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Apr 10, 2008 10:54 AM

Where can I buy Dutch Process Cocoa Powder????

I've been looking all over and I'm having trouble finding a place that carries it. I'm in the West Hollywood area, and I'd like to not have to go too far...
any ideas?


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  1. Gelson's
    Whole Foods
    Ralph's sometimes.
    Trader Joes
    Cost Plus Imports

    I like Valrhona and Green and Black's.

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    1. re: Diana

      really? I've called about half of those places and they told me they didn't carry it...

      1. re: rds246

        *shrug* which half did you call?

        1. re: Diana

          Diana, i've purchase Dutch Process chocolate in ALL the stores that you recommended.
          i have a suspician that rds246 doesn't know what Dutch Process chocolate is.

        2. re: rds246

          The person answering the phone in a grocery store does not always know what that store carries. In fact, they almost never know, and are just dying to get off the phone so that they can get back to helping the customers standing right in front of them. I guarantee those places have it; I have bought it at Whole Foods, Surfas, Gelson's and Ralph's myself.

      2. Penzey's in Torrance, or order it online.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek


          Penzeys Spices
          21301 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

          1. re: David Kahn

            There's a Penzeys Spices ( in Santa Monica now. They have it.

            Mon.-Sat.: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
            Sun.: 11:00AM - 5:00PM

            Penzeys Spices
            21301 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

        2. Bristol Farms should have it, as should Gelson's.

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          1. re: DanaB

            I think it's more common than you might think. Check the back of the label. Often times the cocoa is 'dutched' but it isn't mentioned on the front label. That could be why the sales clerks are saying they dont' have it over the phone.

            I would bet even a place like Jons has it, although they might not carry the really superb stuff like Valrhona.

            Sorry for the placement of my response DanaB. Responding in general not specifically to you.

            1. re: Frommtron

              Same here. Had a hard time until read the back of label which stated it's "Dutch processed". Bought Ghiridelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa from Ralphs here in Cerritos. Front of label does not say anything about "Dutch" but fine print on back does. Have seen the same in other common chain markets too.

          2. In addition to the suggestions above, Mayfair Market will have it, Bay Cities in Santa Monica carries it, and often Peet's will carry a few.

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              1. re: Diana

                There's still one branch of Mayfair left, on Franklin in Hollywood. Although it's owned by Gelson's, it still bears the Mayfair name.

                1. re: DanaB

                  not for much longer. it's going to be totally re done.

                  1. re: DanaB

                    Sorry, that's what I meant initially. I didn't know Mayfair was Gelsons until, I don't know, a few months ago.

              2. Surfas is your best bet with the best variety. King Arthur/Baker's Catalog has a great selection also.

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                1. re: Burger Boy

                  Exactly... I bought a generous container of Callebaut dutch process cocoa powder there (top rated by Cooks Illustrated) for about $8.00

                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    Update to my own post... just bought some more of the Callebaut dutch process at Surfas. Price went up to about $10, but it is a very generous amount and is specifically listed as "high fat" cocoa powder. I make the Cook's Country instant hot cocoa mix recipe with it (secret ingredient: pulverized high quality white chocolate) and it's divine.

                    Mr Taster