Hello everyone! It’s Graham and today I will tell you about my experience tasting the Four Sigmatic Mushroom Cacao Mix. It includes the Cordyceps Mushroom extract which has many nutritional benefits. The downside is that they have never tested those benefits on humans. According to Healthline, some of those benefits are that they may boost athletic performance, they may have anti-aging properties, and there are possible benefits for heart health. For more information about cordyceps mushrooms, go to our Mushroom Profiles, which are coming soon.
We bought this for $14.99 on Amazon, although I’m not sure if you can get it cheaper somewhere else. There are 10 packets in the box, so each packet is $1.50. That’s a lot for a packet smaller than a 12-year-old’s hand. Considering all the potential benefits, it’s worth it.
Fun fact: actual Cordyceps mushrooms go for $9,000 USD. This strain of mushroom is called Cordyceps sinensis. It is so expensive because they only grow on ants and caterpillars. Don’t worry though, scientists made another version of it that grows in nutrient rich liquid. It is called Cordyceps militaris.
To prepare it, we heated up both the milk and the water in the microwave. Then, we mixed the powder in. After that, we enjoyed it.
One of my first thoughts upon tasting the hot chocolate was that the recommended liquid volume isn’t much at all. The box instructs the viewer multiple times to use 3.5 fl oz or 100 ml of liquid. I didn’t really think too much of it until I poured the water into the measuring cup.
Some main ingredients were things like cacao powder, coconut palm sugar, and cordyceps extract. As I read that, I wondered why they put coconut palm sugar in, instead of cane sugar or something like that. I will also admit that I never heard of coconut palm sugar.
As I went down the list of ingredients, I found myself curious on one of them. I was wondering why it had ginger in the powder. To make it more healthy? I don’t know. Anyway, I had one more question regarding the ingredients. It said below the list of ingredients that they made it in the USA with foreign ingredients. What ingredients? Were they all foreign?
Some things I took note of before I tried it, were that it said 1 serving per day. I was wondering why. Is it dangerous? Also, it is organic. As I wrote that, I chuckled to myself. I’m turning into my mom.
Alright, enough boring stuff. Get ready for the moment you’ve all been waiting for. I was dying with anticipation. A bead of sweat rolled down my face. I was ready.
I tried it with water, then almond milk to get two different perspectives. When I poured the powder into the water it dissolved very quickly. Minimal stirring required. The smell was pretty strong; it smelled earthy. The overall taste was strong, it tasted mostly like ginger but a bit like chocolate. I personally thought it was ok, but my mom offered a different opinion. While you can’t really compare it to your average kids hot cocoa, it is a great health food. My mom said, “It was a guilt-free hot chocolate.”
My dad liked it a bit better than I did, probably because of my sweet tooth. But my mom is a fan of ginger and she liked it. It is not very sweet and it’s a little grainy but not bad. It’s also a tiny bit spicy just from the ginger.
With Almond Milk
With Almond Milk, I enjoyed it a lot more than with water. It smells better, just because of the Almond Milk. Mixing the powder in is quite similar to mixing hot chocolate mix into warm milk. It is a ton more mild. The ginger was just in more of the aftertaste. I liked it a fair amount, while my parents really liked it.
In conclusion, I think that overall; it was a pretty good product. For water, I would give it a 1.75 out of 5 and I think for Almond Milk I would give it a 4.25. My mom gives it a 2 out of 5 for the water. For the Almond Milk she gives it a 4 out of 5. That was for taste though. As a health food, I would give it a 5 out of 5. I would highly recommend this to health enthusiasts. The link to this product is below as well as at the top of the page.