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Looking for a new cocoa powder

BanjoMan1 Jul 31, 2012 07:57 AM

I currently use Valrhona and I really like it but it's pricey so please send some recommendations.

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    acgold7 Jul 31, 2012 01:55 PM

    I get the Callebaut on the web from Chocolates by Sparrow. They have the best prices on the web and shipping is very reasonable. Takes me a while to go through the 5kg bag but it never goes bad.

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    1. re: acgold7
      biondanonima Aug 1, 2012 12:21 PM

      I like the Callebaut too and have found it for a very reasonable price from a couple of online sources. I bought Valrhona once and didn't care for it - I don't care for their chocolate either, though, so I shouldn't have been surprised by the cocoa, but everyone raves about it so I thought I'd try it.

    2. ladooShoppe Jul 31, 2012 12:10 PM

      I use Cadbury's cocoa powder but I have my parents bring a can when they return from wintering in the Caribbean. Not sure if it's available here. It's lovely. I also have a tin of the Lindt brand one that I purchased at the Lindt store in Vancouver.

      1. babette feasts Jul 31, 2012 12:04 PM

        Try Cacao Barry Extra Brute. High quality and extra dark.

        1. dave_c Jul 31, 2012 11:20 AM

          I like Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder.

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            John Francis Jul 31, 2012 11:12 AM

            For what it's worth, Cooks Illustrated highly recommends Callebaut Cocoa Powder, dutched, $20.00 for 2.2 pounds. Less expensive and recommended with reservations: Merckens Natural Cocoa, natural, $5.95 for 1 pound, and Droste Cocoa, dutched, $3.99 for 8.8 ounces. All of these are less expensive than Vairhona Cacao at $9.50 for 8.82 ounces. (The prices are as of 2005 and may be higher now.)

            Not recommended: Schokinag Gourmet Cocoa Powder, Nestlé Toll House Cocoa, Valrhona Cacao, Ghirardelli Premium Baking Cocoa, Hershey's Cocoa, Scharffen Berger Natural Cocoa Powder. You say you like Vairhona but CI doesn't: its "tasters detected overtones of hot dog as well as burnt, woody, smoky flavors. As one taster put it, 'Ham is good, but not in cocoa.'" So you may not agree with their recommendations either.

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              happybaker Jul 31, 2012 11:04 AM

              Penzey's natural Cocoa. Really dark and rich.

              But I just checked and holy cow - the price has gone up! Now $10 a pound. May still be cheaper than Valrhona.

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                Becca Porter Jul 31, 2012 11:06 AM

                Vahlrona is dutched though. I like Penzey's and the Baker Catalog's cocoa.

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                  happybaker Jul 31, 2012 11:55 AM

                  You can get dutched cocoa at Penzeys, but I have not used it. Just the natural in my house : )

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                    Michelly Jul 31, 2012 04:33 PM

                    All I ever use is Penzey's dutch. GREAT stuff. It's $9.20 /lb.

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                      coney with everything Aug 1, 2012 07:38 AM

                      +1 for Penzeys Dutch

              2. Becca Porter Jul 31, 2012 10:59 AM

                Have you priced the large bags of Valrhona from Chocosphere? That is how I buy it, or smaller containers from Amazon.

                1. ipsedixit Jul 31, 2012 08:34 AM

                  Costco's Kirkland Signature cocoa powder.

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