I have run out of my Valrhona cocoa powder and though the taste is phenomenal, I cringe at the thought of having to pay so much for more and pay ridiculous shipping on top of it.
I have never tried Callebaut (which might be what i end up getting)
and don't find Ghirardelli to have that deep chocolate flavor I want.
Have you compared any others to Valrhona?
I have never tried Valrhona, so I can't compare, but I use Hershey Special Dark.
I use Guittard DP cocoa powder. I'm getting ready to place an order for Sharffen Berger to compare. I have found the best prices to be in bulk.
Droste is my personal favorite.
I use Callebaut and like it very much. Never tried Valhrona, so cant compare. Callebaut makes a very moist cake.
Where is the best price for these chocolates? The only one I can get without shipping is Guittard, but it is very good... coming from someone who doesn't like chocolate.
i have not tried the Valhrona, but i do a mix with Ghirardelli, King Arthur's Cocoa Rouge, and KA Black Cocoa. The rouge and the cocoa don't need to be used full strength to impart some nice depth of flavor. (black isn't recommended to be used by itself, just as an add in).
I tried Valhrona and it is amazing...nice deep chocolate flavor. But the price was steap. think I paid $12 at Sur La Table. Just made a recipe that I had used Valhrona beore and can taste the difference and visually it isn't a deep dark chocolate. ohh well...need to either find a cheeper online option if I want to order Valhrona again.
I'm currently using the Extra Brut from Albert Uster. Got 11lbs which was great. I also get chocolate from Chocosphere which is easy for me since I can will call it in Portland, OR and skip the shipping! I also need to get a more natural cocoa, I love the dark but some stuff just calls for a lighter cocoa in flavor. I like Hershey's Dark as well in a pinch but there just isn't enough of it!
I love the brand Saco, they also make the canned buttermilk powder. You don't find the chocolate in many stores but you can order from them directly off their website. I think it has a wonderful flavor but I don't remember the price.
If you happen to live near either a Whole Foods or Central Market (that one may only be here in Texas) they also sell the Guittard, Callebaut, and Valrhona chocolates and cocoas.