It seems like cocoa powder is very tricky to dissolve in liquid without using a slurry. So how do store-bought cocoa mixes dissolve so easily?

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    cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/55840/… Distributing the cocoa in sugar helps (and does when you do it yourself, as well - dry mix them before adding liquid) - a comment there suggests maltodextrin may also play a role. Without knowing the inner details of Nestle Quick (f. e.) I'd suspect that they make a syrup and dry/granulate that syrup, rather than merely mixing up powders.
    – Ecnerwal
    Dec 10, 2016 at 16:07
  • Essentially those store bought mixes are a lot more then just cocoa. Dec 16, 2016 at 9:30
  • @BenjaminScherer Is there an ingredient in them that helps the cocoa dissolve?
    – user52037
    Dec 16, 2016 at 14:06
  • @NotNotLogical consider [this link] (seriouseats.com/2012/10/…) It seems as if they might add some form of fat and of course sugar to it. (But the article is just how you would make starch proteins dissolve and not how the commercial companies do it) Dec 16, 2016 at 14:27
  • Even though your question is the "inversion" (you ask why some powders like instant choco drinks do not clump, the other ones asks why other powders like cocoa clump) it is practically the same, so closing as a dupe. Also see cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/43057/….
    – rumtscho
    Dec 20, 2016 at 11:14

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Commercial cocoa is frequently "dutched" or treated with alkalai, which increases the dispersibility of the powder.

"The process darkens the cocoa ingredients, changes the taste by reducing bitterness, and increases the dispersability of cocoa powder for various applications such as beverages".

Source (paywall, sorry): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18710243