Why You Should Consider Choosing Cacao Over Cocoa

Edward Anderton holds a BA in economics and is a certified project management professional. As the managing director and co-founder of Scarlata Chocolate, Edward Anderton has led the company in significantly increasing its sales of high-quality chocolate products made from sustainably sourced cacao beans.

Cacao differs from cocoa in several significant ways. Although both products are derived from the same plant, cacao is chocolate in its most natural form. Cacao seeds are processed without using high temperatures, unlike cocoa which is produced under high heat that causes it to lose some of its nutritional value. Another drawback of many commercially-produced cocoa products is that they are often supplemented with high-calorie ingredients such as oil, milk fat, and sugar.

Cacao offers a more intense chocolate flavor compared to cocoa and is typically sold as a raw powder and in small chopped pieces similar in size to chocolate chips. The cacao plant is also used to make raw cacao butter which contains only the fatty component of the fruit. Cacao butter is considered a very healthy type of saturated fat to consume and also offers a variety of beauty benefits.

Tips for First-Time Toastmaster Members

After several years at Microsoft as a project manager, Edward Anderton’s entrepreneurial mindset led him to co-found Scarlata Chocolate in 2012. Edward Anderton is an active member of Toastmasters International, an organization that helps people become more effective communicators. As a member of Toastmasters, Mr. Anderton has won several speech contests, including the District championship for Tabletopics.

Toastmasters has more than 16,000 clubs in 141 countries. The organization provides a platform for members to practice speaking and receive feedback, which puts them on a path toward more effective leadership.

First-time members of Toastmasters should be aware that speaking is not required at meetings, which typically last one or two hours. Attendees may simply observe until they feel comfortable speaking.

To make the most of a Toastmasters membership, a new member should ask an experienced member to serve as a mentor. For additional tips and resources for new members, visit www.toastmasters.org.