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Oct 31, 2009 08:30 AM

Where to find Dutch Processed Cocoa in Chicago?

Hello -

I've looked at Jewel and Dominicks in my area (Andersonville). And neither seems to carry it. (Jewel does have Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa which is a blend of regular cocoa and Dutch process.)

I want 100% Dutch processed cocoa.

I'm afraid of the high price to pay at Whole Foods.

So does anyone know where to find this product in the city? And how much does it cost? Does Trader Joes carry it? (Not that there is a Trader Joes conveniently located in Andersonville *sigh*)

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. Traders Joe's does carry a Dutch processed cocoa (or at least they have in the past). I can't remember the name but it does come in a red box with (relying on my apparently not perfect memory here) two children dressed in Dutch costume on the front. I don't think it is that much more expensive. For what it is worth (and I am sure that there are some that will say I am being heretical here), I have substituted regular cocoa powder when i have been in a pinch with a recipe I know and I don't think it makes that much difference.

    Three other ideas:
    1. you could order from King Arthur's Flour (probably more expensive than Whole Foods);
    2. you could try Treasure Island; or
    3. you could try the Spice House but that means going to Old Town.

    Hope this helps.

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    1. re: easknh

      There is a Spice House in Evanston too, which might be more convenient (parkingwise at least).

      Droste is the usual brand, and I have purchased it at regular grocery stores before, maybe a bigger Jewel would have it.

    2. I got mine at whole foods. I didn't think it excessively priced.

      1. Blommer's has it at their factory store. Pretty cheap, too. They're at 600 W Kinzie and you should call ahead to find their hours. 312-492-1336.

        Otherwise, the spice house or trader joe's. Also try Treasure Island.

        1. Check out Woodman's in Carpentersville, they have a big selection of imported Dutch Cocoa. Dutch lables are: Droste (, Van Houten ( The Vintage Tin from Van Houten is sold at Trader Joe's (like another poster said, with the Dutch costumes).

          1. I have bought a good Dutch-processed cocoa from Williams-Sonoma in the past (Pernigotti). They have a store in the 900 N. Michigan building. I'm sure it wasn't cheap, but it's a good-sized container, and it's lasted for quite a while.