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#269810 8-Apr-2020 22:42
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I'm not a coffee drinker, not a huge fan of tea, and I find most hot chocolates too sweet. I do however enjoy making a hot chocolate with cocoa powder and a bit of honey, and a good dash of cream.

 

When in Portugal just over a year ago I stumbled across this at a random supermarket in Tarifa. It has a flavour like nothing I've tasted before, I would describe as the colour velvet, and rich and smooth.

 

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I've struggled to find anything close in NZ. Tried Trade-Aid stuff, I've tried 100% powder from https://ocho.co.nz/ but they all pale in comparison.

 

 

 

Any suggestions for the best cocoa for drinking in NZ?


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  #2457853 8-Apr-2020 23:01
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Nespresso sell Cailler chocolate from France that is really good. Comes in boxes of single serve sachets - mix with hot milk. You do not need a Nespresso machine to use them.






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  #2457867 9-Apr-2020 00:27
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Avalanche Premium Dark Cocoa. Excellent.

I occasionally try the bulk random brand cooking cocoa packs. Blend can vary.

 
 
 
 


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  #2457869 9-Apr-2020 01:13
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Altezano sells a really nice drinking chocolate 

 

https://altezanobrothers.co.nz/product/decadent-drinking-chocolate-gluten-free/

 

 

 

 

 

 




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  #2457934 9-Apr-2020 09:32
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Handle9:

 

Altezano sells a really nice drinking chocolate 

 

https://altezanobrothers.co.nz/product/decadent-drinking-chocolate-gluten-free/

 

 

Looks good, but I'm really looking for something low sugar. That one has 4.4tsp of sugar per serve!!! (17.7/4).

 

The Nespresso Cailler chocolate looks to be similar.




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  #2457936 9-Apr-2020 09:34
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gzt: Avalanche Premium Dark Cocoa. Excellent.

I occasionally try the bulk random brand cooking cocoa packs. Blend can vary.

 

Now we're talking! Will have to try and find some of that next time I venture out to the supermarket.


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  #2458032 9-Apr-2020 10:38
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Blooker Dutch cocoa powder goes pretty hard, it's not cheap though but if you mix it with some sugar (1:1 or less if you don't have a sweet tooth) and then steamed milk it's delicious. I can buy it here from New World in the hippy/health food area normally. I don't know why it's not in the baking aisle there to be fair.

 

A much lazier option is to check out West Coast Cocoa https://www.westcoastcocoa.com/


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  #2458069 9-Apr-2020 11:27
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We get Donovan's Premium Dutch cocoa powder. Makes a decent hot choc and good in the baking.

 

 

 

https://www.ishopnewworld.co.nz/product/5239766_ea_000nw?name=premium-dutch-cocoa-powder

 

 

 

 

 

 






 
 
 
 




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  #2458072 9-Apr-2020 11:30
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essceebird:

 

Blooker Dutch cocoa powder goes pretty hard, it's not cheap though but if you mix it with some sugar (1:1 or less if you don't have a sweet tooth) and then steamed milk it's delicious. I can buy it here from New World in the hippy/health food area normally. I don't know why it's not in the baking aisle there to be fair.

 

A much lazier option is to check out West Coast Cocoa https://www.westcoastcocoa.com/

 

 

Thanks, will try them out. Good excuse to support a NZ business in these times with the West Coast Cocoa.

 

@maoriboy yeah I've tried that. Better than the average, but still not as amazing as the stuff from Portugal.


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  #2458083 9-Apr-2020 11:38
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Best I have ever had I have never seen for sale in NZ. It is Charbonnel et Walker. If anyone finds it in NZ - let me know!






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  #2475403 2-May-2020 16:59
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French Valrhona 100% cocoa https://inter.valrhona.com/en





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