Use of the cocoa bean dates back to ancient civilizations and has come a long way since it was first discovered.  Would you believe that cocoa powder is only about two hundred years old?  Cocoa powder is used in everything from cakes to ice cream to candies to chocolate syrup! 

 There are two types of commonly used cocoa powder.  Natural cocoa powder and alkalized or Dutch process cocoa powder.  Today we’re going to focus on alkalized cocoa powder by giving you a bit on its history and the process of how it is made.