Cocoa Powder

Cocoa PowderCocoa Powder

Cocoa solids are a mixture of many substances remaining after cocoa butter is extracted from cacao beans. When sold as an end product, it may also be called cocoa powder or cocoa. In contrast, the fatty component of chocolate is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is 50% to 57% of the weight of cocoa beans and gives chocolate its characteristic melting properties.  Cocoa solids are one of the richest sources of flavanol antioxidants.

Nutrition

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 954 kJ (228 kcal)
 
57.90 g
 
13.70 g
 
19.60 g
 
Minerals
Calcium
(13%)
128 mg
Iron
(107%)
13.86 mg
Magnesium
(141%)
499 mg
Manganese
(183%)
3.837 mg
Phosphorus
(105%)
734 mg
Potassium
(32%)
1524 mg
Sodium
(1%)
21 mg
Zinc
(72%)
6.81 mg
 
Other constituents
Water 3.00 g
Percentages are roughly approximated usingUS recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Cocoa powder contains several minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. All of these minerals are found in greater quantities in cocoa powder than either cocoa butter or cocoa liquor. Cocoa solids also contain 230 mg of caffeine and 2057 mg of theobromine per 100g, which are mostly absent from the other components of the cocoa bean.

Flavonoids

Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids, a type of phenolic acid. The amount of flavonoids depends on the amount of processing and manufacturing the cocoa powder undergoes, but cocoa powder can contain up to 10% of its weight in flavonoids. 

Products using Cocoa Powder: Alaska Made Grasshopper Soap Bar