Black Onyx Cocoa Powder

Black Onyx Cocoa Powder
Black Onyx Cocoa Powder
Black Onyx Cocoa Powder Black Onyx Cocoa Powder
100989 001
Net Weight:
2.9 oz
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Black Onyx Cocoa Powder is dark, dark, dark. This powder has a soft, rounded chocolate flavor, with any sharp chocolate edges mellowed by the alkalizing process which has altered its color and texture. It has a vaguely earthy smell that’s spiked with the fragrance of bitter chocolate. It looks dangerous but it’s gentle and inviting, a steady base of no-nonsense, deep chocolate.

Processing chocolate for consumption is a complicated, multi-step endeavor. Cocoa beans come in pods that are roughly the size of footballs, harvested by hand off cacao trees once they turn ripe orange. The pods can contain upwards to 50 beans, which are set out in trays of water to ferment for several days. After fermentation comes roasting to turn them brown and then winnowing, which cracks the shells of the beans and removes the nib, which is the key to chocolatey goodness. A hydraulic press is used to squeeze out the cocoa butter, the natural fats inside the nib. Cocoa butter has an extremely low melting point, so as it’s squeezed out the heat from the press melts the butter so it creates a chocolate liquor; this is drained off, leaving a crumbly, cakey material that is dried and turned into natural cocoa powder. Natural cocoa powder is somewhat acidic, with a pH between 5.2 and 5.8. In 1828, Dutch chocolatier Coenraad van Houten invented the Dutch process, which treats nibs with an alkaline solution that washes away the natural acids and raises the pH to 7, which is completely neutral. This tones down chocolate’s sharper edges and turns the powder deeper brown. Black Onyx Cocoa Powder is extra-Dutched, left to wash in alkaline even longer. This alters the cocoa powder’s basic properties by raising its pH to 8 and turns it dark brown, verging on black.


Tips From Our Kitchen

To understand how to work with Black Onyx Cocoa Powder, you have to take a little trip back to chemistry class. Because it’s an alkaline, if you’re using this powder for an item that needs leavening, like cake, it needs an acidic base to create rise. You can mix this in half-and-half with natural cocoa powder, which is acidic, and then use baking soda for rise. Or you can use all Black Onyx powder and mix it with baking powder, which contains both a base and an alkaline and creates its own rise. If you’re making something that requires no leavening, like some cookies, frostings, puddings, or in savory applications, then you can use Black Onyx powder on a 1:1 ratio with your usual cocoa powder. The Dutching process removes residual fats from Black Onyx Cocoa Powder, so it can create a dry product if you don’t counter that by adding something with fat; try butter, shortening, sour cream, or yogurt. It’s also great to use as a coloring agent, so if you need black chocolate icing, replace some of the food dye with Black Onyx Cocoa Powder and let it develop its color for a few hours. The bonus is, it won’t dye your teeth black.

Mix with sugar and milk for a deep, dark hot chocolate. Add rich contrast by dusting over a bowl of fruit, or roll frozen bananas in Black Onyx Cocoa Powder. Mix into peanut butter smoothies. Make a black velvet cake. Or turn it savory! Mix with cinnamon and cumin for a rub for ribs and pork, or stir it into chili. Use it for add deep chocolate flavor to mole, or char some mild peppers and top with a pesto made from almonds, parsley, olive oil, and chocolate. Toss pumpkin seeds with Black Onyx powder, salt, and pepper, and roast. Mix with espresso powder for a super-rich steak rub.

Our Black Onyx Cocoa Powder is a product of the USA.

This product is certified kosher.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g1%

Saturated Fat0g1%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.3g0%

Dietary Fiber0.9g4%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.6 out of 5
15 total ratings.

Carol B. (Verified buyer) 02/27/2022
Had purchased before and will again Quality is comparable to and price is better than Hershey's special dark cocoa.

Tim B. (Verified buyer) 03/11/2021
Excellent Product! Excellent Product!

Charlene D. (Verified buyer) 12/03/2020
The cocoa powder is beautiful. The cocoa powder is beautiful. I haven't used it yet. Christmas is close and I am planning on using some then.

Marjorie L. (Verified buyer) 11/20/2020
Great flavor I just love this rich dark cocoa.I have used it in various recipes but my favorite is use is in my cocoa. I blend it with regular cocoa half & half it is such a great rich flavor.

Angel D. (Verified buyer) 05/20/2020
Good for us! Was great in a cake!

William K. (Verified buyer) 02/13/2020
Yum That's the stuff!

Janice G. (Verified buyer) 12/01/2019
Black Onyx - not received I did not receive this order. Can you verify delivery?

Mary B. (Verified buyer) 05/07/2019
Black Onyx Cocoa Powder Fantastically Dark/Black Cocoa Powder! Delicious and a perfect addition to my Home Baking Business Cocoa Powder Inventory. Difficult to find in a Brick/Mortar business and Spices Inc's prices are very reasonable. Their shipping is also phenomenal!

Joe V. (Verified buyer) 01/15/2019
Black Onyx cocoa I love this cocoa! It is deep, dark and Rich in flavor with a hint of smokiness to it. It's great in Castle recipes but make sure to decrease the fast content as recommended. It's also great for savory dishes!

Quickway T. (Verified buyer) 03/14/2018
Excellent Love the dark rich taste..
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