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Jul 31, 2012 07:57 AM

Looking for a new cocoa powder

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

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  1. Costco's Kirkland Signature cocoa powder.

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

      1. 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.

        4 Replies
        1. re: happybaker

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

          1. re: Becca Porter

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

            1. re: happybaker

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

        2. 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.

          1. I like Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder.