INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

Ensure that the cocoa has not been bulked up with flour or cheaper ingredients. The best variety, known as Caracas, is from Venezuela.

Storage

Store in a cool, dry place, avoiding direct sunlight.

Preparation

Mix cocoa with hot milk or boiling water to make a drink, or add to cakes, puddings and icings to give them a chocolate flavour.

Parts of cocoa powder