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Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs

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Cacao beans come from the Theobroma cacao tree, which produces pod-like fruits. Each of these large fruits contains anywhere between 20 and 60 beans and these are surrounded by a sticky white pulp.


The cacao trees are native to the African Amazon region including countries such as Brazil, Ecuador, Malaysia and Indonesia.


Cacao is available to buy in powder form or as nibs.

Cacao powder comes from cacao pods from the Theobroma cacao tree. These pods are then cleaned, sorted and shelled to leave cacao nibs. The nibs are then ground into a paste and the butter is removed, leaving raw cacao powder.


Cacao powder has a very rich flavour which is slightly bitter. A little goes a long way too so you will only need a sprinkling to enjoy its intense taste.

Cacao nibs come from the cacao pods which grow on the Theobroma cacao tree. The beans from the pods are dried and then cracked into small pieces to give us the nibs. 


Cacao nibs are small in size – perfect for snacking – and have an intense chocolate-y flavour. They are usually available to buy in both roasted and non-roasted varieties.

Yes, most cacao products are suitable for vegans as they are plant based. 


Please check the ingredients of each product to ensure that they are vegan and that nothing extra has been added.

No, cacao is not just cocoa spelt wrong! 


Cacao and cocoa are not exactly the same but they are very similar. Both come from the Theobroma cacao tree, the beans from the tree providing the basis for both cacao and cocoa. 


The raw or unprocessed products from the beans are usually called cacao and it is usually a more natural product, whereas cocoa is often subject to more processing.


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