How to make cocoa powder from chocolate?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How to make cocoa powder from chocolate?” method to prepare chocolate milk powder, the difference between chocolate powder and cocoa powder, and which among the two is suitable for making.

How to make cocoa powder from chocolate?

You cannot obtain cocoa powder from chocolate. You can try getting chocolate powder from chocolate though that can be difficult as well.

To make cocoa powder from chocolate, freeze the chocolate first to make it hard. Use a grater to grate the chocolate after the chocolate turns hard. You would obtain a slightly powdered version of chocolate which you can use in your recipes.

While grating, the chocolate, make sure to wrap a cloth around the chocolate to keep it from melting. Also, for grating the chocolate, it is important to have good quality chocolate as the rest are likely to melt easily. That being said, it is very difficult to obtain cocoa from an already prepared chocolate.

Mix the dry chocolate powder with milk powder too to prevent the chocolate powder from being extremely sticky.

How to make chocolate milk powder?

If you wish to obtain the chocolate powder, you can easily prepare it from already powdered ingredients. Ingredients include cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and salt.

Mix the three ingredients very well. Use a food processor with a lid and blend using a food processor. Place the powder in an airtight container.

What is the difference between chocolate powder and cocoa powder?

Cocoa powder is obtained from cacao beans that are roasted. The beans are picked out, fermented, and then dried. The oils from the beans are pressed out. The beans are roasted and then turned into powder.

On the other hand, the chocolate powder is a combination of sugar, cocoa powder, cream, and other ingredients as well.

Chocolate powder is refined and contains many more ingredients. On the other hand, cocoa powder is not that refined. 

The chocolate powder can be directly consumed though cocoa powder cannot be directly consumed and would need to be added to certain foods or mixed with certain ingredients to make it palatable.

Which should be used for baking: Cocoa powder or chocolate powder?

If you wish to bake a cake, it would be preferable to use cocoa powder. This is because cocoa butter is removed from cocoa powder making it an ideal ingredient to achieve lighter and fluffier cakes. It also has a lower fat content.

Cocoa powder is also an excellent option for preparing brownies or chocolate cakes as well. Creamier cakes or recipes can also benefit from the use of cocoa powder.

If you wish to consume a chocolate-based drink, the chocolate powder would be more desirable. The cocoa powder would require additional time and effort to be added to the chocolate beverage because of which it would be convenient to add chocolate powder.

If you are planning to prepare mousse, puddings, or ganache, it would be preferable to use chocolate powder instead of cocoa powder. This is because chocolate powder would contain cocoa butter which can give away a delicious mouthfeel.

If the cake is prepared using chocolate powder, it can become dry later on. This is due to the presence of cocoa butter which can become solid at room temperature.

The cake’s taste can get affected as well because as cocoa butter is solid, it can take longer for the dry cake to melt in your mouth and give you a good taste. 

This does not necessarily mean that cakes made using chocolate are bad. It means that it would be better to serve cakes made with chocolate at room temperature. Cakes made with chocolate are also firm.

How is cocoa powder prepared?

Cocoa powder could be naturally prepared without a lot of processing or it could be prepared using a Dutch process.

In the Dutch process, cocoa beans are soaked in an alkali solution. This produces a darker-colored cocoa powder with a mild flavor. It is also termed alkalized cocoa powder and would help in giving a richer and fudgier flavor if added to baked foods.

Natural cocoa powder is also called unsweetened cocoa powder and is more bitter in flavor. It also has a lighter brown color and when coupled with baking powder can help in leavening cakes or other baked goods.

Other FAQs about Cocoa Powder that you may be interested in.

Can you substitute hot chocolate mix for cocoa powder?

How to make cocoa powder from chocolate?

Can you use hot cocoa mix instead of cocoa powder?

Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How to make cocoa powder from chocolate?” method to prepare chocolate milk powder, the difference between chocolate powder and cocoa powder, and which among the two is suitable for making.

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