HOW TO CRAFT CHOCOLATE …

If you love chocolate like me then you need to know about craft chocolate online.  They say chocolate arouses our passions and tempts our senses. Chocolates are loved by most and they come in various forms ranging from dark chocolates to milk chocolates and they leave memories of happy moments.

Chocolate is tasty and delicious but making your own chocolate at home can easily be done if you know where to buy your ingredients. Before making your own you need to check that you have the right equipment to make your chocolate in.

Some essential tools include digital thermometers, various sizes and shapes of molds, a dipping fork and other utensils. Buying the right products to make your chocolate is also something that you need to investigate. Principally start your chocolate making with buying cocoa beans from a reliable source.

With so much chocolate available on the high street you will have to think outside the box and develop a recipe that will be unique as well as tasty.

I made my first batch of homemade chocolate after reading articles on how sugar is bad for your health. I decided that if I made my own chocolate using honey as a sugar substitute it would be a healthier option for me. I am a true chocolate lover and if I could have chocolate for breakfast lunch and tea, I would have it.  I’ve even been on a chocolate diet – don’t ask ☹

I decided to give it a go and put some ingredients together and just popped them into a lined baking tray. I then put it into the freezer and waited for it to set. When it eventually set (almost) I took it out and broke it into pieces but before I had time to eat some it was already melting and falling apart.  I now know that the most important ingredient is cocoa beans.

If you get the right ingredients and utensils, making edible gifts really doesn’t get much easier than making craft chocolate bars. Just like we have seen Craft Beer and Craft Coffee the next big thing will be Craft Chocolate. Get your juices working on handmade gift ideas you could make with your own chocolate. You could start a new trend and even put kits together for people to create their own chocolate. After making the chocolate, the next challenge is where to store it as they advise you not to store in a refrigerator full of other foods. They suggest you store the chocolate in a tightly closed container away from direct sunlight. This will help your chocolate to last longer.

Chocolate making is an art and a science. The best way to create your own delicious chocolate whether you want to make it for personal use, for friends or even to sell is to go to Craft Chocolate UK who say they ‘make the dreams of chocolate lovers to come true’ by teaching the art behind the chocolate making. For anyone looking for a place in the craft chocolate art, Craft Chocolate UK are the ones to contact.

Anyone can put a few ingredients together (just like I did) but learning how to make it the correct way has to be the best way forward.

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CHOCOLATE WEEK 9th-15th OCTOBER 2017…

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Chocolate Week 9-15th October 2017

If you love chocolate (like I do) then you have to go over to the Chocolate Week website to check out what events and tastings are going on during this week.

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The Chocolate Show takes place at the Olympia National Hall on the 13th-15th October where some of the delightful and delectable things happening at The Chocolate Show include:
– A selection of the finest chocolatiers and pastry makers from the UK and around the world
– Celebrity chef demonstrations
– Workshops for adults and budding chefs
– Tastings
– Sculptures
– A pop-up chocolate restaurant
– a Chocolate Bar with chocolate and drink pairings
and much more!

There is also a Participants Page which lists all the chocolate makers who are staging events during Chocolate week ( all based in London).

There is also a page just on chocolate where you will learn things you never knew about chocolate.

CHOCOLATE…

Chocolate is …

Luscious

Decadent

Divine

Seductive

Heavenly

and tastes good with…

Almonds

Walnuts

Hazelnuts

Pecans

Peanuts

Ice-cream

Strawberries

It’s also …

Velvety

Dark

Rewarding

Delicate

Exciting

And it makes the world go round ! and so say all of us CHOCAHOLICS…

 

SUPER CACAO FOR A HEALTHY HEART…

According to an article today in the Daily Mail’s health section Aduna’s Super-Cacao uses a type of cacao bean which contains eight times the flavanols (thought to maintain elasticity of blood vessels, reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems) of a normal cacao powder.

It’s heart health claims have been approved by the European Food Safety Authority.

The Mail’s verdict – sprinkle over porridge or make into a drink with milk – another thing that is useful for helping your heart. However if you use as an ingredient in a brownie, then the heart health benefits aren’t going to negate the fact that you’re making something high in fat and sugar. It has to be eaten as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Aduna have an offer on at the moment where if you buy a pouch of your choice you get a beautiful matching gift tin! Whether it’s a thoughtful present for a health conscious loved one or a treat for yourself, the Aduna Gift Set brings with it a whole host of health & beauty benefits. Their handy, food-safe storage tins are decorated in our iconic Africa-inspired patterns fusing traditional African wax print designs with a pop-art twist; perfect for storing your favourite superfood powders, and bringing a burst of African vibrancy into your kitchen, £14.99 instead of £19.99

DIET’S AWAY – MY LATEST BOOK, JUST PUBLISHED…

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My latest book ‘Diet’s Away’ is available on Amazon and Kindle.

Diet’s Away is a comprehensive guide of diet tips and tricks to help you lose weight. It covers some of the best foods, herbs, drinks, diets, websites, apps, tips, blogs and much more.

It even has a chapter on how you can eat certain chocolates even if you are on a diet. As a true chocoholic myself I had to include this.

MORE NEWS ON THE CHOCOLATE SHOW…

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If you have never been to the Chocolate Show before then this is what you can expect on your visit. From Truffles, bars, fudge, brownies and cakes galore await you at The Chocolate Show, which opens its doors at Olympia’s National Hall 14th-16th October as the UK’s biggest celebration of the nation’s favourite sweet treat!

Some of the delightful and delectable things happening at The Chocolate Show include:

A selection of the finest chocolatiers and pastry makers from the UK and many countries around the world will introduce their new creations!

Celebrity chefs who will be showing off their skills on the Chocolate Theatre, with demonstrations taking place across the weekend !

The world-famous Chocolate Fashion Show will be taking place at 5pm every day, with designs made out of chocolate.

A small plates bar hosted by Adam Rawson, former chef at Pachamama, featuring chocolate in each dish, including Beef, Chocolate and BBQ sauce sliders, Crispy Cauliflower with Pecan Mole and Smoked Yoghurt and Porcini Chocolate Truffles.

Hotel Chocolat will be bringing their School of Chocolate to The Chocolate Show, giving you the opportunity to make your own bean to bar chocolate, learn how to sculpt with chocolate and more.

Paul a Young and The Intercontinental Park Lane will be hosting afternoon tea at the show with a menu including brown sugar scones with sea salted caramel.

Check out The Chocolate Show Video for even more information on the show and if that doesn’t tickle your taste buds nothing will.

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