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January 13, 2009

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Cacao Nib Truffles

Truffles made from organic raw cacao, covered with raw cacao nibs, have intense, bittersweet chocolate flavor. You are mano a mano with the cacao. All photography by Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Chocolate truffles, brownies and other products made from raw cacao.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: It’s “primitive” chocolate without fancy designs that simply tastes terrific. It’s also organic and vegan.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It tastes healthy, primal, vigorous and delicious...and it’s better for you!

Uli Mana Raw Cacao: Organic, Vegan, Terrific!

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Uli Mana’s Raw Cacao Chocolates

While some people make vegan chocolate with soy milk, Uli Mana doesn’t mess around. Everything is deep and dark.

Dark Cacao Truffles

Most excellent dark  chocolate truffles are available in seven flavors. Our first two choices—Cacao Nib and Peppermint—were splendid; our next order will include Coconut and Mayan, with spicy chile. The other flavors include plain Dark Cacao, super antioxidant Goji Cherry and Hemp.

The benefit of eating these vegan truffles over conventional ones is that the lack of cream cuts the richness. You don’t end up with a feeling of overload, just a great connection with the chocolate.

Raw Cacao Peppermint Truffles

Uli Mana’s organic, raw cacao Peppermint Truffles are as delightful as any truffles we’ve tasted.

The nice thing about agave sweetener is that it lacks the sugary sweetness of refined white sugar. Here, the sweetness is lovely, but in the background. You get the chocolatiness and peppermint that you want, and see here a perfect demonstration of why there's too much sugar in most products that overwhelms the flavor of the primary ingredient you’d really like to taste.

  • Cacao Nib Truffles (photo at top of page) add an extra element of crunchy texture and more cacao without sweetness.
  • Peppermint Truffles (photo above) are rich and resonant chocolate, with a light tingle of peppermint essence.

Both flavors are excellent; we look forward to trying more.

Truffle Butter
Have a bite of Truffle Butter.

Truffle Butter & Other Spreads

Want to eat vegan ganache from a spoon? Get a jar of Uli Mana’s Truffle Butter. Enjoy it with cookies, fruit, as a fudge sauce, in coffee or hot milk or...from the spoon.

The Truffle Butter is pure vegan chocolate: raw organic cacao powder, cacao butter, agave, vanilla bean and Celtic sea salt. These are the same ingredients as the truffles, only in ganache form.

Uli Mana makes other “Manna” spreads that we didn’t taste, which add coconut oil and other nutrients: hemp, goji or maca, a Peruvian root that contains more than 55 naturally occurring phyto-chemicals that are said to be instant mood and energy elevators.

Wherever you begin, you can indulge guilt-free with this very fine line.


—Karen Hochman


Uli Mana

Raw Cacao Chocolate Date Nut Rolls, Dark Cacao Truffles, Hemp Brownies, Truffle Butter

  • Brownies
    5 Ounces
  • Date Rolls
    5 Ounces
  • Truffles
    5.5-Ounce Jar
  • Truffle Butter
    10 Ounces

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Truffle Butter
Truffle Butter.


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