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Rowntree's Cocoa Powder For Baking - Instant Hot Chocolate Drink, 250 g (Pack of 6)

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The Cacao tree is native to Central America and only grows close to the Equator. Mayans domesticated the Cacao tree 5,000 years ago and considered the plant a gift from the gods. To them and other pre-Columbian civilizations, cocoa was both a ritualistic drink and a currency. After Europeans discovered cocoa and chocolate, their appetite led to an increase in the number of cocoa plantations, both in Central and South America, but also in Asia.

The Majestic Premium Cocoa Powder has a high cocoa butter content (20-22%) which gives it a very silky texture, as it is obtained from alkalized nib cocoa. The producer recommends using it for baking and beverage applications.Cocoa powder and cocoa butter are the key ingredients of one of the most loved foods on the planet, chocolate, which gets its melting texture from the presence of cocoa butter. A natural cocoa powder, non-alkalized and unsweetened, Cadbury Bournville Cocoa is suited for vegetarians and made in compliance with Fairtrade Standards (requirements specific to cocoa producers and traders).

This is partially the reason for which professional chefs recommend Dutch-processed cocoa for desserts that don’t require baking (such as dusting cakes or truffles), and natural cocoa for products that require baking. Dutch-processed cocoa is recommended only for those batters which must remain moist.Cocoa powder, known as “food of the Gods” in the Maya civilization of Central America, is a well-known dessert ingredient and superfood. Obtained from the seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree, also known as “the chocolate tree”, cocoa powder is a solid that results from grinding the seeds after the cocoa butter is extracted. At this stage, which is usually done in factories, the beans can be ground into the so-called “chocolate liquor” (cocoa paste), from which chocolate can be obtained directly. Also, the cocoa paste can be separated into cocoa butter and cocoa powder, and processed further.

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