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Feb 12, 2007 08:36 AM

Dutch processed cocoa

I know I've bought it once before, but I can;t seem to locate them anymore. Does anyone know where I can get them in the area between Centerville and Leesburg?
Also, what's the differance between dutch processed and regular coco powder?

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  1. A Goolge search produced this definition:
    "Dutch processed cocoa has been treated with an alkali to neutralize some of the acidity of the cocoa and give it an attractive reddish color."

    1. Droste is the brand of Dutch processed (alkalized) cocoa most commonly found in groceries in the US. You should be able to find it in any supermarket.

      The Joy of Cooking says that in baking use non-alkalized (somewhat acidic) such as Hersey's cocoa in recipes that call for baking soda, and alkalized (higher pH, less acidic) such as Droste in recipes that specify baking the primary leavener. When no leavener is called for, it's a matter of taste.
      And we thought we left all that chemistry behind in school, huh?

      1. I've found Droste at Whole Foods. (Couldn't find it at the Giant and Harris Teeter near me.)

        1. I've seen Hersey dutch processed cocoa in quite a few stores like Shoppers, Safeway, etc. You can get the higher end ones like Droste at Whole Foods. I'll bet you could get it at Wegman's but have never looked. It makes the food very dark and rich.

          1. Williams-Sonoma carries it.