Carob powder is made from the toasted, then ground, seeds of the Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua). Carob is used as a substitute for chocolate although it is a totally different substance. There is no caffeine in carob powder so it's safe for use in pet treats and for people sensitive to chocolate. Carob powder is available organic or conventionally grown.
Purchase carob powder in bulk from Whole Foods Market who typically stocks it. You may also find it most well-stocked health food stores. You can also purchase it in most Walmart stores. Carob can also be purchased in carob chips (like chocolate chips) form. You can also find the powder and chips on Amazon.com: Carob Powder and Chips.
If you don't have carob powder you can use one of the following substitutes:
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