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Nov 3, 2009 11:16 AM

Droste Cocoa Powder

Does anyone know where I can buy Droste cocoa powder in Toronto? Any help you can give me will be much appreciated :) Thank you.

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  1. Where is it from? Le Gourmand at Spadina and Queen has a large selection of cocoas. Mostly French though, I think.

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    1. have you tried they could probably deliver it to you if you cant make it to thier store..

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      1. re: youdonut

        Thank you youdonut. I will give them a call.

        1. re: youdonut

          i went to dutch treats this weekend (visiting friends in bradford) and they had the collector 'tin' with a box of droste cocoa inside ... i think it was about $11.99. the owner said they normally have the refill boxes for about $8.

        2. It's become scarce. I'll check around the west-end GTA places where I've found it. Might be a distributorship issue since most of my favorite shops have only had it occasionally over the last couple of years.

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          1. re: Kagemusha

            Thank you so much. If you ever find it please, please, please let me know.

          2. Sorry I cannot help. I lived in the Netherlands for over two years so I well remember the Droste chocolate 'buttons'. What is it about Droste cocoa powder that makes it special as far as you are concerned?

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            1. re: Paulustrious

              I bake a lot and also take a few cake orders. The Droste cocoa powder is a really great product. Cakes made with it have an intense deep chocolate flavour. It's also great value for money. I used to buy it from Premier Brands when they have their annual sale but this year they don't have it. It was $3 for a 250g box. I don't know what to do now that they have stopped carrying it. I have quite a few cake orders for Christmas.

              1. re: JulieR

                It's not Toronto, but I do know the Holland Shop in Acton sell it. I know she is out of stock at the moment but she anticipates having it back in stock in the next week. Good luck in your search.

                1. re: foodie_guru

                  Thank you so much foodie_guru. I'll give them a call. Love your name by the way :)

                  1. re: JulieR

                    If you can use Van Houten cocoa powder, there's a chance Brandt Meats stock it at their outlet store.

                    1. re: Kagemusha

                      Thank you. I have never used Van Houten cocoa powder. Is it comparable to Droste? Also where is the Brandt outlet store?

                      1. re: JulieR

                        It's OK. Brandt Meat is in Mississauga--just Google them.

                        Brandt Meats
                        1878 Mattawa Ave, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

                        1. re: JulieR

                          I've used both VanHouten & Droste cocoa powder and find them both to be excellent.

                          1. re: middydd

                            Thank you Kagemusha and middydd.

                            1. re: JulieR

                              My secret to really good cocoa powder is to keep a box of ValRhona on hand. I find it is a little deep flavoured for my taste when used on its own, but I often use it in about a 3:1 ratio with other cocoa powders and find the blend gives a super chocolate taste to anything calling for cocoa powder.

              2. I'm down to my last, desperately hoarded box. They just quit importing it to Canada about 6 years ago, although I managed to find the odd package until about 2 years ago. The last place was that big candy/sweets store on Queen St in the Beaches. Now I buy it in the US. It's almost as big a loss as Hebrew National.

                I've tried many substitutes, but nothing comes close. Van Houten is mediocre. .

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                1. re: evansl

                  Van Houten is Dutch-process cocoa powder and works as well as Droste for baking. What exactly do you use it for, evansl?

                  1. re: evansl

                    evansl, I completely understand your desperation. I am down to one box too :(
                    Are you referring to Nutty Chocolatier on Queen St.? Where in the US do you get your Droste from? Thanks.