Module 4: Making KAKAO For A Group & Inviting Your Community

Module 4 does not have an audio. We have provided a step by step guide below on how to make KAKAO for a group, as well as links & resources to ensure you have everything you need.

1. Order the right amount of KAKAO well in advance of your ceremony

  • Recommended dose of our Blend: 40-50 grams per person
  • Recommend dose of our Pure: 30-40 grams per person*

*Please only serve the higher dose when you'll be leading at least a 3 hour ceremony.

To determine how much KAKAO you need, take the dose per person and multiple by the # of people in your ceremony.

Example: 45g Blend x 10 people = 450 grams total

There are 453.5 grams of KAKAO in a 1lb bag, so to determine how many bags you need:

Total grams of KAKAO needed, divided by 453.5

Example: 400 grams / 453.5 = .99

This means you will need just under 1 full bag of KAKAO for your ceremony of 10 people.

2. Buy a hot water kettle or use a stove to heat your water

To calculate how much water you need:

  • 8oz (250 ml)  x  number of attendees
  • Example: 8 oz (250ml) x 10 people = 80 oz (2.4 L)

If your hot water kettle has a max capacity of 1.7L, which is enough for approx 6-7 people.

To calculate how many kettles full you need:

(Total Litres Needed) / (Max Capacity of your Kettle in L)

Example: 2.4 L needed / 1.7 L max capacity = 1.4 kettles full

Tip: Don't forget to bring filtered or bottled water if you're doing your ceremony in a space that won't have access to clean water.

3. Blend (or Whisk) the hot water with the KAKAO

Use a kitchen scale to weigh out the total grams of KAKAO. For example, if you have 10 people coming and you're serving 45g of the Blend, weigh out 450 grams of KAKAO into a bowl.

For a smaller ceremony, you can use a large blender that is safe for hot liquids. We recommend Vitamix, BlendTec or this Ninja. If you don't have a blender, you can use a whisk.

For a Larger ceremony, use a large pot & an immersion blender (also known as a 'stick' blender.) If you don't have a blender, you can use a whisk. However, the creamiest KAKAO is made with a blender.

Optional: Add coconut oil, maca powder, etc.

4. Tips For Keeping Your KAKAO Hot Leading Up To Ceremony

We recommend you make your KAKAO well before your attendees arrive. If you're doing this at home or at a place with a stove, you can re-heat your KAKAO in a large pot on low.

If you're leading ceremony in a space that does not have a stove, you have two options:

a) Have a helper/assistant so that you can make your pot of KAKAO with hot water kettles right before people arrive, and cover the pot to keep it hot.

b) Purchase a portable/electric stove to keep your KAKAO hot until people arrive.

Other things you will need:

  • Cups (10oz is a great size) or Mugs
  • Ladle
  • Napkins
  • Disposable Wooden spoons for each cup (Optional)

Checklist, in additon to the above:

  • Kitchen scale
  • Blender or Whisk
  • Large pot & lid
  • Ladle (I like to get a small one from a chef's warehouse versus the large soup ladles you buy at the store, but this is optional)
  • Gallons of water if needed
  • Kettle
  • Portable stove/heat pad

 

Inviting Your Community 
It's time to get in person with our communities. In Module 5, we discuss this more. Hang fliers at the health food store or yoga studio, shoot texts to your friends & family, partner with a sound healer or breath-work facilitator. Overall, ask to be led. Set an intention to connect in person with a larger community, and the rest will fall into place.

 

Resources:

- Create fliers & handouts to invite Your Community (optional): We recommend using templates on Canva or another simple design platform (there are tons of apps) to insert your unique info. You can use the logos & photos suggested below.

- KAKAO Logos to use in your invites, handouts, website & more.

- Photos: Feel free to use anything from our website or social media accounts; Please give photo cred to KAKAO Ceremonial Drinking Chocolate with our link.

 

Next Up: Module 5, Holding Sacred Space & Incorporating Essential Oils Into Your Ceremonies- An Interview with Sound Healer & Ceremony Facilitator, Ellie Seilern