Home > Blogs 24341 visitors online now Add To Favorites Log On    Join/Sign Up    User Finder   Inbox New
CureZone
  All Blogs
    Raw Food for One

Blog: Raw Food for One
by The Wanted

83 blog entries; 17 entries per page; 1 pages; viewed 184,082 times
Description   |   Rules   |   Disclaimer

ADVERTISEMENTS
 
Medianet Ads



ADVERTISEMENTS
 

Cacao Nibs Versus Cacao Powder

At the beginning, I thought it would be "no contest"!

Date:   7/10/2009 11:00:13 PM   ( 5 y ) ... viewed 10164 times

I wasn't really planning to review a comparison between cacao powder and cacao nibs. I had been excited and happy when cacao powder first came out and never really looked back. I had a shadow of a doubt but never dwelled on it. Until today.

I've been enjoying a cacao drink nearly daily lately and was almost out of cacao powder. Went to the nearby health food co-op, and they were OUT of the cacao powder. They had the Navitas organic "Cacao Power," though. In other words, they had raw organic cacao NIBS but no powder. The nibs are a little bit cheaper than the powder though the same weight.

I really wanted my chocolate today, and I DO have an awesome and big and heavy 9-inch-diameter Thai granite mortar and pestle, so I thought what the heck, I used nibs before and used (a different, i.e., not as good) mortar and pestle and I can do it again. When home, put a tablespoon or two of the nibs in the mortar and pestle and plundered it down to something you might call a powder in very little time. As I was concocting my drink, I first put in the blender the cacao powder I still had left from before -- and then threw in the newly pulverized raw cacao.

I was astonished to see the difference in color of the two! They were both the same brand, both "raw," both organic and supposedly the only difference was that one bag was the nibs and the other bag was the powder. However, seeing the two sit in the bowl side by side, I was astonished to note the vast difference in color of the two! While my freshly pulverized nibs were a deep and dark, rich brown the cacao powder was so light as to be 3 to 5 (or more) shades lighter than the newly powdered cacao nibs.

I don't know what method is used to make the powder, but I'm convinced just by seeing the color difference that the powder is more processed than I want. I am very happy to have run out of cacao powder when the store was out of the powder too or it could have been years before I would have come to this same conclusion.

If I still had a lot of cacao powder I would still eat it, sure. I just would switch to the nibs when re-ordering.

Oh. This reminds me of the first (and only) song I ever wrote, when I was about 10 years old and learning rudimentary bits of Spanish language in school. Sorry I don't know how to convey the tune that goes with it, other than to say it is a Mexican tune. Note: chocolate is pronounced choe-koe-LAH-tay in Spanish (choe and koe rhyming with Joe). Or at least, that is what our Spanish teacher said, and that is how it is pronounced in this song:

"Aiye, yie-yie-yie,
Oh choe-koe-LAH-tay
es un amigo mia
Oh voy contarle!"

That's the whole song, which I never forgot. I did however forget what some of the words meant over the years. According to at least one bilingual friend, the song says,

"Aiye, yie-yie-yie
Oh chocolate [or Oh cacao]
is a friend of mine
I sing about it!"

Well, that does pretty much sum up the sentiment anyhow, eh? (smile)

Cheers,
Michele

P.S. For those without a good mortar and pestle, another way to get something approaching a powder from the cacao nibs is to use an electric coffee grinder -- that two-armed kind that spins.

Add This Entry To Your CureZone Favorites!

Printer-friendly version of this page
Email this message to a friend
Bookmark this page/Add to Favorites or press Ctrl+D
DISCLAIMER / WARNING   Alert Webmaster



Share:  Facebook  MySpace  Digg  Reddit  StumbleUpon  Furl this page  Delicious  BlinkList  dzone  Simpy.com  Fark.com  BlogMarks  Wists.com  Google

Add This Blog To Your CureZone Favorites!
 
Add This Entry To Your CureZone Favorites!

Comments (20 of 59):
Re: Cacao Nibs Ver… warri… 80 d
Re: Lots of Carrot… Ben27 3 y
Re: Wanting More R… ren 5 y
Re: My "Other 20%"… The W… 5 y
Re: My "Other 20%"… mo123 5 y
Re: My "Other 20%"… ren 5 y
Re: Finally Found … The W… 5 y
Re: Finally Found … ren 5 y
Re: A Tip for New … The W… 5 y
Re: A Tip for New … mo123 5 y
Re: Cacao Nibs Ver… The W… 5 y
Re: Cacao Nibs Ver… ren 5 y
Re: Redmond Mined … The W… 5 y
Re: Cacao Nibs Ver… The W… 5 y
Re: Cacao Nibs Ver… ren 5 y
Re: Redmond Mined … ren 5 y
Re: No Longer 100%… drpr 6 y
Re: No Longer 100%… vibr8 6 y
Re: No Longer 100%… ren 6 y
Re: A Bunch of Raw… The W… 6 y
All Comments (59)

Blog Entries (12 of 83):
Cacao Nibs Versus Cacao Powder  5 y
Selecting a Cut-Resistant Gl…  5 y
Turning a New Leaf Again - B…  5 y
Knee-Jerk Reactions on a Soc…  5 y
Why I am Glad I am No Longer…  5 y
Redmond Mined Salt -- Is Rad…  5 y
No Longer 100% Raw Vegan  6 y
Internet connection problems  7 y
Live Food Recipes from Turtl…  7 y
Back Online -- and Back to Raw  7 y
Day #12 All Raw Vegan  7 y
Day #11 All Raw Vegan  7 y
All Entries (83)

Similar Blogs (10 of 185):
Plant Your Dream!  by YourEnchantedGardener  4 h
Son of ”Truth of Se…  by Chef JeM  19 h
Brain Boot Camp or …  by kerminator  31 h
Nursing in the Raw  by ren  53 h
The Positive Side o…  by marcomputer  4 d
Raw Milk: The Whole…  by chef jem  6 d
Eye Openers  by Eye Openers  8 d
Absolute Truth Some…  by Kerminator  9 d
Uncovering The Star…  by Ren  12 d
The Happy Lab Rat (…  by mysogood1031  16 d
All Blogs (1,019)



 


Guest Book - Liver Flush FAQ - News - Link Exchange - Add URL - How To Exchange Links? - About Global Directory

Terms of Service - Privacy Policy - Spam Policy - Disclaimer - Guidelines & Rules - Forum Trolls - Fair use notice

Staff's pages:  Owen - Wrenn - Maya


CureZone Newsletter is distributed in partnership with www.netatlantic.com


Contact Us - About - Donors - Stats



Copyright 2014  curezone.com


fetched in 0.17 sec at 4/16/2014 2:27:43 AM, requested by 67.202.56.112, referred by http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=1453983 , requested 1 pages during this session, y=2