First there was Dutch process cocoa powder, darker and more chocolately but smoother and less acidic than supermarket cocoa. Now there's premium Dutch cocoa — made by the preeminent French chocolate house, Valrhona. Hot cocoa made with this stuff achieves love potion status: rich, dark, seductive. Nothing at all like what Mom used to make. Valrhona unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 pound container, $10.85, from Surfas in Culver City.
Richard Hartog / LAT
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