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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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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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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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Cocoa vs cacao pâte vs 100% dark chocolate

Background I've been reading Pierre Hermé's Macaron cookbook, and his recipe for bitter chocolate macarons calls for "cacao pâte (or dark chocolate 100% cocoa)". I (naiively) thought that ...
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How much sugar and/or milk do I need to turn 99% chocolate to 70% dark chocolate?

I ordered 70% dark chocolate from an online store but they sent me 99% chocolate. I've been trying to find measurements on the Internet on how to turn it into 70% dark chocolate, but most of the sites ...
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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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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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How can I make 'rich chocolate' flavor?

I am in the process of making a DIY Soylent meal replacement. I've tried Hershey's cocoa powder and it tastes awful. Commercial manufacturers of flavored protein powders, shake powders, etc. make such ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ruby chocolate explained

I have a problem understanding Ruby chocolate. It is still a mystery for me in many areas: Why does Ruby chocolate have virtually no fiber in it? As I understand, it does contain some cocoa solids ...
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Why do commercial chocolate/cocoa products often contain fat-reduced cocoa?

I've noticed that many 'chocolate' or 'cocoa' products, such as chocolate cake, chocolate milk and cocoa cereal contain fat-reduced cocoa powder rather than normal full-fat cocoa powder. Often the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is my hot chocolate gritty?

I know this question has been asked before here and here, but none of the provided solutions have made any difference. Every time I attempt to make hot chocolate, there's a grittiness to it, like ...
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Is "blooming" cocoa necessary in baked goods?

I've read that dissolving cocoa in hot liquids is supposed to make it release its flavors and make it taste more chocolate-y. This sounds useful for things like frostings or no-bake cookies, but does ...
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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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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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Hot water vs warm water for hot chocolate

First off, I don't normally do hot drinks. I don't like coffee or tea, and I only drink hot chocolate/cocoa or hot cider on occasion, so I really don't know what could make a difference in the flavor ...
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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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Would it be possible to brew cacao powder using a pour over method à la coffee grounds?

I see that one similar question has already been asked, but it was rather vague on specifics. Essentially, I wish to place a fine mesh strainer over a cup, pour around 1 tbsp of cacao powder (Navitas ...
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Solubility of chocolate in water and fat

do you have any idea about the solubility of chocolate? I experimented a bit and I can't make sense of what I've found. It isn't 1+1=2. It's rather like 1+1=8,3543 or so. Here is what I found: ...
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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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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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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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Can I rescue unwhippable cocoa-meringue?

I had a bunch of egg whites leftover so I thought I'd make meringues. And for fun I thought I'd throw in some cocoa powder. This is a Swiss meringue recipe where I warmed the whites, cocoa, and sugar ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I brew a stronger cocoa drink?

I read here and here that cocoa powder could be "brewed" like coffee for a cocoa-flavored coffee-like hot drink. Today I bought some cocoa powder and a reusable coffee filter cup, and I ...
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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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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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Melted chocolate wafers

When I make crunchie bars my melted chocolate that covers them goes white if I put them in the fridge. Will cocoa butter chips help that issue. I'm not sure why the chocolate goes milky white on areas....
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