Chocolate is made using cocoa powder, but cocoa powder can be used for lots of things. We think that cocoa powder is a cupboard staple because it can instantly make almost everything taste better, from porridge to smoothies.
Not all cocoa powder is equal, so we thought it would be useful to round up the best cocoa powder that you can buy in the UK. Let's get into it:
Waitrose Organic Duchy Cocoa Powder
Regular readers of our guides won't be surprised to see a product from the Waitrose Organic Duchy range because we've been very impressed with a number of the products from this range, such as the lovely maple syrup. This cocoa powder is equally as impressive - made using ethically sourced organic cocoa beans which are grown without the use of artificial chemicals or fertilisers, this cocoa powder is 100% organic and has a lovely richness to it. This is also a Fairtrade product, and when you buy this product, a small donation is made to the Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund. Learn more and buy it here - waitrose.com
This cocoa powder from Divine is also a top-quality product, and we love that the farmers who grow the cocoa beans get a fair price too - made using cocoa beans from Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana, the beans are grown in the shade of the tropical rainforest, and they are then dried in the sun by the farmers. They are Fairtrade cocoa beans and the team at Divine is committed to treating the farmers they work with fairly. The cocoa powder itself is rich and delicious too, and works well either as a hot chocolate or however else you want to use it (we like it sprinkled on porridge). Learn more and buy it here - ocado.com
Tesco Cocoa Powder
We didn't expect to be so impressed by the cocoa powder from Tesco, but it's a great product - not only does it have a lovely tasty and a very chocolatey smell, but it's also Rainforest Alliance certified. This is really important as it means that the beans were sourced using ethical and sustainable methods. This was also the cheapest cocoa powder that we could find. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com
This cocoa powder from Menier is especially useful for use in desserts - it mixes very well and the taste is lovely and sweet, but it's 100% cocoa and there is nothing else added. This is UTZ Certified Cocoa, which means it has been grown sustainably and with care for the environment. You can learn more about UTZ certification here. Learn more and buy this cocoa powder here - tesco.com
We hope this guide helps you to find some great cocoa powder to use however you wish. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us to try!