Q:

How is cocoa powder made?

A:

Cocoa powder is made by removing half the cocoa butter from ground cacao beans and adding baking soda to what's left to form what the manufacturing industry calls press cake, which is then cooled before it is pulverized and sifted into cocoa powder. The process of adding the baking soda to the ground cacao beans is called dutching, which is a reference to Coenraad Johannes Van Houten, the Dutch chemist who patented the process.

The process of dutching was first used in the Netherlands in 1828. It was born out of a desire to replace the hot cacao liquid that was used to make hot cocoa by combining hot water and ground cacao beans that contained the full amount of natural cocoa butter. Because water and oil are not mixable, the cacao could not be evenly disbursed in the water, and the hot cocoa was gritty and had a layer of fat floating on the top. Dutching made the drink far more palatable and revolutionized the way hot cocoa is made. The liquid cocoa butter that is pressed from the cacao beans is used in manufacturing chocolate and is also in high demand in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How much caffeine is in cocoa powder?

    A:

    According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder contains 12 milligrams of caffeine. This is approximately one-eighth the amount of caffeine contained in an 8-ounce cup of coffee.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What ingredients make up custard powder?

    A:

    Custard powder is predominantly made of a starch, such as tapioca or cornstarch, along with flavoring such as vanilla, salt and annatto for color. The powder is colored and flavored so that it gains the look and flavor of custard once it is mixed with hot milk.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is espresso powder?

    A:

    Espresso powder is dehydrated brewed espresso. Espresso powder is typically used for baking cakes, brownies, cookies and other desserts that use chocolate. Espresso powder is an instant coffee, but it is typically not used to brew coffee for drinking.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Does cocoa powder expire?

    A:

    Although cocoa powder does actually expire, it is typically labeled with a "best-by" date. This indicates quality, rather than safety. When properly stored, cocoa powder can last for at least two years after the printed date if unopened or one year once opened.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore