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Germany processes 440,000 tonnes of cocoa per year, which puts it in fourth place internationally. The cocoa is supplied from the African continent, where 75% of the entire cocoa harvest is grown. More than 250,000 tonnes come to Germany from the Ivory Coast. In addition, Nigeria, Ghana and Ecuador, the country of origin of the cocoa fruit, supply a large part of the cocoa processed in Germany.

The beans of the cocoa fruit are the main ingredient for our chocolate. For this reason, many people can no longer imagine their diet without cocoa. For our product comparison, we compared different types of cocoa and worked out the most important aspects for you.




Summary

  • Cocoa is very rich in calcium and improves the blood circulation in your body. This has positive effects on your blood vessels and your heart. But beware, some varieties also contain a lot of sugar.
  • Weakly deoiled cocoa contains a higher percentage of fat. This should be at least 20 %. Such cocoa offers you an aromatic and stronger cocoa taste.
  • The higher the cocoa content, the higher the quality of the product. In addition, products with a high cocoa content have less sugar and are healthier. So when buying, make sure to buy varieties with at least 30-60% cocoa content.

The Best Cocoa: Our Picks

In this section we have compiled our favourites for you. The list can help you make a purchase decision and offers a suitable variant for every lover of cocoa. This can then also be ordered quite easily.

Buying and evaluation criteria for cocoa

To make it easier for you to choose your next cocoa, we have summarised the most important criteria. This will make it quicker and easier for you to find the best cocoa for you. The criteria you should pay attention to are the following:

We will now explain what you should look for in these listed criteria so that you have enough information to make the right purchase decision.

Format

As cocoa is available in many different formats, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right one. When deciding what to buy, you need to know whether you need cocoa beans, cocoa nibs or cocoa powder. There are also more and more cocoa-based products available, such as cocoa butter.

So it would make sense for you to think about what you want to use the cocoa for. If you are looking for a quick preparation, we recommend the powder. For a higher quality, the cocoa beans would be best.

Item weight

The weight of the item varies depending on the format, but does not differ too much. Cocoa powder is usually offered between 200 g and 1 kg. Beans usually end up in the coffee machine and are therefore sold in slightly larger quantities. You can buy them between 500 g and 1 kg packs. However, since cocoa has a shelf life of up to two years, you don’t have to worry if you buy too much.

Suitability

Cocoa can be used in your kitchen for many different recipes. For example, you can boil cocoa if you want to drink it. You can also use cocoa in the form of baking cocoa for baking, if you are a lover of brownies or cakes. You can also make chocolate from cocoa.

Cocoa is also a great wake-up drink because it contains caffeine. If you value healthy eating, cocoa is also suitable for you, as it contains minerals such as iron and magnesium.

Cocoa content

The reason why drinking cocoa, chocolate or cocoa brownies do not always taste the same is because of the percentage of cocoa in the articles. The higher the cocoa content of a product, the higher its quality.

Cocoa should therefore have a higher cocoa content and not contain much sugar. That’s why we recommend that you buy a product with a cocoa content of 30-60%. These contain few additives and are therefore healthier. Cocoa with a cocoa content of 15-25% is not recommended because of the large amount of added sugar.

Packaging

Cocoa is not only available in different formats, but also in different packaging. This includes all the ubiquitous packaging such as tins, jars, paper or plastic.

If the packaging plays an important role in your purchase decision, we recommend that you avoid plastic packaging. This way you can do something good for the environment and at the same time have numerous alternatives with packaging made from renewable raw materials.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about cocoa answered in detail

In this section we explain the most frequently asked questions about cocoa. This way you will be well informed for your next purchase and can make the best possible decision.

What is cocoa suitable for?

Since cocoa offers many different tastes and flavours, it is a suitable product in your kitchen. Cocoa is especially popular with children, but also with adults, because of its chocolaty taste. However, especially with children, you should pay attention to a low sugar content.

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Cocoa contains a lot of calcium and improves blood circulation. The delicious drink is often served as a dessert. (Image source: Karsta Kurbjum/ Unsplash)

You can use cocoa in many ways in your kitchen. Depending on the variant, you can cook it, bake it, eat it raw or use it in your coffee machine. Cocoa is also available in capsules for your capsule machine. However, the capsules are made of a lot of plastic and are not recommended if you want to avoid plastic.

What types of cocoa are there?

We distinguish between fast-dissolving instant cocoa powder and pure and raw cocoa powder. Instant cocoa powder is especially popular with families with children because it is sweeter. The products can be easily dissolved in milk and are well suited for drinking chocolate.

If you are looking for a healthy diet and still don’t want to give up cacao, pure and raw cacao powder is suitable for you. This has a high cacao content and therefore contains only little sugar. For an even more intense taste of cacao, high-quality premium products would be suitable, as they have a particularly high cacao content.

You also have to distinguish between weakly and strongly deoiled cocoa. High-quality aromatic cocoa is weakly deoiled. This means that the residual fat content is at least 20%. Highly deoiled cocoa contains only 10% residual fat, which is why it has less cocoa flavour.

Is cocoa healthy?

Yes, cocoa has a positive effect on your health. When you consume a lot of cocoa, it leads to better blood circulation in your body. This results in lower blood pressure, which is good for your heart and blood vessels. In addition, the superfood cacao contains a lot of calcium, which has a particularly positive effect on your bones and teeth. Just 100 g of raw cacao contains 160 mg of calcium.

If you consume it frequently, however, you should make sure that the fat and sugar content is not too high. Such items increase the risk of weight gain and promote cardiovascular problems.

How to remove cocoa stains?

Here you have to see if the stain is still fresh or not. Fresh stains can usually be easily removed with cold or lukewarm water.

If the stain is already dry, it is a bit more difficult to remove it from the clothes. Again, we recommend soaking the stain in lukewarm water first. Then you can put a little vinegar on a cloth and carefully remove the residue. Finally, to remove the cocoa and vinegar smell completely, you should wash the garment in your washing machine.

Conclusion

When buying delicious cocoa, make sure to buy low-fat cocoa. This usually contains more fat and less sugar. It also gives you an aromatic and stronger cocoa flavour. With proper cocoa, frequent consumption of cocoa is also not a problem, as it has health benefits. For example, it reduces your blood pressure and strengthens your immune system.

The price of cocoa is based on brand and quantity rather than quality. You can tell the quality of cocoa by the cocoa content. The higher the cocoa content, the higher the quality of your product.

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