Cocoa percentages explained
When you see “% cacao” printed on a label, it tells us what the total percentage of ingredients by weight in that product that come from the cocoa bean, including the chocolate liquor and cocoa butter. The term is usually found on premium chocolates, especially dark chocolate but increasingly on premium milk bars too.
Hot Chocolate and how to make it ?
cocoa is among the many things the Spaniards acquired from the Aztecs.The botanical name for chocolate is Theobroma, which means "food of the gods".
The name is appropriate for the importance of chocolate in the Mexican culture.
The Aztec people made a wide range of beverages using cocoa combined with seeds, honey, nuts, and spices.
Sniff Cocoa Like a Rockstar
There are lots of ways to enjoy chocolate.
The ancient Olmec’s took it in water with chilli and called it Xocolātl the Spanish frothed it and added sweeteners. We can take it neat or with hot milk, with alcohol: put a square of it into your mouth and let it dissolve slowly on your tongue. You can melt it between your fingers and lick it off slowly. You can make truffles with it, use it to coat a cake or fresh fruit, fill it with tequila, salt and lime and make a shooter out of it, and even have a cocoa butter spa treatment.
And now you can even snort it. Yes, really smell it and its legal!
What is Cocoa Powder?
Cocoa powder is a common ingredient in many classic baked goods including cakes, puddings, biscuits and brownies. What people often don’t know is that there are a couple of different types of cocoa powder that will give your cakes and baked goods a range of different colours and chocolate tastes.