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Cocoa is the mixture of substances remaining after cocoa butter has been extracted from cacao beans. It may also be called cocoa powder, cocoa solids, or cacao.

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Shea Butter (or Cocoa Butter Equivalent) tempering while making Chocolate

This is more of a theoretical question. But assuming I have the following ingredients Cocoa powder / Cocoa Mass (containing no cocoa butter or trace amounts of it) Sugar Shea Butter I've been ...
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Can I buy cocoa butter squares for cooking?

In the 70's, I used to be able to buy cocoa butter squares - like unsweetened chocolate - made by Hershey's. They no longer make it. I made white chocolate fudge with it. Is there anything out ...
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Hot cocoa settling

My cocoa powder settles in the bottom of the mug when I make hot cocoa using half-and-half (the dairy product). Is there any technique to prevent this?
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Difference between cocoa and cacao

What is the difference between cocoa powder and cacao powder? Can they be used interchangeably (taste and function the same)? I understand somewhat the processing difference. It's like cold vs hot ...
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Are all dark chocolates with the same amount of cocoa equal?

I've noticed 3 ingredients in all dark chocolates: cocoa mass cocoa butter cocoa powder. This made me wonder if someone could have different ratios of these ingredients (like more cocoa powder than ...
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Cacao percentages and aromas developed in chocolate from different origins

About chocolate: I tasted a 66% cocoa chocolate bar origin of Caribbean coast. And then, I tasted a 66% cocoa chocolate origin of Alpaco (Ecuador). The only thing I've noticed it, that the ...
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White chili and chocolate

I always put chocolate or cocoa powder in my chili. Now I want to try making white chicken chili. Should I add white chocolate?
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Can (Solid) Cocoa Mass Be Called Tempered? Will It Harden?

Due to some geographical constraints, I need to use raw cocoa mass (solid) to create a true sugar-free coating for my bars. That means - I DO NOT have access to sugar-free tempered chocolate (and ...
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Is it possible to make “coffee” with cacao? [closed]

I need to do a project for the uni, and my topic it's about cacao, and i need to create a new product with it, do you think it is possible or not?, please answer i need some help haha.
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How to adjust Baker's Percentage when Adding Ingredients

I have a recipe of Old Fashioned Donuts that I love... I would like to add some Cocoa Powder to the recipe, but I don't know how to do that and keep the percentages correct. Basically, I don't know if ...
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What is the safest way to acquire non-alkalized cocoa powder?

I am looking for a non-alkalized, full-fat cocoa powder to use in recipes. By non-alkalized, I mean cocoa which has not undergone the Dutch process. The problem in detail: Gourmet grocery stores sell ...
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Where can I find black cocoa powder (a.k.a. black onyx cocoa powder) in the UK?

I live in the UK and want to buy some black cocoa powder, also known as black onyx cocoa powder. This is a type of cocoa powder that has been alkalized more than standard cocoa powder. As a result, it ...
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What can I do with solid cocoa?

Someone game me a lump of solid cocoa (from Samoa, if that matters). What can I do with it that I cannot do with cocoa powder?
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What caused my meringue to fall after adding cocoa?

I made a very nice stiff batch of meringue for meringue cookies. I piped half of the batch on the cookie sheet and they looked wonderful (or at least they were nicely stiff, and I need to practice my ...
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Dissolving cocoa in liquid [duplicate]

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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Cocoa butter sauce for beverages that doesn't resolidify

I'd like to make a cocoa butter sauce flavoring for beverages with the following properties: Stays as close to pure cocoa butter as possible. Doesn't re-solidify when drink is cold. Prefer not to use ...
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Prevent cocoa from settling

I want to make a lightly sweetened, very dark chocolate sauce. I've been trying to make this with water or milk and cocoa powder and a small amount of sugar. It has the taste I want, but the problem I'...
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Can I use unsweetened baking cocoa raw, or do products with it in it need to be cooked?

I'm asking because I found a recipe online for an ice cream that calls for baking coco, but doesn't call for cooking. I've used baking coco before to make hot chocolate, but it seems that it wouldn't ...
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Very Bitter Cocoa Powder Measurement

My father is a retired chef so he is kind of picky with the quality of his ingredients. In most cases it causes no problem, but there is a single exception. The cocoa powder he buys is extremely rich, ...
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What is the difference between more expensive cocoa powder and regular one?

After a lifetime of buying regular dutch process cocoa powder, I have purchased a more expensive Valrhona cocoa powder. It may be just me, but it seems like the more expensive one makes much better ...
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How can I prevent the cocoa in my hot chocolate from solidifying over time?

I make my own hot chocolate by making a slurry of cocoa powder and warm milk being sure that the chocolate is nicely melted and smooth. Then I add the rest of the milk and heat it the rest of the way....
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My cocoa powder won't mix with melted butter

I was trying to mix cocoa powder into melted butter but instead of mixing in it had a grainy texture and wouldn't dissolve. The butter was still hot and it was only melted not boiled. I use Heintz ...
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My cocoa powder is not dark. Is it still dutch processed?

I bought whole foods "baking cocoa". On the back in the ingredients section it says "processes with alkali." Then, just above the bar code it says "dutch-processed cocoa". Also, it actually smells ...
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Is there a drink that's analogous to coffee but made with cocoa beans?

Is there a drink out there that is made identically to coffee except with cocoa beans? I would be interested in finding either a drink with the exact roasting process or a drink brewed with ground ...
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In order to mix the cocoa powder in water/milk, is it a good idea to put the cocoa powder in the milk while heating it?

The answers here Dissolving cocoa powder in milk tell us to manually dissolve the Cocoa powder in the liquid. Will it not be a good idea to put the Cocoa powder in the liquid while heating it so that ...
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What is milk product in cocoa butter?

What does "may contain milk" mean on the side of my cocoa butter container? Is it not pure cocoa butter?
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Why does Weikfeild cocoa powder does not taste bitter?

Ingredients of Weikfeild cocoa powder. https://sites.google.com/site/cocoaexposed/cocoa-confectionery/product-survey/weikfield--cocoa It says it has 0 sugar. So, why does it not taste horribly bitter ...
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What is the difference between chocolate flavor cocoa powder and drinking chocolate?

Both contain low fat cocoa and chocolate flavor as ingredients. What would be the real difference between them in terms of taste and usage?
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When should I add cocoa powder to instant coffee?

I prepare Turkish coffee using pre-roasted coffee powder. What is a good time to add cocoa powder to it - before heating, after heating or during heating? Does it matter?
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I want to make a mug cake, can I use hot chocolate mix instead of cocoa?

Unfortunately, I do not have any cocoa powder left. If I use Cadbury's hot chocolate mix, would it give me the same effect?
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Difference between instant cocoa and drinking chocolate

There's a question with answers detailing the difference between pure cocoa powder and chocolate; it boils down to the 'raw' cocoa powder being a very ungrateful, bitter substance difficult to use ...
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Fix fudge that is too rich

I've made some fudge from a paleo recipe using almond butter, coconut oil, honey and cocoa powder. Following this recipe, I find the fudge far too rich to eat -- the cocoa requirement was for 6 ...
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Effect of undutched cocoa on baking

I'm trying to add unsweetened non-dutched cocoa powder to a biscotti recipe (this one). I've read that this type of cocoa is strongly acidic. Will I need to make any changes to the quantities of ...
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Can I substitute vanilla extract for cocoa powder in a cupcake recipe?

I found this recipe online for a chocolate cupcake recipe and I want to make it into a vanilla cupcake recipe. I know what you may be thinking "why doesn't she just find a vanilla cupcake recipe?" ...
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Is regular unsweetened cocoa powder safe uncooked?

Presumably, the cocoa isn't raw. I can't find anything on the safety of consuming it uncooked. I see here the questions on how to make it dissolve in cold milk, but would prefer a stronger ...
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How does one use cocoa butter in cooking?

I'm experimenting with different vegan solid fats for baked goods, like pancakes. This fat isn't only solid at room temperature, it's hard as a rock even on a warm summer day. For baked goods, do I ...
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Chocolate: difference between “Cocoa Mass” and “Cacao”?

There isn't much diary products in my country. So cheese, double/heavy cream, baking chocolate etc are hard to find. Some shops that specialize in baking sells this relatively expensive "72% cocoa ...
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Can I substitute chocolate chips for cocoa powder in my frosting?

I just ran out of cocoa while making a cookie sheet cake. Had enough for the cake, but not for the frosting. Can I substitute chocolate chips?
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Is a seed different from a nut?

I bought a bag of cocoa beans and it is written "Nut Free" on it. I always thought seeds/beans where the same a nuts except we called them this way because there is more than one in one fruit. So is ...
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Do all varieties of cocoa naturally taste bitter?

Very simple question. I bought some roasted cocoa seeds and tasted them, they have a slight "bitter" flavour and not "sweet" as I imagined when I was a kid. Now, chocolate is made by adding sugar to ...
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Can I increase the cocoa content in fudge?

I've been using a standard fudge recipe that works great, and yet I only wish was that it was even more chocolatey, with more cocoa taste. If it was less sweet that would be fine, too. Can I ...
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How to best store cocoa powder?

Say I buy a bag of Callebaut Cocoa Powder (like this one). What's the best way to store the powder once I begin using it? Figure that I'll use no more than 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of cocoa powder a week. ...
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Can I substitute cocoa for semisweet chocolate?

If I have a recipe that calls for semi-sweet chocolate (melted), what could I use along with unsweetened cocoa powder as a substitution? In other words, what quantities of sugar and cocoa powder would ...
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How can I make milk cocoa powder so it does not stick to the top and bottom?

A package of milk cocoa powder contains "20% cocoa powder, sugar, emulsifier (soya lecithin), flavouring (vanillin)". I have tried to make cocoa milk drinks to cold milk but the cocoa stuck to the top ...
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How can I identify dutch process cocoa?

I have a hard time finding "dutch process cocoa" in the store sometimes. What other names might dutch process cocoa be known as? Is there something else in the ingredients that might identify ...
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Using carob as a substitute for cocoa

I've found a source of powdered carob. I've read that it is a substitute for cocoa, and I was wondering how this works out practically. Is it a one-to-one substitution, or should I only use it in ...