Hot, hot chocolate: cocoa and cacao powder

March 15, 2018 7:05 am Published by 1 Comment

A mug of steaming, velvety hot chocolate can make everything right in the world. You’ll generally need cocoa (or cacao) powder to make it – although we do also stock chocolate flakes, as well as Hasslacher’s block hot chocolate, which is a solid mass of 100% cacao. You’ll need to grate this and mix it with milk and sugar to make a classic hot chocolate. It’s time-consuming in just the right way, soothing the nerves as you grate, mix, stand and stir.

Do you use powder, flakes or block to make your hot chocolate?

A mug of hot chocolate…and all is right with the world.

Cocoa and cacao powders can be used in baking, too. For great, moist chocolate sponges and buns, simply replace 1 tablespoon of the flour with one tablespoon of the powder, repeating as necessary, according to how many eggs the recipe calls for. (If you’re using two eggs, replace two tablespoonfuls; three eggs, replace three; and so on.) You can stick cocoa and cacao powder in smoothies, as well, or use to make chocolate icing. They add a chocolatey flavour to anything and everything.

Cocoa or cacao?

We sell both cocoa and cacao powders at Naturally Good Food and we anticipate that both will be used in much the same way.

Cocoa powder is naturally sweeter but less nutritious.

Cocoa or cacao powder?

They’re not quite the same product, though. Cacao powder is raw: it’s made simply by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. Cocoa powder, on the other hand, is made from roasted cacao beans, which have previously been fermented and dried. After roasting, the beans will be turned into a thick paste and the cocoa butter removed. The mixture is then ground to produce cocoa powder.

Cocoa powder has a naturally sweeter taste than cacao powder, which can be a little bitter. However, when it comes to nutrition, cacao is most definitely in the lead. Rich in minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese, cacao is also a great source of antioxidants. In addition, it’s cacao that’s got all the flavonols – natural compounds found in plants that research shows to have positive cardiovascular effects.

The heat-treatment cacao undergoes to become cocoa unfortunately reduces a great many of these benefits in cocoa.

All our cacao and cocoa

We’ve got something for everyone in our cacao/cocoa powder range. There’s supernutrient cacao powder from Aduna, BonPom and ChocChick – and cocoa powder from Green and Blacks, Divine, Infinity and our own brand name (Naturally Good Food).

With sugar included, this is a luxurious treat.

Ready-to-go hot chocolate is the speediest option.

If you’re in a hurry, we’ve got ‘hot chocolate’ tubs, from a range of brands, to which you simply need to add milk. These contain sugar already, making them a luxurious sweet treat.

If you’re in the mood for hot chocolate, you might also like to take a look at our range of unrefined sugars, as well as our dairy-free milks.

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