Best Cocoa Powders

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 3, 2019
Cocoa powder will let you make delicious drinks and bake the yummiest goodies. The best cocoa powders will not only make any beverage/dessert delicious but also provide numerous health benefits. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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OUR VERDICT
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Servings per container (serving size 1 tbsp)
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PROS

The powder is packed with various minerals and vitamins. The package's massive. The 32-ounce bag will let you make ~181 cocoa/hot chocolate cups. You can add ~two tablespoons to any morning smoothie and receive that instant boost that will make you feel refreshed and energized. 

CONS

When mixed with other ingredients, the substances might stick together. 

OUR VERDICT

Anthony's Organic Raw Cocoa Powder tastes delicious and smells delicious. The flavor is relatively gentle but noticeably chocolatey. The formula's packed with antioxidants and magnesium, protecting your cells against free radicals and maintaining bone health.

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Type

Pure cocoa

Servings per container (serving size 1 tbsp)

181

Fat Percentage

10-12% fat

Extras

Sugar-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients

Volume

32 oz

PROS

The powder is sugar-free and 14% fat. The flavor is robust yet, at the same time, not bitter at all. The powder's really dark, with some red hints. You'll be able to make gelatos. The cocoa is more than suitable for cakes, cookies, pretty much anything.

CONS

The aroma is too subtle for some. 

OUR VERDICT

Valrhona Cocoa Powder 100% Pure Cocoa is not the most cost-effective product on the shelves. This is the product for people who can tell the difference between quality cocoa and cheap stuff. This powder alone will be able to turn any basic cake into the most delicious dessert.

detailed parameters
Type

Pure cocoa

Servings per container (serving size 1 tbsp)

6

Fat Percentage

14% fat

Extras

Sugar-free, no artificial ingredients

Volume

8.82 oz

PROS

The product manages to find that sweet spot between the company's intense, slow-melting chocolate and luscious fillings. Delivering this luxuriously deep and velvety chocolate taste, the formula makes this product more than suitable for baking and making delicious drinks.

CONS

The resealable zip lock at the top doesn't last. 

OUR VERDICT

Ghirardelli Chocolate Unsweetened Cocoa Pouch is affordable yet surprisingly complex considering the inexpensive price tag. In other words, the product is up there with the most cost-effective pure cocoa products on the market today. On the back of the pouch, you'll find many delicious recipes.

detailed parameters
Type

Pure cocoa

Servings per container (serving size 1 tbsp)

~5

Fat Percentage

25% fat

Extras

Sugar-free, no artificial ingredients, may contain tree nuts, wheat, soy, dairy, and egg

Volume

8 oz

PROS

Balancing cocoa's acidity, the product's flavor profile becomes smooth, mellow, and earthy. The powder quickly dissolves when poured into hot liquids, so you'll be able to whip up delicious drinks in no time. 

CONS

The cocoa will color your baked goods particularly black. 

OUR VERDICT

This cocoa is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. It will help relieve stress and anxiety, enhance bone density, muscle strength, and metabolism. These components also combat toxins and free radicals in your body and promote cardiovascular health.

detailed parameters
Type

Alkalized cocoa

Servings per container (serving size 1 tbsp)

16

Fat Percentage

6% fat

Extras

Sugar-free, no artificial ingredients

Volume

16 oz

PROS

There are no preservatives nor artificial ingredients inside this can. You'll be able to enrich and intensify different beverages and desserts with the company's signature chocolate flavor. This is 100% pure cocoa, meaning that the product is packed with natural antioxidants. 

CONS

The manufacturers recommend two tablespoons to maximize the flavor. 

OUR VERDICT

Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa will prove awesome for people on a strict no-sugar diet trying to lose weight. The formula is 1% fat, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. The sizable can will easily fit standard pantries and/or cupboards. The resealable lid will make the product last.

detailed parameters
Type

Pure cocoa

Servings per container (serving size 1 tbsp)

~45

Fat Percentage

1% fat

Extras

Sugar-free, gluten-free, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, vegan, kosher 

Volume

23 oz

Anthony's Organic Raw

Going Organic

Anthony's Organic Raw Cocoa Powder is precisely what the name suggests: an organic raw cocoa powder that isn't alkalized. In other words, the product's not treated with alkali, bringing you much more delicious and much less refined taste.

There are no preservatives here. The formula doesn't incorporate any artificial ingredients. The product is sugar-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO. It is packed with various minerals and vitamins.

The package's massive. The 32-ounce bag will last. From different baked goods like brownies and sizable cakes to tiny cookies and various pastries, the company's rich-flavored product will be able to make any baking recipe taste particularly delicious.

Sure, this organic cocoa powder is good for desserts. At the same time, it is just as good for drinks. You can add ~two tablespoons to any morning smoothie and receive that instant boost that will make you feel refreshed and energized.

The product's downsides are limited to the fact that, when mixed with other ingredients, the powder will sometimes lump.

Besides that, Anthony's Organic Raw Cocoa Powder tastes delicious and smells delicious. The flavor is relatively gentle but noticeably chocolatey. The formula's packed with antioxidants and magnesium, protecting your cells against free radicals and maintaining bone health. In many ways, this is the best cocoa powder on this list.

Review of Anthony's Organic Raw Cocoa Powder

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Valrhona 100% Pure

Rich and Intense

Valrhona Cocoa Powder 100% Pure Cocoa has this pure (duh) and intense flavor that really separates this powder from standard supermarket stuff.

The aroma alone will make you realize the difference between this artisan product and cheap cocoa.

Sure, some might find the aroma too subtle but that's probably because you're too used to the artificial stuff. Here, the product packs no artificial ingredients. The powder is sugar-free and 14% fat.

Again, some might find the aroma barely noticeable but the flavor is robust yet, at the same time, not bitter at all.

The powder's really dark, with some red hints. You'll be able to make gelatos. This dark cocoa is more than suitable for cakes, cookies, pretty much anything. Keep in mind though that the product will likely stain the clothes, so make sure to wear an apron or those clothes that you don't care too much about.

Volume-wise, the package's pretty small. The contents measure 8.82 ounces, so you might want to stock up if you're planning on adding this black cocoa powder to drinks.

Bottom line, Valrhona Cocoa Powder 100% Pure Cocoa is not the most cost-effective product on the shelves. This is the product for people who can tell the difference between quality cocoa and cheap stuff. This powder alone will be able to turn any basic cake into the most delicious dessert.

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Ghirardelli Premium

Best Cocoa Powder for Baking

Ghirardelli Chocolate Unsweetened Cocoa Pouch is affordable yet surprisingly complex considering the inexpensive price tag.

Supposedly, the people behind this product hand-select the finest cocoa beans, roast these beans to perfection, and slow-blend them into the purest ingredients. We don't know how much truth there is in that statement but the powder's rich taste makes an appealing case at the very least.

The product manages to find that sweet spot between the company's intense, slow-melting chocolate and luscious fillings. Delivering this luxuriously deep and velvety chocolate taste, the formula makes this product more than suitable for baking and making delicious drinks.

Other than that, the product's formula is sugar-free, containing no artificial ingredients. It might, however, contain tree nuts, wheat, soy, dairy, and egg, making the taste nuanced and absolutely delicious.

The resealable pouch that contains this unsweetened cocoa powder enables easy storing, scooping, and measuring. The only downside to the pouch is that the zip lock rarely lasts.

Still, Ghirardelli Chocolate Unsweetened Cocoa Pouch is up there with the most cost-effective pure cocoa products on the market today. On the back of the pouch, you'll find many delicious recipes.

Review of Ghirardelli Premium Unsweetened Cocoa

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The Cocoa Trader Black

Smooth, Mellow, and Earthy

The Cocoa Trader Black Cocoa is alkalized. That's not necessarily bad though. This European cocoa style works wonders neutralizing the pH of cocoa, changing its appearance to anything from neutral brown to something with reddish tints to the blackest black. Balancing cocoa's acidity, the product's flavor profile becomes smooth, mellow, and earthy.

When baking/cooking, make sure to use this powder sparingly though because the coloring agent will prepare the darkest chocolate cake or cookies you've ever seen. If you want to avoid that, consider using this cocoa powder together with brown dutch-processed cocoa.

This cocoa is not only delicious but also especially healthy, packing numerous antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. It will help relieve stress and anxiety, enhance bone density, muscle strength, and metabolism. These components also combat toxins and free radicals in your body and promote cardiovascular health.

Last but not least, the powder quickly dissolves when poured into hot liquids, so you'll be able to whip up delicious drinks in no time.

In short, The Cocoa Trader Black Cocoa is not as raw and pure as every other product on this list. However, in many ways, the product's formula offers more health benefits and makes this powder more practical.

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Hershey's 100%

Less Fat

Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa is the most health-conscious choice on this list. The powder is less than 1% fat. The formula is sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. There are no preservatives nor artificial ingredients inside this can. You'll be able to enrich and intensify different beverages and desserts with the company's signature chocolate flavor.

This is 100% pure cocoa, meaning that the product is packed with natural antioxidants. You'll be able to add the company's quality to hot cocoa, cakes, brownies, frostings, cakes, various dessert recipes that could use unsweetened cocoa.

There's not much to add here. The 23-ounce can will last. You'll be able to make at least 45 delicious drinks.

The only issue here pretty much stems from the product's unsweetened, 1% fat formula. As you would imagine, the powder won't have that intense taste that sweetened, 10+% fat cocoa powders usually have, so the people behind this product recommend adding two tablespoons to maximize the flavor.

All things considered, Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa will prove awesome for people on a strict no-sugar diet trying to lose weight. The sizable can will easily fit standard pantries and/or cupboards. The resealable lid will make the product last.

Review of Hershey's 100% Unsweetened Cocoa

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What Is Cocoa Powder?

Hot cocoa, hot chocolate, chocolate tea, all these drinks are delicious. There's nothing quite like cozying up to the fireplace on those cold winter days with any of these drinks, spending quality time alone with a good book or enjoying good company, sharing a laugh or two, you get where we're going with this.

Using these cocoa powder products, you'll be able to easily make these drinks and make them more delicious than ever. At the same time, these products are equally suitable for cooking and baking.

You probably think that cocoa's not that great for you because it is sweet and all that but, actually, cocoa powder has many health and nutrition benefits. It is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, etc. These components improve blood flow, lower heart attack and stroke risks, reduce blood pressure, improve bone density, aid muscle strength, the list goes on and on.

Besides, the products on this list are sugar-free, so you won't have to worry about gaining weight.

Of course, cocoa has its limits. That's where detox teas and these probiotics come in. Using these products, you'll be healthy as an ox.

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Publish Date: 2019-12-03 11:18:07