Rainforest Black Cocoa Powder

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Black Cocoa Powder is the darkest cocoa where we use the Dutch Process. Made from robust flavored rainforest cacao, the secret of this cocoa powder is in the process of how we make it.

What is the Dutch Process?

Santa Barbara Chocolate's unique black cocoa develops this dark onyx cocoa color from roasting the cocoa beans and alkalizing them.  The alkalization process of cacao is called Dutch Process because it was invented in Holland. Alkalizing cocoa to different degrees allows color variation so your cookies, pie crusts or cakes can have unique and pretty chocolate color variation of lightness to darkness. Dutching also reduces the natural cocoa bean acidity so the cocoa powder won't react with baking powder in a recipe.  Dutch process also allows a variation in flavor of cocoa powders.  

You'll find our Rainforest Black Cocoa Powder to have a dark roast cocoa taste, earthy and heady with lighter fudge nuances and a trailing floral flavor. Having a range of cocoa powders is popular with gelato makers because each cocoa has a unique and individual chocolate flavor so a fleet tasting of chocolate gelato can be presented for a fun and memorable experience.  

The Santa Barbara Chocolate range of cocoa powder flavors:

Typically the lighter the color of the cocoa the flavor will be more acidic, fruity and with low fudge notes. Medium brown cocoas will tend to have some fruit note but the fudge flavor becomes more pronounced. With red cocoas the fudge flavor becomes less pronounced and the fruit flavor tends to give way to subtle floral hints.  So Black cocoa offers the most robust experience characteristically earthy with not as much fudge like flavor. The color and smell are the most intense aspects and as a result work wonderfully in a mud pie recipe or in chocolate hazelnut gelato.  

Santa Barbara Chocolate bulk cocoa powder is the best value on the market.  Taste and compare and see for yourself why our cocoa powder is used by the top pastry chefs, ice cream boutiques and chocolatiers.  

ingredient: Alkalized Cocoa Powder

Cocoa Powder Made in the USA - this is important. USA cocoa powders must meet higher standards than some of those made in other countries. We don't add a bunch of ash or filler and you can taste the difference right away.

Rainforest Black Cocoa is 100% cocoa solids which is ground cacao alkalized to offer the unique taste and color.

Warranty Information

Black Cocoa Powder with all the top quality earthy dark roast chocolate taste. Dark roast cacao, alkalized to offer the superb black color and deep rich black cocoa experience. This is the professional cocoa powder choice for baking.

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  • 5
    I love to make sourdough brownies with this cacao. The deep sweet chocolate flavor complements the sourdough perfectly! The product from Santa Barbara Chocolate Company has been equivalent quality to other distributors of the same item, but buying in

    Posted by E on 1st Feb 2018

    Love it!!!

  • 5
    Will buy again

    Posted by Michelle on 31st Jan 2018

    Usually I just buy black cocoa powder from the grocery store but decided to give this one a try recently. I made the best brownies and cakes with this! There are even recipes I found that are flourless and use just cocoa powder.

    Not to mention this actually has a cocoa flavor plain when most of the dark powders in the past I have used taste like dirt.

  • 5

    Posted by Kate Wilson on 15th Dec 2017

    Great cocoa. Receive lots of compliments on my brownies.

  • 5
    Magic Powder

    Posted by Vivian Lucero on 21st Sep 2017

    Love this dark onyx powder. I purchased previously through another source at twice the price. This is well worth the price and a little goes a long way. I add a small amount to my chocolate mix for a beautiful rich chocolate.

  • 5
    Bulk organic dark chocolate chips and 100% Rainforest cocoa.

    Posted by Lisa F. on 19th Jan 2017

    This is my first time ordering from this company and I'm thoroughly pleased. You can tell when your order arrives if a company truly cares about the product it's delivering. My package arrived and was packed beautifully with care and precision to protect the chocolate. That alone speaks volumes to me about the character of this company and their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. They've earned a customer for life. The chocolate tastes great and comes in bulk, which I also appreciate since I'm doing a lot of baking. In my search for the finest, fair trade and most healthy chocolate on the market, Santa Barbara Chocolate was my choice, and I hit a home run!

  • 4
    Better cocoa flavor then others

    Posted by S Bishop on 17th Jan 2017

    I buy black cocoa powder for our recipe development in cookie baking and grasshopper pie (the mint pie with black crust). I really love Santa Barbara Chocolate's black cocoa powder because it tastes like rich cocoa and has no burnt taste or smell. Most black cocoa powders have this burnt smell that I just don't like. Santa Barbara's black cocoa powder is really clean and fresh cocoa smelling. It tastes very good too.