You know it can be sweet—brownies, chocolate cake, truffles. But cocoa powder has a savory side, too.

Not convinced that cocoa powder can go beyond baked goods? Try our cocoa and espresso rub: It adds a smoky depth to your average grocery-store steak, so the meat tastes practically dry-aged when grilled (no chocolate flavor at all). Look for natural unsweetened cocoa powder, which is just pulverized roasted cocoa beans. (Dutch process is altered to be mellower, but it’s less versatile.) Cocoa powder will last up to 18 months in a cool, dark place, but we've got a few great ideas to use it up. 

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