Drinking Chocolate 250g

Drinking Chocolate 250g

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This is exactly the same as our Cacao Powder.

It comes from the rare breed of Criollo cacao beans and Forastero Beans, making this natural, organic cacao powder an ideal way to get your chocolate fix! Use it in desserts, drinks and even savoury dishes.

  • Suitable for all diets including vegan, gluten free, dairy free and Paleo
  • Use to create your own chocolate, indulgent hot chocolate drinks and delicious cakes
  • Non GM and No Additives
  • 100% Organic Cacao Powder

Our Cacao Powder is naturally high in:

  • Fibre
  • Protein - contributes to normal cognitive function
  • Potassium - contributes to normal muscle function
  • Phosphorous - contributes to the maintenance of normal bones
  • Magnesium - contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Iron - contributes to normal cognitive function
  • Zinc - contributes to normal fertility and reproduction
  • Copper - contributes to the normal function of the immune system
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How to use

We use it in everything from a delicious hot chocolate, to a chocolate orange torte and even a chocolate chilli con carne.

What do I Taste Like?
Lucy Bee Cacao has a richer, fuller, more traditional taste than those with added sugar. 

It is a natural cacao, rather than a processed dutch-style powder. Dutch processing is where the cacao is treated with alkali and gives a milder taste than natural cacao. It also impacts the antioxidant properties of cacao, reducing the average total of flavanol content, compared to natural cacao.

Where am I From?

Lucy Bee Drinking Chocolate is brought to you by a mainly female team of single mothers from the beautiful, mountainous ‘cacao belt’ in the Dominican Republic.  

Why Fair Trade?

Our Fair Trade contributions go towards a Copay fund set up by our producer. This will be used to help educate workers’ children and teach them English, to improve their future prospects. 


Our aim is to use totally eco-friendly packaging. We’ve moved away from our old-style tubs for this product and in addition to our own beliefs, we’ve listened to our customers to reduce waste in all areas possible.

Something that we have to consider when packaging our products is the durability of packaging and whether it is ‘fit for purpose’. By this we mean that the products have to reach you in one piece, be kept fresh for you to enjoy and that we use materials which are suitable for the product itself.

Whilst our old-style tubs are recyclable, we realised that these are not as eco-friendly as we would like them to be and so we’ve been busy repackaging our range of powders to use FSC cartons instead.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) improves how the world’s forests are managed so all of our new cartons carry the FSC logo. The FSC card carton is recyclable, compostable and biodegradable.

To ensure the powders are kept fresh and uncontaminated, they are packaged in an inner bag which is recyclable, and then placed into the carton.

We have to get the cartons from the packers to our warehouse or to stores. To do this, we use sturdy cardboard boxes which double up as a shelf-ready tray for use in stores. This replaces our old card trays and plastic shrink-wrap. In this way, we’re reducing waste and plastic.


1. What is the difference between cacao and cocoa powder? 

In theory, the words ‘cacao’ and ‘cocoa’ should mean the same thing. In practice, though, ‘cacao’ tends to refer to the purest form of cacao/cocoa and ‘cocoa’ is generally used to mean those chocolate powders which have had sugar and possible fillers added. Our blog explains in more detail:  

2. Where do cocoa beans come brom?

The cocoa beans used for Lucy Bee Drinking Chocolate are from the Dominican Republic.

3. What is your Drinking Chocolate made of? 

Our Drinking Chocolate is made from a blend of the rare Criollo cacao bean and the forestero cacao bean. These are handpicked; fermented (a natural process, during which time they are turned regularly, to ensure each bean ferments at the same rate and the end flavour is uniform); spread onto wooden tables to dry; roasted (at temperatures below 45C); cooled, milled (turning the beans into a thick liquid called cacao liquor; pressed (to separate the cacao butter from the ‘cake’; the ‘cake’ is now dried and milled to a flour consistency, then sieved, ready to package as 100% Cacao Powder. 

4. Is cacao powder good for your skin? 

Lucy Bee Drinking Chocolate contains antioxidants and is naturally high in fibre, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and protein and is a good source of calcium. The skin can benefit from the properties of these.

5. Is your Drinking Chocolate Vegan?

Our Drinking Chocolate is certified Vegan.

6. How to make chocolate from cacao? 

We have a selection of recipes to make chocolate, using our Drinking Chocolate which can be found here:

7. What are cacao nibs? 

Cacao nibs are dried and fermented bits of cacao beans, with a deep chocolate flavour. 

8. How much caffeine is there in cacao powder? 

Our Drinking Chocolate contains 52.7mg caffeine per 15g. As a guide, coffee beans generally contain 125.9mg caffeine per 15g.

  1. Is your Drinking Chocolate cacao powder raw?

The debate around ’raw cacao’ is an interesting one and somewhat confusing too!

There are a couple of points to consider. When talking about a ‘raw’ product, it is generally accepted that during the ‘processing’ of that product, the temperature does not go above 45C.

In the making of our Drinking Chocolate, the beans are fermented. Whilst the temperature should not go above 45C, because this is a natural process we are unable to guarantee that at no point during this, does the temperature go above 45C.

 Secondly, some would say that for cacao to be considered truly raw, it shouldn't be roasted either, yet, our producer advices that the beans need to be roasted otherwise they are too bitter. The beans used for our Drinking Chocolate are roasted with a maximum temperature of 45C. 

In light of these points mentioned and to avoid any confusion, we do not use the term ‘raw’ for our product.

10. Are the cacao beans fermented?

The cacao beans used to make our Drinking Chocolate are fermented for 48 hours in red cedar boxes, during which time they are regularly turned. This is to ensure each bean ferments at the same rate and the end flavor is uniform.

Our producer advises that to get a rich and palatable chocolate taste, all good quality cacao beans are fermented. With this natural process, temperatures cannot be completely guaranteed which is why we choose not to use the term 'raw' when talking about our Drinking Chocolate.. The whole questions of 'raw cacao' is a very grey area and we prefer to be open and honest with customers.

11. Do you check for heavy metals in your Drinking Chocolate?

We routinely check and the most recent results show the following:

Lead            0.133 mg/kg

Mercury       0.004 mg/kg

Arsenic        0.028 mg/kg

Cadmium     0.469 mg/kg

Our Drinking Chocolate sits within EU guidelines for acceptable amounts for these. It’s worth noting that 16.2g of canned tuna has the same cadmium level as 5g of cacao powder (that's according to these test result figures above).

That said, we’re always keen to provide the absolute best that we can and so are in talks with our producer to confirm that all possible measures are being met to make sure that this remains the case.

Our Drinking Chocolate is from the Dominican Republic and is organically grown in virgin agroforests – which means that fertilisers which can impact and increase cadmium levels in products, have not been used. The Dominican Republic is volcanic which means that cadmium will naturally be found within the soils. 

However, it appears that the cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic have cadmium levels lower than the EU regulation. Cadmium levels have been found to be an issue within places in South America. 

The EU have set a tolerable weekly intake limit for cadmium of 2.5 mcg/kg body weight (mcg= micrograms).

This is 0.0025 mg/kg body weight, which if you weighed 60kg you would be allowed 0.15 mg of cadmium – so you’d be allowed 319.49g of cacao a week safely (assuming that was your only source of cadmium). 

This is the calculation for cadmium:

2.5mcg = 0.0025mg

0.0025 x 60 = 0.15 mg cadmium per week

0.469 divided by 0.15 = 3.13 (3.12666667)

1000g (=1kg) divided by 3.13 = 319.49g (319.488818).


So, 0.469mg/ Kg of cadmium in cacao 

5g of cacao (serving size) has 0.002345 mg of cadmium


1000 divided by 5 = 200

0.469 divided by 200 = 0.002345mg 

Other sources of cadmium can include, celeriac, horse meat, some fish, rice, seaweed, mushrooms, cephalopods, offal, and even infant and follow up formula.

It’s important to remember that as with everything, it should be used within moderation.

Nutritional Information 


100% Organic Cacao Powder

Typical Values Per 100g

Energy kj 1603
Kcal 386
Fat 17.5g
of which saturates 10.4g
Carbohydrate 15.6g
of which sugars 0.7g
Fibre 28.7g
Protein 27.1g
Salt 0.05g
Potassium 1850mg
Phosphorous 700mg
Magnesium 550mg
Calcium 174mg
Iron 8.2mg
Zinc 7.36mg
Copper 4.3mg
Contains naturally occurring sugars


Product info:




4.74 Average

23 Reviews


Lisa W

Delicious!! Such a nice treat & great for getting that chocolate fix!!

Hi Lisa, thanks for your feedback. I agree, the drinking chocolate is a perfect afternoon treat! Thanks, Rian

Sarah S

Jason M


Intense chocolate! Delish!


The most delicious cocoa for making ORGANIC hot chocolate with non-dairy milk substitutes. I can't remember which supermarket I bought it at, but I wish I'd bought the shelf. I'll be buying this organic cocoa/drinking chocolate in future!

Hi Eve, I have to 100% agree with you on this! Our Drinking Chocolate has such a wonderfully, rich, chocolate taste and is delicious in drinks and cooking. I like that it has no added sugar, leaving me the option to sweeten if needed. This is also a Fair Trade product and it's good to know that those who produced it directly benefit from the Fair Trade premiums. Keep enjoying! Petrina

Leanne C

Kids didn’t like it

HI Leanne, Thank you for your feedback. Because this is 100% cacao powder with no added sugar, it doesn't have that sweet taste found in many drinking chocolates, some of which are up to 60% sugar. It might be worth sweetening it to see if they like it that way and at least you're in control of how much sugar they're having. That said, taste is, of course, such a personal thing and it may well be that this isn't for them. I don't know if you're aware but you can also use this product in cooking, so don't feel the pot is wasted. It's great in cakes, desserts, added to porridge and smoothies. I hope this helps. Petrina


My toddlers love this!!

Thank you so much for your feedback. We bought this out as most hot chocolates on the market contained a lot of sugar (sometimes up to 70%). We wanted to give the choice back to the customer so that they could be in control of how much sugar they were consuming. We're glad that you're toddlers are enjoying it! Georgia

Oana C


Thank you for your 5* review of the Lucy Bee Drinking Chocolate, I agree it is yummy! In the office we like to make hot chocolate with the Lucy Bee Coconut Milk, Rian.


It’s the best drinking chocolate I ever tasted and I’m not exaggerating. It’s a fairly priced product with star quality. I make my hot chocolate by mixing in a pan about 200-300 ml of milk with generous table spoon of chocolate, I stir ingredients while warming up milk, once chocolate disolves and milk is warm (not too hot) I add tea spoon of coconut sugar and pinch of groing cardamom. DELICIOUS!!!

Hi Edith, Thank you for sharing your recipe using our Drinking Chocolate and Coconut Sugar. The great thing about our Drinking Chocolate being 100% cacao powder with no added sugar or fillers, means you're in control of how much sugar to add to suit your taste. Another great thing with it is that you can also use it in cooking - it's great in baking, raw bites, hummus, granola, making your own chocolate with our Coconut Oil, and even savoury dishes like chilli! Petrina

Naomi S

Gorgeous products and love that they are organic and so ethically sourced x

Thanks for this Naomi. Our Drinking Chocolate and Cacao are the same ie 100% organic cacao powder and both can be used in drinks and cooking alike. Petrina

jennifer C

This is delicious! I mix it with warm milk and just a little sugar and it’s really lovely. I like being able to adjust the sweetness myself and I really like that it’s organic too.

This is my favourite Lucy Bee product, it's such a great way to curb those sugar cravings and enjoy a really lovely, rich drink! Georgia


I’ve tried so many organic cocoa powder brands but Lucy bee has the best, such a difference among qualities and taste and flavor. I have to order from another country to get this but it’s totally worth it!

Hi, thank you for your kind words! We are so pleased that you love the cacao! We source the highest quality cacao from the beautiful mountainous 'cacao belt' in the Dominican Republic and it has a lovely rich traditional taste that is extremely versatile :) If you are looking for recipe inspiration head to www.lucybee.com. Also, if you are on social media, follow Lucy for everyday tips and recipes! Jess :)

Kate J

Takes a while to get used to the taste if using as a hot chocolate. I add additional sugar to meet my tastes but know that the product isn't full of sugar and feel better knowing I can control my sugar intake!

Thank you for your feedback Kate! We are pleased to hear it is controlling your sugar intake as other drinking chocolate products on the market contain a lot of sugar (sugar being the main ingredient!). Therefore, here at Lucy Bee we like to keep our products 100% natural! This product also can be used in cooking as well as a warming drink. Head to www.lucybee.com for a range of recipes. Jess

Sara S

Mixes well and makes a creamy chocolatey drink.

Hi Sara, thank you for your feedback on your drinking chocolate. It is the perfect product to satisfy those sweet-toothed cravings! Even though it is perfect for delicious drinks you can also use the powder in desserts and even savoury dishes - Just head to www.lucybee.com for recipe inspiration! Jess

Jane F

Excellent as hot drink and baking.

Hi Jane, thank you for your lovely feedback on your drinking chocolate. Have you tried a cold chocolate milk drink using this product? Simply add 330ml of milk/alternative milk of your choice, 4 heaped tsp. of Lucy Bee Drinking Chocolate, 4 handfuls of ice and Lucy Bee Coconut Sugar (optional). Add all the ingredients into a blender, blitz and enjoy! If you are looking for any other recipe inspiration head to www.lucybee.com. Jess :)

Erin D

Sarah s

Amazing in oatmeal

Hi Sarah, Thanks for sharing this. I love that our Drinking Chocolate is just 100% organic cacao powder so it can be used in drinks and cooking, alike. If you need any recipe ideas, we have lots on our website www.lucybee.com

Kirsty B

Tried this product for the first time tonight, with Almond milk - absolutely love it! Really thick and creamy without the need for diary. On a side note some of the best customer service I have never experienced as well

Thank you for your review, Kirsty - we're so glad to hear that you are enjoying the Drinking Chocolate, it's my favourite too! Thank you as well for your kind words about the customer service you have received, it means a lot! Georgia


Makes a nice warming chocolate drink .

Thanks for your review, we're glad you're enjoying your Drinking Chocolate. You can use this as a cooking ingredient too. Feel free to check our website for lots of different recipes - www.lucybee.com

Vicky R

Really nice and love that it is fair-trade, made slightly sweeter with the coconut sugar, perfect.

It's great to hear you're such a fan of our Drinking Chocolate and by adding our Coconut Sugar, you're in control of how much sugar you're having. Enjoy! Petrina

Jade M

Absolutely dreamy! One in the evening to relax with, or sometimes blended with a banana and oatly for that perfect combo of protein goodness

Sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing this. Petrina

Michael S