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Utah companies take chocolate drinks to new heights

Beverages » Mezzo Chocolate and The Chocolate Conspiracy are among Utah companies intent on showing why their bean of choice rivals its famous cousin.

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Eye on health • At The Chocolate Conspiracy Wentworth aims for the healthiest chocolate possible. He uses unroasted — or raw — cacoa beans, which he says better preserves their nutritional value and inherent flavors. Instead of sugar, he sweetens the bars with Utah honey. The bars are made with other natural ingredients — such as aged balsalmic vinegar and truffle-infused sea salt — and come in unique flavors such as wild spice and blackberry ginger.

For the smoothies at the Farmers Market, Wentworth combines his own chocolate mix with coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut powder, vanilla bean and coconut sugar. The sweetener, made from the flower buds of the coconut palm, is more healthy than the white sugar, said Wentworth who is also trained in holistic health counseling.

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It "is probably one of the best sweeteners for diabetics [and] anyone trying to cut sugar out of their diets," he said.

Wentworth sells four flavors of smoothies: plain chocolate, raspberry, chai, made with tea from locals The Tea Grotto and The Emperor’s Tea; and coffee made with an extract from Salt Lake City’s Rimini Coffee. A 16-ounce container costs $7-$8.

Shoppers are skeptical about the taste when Wentworth tells them it’s healthy, but he assures them it’s "better than Wendy’s frosty."


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