What is Coco Powder?
Anarchy Chocolate coco powder is made from ground organic cocoa nibs.
Commercial coco powder may contain a mix of coconut milk, sugar, fat and other ingredients. It is usually used to make hot chocolate drinks, a topping for desserts or as a substitute for chocolate.
A Brief History of Coco Powder
Coco powder was originally and still is made by grinding cocoa beans into a fine powder after extracting the fat with a press.
The fat content in coco powder varies depending on the process and type of cocoa bean used.
The cocoa fat doesn’t go to waste in the coco powder making process. It is a valuable product in its own right and sold as cocoa butter. You can read more about cocoa butter here.
The word “coco” is derived from the Spanish word “cocoa,” which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word “cacahua”.
The earliest evidence of cocoa cultivation was in the Mayan culture where it is depicted in artwork from around 500 AD. It was brought to Europe by the Spanish conquistadors who originally combined cocoa beans with sugar to make a drink which they called “chocolatl” or “cacao”. This word, meaning “bitter water”, gradually became corrupted in European languages to mean the drink itself.
The earliest account of chocolate being consumed is from a manuscript from c.1600, which tells of a soldier who, after defying death by drinking a concoction of cocoa and chili peppers before going into battle, is rewarded with immortality for his bravery.
In 17th century Europe, the Dutch began to produce cocoa, which they supplemented with sugar.
The first chocolate house was opened in the early 18th century by an Armenian immigrant, who sold chocolate drinks and pastries to the local European residents; his business became popular with British soldiers and developed into a chain of chocolate stores.
In 1828 a French chemist named Agostino Bassi invented cocoa powder after learning that drinking a hot, frothy drink called chocolate milk, which is made from cocoa beans, helped heal a woman’s stomach pain.
By 1851, many people in England were drinking cocoa and eating chocolate every day.
Cocoa Bean vs Coco Powder
In this section, we will talk about the difference between cocoa beans and coco powder.
Cocoa beans are the raw form of cocoa that has not been processed in any way; they still contain all of their natural flavourings and nutrients.
Coco powder is made from roasted cocoa beans which have been pressed and ground into a fine powder.
The Health Benefits of Organic Cocoa
The health benefits of organic cocoa are many. From boosting the immune system to helping lower blood pressure, it is a healthy and delicious way to improve your health.
How to Make Coco Powder at Home
The process of making coco powder at home is quite easy and simple. All you need is organic cocoa nibs, a food press and a blender or food processor.
Pour organic cocoa nibs into the press to separate the wet (oil) from the dry (powder).
The separated oil will be processed into cocoa butter.
The dry pressed nibs are poured into a blender to make a fine coco powder. This can take anywhere from 2-4 minutes as different blenders process differently.
That as they say is that! You now have your own home-made coco powder.
8 Uses of Coco Powder Other than Brownies
Now you have your home-made coco powder it’s time to get creative. Yes we all love delicious chocolate brownies but you can also use coco powder to make:
- Hot coco beverage
- Add to oatmeal
- Red wine chocolate cup cakes
- Dessert Smoothie
- Dark chocolate avocado truffles
- Chocolate zucchini bread
- Chocolate mocha pancakes
- Frozen berries
How will you use yours?
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