What We Cook With: Our Favorite Cocoa, Baking Chocolate, and Chocolate Chips


From Hershey’s to Guittard and Ghirardelli, listed below are the manufacturers of cocoa and chocolate that we purchase and use in our baking!


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My Merely Recipes co-editors and I’ve lovingly referred to this previous month as Choctober.

Chocolate is nice anytime, anyplace, however chocolate recipes really feel particularly on level when the climate turns colder. Sizzling chocolate! Sizzling cocoa! Chocolate banana bread! Chocolate brownies! Double chocolate cupcakes! Somebody cease me, please, earlier than I share this checklist of 14 extra decadent chocolate recipes. (Too late.)

To make all of the chocolate issues you might want to have some chocolate (bar or chips) or cocoa available. However what form?

High quality, taste, meltability can all differ from model to model, so I queried my fellow workforce members for his or her favourite go-to manufacturers for cocoa, baking chocolate, and chocolate chips.

Favorite cocoa

Our Favorite Cocoa

Earlier than we get into cocoa, are you questioning in regards to the distinction between Dutch-process and pure cocoa? We wrote a submit about that! Test it out right here.

Now on to our favorites…

Hershey’s Unique 100% Cocoa

$3.00 for 8-ounce can

Hershey’s pure, non-alkanized cocoa powder (learn: not Dutch-processed) has a pleasing, acquainted taste, nice for cozy baked items you need to style like your childhood.

This make a stable brownie, and that’s about all I would like! –Emma

Hershey’s Particular Darkish Cocoa

$3.00 for 8-ounce can

Within the final yr Hershey’s modified their Particular Darkish Cocoa from a pure and Dutch-processed cocoa mix to 100% Dutch-processed cocoa. Not everybody liked this transformation, as evidenced by the critiques, however a few of us are massive followers, particularly contemplating it’s a budget-friendly Dutch-processed cocoa simply discovered at most grocery shops.

I’ve tried fancier cocoa powders (like Guittard, which is nice) however I at all times come again to Hershey’s Particular Darkish. It has a pleasant sturdy taste, and the worth is correct! -Megan

Ghirardelli 100% Unsweetened Cocoa

$4.00 for 8-ounce bag

One other pure, non-alkanized cocoa, Ghirardelli gives a stunning, candy chocolate taste to baked items and sizzling cocoa.

Ghirardelli wins on taste and accessibility. I’m a Ghirardelli lady all the best way. -Summer season

Cupcakes with chocolate frosting with a bite taken out and on a counter.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Guittard Cocoa Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

$6.99 for 8-ounce can

Guittard’s Cocoa Rouge cocoa is a Dutch-processed cocoa powder, and a slam dunk while you’re aiming for a very wealthy, deep chocolate taste. It has extra fats (from cocoa butter) in it than different cocoas, which suggests baked muffins, cookies, and brownies come out additional moist and fudgy.

That is one in all my favourite cocoa powders once I’m going for an all-out chocolate taste, like in these Double-Chocolate Cupcakes. It’s costlier than different cocoa, for positive, however price it. – Cambria

Droste Cocoa

$6.99 for 8.8-ounce field

Droste Cocoa is imported from Holland and, sure, it’s a Dutch-processed cocoa! Like Guittard’s Cocoa Rouge Dutch-processed cocoa, Droste has the next fats content material than most different cocoas for a full-bodied, wealthy cocoa taste. It’s distinctive.

This was the cocoa my mom used once I was rising up, and it’s nonetheless a gold normal in my e book. It’s additionally America’s Check Kitchen’s favourite cocoa, a few years operating. It makes superb sizzling cocoa. – Cambria

Best baking chocolate

Our Favorite Baking Bar Chocolate

Baker’s Bittersweet 

$2.59 for 4-ounce bar

Manufactured from 66% cacao, Baker’s Bittersweet is Emma’s alternative for an inexpensive, accessible baking chocolate that’s not too bitter and not too candy.

Simple to seek out and cheap! – Emma

Dealer Joe’s Pound Plus 72% Cocoa Darkish Chocolate Bar 

$4.99 for $17.6-ounce bar

The Pound Plus bar from Dealer Joe’s makes a incredible baking chocolate. It’s barely candy (however not overwhelmingly so), not too bitter, easy, and melts like a dream.

You possibly can’t beat the Pound Plus block of Dealer Joe’s baking chocolate. It’s moderately priced, unintentionally vegan, and tremendous scrumptious chopped up in cookies or melted into brownies or muffins. – Megan

Actually probably the greatest darkish chocolate offers on the market. It shouldn’t be this good for this value, and but it’s. – Cambria

Ghirardelli Unsweetened, Bittersweet, and Semi-Candy Baking Bars

$2.69 for 4-ounce bar

With its constant texture and chocolate taste, Ghirardelli stays one in all our dependable go-tos for baking chocolate.

I exploit Ghirardelli bittersweet, unsweetened and semi-sweetened baking bars relying on the recipe. They’re simple to seek out, scrumptious and moderately priced for a higher-end chocolate. – Summer season

Favorite chocolate chips

Our Favorite Chocolate Chips

Guittard Actual Semisweet and Further Darkish Chocolate Chips

$3.69 for 12-ounce bag

Guittard is a family-owned enterprise based mostly out of San Francisco and their chocolate chips, like their cocoa, are constantly scrumptious and high-quality.

Guittard is native to me within the Bay Space, so I prefer to assist them. However I additionally suppose the Semisweet chips have a stable chocolate taste that compliments baked items with out overpowering. – Emma

The Further Darkish chocolate chips are made with 63% cacao and provide the proper bittersweet chocolate chunk, which is what I need in a chocolate chip cookie. It’s greatest when the chocolate gives a counterbalance to all of the sugar! – Cambria

Ghirardelli Semisweet and 60% Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

$2.78 for 12-ounce bag; $4.82 for 20-ounce bag

Ghirardelli is broadly accessible, which is nice information for chocolate chip lovers! Their chocolate chips have a easy taste and texture, and are splendidly gooey after baking.

The 60% Bittersweet chips have nice taste and no waxy aftertaste. I’ve to have a right away baking function for them in any other case I snack on the entire bag! – Megan

I like Ghirardelli’s Bittersweet and Semi-Candy chips, however my go-to is Bittersweet. Properly balanced taste, soften nicely in a pinch, and I like their dimension and value. – Rachel

What are your favourite cocoa, baking chocolate, and chocolate chip manufacturers? We’d love to listen to!

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Cambria Daring

Cambria Daring is the Product and Way of life Director for Merely Recipes. She has virtually a decade’s price of on-line editorial expertise and know-how, first because the Managing Editor for Residence Remedy’s inexperienced dwelling web site Re-Nest (RIP) and later because the Design and Way of life Editor for Kitchn. She lives within the Twin Cities along with her husband and their two little women. And, sure, that is her actual identify.

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