Cocoa powder ingredients

Updated July 19, 2017

Cocoa powder is used in a variety of baked goods and hot drinks. It is made from cocoa beans, but only contains a small amount of cocoa butter.

What is Cocoa Powder?

Cocoa powder is an unsweetened chocolate flavoured powder that is used in sweets such as brownies, cookies and cakes. While it tastes bitter when eaten alone, it adds intense chocolate flavour when added with other ingredients and baked.

Ingredients in Cocoa Powder

The only ingredient in cocoa powder is cocoa. Natural antioxidants are found within cocoa that can be beneficial to the body in preventing sickness. The Dutch processed type of cocoa powder also contains the extra ingredient of alkali.

How is Cocoa Powder Made?

Cocoa powder comes from a dark paste known as chocolate liquor. This liquor is made from the grinding down of the nibs of cocoa beans. The cocoa butter is extracted from this making chocolate liquor. When the liquor is dried and pressed into a powder, cocoa powder is the result.

Types of Cocoa Powder

There are two types of cocoa powder: Dutch processed and natural unsweetened cocoa powder. Dutch cocoa powder contains the extra ingredient of alkali in order to neutralise the acids found in the powder. This type of cocoa powder is used for pastries and other desserts where a subtle flavour is needed.

Nutrional Information

Hershey's cocoa powder contains about 10 calories and less than 1 gram of fat per tablespoon. Natural flavonol antioxidants are found in the cocoa powder as well.

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Anne-Harris Jones has a degree in baking and pastry from the Art Institute of Atlanta and also a B.A. in English with a concentration in professional writing and rhetoric from Elon University. She loves to bake and loves to write. She has written for as a Baking Examiner as well as Demand Studios.