Cocoa Powder for Pesach

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Is sugared cocoa powder, such as Cadbury’s, Kosher for Pesach?
Is it like coffee or tea?
Many thanks,

Dear Peter,
Cocoa with sugar requires Pesach supervision. The US sources say that domestically produced plain cocoa powders are OK, but not from Europe! The LBD also does not approve standard cocoa powder for Pesach use.
This is a useful resource for Pesach products available in the UK:
Best wishes,
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
Many thanks,
Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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