What’s The Difference Between Cacao Powder & Cacao Nibs?
Do you ever have cravings for chocolate? Or is that a silly question?
If you're anything like most people, at some point you will have fantasized about this decadent, god-given gift to the earth. Well, cacao is basically chocolate in its pure, unadulterated, and even healthful form (read about its many nutritional benefits for the body). Cacao comes in many practical forms, but cacao nibs and cacao powder are the two most common products you'll find on the market. Wildly Organic carries both fermented and non-fermented raw cacao powders, and fermented and non-fermented raw cacao nibs (learn the difference between fermented and non-fermented cacao products!). All are produced under the highest organic and sustainable standards. But really, what is the difference between cacao nibs and cacao powder? Read on for everything you need to know about cacao nibs vs powder.
What Is Cacao Powder?
Cacao powder is created by grinding down cacao beans and extracting the cacao butter (the fat component of the cacao bean). Most cacao products you’ll find on the market have undergone a fermentation process unless specified as being non-fermented. Fermenting reduces the cacao bean's natural bitterness while also enhancing the cocoa flavor. Wildly Organic’s Fermented Cacao Powder is naturally fermented in banana leaves for three to five days.
Conventional cocoa powders are ground under high temperatures of up to 300° F. The overall nutrient profile and health benefits mentioned previously are degraded by this high heat processing. The difference between our cacao powder and nibs vs. others is that ours are raw. Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans at a temperature that doesn't exceed 104°F. The living enzymes and nutritional benefits, for which cacao is so well known, are preserved using this method. Cacao powder is perfect for adding to smoothies, cakes, dips, spreads, and of course, for making your own chocolate. Substitute raw (fermented or non-fermented) cacao powder in recipes that call for regular cocoa powder. You can also use cacao powder when you make your own natural beauty products, such as homemade bronzer, body butter, and moisturizing cream.
What Are Cacao Nibs?
Cacao nibs are the chopped-up version of the peeled, raw, unprocessed cacao beans. You can grind up your own cacao nibs and extract the oil, but really, who has time for that? Cacao nibs are about half butter/oil and half fiber residue. They make a great replacement for chocolate chips in your recipes. Keep in mind that cacao nibs are bitter, not sweet like chocolate chips. If you prefer a milder taste, use non-fermented cacao nibs. The lack of fermentation yields a less bitter flavor. Use cacao nibs in muffins, granola, and cupcakes. Cacao nibs add extra crunch to ice cream, pudding, or oatmeal. You can’t substitute them for cocoa or cacao powder in recipes. The texture of cacao nibs vs. powder is completely different.
At Wildly Organic, we carry a range of fermented as well as non-fermented cacao products. Both of these versions are processed under low temperatures to retain antioxidants and offer nutritional benefits. All our products are organic and sustainably sourced, good for your taste buds, body, and the planet. Discover more amazing cacao recipes on our natural eating blog. If you have more questions about our cacao nibs vs. powders, send them our way! We’d love to hear from you.