• The Mexican Chocolate Tradition
  • Hot Chocolate – History & Benefits
  • Hosting A Chocolate Tasting Party

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How to Chop Chocolate

Before you melt your chocolate, you will want it in small, uniform pieces. Some brands of chocolate can be purchased in wafer … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Stout Cake

Chocolate stout cake.  What might be conjured up in your mind (or taste buds) of  what a rich chocolate cake that you add 2 … [Read More...]

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White Chocolate

World’s Best White Chocolate Bars

The Best White Chocolate The average composition of a typical bar of top-quality white chocolate is about 30% cocoa butter and 70% sugar and milk solids combined. With such a low percentage of cocoa butter in comparison to milk and sugar, the texture is usually thick, soft and sometimes fudge-like. By contrast, a 70% cocoa dark chocolate bar has a smooth and creamy texture because its composition is usually around 40% cocoa butter, 30% cocoa particles and 30% sugar (and no milk—only white … [Read More...]

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Cocoa Facts

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 high quality cacao and can be used in raw food treats like smoothies, brownies and pies. Cacao ground into a coarse powder can be made into tea and used as a substitute for … [Read More...]

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Cocoa Facts

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 high quality cacao and can be used in raw food treats like smoothies, brownies and pies. Cacao ground into a coarse powder can be made into tea and used as a substitute for … [Read More...]

The Mexican Chocolate Tradition

It may have been Spanish nuns in Mexico who first had the idea of shaping chocolate into bars and slabs. Convent kitchens weere regarded as a kind of laboratory where improved and more exquisite chocolate recipes were created. It was here that the technique of roasting and grinding cocoa beans was perfected. The Traditional Mexican Kitchen In pre-Columbian times in Mexico, kitchens of the rural populations were equipped in much the same way as the kitchens of many rural people there today. The … [Read More...]

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 that can be found in cocoa. Until the 19th century, it was even used medicinally to treat ailments such as stomach diseases. Around The World The first … [Read More...]