6 x 250g Cacao
- Current stock is Best Before End 2019
- 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
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.
What do I Taste Like?
Ours is a natural cacao, rather than a processed dutch-style powder, which has had alkali added to it.
Lucy Bee Cacao has a richer, fuller, more traditional taste than those with added sugar.
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.
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:
Where do Cocoa Beans Come From?
The cocoa beans used for Lucy Bee Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate are from the Dominican Republic.
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.
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.
Is Cacao Powder Vegan?
Lucy Bee Cacao Powder and Drinking Chocolate are both vegan certified.
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:
What are Cacao Nibs?
Cacao nibs are dried and fermented bits of cacao beans, with a deep chocolate flavour.
How Much Caffeine in Cacao Powder?
Our Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate contains 52.7mg caffeine per 15g. As a guide, coffee beans generally contain 125.9mg caffeine per 15g.
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.
Typical Values Per 100g
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