Valrhona Chocolate Cocoa Powder 100% cacao 1 lb
- Valrhona is the most commonly used chocolate in fine restaurants and bakeries, and their cocoa powder is no different.
- The fat content is easy to use and adapt to any baking recipe
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Top Customer Reviews
Chefs and cooks who order Valrhona know what to expect from this brand of cocoa -- Valrhona is the most intense
cocoa -- with the most intense aromatics -- out there.
The product arrived in a generic plastic bag with no label, and was sealed with a twisty tie.
No jar, as pictured, no label of authenticity, no seal of freshness.
The plastic bag indicates this cocoa was filled from a big bulk box, a box that's probably not been
sealed up tight, been sitting awhile, and probably an old product. .
When you open a foil pouch of genuine Valrhona cocoa, the smell is so intensely aromatic,
others can smell it across a large room.
When I opened the plastic bag from my order, the cocoa smelled nothing like Valrhona.
This cocoa is dead -- it's either not Valrhona or stale Valrhona.
In any case, it's unacceptable, especially at $15 a pound. Don't waste your money.
Why is Caputo's packaging Valrhona this way, and not providing the product in a sealed jar,
as pictured in the Amazon listing?
In regards to freshness and aromatics and product acceptability, does Caputo's really think
the chefs and cooks who seek out Valrhona won't notice the huge difference between this dead cocoa and the real thing?
The results are no comparison. They are very different product, the phony stuff being a very dark flavor with few creamy undertones- tastes fine- it's chocolate! The real stuff tastes more nuanced- has a creaminess to it, a body and richness.. a well rounded flavor.
Shame on these vendors who make a killing on selling lower price/quality products claiming gourmet names.
"The Valrhona Chocolate Cocoa Powder 100% cacao 1 lb is repackaged in plastic resealable bags as Valrhona does not sell this format directly.
The cocoa powder is nevertheless made by Valrhona and it is the same product as the one you can find in 3 kilograms, 1 kilogram or 8.8 oz versions. The only difference is that the 1 lb version is a repacked item, so thus it will not have a Valrhona label, but other than that it is the same cocoa.
Please let me know if I can help you with anything else.
I remain skeptical but others of you may not. As for now, the product will sit in my pantry probably to be thrown out at a later date.
UPDATE: After receiving the first email, the CEO of the Gourmet Food Store sent me the following note:
"I appreciate your concern, but please rest assured that it is 100% Valrhona Cocoa Powder. We are actually one of the largest distributors of Valrhona products here in the United States through our sister company. Valrhona unfortunately does not offer a 1 lb bag of cocoa powder, which we've found to be the most popular size for consumers, so we have gone ahead and created this bag ourselves, repacking it from the larger 6.6 lb box of Valrhona Cocoa Powder. I can't make any claims for the other sellers of the Cocoa Powder on Amazon, but you can rest assured that if you are buying it from Gourmet Food Store on Amazon, that you are buying genuine Valrhona cocoa powder. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Gourmet Food Store"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used to only use Hershey's or other store bought cocoa powder. I bought this because a receipe from the Georgetown Cupcake cookbook called for it and I love it! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Gabi
This cocoa is magical. Have used it for ice cream and brownies, and it gives them the richest dark chocolate flavor imaginable.Published 18 days ago by Katherine Grimmett
I bought this for a friend who lives oversea, where she had previously bought the product while in the US. The produce is affordable and great for baking. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
its a blend of some sort of inferior cocoa, with perhaps a spoonful of Valrhona, have baked with Valrhona for years, this is not even close!Published 29 days ago by Diana De Luca
The product I received in a heavy heat sealed and resealable clear plastic bag labeled "Valrhona Cocoa Powder -ingredients 100% cocoa powder:" It was to my understanding the powder... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dragonheart