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Old 11-16-2010, 07:20 PM   #1
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Question 'Good' cocoa powder?

I have learned there is good solid chocolate for both eating and cooking. There is also very good chocolate for same purposes. Is cocoa also 'good' and 'very good'?
My pantry contains Ghirardelli solid cooking chocolate and store brand cocoa. Shall I go shopping? I want to make some 'good' biscotti that calls for cocoa. Thank you for all information.

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Old 11-16-2010, 07:58 PM   #2
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i have been told there is a difference. however i can't afford the "good ones"

stuff i make with store bought always tastes good to me. although i think i have Hersey's in cupboard.
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:03 AM   #3
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I have learned there is good solid chocolate for both eating and cooking. There is also very good chocolate for same purposes. Is cocoa also 'good' and 'very good'?
My pantry contains Ghirardelli solid cooking chocolate and store brand cocoa. Shall I go shopping? I want to make some 'good' biscotti that calls for cocoa. Thank you for all information.
I'm only picky for those I am eating, for cooking and baking most store brands are fine.
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:44 AM   #4
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I have had two brands of powdered cocoa from the grocery store and there was a significant difference. Hershey's was far better. It was darker and had a stronger cocoa flavor. I don't remember the name of the inferior brand...out of sight out of mind.
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:48 AM   #5
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I have had two brands of powdered cocoa from the grocery store and there was a significant difference. Hershey's was far better. It was darker and had a stronger cocoa flavor. I don't remember the name of the inferior brand...out of sight out of mind.
Wonder if it was an old can...as in no one was buying it. I'm currently hooked on only buying what I need for a recipe from the bulk section.
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:01 AM   #6
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Do you get Fair Trade cocoa over there?
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:03 AM   #7
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:19 AM   #8
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I just bought "Trader Joe's Conacado Organic Fair Trade Cocoa" yesterday but haven't tried it yet. It's strictly for making a Hot Chocolate drink and not for baking. I haven't tried it yet. It's funny because I just made myself a cup of hot chocolate (sipping it right now) and was trying to decide between two brands I have...I chose the other brand and then came here...after the fact. Bummer...i would have chosen the fair trade. I'll report back when I've tried that one.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:53 AM   #9
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We think Penzeys has some pretty good cocoa powder. We prefer their non-akalai in that it seems to have a richer taste.
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:10 AM   #10
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OK. so this is history and not applicable for today, but the best cocoa powder I ever used was sold by Starbuck's, no less, back in the early 70s. If they still sold it today, I'd buy it.
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