. Otherwise, if you'd like to soften the entire jar, screw the lid on nice and tight and then submerge the lower 3/4 of the jar in warm (100 degrees F) water until noticeably softened. If you just need a little, you may scoop some into a stainless steel pot and set over lowest heat until soft enough for spreading. If you wish to liquify your lovebean completely (best for ice cream or squeeze bottle applications) keep it over the lowest heat and stir until it becomes liquid.
How do I make a Lovebean shell on top of ice cream?
Very simple ... you just need to liquify it first. To do that, scoop some Lovebean into a stainless steel pot at lowest heat setting and stir often until it becomes liquid. Then simply pour over ice cream (or anything cold) and watch the magic happen. Try dipping ice cream or sorbet bars into liquid Lovebean to give them a nice shell too.
What does it mean if I see clear liquid or hard white stuff on top?
Fear not. Lovebean is a pure and natural product, there is a chance that extreme temperature may have caused the coconut oil to separate from the mixture. If the jar is still quite warm, the coconut oil will appear as a clear liquid. If the jar has re-cooled the coconut oil will have hardened into a snow-white layer. Simply tighten the lid and place the jar in warm (not hot, never boiling) water until the mixture softens and then slowly re-mix with a fork until you reach a consistent texture.
Why does Lovebean cost more than a chocolate bar or similar chocolate nut-butter spreads?
The nut butter-based spreads are much less expensive to produce because they have a nut butter (whether peanut, almond or hazelnut) as the base which is much cheaper than Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. As well they are not typically using certified organic ingredients. Lovebean is NOT a nut butter spread. It is a pure chocolate much like a chocolate bar, using Coconut Oil in place of Cacao Butter. Pound for pound, a 280g jar of Lovebean is the equivalent of 3 to 5 standard chocolate bars. You can do the math for yourself and see we are in close competition with the organic chocolate bars out there, and we use NO cane sugar or soy lecithin fillers.
When will Lovebean be available in my local grocery store?
Hopefully very soon. Please send us a line if there is a store you'd like to see us in.
Are there any allergy-causing ingredients?
Our only potential allergen is coconut. NO soy, NO gluten, NO dairy, NO agave, NO other tree nuts or peanuts.
Do you use only organic ingredients?
Proud to say, yes !!
Do you ship internationally?
We do now!!! Hooray!!! Here's the dilly...
1-4 Items=$19.50 (USPS International Priority Padded Envelope)
5-12 Items=$40.15 (USPS International Priority Medium Box)
All Other Countries:
1-4 Items=$23.50 (USPS International Priority Padded Envelope)
5-12 Items=$58.75 (USPS International Priority Medium Box)
***If you happen to want to order more than that internationally, please reach us through the contact page. Thanks!!