DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHOCOLATE…

It is hard to find someone who doesn’t like chocolates. Many know that chocolate is a refined product obtained from cocoa beans but have you ever given a thought to how many chocolate types are there? You will be surprised to know that there are a number of enticing types of chocolates.

Cocoa powder is an unsweetened powder of cocoa beans slightly defatted. The powder renders an intense chocolate taste. This is available in two varieties; one is Dutch-processed which is alkalized and the other is a natural variety. The powder is light brown and has a pronounced flavour. The alkalized variety is milder, less acidic, and darker in colour.

Unsweetened chocolate is called ‘bitter’ and is pure chocolate liquor obtained from ground cocoa beans. This has quite a bitter taste and is usually used for cooking purposes. Since cocoa is rich in cocoa solids and cocoa butter this unsweetened chocolate gives a deep flavour to baked goods. This is used as the base ingredient to prepare all other forms of chocolate except white chocolate.

Dark chocolate contains sugar, vanilla, cocoa butter, lecithin which is an emulsifier along with chocolate liquor. No milk solids are ever added to dark chocolate. The darkness of dark chocolate depends upon the cocoa percentage in it which may vary from 30% to 70%.

Bittersweet chocolates and semi-sweet chocolates belong to the category of dark chocolates. As defined by the Food and Drug Administration department, bittersweet chocolate should contain at least 35% of cocoa solids. Most of the bittersweet bars contain 50% chocolate liquor. These types of chocolates have a bitter flavour than sweet dark and semi-sweet chocolates. Since the amount of sugar is not regulated by FDA the sweetness may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Semi-sweet chocolates also contain at least 35% of cocoa solids but are sweeter than bittersweet chocolates.

Sweet dark chocolate is dark in the sense that it does not contain milk solids. This chocolate contains a high percentage of sugar which gives it a much sweeter taste than other types of chocolates. Many available brands of sweet dark chocolates contain 20 to 40 percent of cocoa solids.

One of the most popular chocolate types is milk chocolate which contains condensed milk or dry milk solids along with chocolate liquor. These milk solids may constitute up to 12 percent of chocolate. These are typically much sweeter with light colour and a mild chocolate taste.

The class of white chocolates derives its name from the ingredient cocoa butter in it. This chocolate does not contain any other product other than cocoa butter. This is the reason why this chocolate has a mild chocolate flavour, has a vanilla taste, and a lighter colour.

Couverture chocolates and related chocolate types are used by confectioners and are rich in cocoa butter and cocoa liquor percentage which contribute to the high price of this chocolate. These chocolates are smooth and melt quickly.

Gianduja chocolates are made from chocolate and nut paste. These are used for flavouring milk or dark chocolates. Candy coating chocolates are candy products and contain a little amount of cocoa. There are lots of chocolate types to enjoy and suitable for various occasions. All of these assortments of chocolates are very interesting and are bound to add flavour to your life.

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THE RIGHT TEA TO PAIR WITH YOUR CHRISTMAS FOOD & 5 POPULAR TEA GIFTS…

To enjoy your cuppa at Christmas, make sure you have the right flavour to pair with your Christmas food.

When drinking Lapsang have it with turkey or smoked salmon sandwiches or walnut cake or Stilton cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food. Try Twinings Lapsang Souchong, smoked pine flavour.

Of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate but with different strengths of chocolate, this does mean there is a choice of pairings. With dark chocolate, try Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Gyokuro, or Oolong. Try this Whittards Loose Leaf Darjeeling Black Tea. A distinctly delicate loose leaf black tea, picked by hand in the Himalayan foothills. Fresh and fruity, with a muscatel sweetness.

With milk or white chocolate try Darjeeling, Dragonwell, or Oolong. This Gingersnap Oolong from Whittards will go perfectly with white chocolate. A speciality of China’s Fujian and Guangdong provinces and Taiwan, oolong tea is semi-oxidised for an astonishing spectrum of flavours, ranging from “green” floral high-grown varieties to distinctive dark oolongs with nutty, chocolatey tones. A Whittard twist on a traditional chai, we’ve opted for a delicate, creamy loose leaf oolong base and layered it with sugar and spice, and all things gingery nice.

When drinking Earl Grey try The Tea Makers Earl Grey have it with fine pate or ham and mustard sandwiches or Crème Brulee or Leicester cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food. This stunning version of classic Supreme Earl Grey has been conveniently packed into our biodegradable tea bags. This tea offers a blend of exquisite Ceylon teas scented with flavours of bergamot oil and blue cornflowers. 

Fortnum and Mason have some amazing goodies paired with specific teas like their Christmas Green Tea created especially for Christmas, their gently warming blend of green tea, star anise, liquorice, coconut and a hint of vanilla is a festive treat that can be enjoyed by a crackling fire at any time of day.

If you don’t want to buy lots of different flavoured tea blends then you could always go for this Twinings Christmas Loose Tea Caddy A Black Tea with Spice Flavour.

A wonderful tea for the Christmas season. A Christmas Tea spiced malty black tea that has been expertly blended with warming, spicy, Christmas flavours off safflowers and orange peel. Enjoy with or without milk for a delicious festive treat.

The caddy depicts a wintery scene in the heart of London where Twinings was founded in 1706. When Thomas Twining opened his Golden Lyon shop at 216 Strand, it was the first of its kind and London’s love affair with tea started to blossom. The Twinings flagship store recently celebrated its 300 year anniversary and now offers Tea Experience masterclasses.

5 popular teas to buy this Christmas are –

  1. Whittards selection of eight classic black, green and white teas. There are 40 individually wrapped teabags in total, and the whole collection is stunningly packaged in a decorative seasonal display box.
  2. Not On The High Street, Festive themed Book & Tea Box including a riveting read, divine tea and decadent biscuits.
  3. T2 Mulled Wine Loose Leaf Tube Fruity, zesty and oh-so warming, this fragrant loose-leaf drop comes in a festive feature box.
  4. Betty’s Tea & China Mug Gift Bag. A collectable gift for tea-lovers.  This limited edition china mug will have a special place in the heart of whoever receives this lovely little gift bag. Comes with a box of Tea Room Blend for a combination that tastes as good as it looks.
  5. Pukka Herbs | Herbal Tea Selection Box – Perfect For All Day Self Care | 45 Sachets | 9 Flavours – Made from premium recyclable packaging and finished with intricate gold foiling details and pukka flourishes, our selection boxes are the perfect thoughtful gift for all your friends and family, for any occasion from warming herbs to keep you feeling strong to soothing blends to help you drift off into a peaceful rest, our Selection Box is the perfect way to discover the delicious flavours of our herbal teas.

With so many black friday offers I decided to not add prices to the teas as they are on offer at the moment but may not be when you try the link. Enjoy…