What is the difference between these three? I couldn’t find cacao or carob in my natural foods store in my neighborhood- we don’t have a whole foods in jacksonville, fl. Is regular cocoa raw? I know people here have said if it doesn’t specify that it’s raw it’s not, so what should I be looking for and/or is there a good brand I can ask about?
cocoa is the misspelled and processed form of cacao. Cacao refers to the raw bean of the cacao plant. Carob is not derived from the cacao plant. It is another bean which does not contain the mild stimulant theobromine. Theobromine is the chemical found in the cacao bean which supplies person with energy. Most people think that the stimulus is from caffeine, but cacao really has no caffeine. carob is often used to substitute cacao in recipes. for example if you want something with a chocolate flavor later in the day, carob is great, because if you do have cacao later in the day it may be hard to rest at night. Cacao and carob come in both whole bean and powdered forms. Carob is ground whole, while the cacao is pressed to remove most of the oils and then powdered. I hope that clears everything up :)