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Bouchon TKO's - alternative to Guittard Cocoa Noir?

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The recipe for TKO's in the Bouchon Bakery cookbook specifically cites "Guittard Cocoa Noir" for its abaility to make the chocolate shortbread dark in color. I contacted Guittard, and they replied that they now carry a different cocoa powder (called Cocoa Rouge).

Has anyone ever seen or used this cocoa powder?

Can anyone suggest an alternative unsweetened alkalized cocoa powder that will result in a very dark shortbread?
(and that is easier to find i.e. I would love to get it locally, rather then having to special order).

Thanks very much!

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  1. L' epicerie has it. It's listed as an ingredients source at the back of the book.

    http://www.lepicerie.com/product.php?...

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    1. re: cutipie721

      Thanks! It is interesting to me that L'Épicerie seems to be the only place that carries it (including the manufacterer!)

      Do you think that its worth special ordering? Or can you suggest another brand that is easier to find?

      1. re: nyclibrarian

        Depends on how you define "worthwhile". I bought some Valhrona coacoa powder at WholeFoods for $14.99/lb, so this is definitely not expensive.

        I don't know of any alternatives. But after browsing through the Lepicerie store I discovered another item called Callebaut 100% cocoa powder "Black Pearl", which appears to be equally hard to find.

    2. I've eaten them numerous times at the bakery and made them at home with Penzey's cocoa powder, which I think is fine. Adding a bit of black cocoa powder (which may not be easy to find; King Arthur carries it) would help darken the dough.