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Cacao Vs Cocoa

S1 Ep 10 2020 Resolutions

ha, yes, we really go off topic!


This may not even be on the radar of anyone, for those who love to say "cacao" (complete with hipster accent as per your state/district/nation) probably don't really want to do any research, and especially not come across a quote like this: "Colin Gasko (www.roguechocolatier.com) tells me that people wouldn’t want to eat raw chocolate if they saw the way cacao beans were treated in countries where they’re grown. He has seen beans stored outdoors, by the side of the road, or under other decidedly non-hygienic conditions, such as sharing an area with chickens, who walk over and/or defecate on them."


So according to the internet "cacao" refers to raw products from the cacao bean. Note that wikipedia hasn't quite got into the hipster linger and it seems the two words are interchangeable. Wiki: The cocoa bean or simply cocoa (/ˈkoʊ.koʊ/), which is also called the cacao bean or cacao (/kəˈkaʊ/),[1] is the dried and fully fermented seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids (a mixture of nonfat substances) and cocoa butter (the fat) can be extracted.


You may however read this on your favourite hipster/vegan/froufrou website:

‘Cacao’ refers to any of the food products derived from the cacao bean that have remained ‘raw’. These products include cacao nibs, cacao butter, cacao mass or paste, but most commonly cacao powder. Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans, this process retains the living enzymes and removes the fat (cacao butter).


Years ago I read a very thorough piece by a guy who worked in a chocolate processing factory and he was very matter-of-fact about the whole process. I stored the few important bits of fact that weren't likely to ever change: you can't press fats out of cocoa bean without some type of heat, and moved on with my life, happy in the knowledge that I could continue to buy good old "cocoa" and let the hipsters and frou frou organic mums buy the "cacao". I'm happy to let that situation co-exist. After all, someone has to help pay for the rent and fit-outs of those fancy organic shops, and I do like some of the offerings they have. #frugalhousewife #itsallg #youdoyou I couldn't find that old article I once read, IIRC it was buried deep in some forums on a very ugly site, making Reddit look cutting edge... but this one is in a similar vein.


I was going to let it all slide, then I saw this unhelpful graphic, note the red pen marks are mine....



so I googled "cocoa" and "cacao" from my local supermarket and the nutritional info is interesting.













The biggest difference here is the carb count, quite different and anyone on atkins/paleo/keto should wonder what's the cause, it doesn't seem to be sugars. We know cocoa/cacao isn't actually sweet, so what are the sugars present? Note that the "cacao" has HIGHER sugar levels?! It has lower fat levels but keto people dont care so much about that. Calorie/energy count is almost the same. The cacao powder is TWICE the price. It's a mystery.


And this my friends, in addition to many similar examples I could make, is why millenials can't afford to buy a house! [/caseclosed]


haha ok, maybe not, but it's indicative of the differences between GenX and the Millenials, cos they totally, eagerly buy into all this stuff without questioning the motives. And I fully acknowledge how hard it is to find the truth about these things. For now I'm happy to fall back on good old Woolies cocoa powder that I grew up with, and if I see "cacao" on special (or in Costco), or maybe via some special deal on Amazon (affiliate links) ;) .. I might get sucked into the hype. Actually whilst I was browsing I found cacao+reishi powder.... mushroom powder is wonderful and by now you must know I'm such an advocate for mushrooms and "mushroom man" my (future) best mate, Paul Stamets. You can put this cocoa/mushroom powder in your coffee and it turns it into a guilt-free mocha. Generally I buy my powder at the local markets and enjoy the chat with the bearded hipster, but when that isn't an option, you can always turn to Amazon for more options and better pricing.



It's occurred to me that "cacao" may be a good example of a Veblen goods, it's also occurred to me that "cacao" keeps normal cocoa very cheap, so for selfish reasons I tend to let this one slide. I don't use it enough to really get passionate, but ultimately i'm a "you do you" type gal. bon appetit.





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