Warm Up With Cacao Hot Chocolate

Lucinda makes Cao in her home kitchen in Surrey

Lucinda makes Cao in her home kitchen in Surrey

Who doesn’t love the treat of a lovely hot chocolate drink especially to warm up during these winter months?

Dismayed by the additives, refined sugars and flavours that were added to many brands of hot chocolate drinks, Lucinda (founder of CAO) decided to take matters into her own hands and developed an organic range of pastes that not only can be used in drinks (hot & cold), but are so versatile that they can be used in cooking, baking and enjoyed on their own!

Lucinda makes Cao in her home kitchen in Surrey, using organic, raw cacao and premium 100% pure maple syrup. We’re so happy to share this delicious product with you which literally flies off our shelves.

3 Facts about Cacao

  1. Great for Alleviating depression. Cacao is a great source of serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine which means you get a delicious, natural and health buzz when you eat Cacao, the neurotransmitters can uplift your wellbeing, happiness and alleviate depression.

  2. Packed with Calcium, Cacao contains 160mg per 100g vs 125mg per 100ml of milk, so this is a great natural way to include calcium in your diet.

  3. Helps with heart and brain health. Cacao is one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart and also helps to turn glucose into energy that enables you to think clearly and focus. Perfect if you’ve got lots of work today or if you’re facing a long night.

Classic Cao Hot Chocolate Paste



Organic raw cacao and premium A grade maple syrup.  Raw cacao has been enjoyed for centuries and is revered in many cultures for its benefits.   This heavenly natural boost is said to have beneficial effects for the heart, brain, muscle growth, digestion, anti ageing, stress reduction and to be a natural mood elevator (it certainly puts a smile on our faces!)


Malt Cao Hot Chocolate Paste


Organic raw cacao, malted barley, and maple syrup blended together to create a silky, sumptuous paste.


Organic raw cacao, malted barley and maple syrup. Malt contains B vitamins and minerals.  Malt extract was given as a "strengthening medicine" by Kanga to Roo in The House at Pooh Corner, and was also Tigger's favourite food in the book.

Mint Cao Hot Chocolate Paste


Organic raw cacao, peppermint extract and maple syrup combine to make a smooth drink with zest to power you through the day.  Think natural After Eight Mints in a jar!  


Organic raw cacao, peppermint extract and maple syrup. Peppermint is highly prized for its ability to soothe the digestive tract, easing indigestion and other abdominal complaints.


Dollop half a teaspoon of the paste into your mug or pan, add milk (of your choice) and heat, stir with oomph!  Sit back, breath, imbibe and just be!



Mix with a splash of hot water and then stir in your cold milk to make a rich and refreshing treat.



Try icing cakes with Classic, either on its own or blended with a little cream.  Stir into your coffee to create an indulgent mocha.  See the recipe page for lots more ideas.


Prepared in a kitchen where nuts and gluten are present.


Purchase your jars of CAO at Apothecary 27 71-73 Weyhill, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1H