Category Archive: Chocolate Education

Facts about chocolate

Jul 10

How Chocolate Is Made – The Guittard Way

Below are excerpts from Guittard on how they go about their chocolate making process: Growing High Quality Cacao High quality chocolate starts in shaded, jungle-like forests of cacao trees, so Guittard works closely with cacao growers to develop desired chocolate flavors in the beans. Growers carefully manage the health and development of the delicate trees, …

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May 13

Lindt Chocolatiers Share Their Advice

Lindt chocolatiers are some of the most dedicated in the world.  Below are some of the sage words some of their most experienced Master Chocolatiers to anyone interested in pursuing the art: Treat the chocolate with respect, because it can be extremely temperamental.  - Ann For anyone aspiring to enter the profession they should pursue good …

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Mar 14

History of Chocolate

Origins of Chocolate Theobroma cacao, native to Mexico, Central and South America, has been cultivated for at least three millennia in that region. Cocoa mass was used originally in Mesoamerica both as a beverage, and as an ingredient in foods. Chocolate has been used as a drink for nearly all of its history. The earliest …

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Mar 03

Cocoa Powder Facts

What is Cocoa Powder? Cocoa powder is a powder which is obtained from cocoa solids, one of the two components of chocolate liquor. chocolate liquor is a substance which is obtained during the manufacturing process which turns cacao beans into chocolate products. Cocoa powder can be added to baked goods for a chocolatey flavor, whisked …

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Feb 24

Interesting facts about Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is a popular ingredient and is available in many types. Different forms and flavors of chocolate are produced by varying the quantities of the different ingredients. Other flavors can be obtained by varying the time and temperature when roasting the beans. Unsweetened chocolate is pure chocolate liquor, also known as bitter, baking chocolate or …

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Feb 18

Information on Cocoa Beans

Cacao Theobroma Cacao is in the genus Theobroma and species Cacao. Other common names include Chocolate, Cacao, cacaoyer. The cacao bean is the seed of the fruit often thought of as a culinary nut. Cacao beans that are certified organic and raw, dryed at low temperature can be difficult to find. Raw organic cacao is …

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Feb 15

Interesting Facts About Chocolate Chips

Chocolate chips are small chunks of chocolate. They are often sold in a round, flat-bottomed teardrop shape. They are available in numerous sizes, from large to miniature, but are usually around 1 cm in diameter. Many sizes are available depending on preference. Chocolate Chips And Their History Chocolate chips are a required ingredient in chocolate …

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Feb 09

Information on White Chocolate

White chocolate is a confection of sugar, cocoa butter, and milk solids. The melting point of cocoa butter is high enough to keep white chocolate solid at room temperature, yet low enough to allow white chocolate to melt in the mouth. Origin and production: White chocolate first appeared in Switzerland in the 1930s. It was …

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Jan 25

Hot Chocolate – History & Benefits

Hot chocolate (also known as hot cocoa, drinking chocolate, or just cocoa) is a heated beverage that typically consists of shaved chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar. While it is generally thought of as a drink consumed for pleasure, recent studies have suggested that it possesses health benefits due to antioxidants …

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Jan 22

Tips on Melting Chocolate

Melting chocolate is not the same as tempering chocolate, although melting is a necessary step in the tempering process. Melting chocolate can be accomplished in a microwave or over a hot-water bath. There are a few fundamental guidelines to successfully melting chocolate: Make sure the chocolate is chopped into uniform pieces to ensure even melting. …

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