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Droste Cocoa Powder

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JulieR Nov 3, 2009 11:16 AM

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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    FrenchSoda Nov 3, 2009 12:26 PM

    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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      JulieR Nov 3, 2009 01:48 PM

      Thanks. Droste is Dutch.

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      youdonut Nov 3, 2009 03:30 PM

      have you tried http://www.dutchtreats.ca/ they could probably deliver it to you if you cant make it to thier store..

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        JulieR Nov 4, 2009 06:39 AM

        Thank you youdonut. I will give them a call.

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          lilaki Nov 23, 2009 06:35 AM

          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. Kagemusha Nov 3, 2009 04:08 PM

          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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            JulieR Nov 4, 2009 06:52 AM

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

          2. Paulustrious Nov 4, 2009 05:07 AM

            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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              JulieR Nov 4, 2009 06:51 AM

              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.

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                foodie_guru Nov 4, 2009 07:06 AM

                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.

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                  JulieR Nov 4, 2009 07:11 AM

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

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                    Kagemusha Nov 4, 2009 11:30 AM

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

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                      JulieR Nov 4, 2009 02:00 PM

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

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                        Kagemusha Nov 4, 2009 03:59 PM

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

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

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                          middydd Nov 5, 2009 08:47 AM

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

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                            JulieR Nov 7, 2009 04:44 AM

                            Thank you Kagemusha and middydd.

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                              middydd Nov 7, 2009 09:10 AM

                              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.

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                evansl Nov 6, 2009 03:41 PM

                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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                  Kagemusha Nov 6, 2009 05:02 PM

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

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                    JulieR Nov 7, 2009 04:47 AM

                    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.

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                    auberginegal Nov 7, 2009 03:26 PM

                    there's a dutch store in richmond hill and it seems they carry Droste cocoa powder (i saw it in their online store). not sure about pricing or anything, and i've never been to the store, but maybe worth looking into... http://www.dutchproducts.ca

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                      Zengarden Oct 29, 2010 12:10 PM

                      Christmas is coming and for those of you seeking Droste Cocoa Powder, I found that www.dutchproducts, 10 Wilmot (north of Leslie and Hwy 7) has it for $7.99 per large box.

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                        Kagemusha Oct 29, 2010 02:24 PM

                        Brandt Meat's factory store has it for the west GTA crew, too.

                    2. estestest Nov 9, 2009 04:41 PM

                      the dutch shoppe in burlington carries not only droste cocoa but many tasty droste treats.

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