The pros: Trader Joe's Organic Fair Trade Cacao Powder is new to shelves as is Trader Joe's Maca Powder. This is rich and has solid chocolate flavor.
The cons: Nothing really stands out.
Let me deal with the first point of confusion. When I first started to draft this post I spelled this item as "cocoa" thinking that it is the same thing as "cacao." However, further research says while they are similar there are stark differences beyond just the simple spelling of this item. According to Chowhound "Cacao is essentially the purest form of chocolate that you can eat. It is an excellent source of antioxidants, fiber, monounsaturated fats, and contains high levels of magnesium." When comparing that information against the nutritional label, there is a decent amount of fiber and some other nutrients register with a serving size of just one tablespoon.
Now, this isn't the type of thing you eat straight from the bag. Regardless of whether you keep cocoa or cacao in your home, they can be used interchangeably. I chose the path of using the smoothie recipe included on this package. The smoothie recipe was delicious. It reminded me of a peanut butter cup flavored smoothie without the added sugar and with a banana taste thrown in. The smoothie actually made me feel full until lunch which I was a bit surprised about. One tablespoon only added 20 calories and two grams of fiber. I'm sure there are lots of other chocolate smoothie recipes out there, but the recipe on back is a starting point on which to experiment.
In just one tablespoon it was added a rich chocolate flavor. As for the bitterness, it was a bit harder to decipher as almond milk and bananas add their own sweetness. One tablespoon was more than enough to flavor a milk shake richly. I would really consider adding more than that. Would I bake with it? Yes, absolutely. Have I tried that yet? Not yet. But it is on the list of things to do with the resealable bag.
For $3.99 for 8 ounces, this isn't cheap but you are getting all the buzzworthy elements: organic, fair trade, and cacao (not cocoa).
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Organic Fair Trade Cacao Powder:
The nutritional information and the ingredient:
How Trader Joe's describes this product and one suggestion on how to use this product:
After being made into that smoothie above you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, if I run out of cacao powder then I would reach for Trader Joe's Organic Fair Trade Cacao Powder again. However, using this 1 tablespoon at a time, it might be a while before I need to buy it again.
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