What’s the Difference Between Cacao and Cocoa? Plus 9 Recipe Ideas

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Sep 30, 2021 • 4 min read

All variants of chocolate start at the same source: the cacao plant. Anyone who’s eaten a chocolate bar, be it milk or dark chocolate, is already intimately acquainted with cocoa. But the paths of cocoa and cacao diverge in their processing. The result is two ingredients with different characters—one that’s best friends with brownies, and the other a star of the health-food aisle.