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Nov 28, 2010 07:31 PM

Cocoa powder

Well apparently Costco is NOT carrying this except for special order Business Customers.

And it costs a fortune even at Walmart - like $5 or$6 for a pound. I need 1 1/4 c for ONE recipe of brownies (forget ice cream or cake or anything else). That's about 1/4th of a box. So it's not going very far.

Does anybody have a cheaper source for cocoa powder?

*so sad that Costco is letting me down here!*

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  1. Hershey's is available at every supermarket, and Droste and many. Wouldn't that do?

    1. Trader Joe's. great product, and i think it's around 2 bucks for a 9-ounce can.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        It's cheaper than WM. I'll try to get over there to check.

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        1. Don't know if you're near a Walmart but they carry Hershey's and another brand. I bought a can for $2.12 on Wednesday

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          1. re: Cherylptw

            I just bought a 1 lb can for somewhere between $5 and $6 today, Hershey's, at Walmart. Makes me saaaad. Costco has it for about $12 for 5 lbs (not Hersheys, but that doesn't bother me) - but only for special order "business" customers.

            1. re: ZenSojourner

              I bought my 8 oz. container of Nestle Toll House Cocoa at Walmart (in NC) and it was the cheaper of the two between that and Hershey's ($2.42/ 8 oz.) Not sure why Costco wouldn't stock it for their regular customers as it seems they make up the bulk of total sales.

              1. re: Cherylptw

                This Walmart was SUPPOSED to be a "Super Walmart" and I made my son drive half an hour to get there, only to find they are no better stocked than the dingy little "regular" Walmart we'd been going to. They just had better lighting. And they only had the Hershey's cocoa powder, no other brands.

                I've never been a huge fan of WM, but since Sam died, they've been getting worse and worse. Even aside from the greed factor and the way they treat their employees these days, they no longer preferentially stock US made goods (quite the opposite in fact) and for such a huge store they have so little selection. Store shelves are frequently not restocked and they do not order replacement items in a timely fashion. I've found this to be true across the country. They no longer carry many many items I used to be able to get there routinely.

                Not that I want to turn this into a Wally World diatribe. It's just so crazy to have all that floor space and less and less selection.

                Hence my search for an alternative source for affordable cocoa powder. *sigh*

                1. re: ZenSojourner

                  i'm telling you, go to Tj's. i confirmed that it's $1.99 for a 9-oz can of powder ground from Colombian cacao beans...don't think you'll beat that price anywhere, and it's certainly better than Nestle or Hershey's!

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Good idea...if you have one near you...which I don't.

                    1. re: al b. darned

                      are you near Syracuse? between Wegmans, Price Chopper, Sam's Club and the Co-op, i imagine you have access to good product and at least some at good prices!

          2. It was in my Costco in Everett MA this weekend....