A highly curated list of gourmet Dutch-processed cocoa powder and cocoa butter online -- because we only carry the best! Pernigotti has been with us since the beginning, coming up on 10 years now. Our regulars swear by it and appreciate the cost-effective "commercial pack" of 2.2 pounds of wonderful cocoa. Customers who buy cocoa butter online love its variety of uses in baking and cosmetics. 

About Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
Cocoa has natural acidity, but Dutch-processed cocoa powder has been treated to neutralize that acidity (with a natural alkali), which also reduces bitterness in the cocoa.

In baking, it is best to use the type of cocoa powder and butter called for in the recipe (if they are specified). When cocoa that is not Dutch-processed (so, an acid) is used in recipes, generally the recipe will call for baking soda (an alkali), then a leavening action results, causing the batter to rise when baked. But if the cocoa IS Dutch-processed, then its acid qualities have been neutralized and the batter will not rise in reaction to the baking soda (unless there are sufficient quantities of other acid ingredients, like buttermilk or molasses). 

So, when Dutch-processed cocoa powder is called for, the recipe often includes baking powder, rather than baking soda. This is because baking powder is a combination of an alkali (baking soda) and an acid (often cream of tartar), which together assure the reaction that causes leavening, regardless of other ingredients. This is part of the brilliance of the invention of baking powder.