Cacao versus cocoa—it’s not just a typo! While many are familiar with cocoa as a chocolaty treat, fewer are aware of its purer form cacao. Read on to discover just what cacao is and what the key differences are between these chocolate sources.

What is Cacao?
Cacao is the raw form of cocoa. It is the purest edible form of chocolate and comes from the cacao fruit tree, just as cocoa does. These trees grow pods that contain cacao beans, and when the pods are harvested, they are taken apart to create different products.

The inner lining of the pod is white and smooth and is made into cacao butter, which can be used in cooking and baking, as well as used as an all-natural moisturizer for your skin. The rest of the fruit is ground up to make cacao powder, which is used most often in the kitchen. Cacao beans can also be extracted from the pods and chopped into small pieces to be used as a replacement for chocolate chips, though the flavor is much more concentrated.

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