What is Cacao Powder?
The Short Answer: Dried cacao beans are ground until the fat, or butter, separates from the rest of the bean. The end result is a finely ground cacao powder on one hand, and cacao butter on the other.
A History of Chocolate
The average American consumes almost 12 pounds of chocolate in a year. You may not know it by looking at it, but that little bar of chocolate has a rich history dating back as early as 600 B.C. The Olmec civilization offers us the first evidence of chocolate consumption, with archeological evidence of a paste made from the dried and ground seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree. This tradition continued to Mayan and Aztec civilizations, who made a frothy, bitter beverage by mixing this paste with water (or wine), and often added chilis, allspice, honey, or vanilla to the brew. This drink, xocolatl, or chocol, was cherished for its magical properties, and played an important role in sacred rituals and celebrations. Aztec King Montezum...Read More