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#1 Aria B.

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 01:21 PM

I've always used non-Dutch processed cocoa in my baking. I now have some recipes I want to try that call for Dutch processed cocoa specifically. I was reading another topic that said a CI article came out and they didn't find a difference between the two. Many of you chimed in and said you find the flavor to be superior with Dutched.

So, it seems that substituting one for the other isn't a problem (I think?). I'd like to try Dutched now but can't find it in my town. The closest I saw was Hershey's Dark which says it is a mix of Dutch and non-Dutch. Do many of you order yours online (I'm a home baker so don't need a huge quantity)? I live in a medium sized town with a few different grocery store options. What brand would I be looking for? Thanks!
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#2 merstar

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 01:33 PM

Hello Aria,

I've heard the new Hershey's Dark is inferior, so I'd avoid it. Droste cocoa (this is a differently designed box than the one I linked you to below, and for some reason is more expensive even though it's the same weight), is excellent and can be found in many grocery stores, and specialty stores. Otherwise, you can order it online at Amazon, etc. Pernigotti is another good one, but is more expensive than Droste, and can be found at Williams-Sonoma.

Edited to add: I just checked Amazon, and the Droste at the following link - different design, and more reasonably priced, is currently unavailable, but there are lots of other online sources. Here's what the box looks like, and this is the one you'd be most likely to find in your local stores:
http://www.amazon.co...601&pf_rd_i=ybh
Here's another site selling Droste:
http://www.shopgourm...g/droste_cocoa/

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#3 lebowits

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 01:44 PM

Hello Aria,

I've heard the new Hershey's Dark is inferior, so I'd avoid it. Droste cocoa is excellent and can be found in many grocery stores, and specialty stores. Otherwise, you can order it online at Amazon, etc. Pernigotti is another good one, but is more expensive than Droste, and can be found at Williams-Sonoma.

edited to add: I just checked Amazon, and Droste is currently unavailable, but there are lots of other online sources. here's what the box looks like:
http://www.amazon.co...601&pf_rd_i=ybh

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An excellent source for these things, including Dutch process cocoa is King Arthur Flour. You can get to their web site at King Arthur Flour. Their dutch process cocoa can be found here.
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#4 Patrick S

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 03:52 PM

I'd like to try Dutched now but can't find it in my town.  The closest I saw was Hershey's Dark which says it is a mix of Dutch and non-Dutch.    Do many of you order yours online (I'm a home baker so don't need a huge quantity)?  I live in a medium sized town with a few different grocery store options.  What brand would I be looking for?  Thanks!

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If you do decide to order online, you can get a 1kg bag of Callebaut for $20 from ChocolateSource.com.
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#5 sugarseattle

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 06:38 PM

I find the Droste cocoa to be a really good value for the money, but I really also like Pernigotti, and of course Callebaut is fantabulous.

Since you're in Portland, we get Droste in Seattle at QFC, so maybe Fred Meyer might have it?
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#6 gap

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 06:46 PM

As a general rule, the higher the cocoa butter content in your cocoa powder the better it will taste (aim for 20-24% cocoa butter content)

#7 Toliver

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 08:57 AM

I'd like to try Dutched now but can't find it in my town. 

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Welcome to my world! I needed some for a recipe that specifically called for it. I searched high and low and eventually found some at a new grocery discount chain that recently opened in my town. I kept finding regular cocoa and the ocassional imported box of dutch processed cocoa ($11 a box? No thanks!) in most grocery stores.
I wish you luck in finding some in your town!

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#8 gfron1

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 10:20 AM

Let me add a bit to try to elevate this to a national or international crisis!!!! :shock:

In the past week, I've tried to order dutch processed cocoa (Callebaut, Peringotti and Droste) for my store from four different distributors. Not one of my distributors had any of those three brands (or any others) in stock and available. So there is no dp cocoa in southwest New Mexico either...oh the horror of horrors!

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#9 sugarseattle

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:01 PM

I meant to also add this cocoa called saco cocoa which is really cheesy is actually quite nice and very very affordable. they also have it at QFC.

http://www.sacofoods...emiumcocoa.html
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#10 jaynesb

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 11:31 AM

Penzeys also carries it Link to Penzys cocoa powder

They have stores in many states as well as online/catalog/telephone ordering.

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