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by 2272 · April 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

More and more we hear about how dark chocolate has many health benefits. If one consumes Raw Organic Cacao Power (in a smoothie or something), does that contain all the health benefits without any added ingredients? (aka sugar, etc). Thanks! (more)

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samc 0 · April 18, 2014 at 4:12 AM

That is the basic ingredient in chocolate bars, etc. I like to grind it fresh from the nibs.

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by 0 · November 23, 2013 at 6:49 AM

I read that its really easy to melt them but when I've tried they got nowhere near melted :( do they actually melt?

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samc 0 · November 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Finely grind them and mix with some GF butter or coconut oil and some honey for a great homemade dark chocolate. Freshly ground I eat them with a spoon and some almond butter.

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by 228 · August 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I usually make 3 oz 100 % dark chocolate bars with 9 tablespoons organic raw cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons coconut oil. The thing is, coconut oil is expensive as hell. Do you think it will still taste good with unsalted butter instead of coconut... (more)

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juju 0 · July 31, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I does still taste good with butter rather than coconut oil (it is cocoa powder and butter...how can you lose?) The texture is different, however. When you make it with butter it softer. I like to combine coconut oil and butter when I make it.... (more)

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by 1662 · April 10, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa makes me anxious. Raw Cacao does not make me anxious. Or so it seems. Does one have caffeine and the other not, or do they both contain caffeine?

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David_Moss 0 · April 10, 2012 at 5:58 AM

The figures I've seen are 78mg/100g for cocoa (an espresso is about 100g). I strongly suspect that there's the same amount of caffeine in both (certainly not less caffeine in the raw product). (more)

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by 1662 · December 04, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I read amazing benefits of consuming raw cacao, then come across reading the negative effects of cacao. I don't know which side I should stand on. Testimonials speak volumes, and maybe I should guinea pig myself with cacao, but has anyone out... (more)

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Pecan 0 · December 04, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I tried making my own "hot chocolate" by mixing cacao powder with hot water, not knowing how bitter it would taste (the lovely chocolatey smell is decieving!). Though it didn't taste great, I felt felt awesome afterwards - really calm and... (more)

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by 1662 · October 04, 2012 at 6:55 AM

These two seem to differ. http://www.morethanalive.com/Cacao-Organic-Raw-Powder?s=cacao http://www.cheftalk.com/t/19794/whats-difference-between-cacao-powder-and-cocoa-powder (more)

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gifford 0 · October 04, 2012 at 6:55 AM

They taste very different in my experience. At least, I've had roasted cocao beans and then raw cocoa beans and the roasted ones were very different, they were fragile and the taste had a bitterness reminiscent of coffee beans. As for cocoa powder... (more)

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by 6832 · March 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM

I have heard conflicting opinion on whether raw cacao is safe - One quote reads: "No animal in nature will eat it unless tricked into it with milk or sugar. If you can convince an animal to eat it then it greatly shortens their life span if it... (more)

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David_Moss 0 · March 18, 2010 at 8:18 PM

I certainly don't need to be tricked into consuming raw cacao, I've got some raw beans and they're pretty tasty (as you'd expect of 100% chocolate). They certainly don't contain any super 'raw' benefits, but neither is there any reason to think it... (more)