Chocolate—where does it come from; how is it made; what’s in chocolate; and what makes some chocolate better than others. Chocolate should be taste smooth and creamy—your mouth shouldn’t have a waxy coating after eating it, and you should feel like you’ve actually consumed chocolate. And how the chocolate is made and what’s in it determines how delicious (or not) it is. A chocolate maker works with cacao farmers to ensure proper: (1) soil and tree care in order to cultivate
In the last few years, chai has made a regular reappearance in my life. Most times, I'll make a quick chai with only two spices (cardamom and cloves), but other times, I'll want more depth to my chai. Here’s a recipe for a brisk chai with subtle notes of chocolate. As a kid, chai was a daily treat for my sister and I growing up in Pakistan. After our parents and grandparents woke up from a late afternoon nap, chai was served to the adults, and my sister and I always manage
We recently started offering a drinking chocolate that is a unique blend of dark chocolate shavings perfect for creating rich hot chocolate at home. The inspiration came from a trip to Venice, Italy, in December years ago. In the frigid temperatures on a late night, only a few establishments were open, but we came upon a bar that was. The bartender offered us hot drinking chocolate. Because we didn’t speak Italian and he didn’t speak English, he pointed to his hand—to ask
Cocoa butter is one of nature's best gifts. Not only is it ideal for moisturizing your skin, but it plays a significant role in the chocolate we eat, and it's a critical tool for chocolatiers. Cocoa Butter Basics The cacao bean is about 45% cocoa solids (also called cocoa mass) and 55% cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is the fat content of the cacao bean, and because it is a vegetable fat, cocoa butter has no cholesterol. It’s pale yellow in appearance and has a chocolate aroma.
I've heard cacao nibs referred to as nature’s chocolate chips. Ummm . . . chocolate chips they are not. Anyone I’ve seen taste cacao nibs for the first time usually gets a confused look on their face. They assume that because nibs come from the cacao tree, the nibs, like chocolate, should be sweet to some extent. Cacao nibs do have an unexpectedly bitter taste, particularly if you're about to toss them back under the impression that they are similar to chocolate chips. BU