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What Is Craft Chocolate?

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There are of course so many definitions for craft chocolate. For me the craft chocolate is the one made from just few ingredients: cocoa beans, sugar (and milk). But it is not just about from what is made it is also about people that make it, the chocolate makers. They have passion for what they are doing, they make something unique with every single batch, they search for perfection with every recipe and they care about the cocoa beans they are using. They are aware about how fragile the cacao trees are and that they are prone to damage from diseases, they are directly connected with farmers, when it is possible, they know in which conditions work the people from regions where cacao is growing (very…

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Chocolate – The Best-Known Food That Nobody Knows Anything About

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Anyone ate chocolate and may imagine it in a form of a bar, a chocolate box and so on. But what anyone knows about the main ingredient in chocolate: cocoa? Cocoa is the name commonly used for the products made from the cacao tree, once the cacao pod is opened and the beans are fermented.  There are three types of cacao grown commercially: Criollo, Forastero and Trinitario. Criollo cacao is considered of finest quality but it is low yielding and easy affected by diseases. It is estimated that around 10% of annual cacao harvest it is constitutes by Criollo crop, so just a small part. Forastero is better yielding and a hardier type but doesn’t have the flavor complexity of Criollo beans. Forastero represents most…

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What you should know when buying chocolate

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As compared with cooking or even baking, chocolate making involves relatively few ingredients: cocoa beans, cocoa butter, sugar and powder milk. It is how those ingredients are handled and the relative quantities of each that makes each chocolate unique. Understanding the basic properties of each ingredient and how ingredients interact enables the chocolate maker to succeed in creating precisely the results desired. The importance of this cannot be overstated: when a professional truly understands ingredients, there is nothing that he or she cannot accomplish in formulation.

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Making chocolate and wine

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Chocolate making and winemaking have similarities, as is the fact that both start from agricultural products. Like winemaking, chocolate making requires fermentation and just a few ingredients. Both in winemaking as in chocolate making, these few ingredients produce a large variety of products with different and unique flavors, characteristic and qualities from ordinary to exquisite. The final outcome depends on raw material used, but, on a great extent, on the skills of the producers. Chocolate makers usually don’t have control over cultivation, harvest or fermentation processes, as winemakers have. Usually, cacao crops are grown on small pieces of land by individuals or family landowners and so the chocolate makers don’t have control over two important processes: fermentation and drying. These processes must happen after harvest and at the place…

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Chocolatier or chocolate maker?

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I remembered one journey at the end of which I couldn’t stop my tears. Many thoughts came into my mind then, but now I know that that moment was meant to remain into my soul. Bruges was the place of my journey and the beautiful stores with pralines inspired me to wish to become “a chocolatier”. In my mind I believed that in the back of these beautiful stores there are peoples that make chocolate. But surprise, they don’t. I found this after I started to read in order to learn how to make pralines. I refused to go to specialized courses because after so many years of school I didn’t want to go back there. I preferred to read and practice by myself than…

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