Exploding Tree launches Cocoa Husk Tea. An energizing lift from the Food of the Gods


Exploding Tree launches Cocoa Husk Tea
An energizing lift from the Food of the Gods…

Clonakilty Chocolate, the ethical food company specializing in handmade Fairtrade chocolate is branching out as Exploding Tree – returning to its roots and exploring new frontiers taking inspiration from the connections made between soil, society and spirit.
Allison Roberts, founder of Exploding Tree, is a passionate supporter of sustainable local business - wherever in the world they may be. Her medium is chocolate and her mission is to celebrate cocoa as a life-giving wholefood. Naturally nutritious and abundant with essential vitamins, minerals and heart healthy cocoa butter, cocoa is the original superfood.
The first product to be launched by Exploding Tree is Cocoa Husk Tea - a Fairtrade loose-leaf tea bursting with flavors of buttery roasted chocolate, honey and soothing spice, brimming with goodness.

The cocoa beans sourced by Exploding Tree are grown by Fairtrade farming co-operative Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana, West Africa, then shipped to their small but perfectly formed bean-to-bar factory in West Cork, Ireland.

Hand-processing cocoa beans without the use of chemicals means every part of the bean can be used – including the husk. When infused in freshly boiled water, the cocoa husks make a refreshing cup of comforting and delicious tea!

The Cacao Tree’s Latin name Theobroma literally means “Food of the Gods” and has sustained great empires for millennia. The husk contains the same balance of nutrients as the beans, so drinking Exploding Tree’s Cocoa Husk Tea is an easy and delicious way to treat your body to essential antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients.
Allison Roberts has been in the business of making chocolate since she was just 12 years old living in Toronto, Canada. It was supposed to be a short visit to West Cork ten years ago, but instead Roberts ended up settling into the award winning town of Clonakilty and building a bean-to-bar chocolate factory.

Allison said, “We have been drinking Cocoa Husk Tea for years, I especially love it first thing in the morning or after a big meal. This tea has its roots in ancient Mayan civilisation, used in ritual and enjoyed for its uplifting qualities… the husk contains so much of the whole bean’s goodness - the same way the skin of any fruit or vegetable contains so much of its goodness.”
I am passionate about reclaiming chocolate’s potential as a healthy, nutrient-rich food source and so Cocoa Husk Tea fits this bill. We have been developing it with LIT (Limerick Institute of Technology) and were delighted to find through their panel surveys that people were loving the taste as much as we do. When we received the lab results of high nutrient and antioxidant content, our instinct that it was doing us good was confirmed! It tastes great - roasted chocolate, honey and warming spices really come through. It is buttery and comforting, like a warm cuddle.”
Why is Cocoa Husk Tea so good?
  • Caffeine-free Cocoa Beans are rich in a stimulant called Theobromine. Often mistaken for caffeine, it acts to give you sustained energy over a long time, and unlike caffeine is not followed by a crash. Fuel up once and go all day!
  • Rich in Essential Nutrients and Antioxidants ORAC is the standard used to measure antioxidant value. Our Cocoa Husk Tea has six-times the Oxygen Radical Absorbancy Capacity of green tea! It is also a source of vitamin E (important for cell regeneration), and high in zinc, iron, manganese (good for healthy bone maintenance), copper (good for keeping red blood cells, nervous and immune systems healthy) and chromium (good for keeping bodily functions in balance).
  • The husk contains heart-healthy cocoa butter, good for circulation and digestion.
  • Ethical and traceable supply chains are a mainstay at Exploding Tree, Cocoa Husk Tea is 100% Fairtrade certified.
  • All of our packaging is 100% biodegradable.
  • Spent tea leaves make a nutrient-rich compost for your garden!
Allison (centre) in Ghana with farmers

Clonakilty Chocolate & Exploding Tree
Allison Roberts started selling her first chocolate creations in her local Toronto farmers market aged just 12. Having traveled the world meeting artists, growers and change-makers, Allison settled into the picturesque West Cork town of Clonakilty in 2008 and within months was making and selling her chocolates locally under her fledgling brand Exploding Tree. In 2009 she founded Clonakilty Chocolate and through her interest in the ethics of sourcing ingredients for her chocolates, joined the Fairtrade group in the town.
A Fairtrade fact-finding trip to Ghana inspiring in the growth of Clonakilty Chocolate in going bean-to-bar and exploring alternative sweeteners. A successful crowd-funding campaign enabled the transition and her bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the heart of Clonakilty is still, to this day, one of only four bean-to-bar producers in Ireland.
In preparation for her ten year anniversary in Ireland Allison is honing her vision and reviving her original brand Exploding Tree. More than ever, she is focused on spreading a positive message about the goodness of cacao, exploring healthy alternative sweeteners and fostering dialogue around the importance of wholefoods and food chain transparency, maintaining her commitment to Fairtrade, sustainability and supporting small independent businesses like hers. Plans for the future of Exploding Tree include launching a range of cane-sugar free delicious cooking chocolate as well as a vegan oat milk chocolate bar.
Exploding Tree and Clonakilty Chocolate products can be found in independent shops throughout Ireland, Scotland and online at
Collaboration over competition
Small businesses thrive when they work together. Here are some of the projects Allison has collaborated with…

  • Blacks of Kinsale to provide cocoa husk for brewing their End of the World Imperial Chocolate Stout;
  • Robyn’s Handmade Soaps make goats milk and cocoa husk soaps;
  • Cocoa Husk Designs use our “flat” cocoa beans and hessian to make chocolate meditation cushions;
  • A variety of local projects have used our surplus hessian cocoa sacks: from Samhain Festival costumes, to outdoor flooring for preschools, to potato sack races!

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