Valentine’s Day is coming up and whether you’re a fan or not, it probably makes you think about chocolate! Cocoa powder is a diverse pantry staple offered in the bulk section of our store. From the kitchen to the bathroom, there are many ways to use cocoa powder. Here are 5 ways:
Homemade Hot Cocoa
One of the most common ways to use unsweetened cocoa powder is to make your own homemade hot cocoa. Heat up your favorite milk or nut milk, add some cocoa powder and sugar to taste and curl up on your couch to enjoy. If you have some leftover candy canes from the holidays, stir one into your mug to make a delicious peppermint hot chocolate!
Brownies & Other Chocolatey Desserts
The other most common way to use unsweetened cocoa powder is to bake a dessert. From brownies and red velvet cupcakes to molten lava cake, cocoa powder is essential to any chocolatey dessert. Even if you don’t want to commit to making dessert, you can add some cocoa powder to your morning oatmeal or pancakes to make it a little more decadent.
For some less traditional uses, let’s head to the bathroom. Unsweetened cocoa powder can be used to make dry shampoo for darker hair. You simply mix equal parts unsweetened cocoa powder and cornstarch and use as you normally would dry shampoo. It can get a little messy so dress appropriately and apply in an area that’s easy to clean.
While you’re probably using make-up a lot less this year, you might need a touch of bronzer for a video conference call. Cocoa powder is the main coloring ingredient in many homemade bronzer recipes. You can whip up a small amount using cocoa powder, cinnamon, cornstarch, and a few drops of your favorite essential oils.
Lastly, cocoa powder makes a soothing face mask that’s great for your skin. Chocolate has antioxidants that help nourish your skin. Simply mix some cocoa powder, honey, and a pinch of cinnamon and spread on your face for 15 minutes and then wash it off for smooth, relaxed skin.