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How NOT to make a Hot Cacao

How NOT to make a Hot Cacao

The Secret to Silky Smooth Hot Cacao: Don't Make These Mistakes!

We all crave that cosy cup of hot cacao – rich, creamy, and loaded with vitamins and minerals. But achieving that smooth, luxurious texture can be trickier than you think. Here at Nibbed, we're here to spill the beans (cacao beans, that is) on the common mistakes that can turn your hot cacao into a lumpy, watery mess.

Mistake #1: Stirring Instead of Frothing

This might be the biggest culprit behind lumpy, unappetising hot cacao. Stirring simply doesn't cut it! The key to a silky texture lies in emulsification. Here's the science bit: pure cacao contains cocoa butter, the fatty component that gives chocolate its smooth, melt-in-your-mouth feel. But to create that creamy texture, the cocoa butter needs to be evenly distributed throughout the liquid. Stirring just can't achieve this.

Enter the Frother: By whisking or frothing your hot cacao mixture, you create tiny air bubbles that help disperse the cocoa butter throughout the liquid. This process, called emulsification, results in that oh-so-satisfying creamy texture we all love.

Mistake #2: Confusing Cacao Nibs with Pure Cacao

While both cacao nibs and pure cacao come from the cacao bean, they're not interchangeable in hot cacao. Cacao nibs are simply roasted, crushed cacao beans. They're packed with nutrients and offer a delicious, crunchy texture – perfect for sprinkling on oatmeal or adding to smoothies. However, cacao nibs lack the key ingredient for a smooth hot cacao: enough cocoa butter.

For a truly decadent hot cacao experience, you need 100% pure cacao. This concentrated form of cacao boasts a higher cocoa butter content, allowing it to melt beautifully and emulsify with your chosen liquid (we recommend coconut or oat milk).

Mistake #3: Skipping the Frothing Step for Convenience

We get it, sometimes convenience is king. But trust us, the extra step of frothing is worth it! While whisking with an electric frother in a cup works in a pinch, using a steam wand is the ultimate weapon for achieving that perfect froth. The steam helps heat the mixture to the ideal temperature (around 80°C) for optimal cocoa butter emulsification, resulting in a smoother, richer hot cacao.

Hot Cacao doesn't taste the same as Hot Chocolate

Hot cacao isn't meant to be a milky, sugary bomb like hot chocolate. It's more like the espresso of the chocolate world. But if you crave a touch of sweetness, opt for natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

So, there you have it! By ditching the stirring habit, embracing the frother, and using pure cacao, you'll be well on your way to making the perfect cup of hot cacao – a creamy, luxurious treat that's sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings.


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