These Wunder Workshop special, raw chocolate bars are handcrafted and stoneground by our friend Pablo at Forever Cacao who sources wild, single-origin Criollo cacao from Peru where it is harvested and fermented by Asháninka tribespeople
Have you ever had a bite of chocolate and felt instantly blissful and relaxed as though everything is right in the world?
Well, scientists believe that feeling may be due to anandamide – a molecule found naturally in our bodies, but also in chocolate and CBD. Anandamide is described from the Sanskrit word “ananda”, which translates to “bliss, joy and delight” because of the actions it is believed to have on our mood.
How does anandamide work?
Anandamide is a neurotransmitter, a molecule that helps in the signalling through our brain and nervous system, and also an endocannabinoid, which is a compound produced in the body that binds to cannabinoid (CB1 and CB2) receptors in the brain and throughout the body that form our endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in the maintenance of many physiological and psychological processes throughout our central and peripheral nervous system, the former being responsible for mood and the latter our immune system and homeostasis.
Another food source high in anandamide is black truffles. And interestingly, foods like black pepper (which is also found in our Bliss Bars), apples, blackberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cucumbers, endive, green beans, lettuce and green tea have the antioxidant kaempferol which can increase the amount of anandamide. However, chocolate is probably the most (some would argue) delicious way to ingest this exciting ‘bliss’ molecule!
Reishi is a powerful adaptogenic mushroom that stabilises our immune system function, promoting a healthy immune system. It is also renowned for its ability to improve quality of sleep and has an anti-inflammatory action which is typical of adaptogens.
Cordyceps has long been used to improve physical performance and is also a natural aphrodisiac. It is a powerful adaptogen that supports immune system function and fights free radicals. In alternative medicine, cordyceps is often touted as a natural energy booster. Proponents also claim that cordyceps can protect against health problems like asthma, depression, diabetes, fatigue, high cholesterol, and upper respiratory tract infections.
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. What makes this golden spice so powerful is the active compound curcumin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory.
- It’s a powerful cancer fighter
- It may prevent & treat Alzheimer’s disease
- It’s good for Arthritis
- It may help reduce depression symptoms
- It’s heart healthy
- It helps with PMS
- Its good for your skin
Wunder Workshop ethically source their organic turmeric and most of other ingredients directly from small community farms in Sri Lanka that use a sustainable farming technique called Forest Gardening, supporting Sri Lanka’s natural biodiversity, soil health, the farmers and the local community. Wunder Workshop also source ingredients that are wild-harvested (Fair Wild certified), growing in their natural habitat. They avoid mono-cultural farms wherever possible.
They have expanded their sourcing network and have found further home gardens and farms in line with their ethos.
Raw cacao sourced from the Asháninka tribespeople, who harvest the pods from the lush rain forest, then open them to ferment the beans. Next comes drying them out on bamboo racks to pack them up for their journey.
Wunder Workshop mushrooms are sourced from traditional Chinese mushroom growers.
Packaging: This Chocolate Golden Shrooms Bliss Bar is 100% recyclable outer carton, printed with vegetable inks. Inner foil is home-compostable. We believe in having a positive impact without leaving a negative trace.
Set up by Tom & Zoe in 2014, Wunder Workshop is inspired by intuitive herbalism and Ayurveda – in particular, the preventative and holistic approach that this ancient medical system uses to maintain optimal physical and mental health.
“Wunder Workshop creates products for the People and Planet. We focus on Consumption With Purpose®, by harvesting the power of regeneratively grown plants for the ultimate wellness rituals. Wunder translates to miracle, and we focus on plants that have a quality that can be classed as such”
Wunder Workshop give back to community and the planet. They invest 1% of their yearly revenue into environmental, social and women empowering projects.