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Organic Cacao Powder 250g

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Our Cacao Powder comes from the rare breed of Criollo cacao beans and Forastero Beans. It’s exactly the same as our Drinking Chocolate, making this natural cacao powder an ideal way to get your chocolate fix! Use it in desserts, drinks and even savoury dishes.
  • Suitable for all diets including vegan, gluten free, dairy free and Paleo
  • Use to create your own chocolate, indulgent hot chocolate drinks and delicious cakes
  • Non GM and No Additives
  • 100% Organic Cacao Powder

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How to use

We use it in everything from a delicious hot chocolate, to a chocolate orange torte and even a chocolate chilli con carne.

More Info

What do I Taste Like?
Lucy Bee Cacao has a richer, fuller, more traditional taste than those with added sugar.

It is a natural cacao, rather than a processed dutch-style powder, which has had alkali added to it. Dutch processing and using alkaline actually impacts the antioxidant properties of cacao, there’s a linear decrease in the average total of flavanol content when cacao is light, medium, and heavily alkalised, in comparison to when it is left in its natural state.

Where am I From?

Lucy Bee Cacao is brought to you by a mainly female team of single mothers from the beautiful, mountainous ‘cacao belt’ in the Dominican Republic.  

Why Fair Trade?
Our Fair Trade contributions go towards a Copay fund set up by our producer. This will be used to help educate workers’ children and teach them English, to improve their future prospects. 


  1. What is the Difference Between Cacao and Cocoa Powder? 

In theory, the words ‘cacao’ and ‘cocoa’ should mean the same thing. In practice, though, ‘cacao’ tends to refer to the purest form of cacao/cocoa and ‘cocoa’ is generally used to mean those chocolate powders which have had sugar and possible fillers added. Our blog explains in more detail:  

  1. Where do Cocoa Beans Come From?

The cocoa beans used for Lucy Bee Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate are from the Dominican Republic.

  1. What is Cacao Powder Made of? 

Our Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate is made from a blend of the rare Criollo cacao bean and the forestero cacao bean. These are handpicked; fermented (a natural process, during which time they are turned regularly, to ensure each bean ferments at the same rate and the end flavour is uniform); spread onto wooden tables to dry; roasted (at temperatures below 45C); cooled, milled (turning the beans into a thick liquid called cacao liquor; pressed (to separate the cacao butter from the ‘cake’; the ‘cake’ is now dried and milled to a flour consistency, then sieved, ready to package as 100% Cacao Powder. 

  1. Is Cacao Powder Good for Your Skin? 

Lucy Bee Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate contains antioxidants and is naturally high in fibre, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and protein and is a good source of calcium. The skin can benefit from the properties of these.

  1. Is Cacao Powder Vegan? 

Lucy Bee Cacao Powder and Drinking Chocolate are both vegan certified.

  1. How to Make Chocolate From Cacao? 

We have a selection of recipes to make chocolate, using our Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate which can be found here:

  1. What are Cacao Nibs? 

Cacao nibs are dried and fermented bits of cacao beans, with a deep chocolate flavour. 

  1. How Much Caffeine in Cacao Powder? 

Our Cacao/Drinking Chocolate contains 52.7mg caffeine per 15g. As a guide, coffee beans generally contain 125.9mg caffeine per 15g.

9. Is Your Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate Raw?

The debate around ’raw cacao’ is an interesting one and somewhat confusing too!

There are a couple of points to consider. When talking about a ‘raw’ product, it is generally accepted that during the ‘processing’ of that product, the temperature does not go above 45C.

In the making of our cacao powder/drinking chocolate, the beans are fermented. Whilst the temperature should not go above 45C, because this is a natural process we are unable to guarantee that at no point during this, does the temperature go above 45C.

 Secondly, some would say that for cacao to be considered truly raw, it shouldn't be roasted either, yet, our producer advices that the beans need to be roasted otherwise they are too bitter. The beans used for our cacao / drinking chocolate are roasted with a maximum temperature of 45C. 

In light of these points mentioned and to avoid any confusion, we do not use the term ‘raw’ for our product.

Nutritional Information 

100% Organic Cacao Powder


Typical Values Per 100g
Energy (kj) 1603
Energy (kcal) 386
Fat 17.5g
of which Saturates 10.4g
Carbohydrate 15.6g
of which Sugars 0.7g
Fibre 28.7g
Protein 27.1g
Salt 0.1g

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4.73 Average

60 Reviews

Val B

If you need any recipe ideas, please see our website or check out Lucy and the team on social media. I love this for cooking and drinks, alike. Petrina

Claire B

Wonderful in smoothies & as a hot chocolate drink. It is bitter but that's down to it's purity. It sorts my sweet tooth out!

Definitely a hit in our house, we use this every day as a hot chocolate and I also love to add to porridge. If you prefer it sweeter then at least you're in control of how much sugar to add! Petrina

Fleur-Melissa E

I have this as hot chocolate in the evening if I need something sweet, or mid afternoon. Does the trick

Great to hear that you're enjoying the cacao powder as a hot chocolate - it's my favourite too! Georgia

natasha k

This is the such nice cacao powder.... it’s rich and full of flavour without the bitter aftertaste that’s comes with some cacao products.

Thank you for your review, Natasha. If you are after any recipe inspiration then we have lots on our website -

Ollie C

Joseph C

10/10 excellent

Many thanks for sharing this. We love using our Cacao in cooking and as a hot chocolate. If you need any recipe ideas, please check out our website Petrina

Karen L

Love this - my new favourite hot choc with non dairy milk :-)

The cacao is my favourite too! If you're on social media then please do share your creations with us - we love seeing them! Georgia


The hot chocolate I just made using only this product and unsweetened almond milk / coconut milk combined was the best hot chocolate ever! In my opinion there is no need to add any sweetener with this product, especially if you are used to eating no sugar 100% cacao chocolate. This is my new chocolate fix without the sugar. Thank you Lucy Bee for another great product!

HI Kim, you definitely sound as big a fan as we are! Obviously, you can sweeten it if that's how you prefer it and at least that way you're in control of how much sugar you're using. Like you, I prefer mine without any sweetener though and love the rich chocolate taste. Did you know you can also use this product in baking? Our website has lots of suggestions, if you need any ideas. Petrina

Sarah A

Love this chocolate

Thank you for your review, Sarah. We're so glad to hear that you are enjoying your Cacao! Feel free to check our website and social media pages for lots more recipes and tips - Georgia

Linda B

The best Cacao Powder around, it’s 100% Cacao and so pleased that’s all it contains, no nasty added sugars or other additives! Fairtrade and organic makes it the ethical choice and quality is superb! Much better than other brands, exactly what it says on the tin and so many uses for it, I use it in flapjacks, porridge, hot chocolte drinks, baking, beauty- you name it! Gave it as Christmas presents to all my family members and they love it too, a much healthier option compared to high sugar constraining cocoa powders from leading brands!

What another great review, thank you Linda. The cacao is my favourite too, I love making hot chocolate to curb sugar cravings! If you're on social media then please share your creations with us, we love seeing them! Georgia

Natalie D

Love this product, it helps with my chocolate cravings, I make a hot choc drink with water and quite often make some sweet treats by mixing it with Lucy Bee coconut oil. Great versitile product.

Thank you for your review, Natalie. You're right, it's brilliant to help with sugar cravings! I love having mine with a nut milk and I put it in my overnight oats. If you're after any more recipes then check our website - Georgia

Penelope S

Love, love, love this product!! I use it in cooking and have a hot chocolate nearly everyday ~ it keeps my chocolate cravings at bay and has numerous health benefits! My favourite Lucy Bee product!

Snap! I love this as a tasty hot chocolate. Our website has lots of recipe ideas too if you need any inspiration. Petrina

Cheri D

Lovely tasting raw Cacao. The best I've had

Thank you, Cheri. Feel free to check our website and social media pages for lots of cacao recipes and tips from Lucy and the team. Georgia



Skeptical I would like this but I make it with milk, add some cinnamon and a bit of honey and it's delicious, can't get enough of it!!

You sound as big a fan as we all are! Our daily cup of cacao has replaced a coffee in the office! Like our Drinking Chocolate, it can also be used in bakes and sweet and savoury recipes. Enjoy. Petrina


Isobel H

This is a most rich tasting cacao ...full of body and flavour. Add it to cakes as part of dry ingredients ...a 'chocolate' flavour like no other ! Try it in flapjacks .... you will not turn back . I certainly will not turn back from Lucy Bee products. I love the ethos, the basic principles ..... and the amazing support with recipes and news.

Thank you for your brilliant review, Isobel - we're so glad to hear that you are enjoying your Cacao Powder and it's lovely to hear how much you appreciate Lucy Bee's ethos and principles! Georgia x


Love this cacao power. Small container but a little goes a long way!G2:G45


Doesn't taste very nice in my opinion so rather disappointing. It's just bitter chocolate powder. Both me and my Mrs thought the same. It is all natural which is a plus but was expecting something delicious. Maybe try one of the other brands.


Love using this to make all sorts of healthier chocolatey things!

"Sally H

Love this stuff use it in smoothies and sprinkle in coffee and cakes


Great product


Amazing quality, add to porridge, cookies, crumble mix, lots health benefits!, very smooth chocolate flavour, use daily now, not be without it!

"Katy P

Personally didn't like the taste for drinking chocolate. Too bitter/not sweet enough and I'm a fan of dark chocolate. It was quite thick. Would probably be good for baking though instead of normal cocoa powder.

"A. T

Lovely to bake with, adds a really rich taste to cakes, brownies etc. Not actually tried as a drinking chocolate yet but will be soon!


Makes a lovely hot chocolate. It is very rich so takes some getting used to, but is definitely better than mainstream brands that are full of sugar and don't have a strong chocolate taste.

"Miss M

I have bought a LOT of cacao powders over the years and this is the best one on the market, by far. This has got a rich, chocolatey taste and makes a wonderful healthy hot chocolate, with no need for sweetener. I also use it in smoothies, for baking and for making energy balls with nuts and dates. Absolutely superb quality. I won't buy any other cacao powder now - this is the best!


I love Lucy bees products! Must buy!


Delicious, my favourite cocoa powder! I like this so much more than the fully raw cacoa powders as this is so much more flavoursome. I use this regularly in drinks.


Such a great drink, have been having it evenings instead of coffee. The taste is not like a main stream hot chocolate which is very sweet and full of sugar this tastes more natural and as such takes a little time to adjust but in the long run far better for you, I started with a little maple syrup to sweeten it and now drink it raw and have even tried it mixed in a coffee which is well worth a try.