Ococoa is based in Los Angeles and run by an incredibly friendly lady named Diana. Not only did she send this lovely box of 9 flavors of her Butter Cups — think of these like sophisticated peanut butter cups — but she also wants to offer you, Sisters and Brothers, a special discount on orders. I'll include those details at the end of today's Sacrament as well as at the bottom of The Chocolate Cult for future reference.
box were 9 of these unique Butter Cups, along with a black and white photo list of the varieties inside. You can also find color photos of the various flavors on the website itself. I will try to cut these in half so you can see the layering inside each, but if that fails, please go to the website. Each cup is 1inch tall and 1.5 inches across on the top. The box had a list of ingredients but no nutritional information, so just keep practicing moderation and enjoy these slowly, and you should be fine. There are no artificial ingredients in these, and the principal component is 61% dark chocolate. There are also no animal products here — no dairy, no lard, no added oils beyond what comes from the Sacred Substance itself — so this is good for a wide range of people with allergies or philosophical beliefs that might otherwise curb their enjoyment of Chocolate. Each chocolate shell is shiny, cool and smooth to the touch, so I won't repeat this observation over and over in the paragraphs below.
Beyond the unique flavors of these wonderful little cups, Ococoa is offering all of the Sisters and Brothers here in The Chocolate Cult a 15% discount on purchases from now until December 31, 2010. Yes, until the end of the year! To claim this special offer, enter code CPR10 in the coupon section when you check out on their website. This applies only to the purchase price, not shipping and handling.
I was asked to review this for Valentine's Day, but given the simplicity of the box, I think that you could give this for all sorts of occasions. On the website you can find five collections of these butter cups to choose from, so if only a few of these flavors appealed to you, you can probably find a selection of them here.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.