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Sep 19, 2009 05:56 PM

Best quality cocoa powder for sorbet

The recipe calls for the best cocoa I can find (1 cup). It doesn't specify natural or dutch processed, and I don't know if that would make a difference for a chocolate sorbet. I guess it's more the richness of the flavour that matters. Any suggestions, plus where to buy in Toronto . . . preferably not outrageously expensive . . . Thanks!

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  1. i can't help you with where to buy it, but definitely use Dutch-processed cocoa, not natural. Callebaut is the best, IMHO, but Droste is probably easier to find.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I mainly buy chocolate by mail.
      The website is very good and in Montreal.
      Shipping is only $5 for any order of any size and they always give you a few "extras" with your order (on some orders i placed that were aprox $75 I have gotten about 6 or 7 100 gram chocolate bars, and usually you get 1 or 2 bars at least...


      They have at least 10 or 15 kinds of European cocoa and a sale/clearance section also.
      I got some Dolfin cocoa on clearance 2 months ago and they add new items every month.

      They also sell Calebeaut baking chocolates and blocks, have not checked for cocoa though.

    2. Soma in the Distillery actually has an excellent cocoa powder. Really lovely and dark with quite a nice flavour.

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      1. re: Otonabee

        I must second Otonabee's SOMA recommendation. They make my very favorite powdered cocoa. Great for recipes.

      2. If you like a really rich and intense chocolate, use Droste or Van Houten. I have also tried a couple of other Dutch brands and find them far better than what you would find at the grocery store (including Fry's and Ghiaradelli). And by Dutch brand, I don't mean simply that it is Dutch-processed!!

        1. I'm quite taken with the Callebaut I found at the St Lawrence Mkt a couple of years ago and have been using it ever since w/ good results. I'm not sure, though, that it's the Cdn Callebaut (I like to buy/support them) . . . something about the labelling led me to believe it might the Belgian Callebaut. Another odd thing abt it is that it's Dutched which I don't usually like as much as natural. Go figure. Lower level of market, north-west corner, in the back w the baking supplies. They also have the Callebaut callettes - the large buttons, (which are Canadian).

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          1. re: cinnamon girl

            Oh. It didn't occur to me that Callebaut can be Canadian. I wonder if there is a difference in taste and quality?

            1. re: tarteaucitron

              I don't remember all the details but our Callebaut is primarily Cdn and comes from Bernard Callebaut's operation in Calgary. My uneducated understanding is that there was some kind of legal split btwn B Callebaut and the Belgian Callebaut operation (his relatives), the result being that the Belgian Callebaut op doesn't export to N America and B. Callebaut doesn't sell to Europe. That's why I was surprised to see what looked like European Callebaut cocoa in the market. Anyway, like I say, I've prob got a lot of the details wrong - I didn't research it; this is what I've been told by diff sources. Maybe cocoa isn't part of it . . .

              Maybe someone who knows can fill us in.

              1. re: cinnamon girl

                A little late but I can wise you up on this. Bernard Callebaut, the man, is in fact the great- great grandson of the original Callebauts, however today's Callebaut of Belgium is no longer affiliated with the family. They merged with Cacao Barry in '96 to form Barry Callebaut. If you find ANY product in Canada that says 'Callebaut' on it and not 'Bernard Callebaut', it is from Europe and not a Canadian product. Bernard Callebaut's chocolate also comes from the processing plants in the EU but then it is crafted in Calgary into individual molds and adds fillings etc., so even if you buy Bernard Callebaut couverture or cocoa powder, it's still just a re-package EU product, so don't fool yourself into thinking you're buying local. There's no such thing has cocoa from Canada. Some actually Canadian chocolate companies that come to mind(that import their beans) are Cocoa Camino, Chocosol and Soma. Also, Bernard Callebaut went into receivership a couple years back and he's no longer affiliated with the name.