Friday, April 17, 2009

Zoom Balls and Speed Fudge

Guarana is a tropical plant native to the Amazon forest. It is a natural stimulant and used in many modern day energy drinks and diet pills.

This zoom ball recipe is by the famed herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. Michael Moore also has a recipe for guarana fudge I have included as well. I have made the zoom balls but not the fudge. I may give it a whirl one day soon! (feeling very low energy here)

**These should not be taken by pregnant or nursing moms or those sensitive to caffeine** KEEP OUT OF REACH OF PETS AND CHILDREN!

A Rosemary Gladstar recipe
  • 3 cups tahini (drain excess oil from the top)
  • 1 cup cashew or almond butter
  • 2 cups honey (more or less to taste)
  • 5 oz guarana powder
  • 2 oz eleuthero powder
  • 1 tbl cardamom powder
  • 1 oz Chinese ginseng powder
  • 1/2 oz nutmeg or mace powder
  • 1 oz bee pollen
  • 2 vials royal jelly
  • 1 package carob or bitter chocolate chips
  • 8 oz unsweetened shredded coconut- toasted
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 # bittersweet dipping chocolate
  1. Mix tahini, nut butter and honey until smooth. Combine the herbal powders, bee pollen and royal jelly and add to tahini mix.
  2. Add chips, coconut and almonds - mix in well. Mix in enough cocoa powder to bring the dough to the desired thickness.
  3. Roll the dough into small balls. If you want to coat the balls with chocolate, chill them in the refrigerator of easier dipping. You can also spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and cut into squares.
  4. Melt the dipping chocolate in a double boiler. Drip the balls 1 at a time and place on waxed paper to cool.
  5. Store the balls in baking tins in a cool place. They will last for weeks.

by the late Michael Moore ( )

Mix together:
5 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 cups milk

Add later:
1 cube sweet butter
6 ounces powdered Guarana Bean
Various nuts (if desired)

Boil sugar,salt and milk to the soft ball stage. Remove from heat for 10 minutes, add 1 cube sweet butter. Mix in 6 ounces of powdered Guarana Bean, and stir constantly until the glistening surface starts to look like frosting and stiffens. Add nuts (if desired), scrape onto greased surface, cool until set, and cut.

WARNING: This stuff tastes GREAT, but speeds like a mother.


  1. How strongly do you feel about nursing mothers not eating the guarana fudge? Is it different if it is toddlers nursing infrequently, or would you really avoid it altogether?

  2. You could certainly try it and see! But be forewarned! ;)