Cacao vs. Cocoa: 6 Sweet Ways to Tell the Difference

2. Raw Cacao

The difference between cocoa and cacao exists far beyond mere spelling. These foods in powdered form sure look similar, but cacao is a raw superfood made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The fact that cacao is raw (not processed or roasted, like cocoa) means the nutritional value in the living enzymes is retained and the fat (cacao butter) taken out.

Cacao can be considered a food grouping, amassed from edibles derived from cacao beans, which can be made up of cacao paste, cacao mass, cacao butter, and most popular, cacao nibs.

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