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.

Daily Prompt: Flattery will get you everywhere…

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Sooo I held a McMillan Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for this very important charity last week, and raised more than I could possibly have imagined with friends and friends of friends.

With a bring and buy cake stall, raffle table, and some fun guessing games (supplied by McMillan) the event was a great success.

Upon leaving some of the guests said what a fantastic morning it had been and suggested another for this time next year. ‘Flattery will get you everywhere’, I said, and promised to do the same again next year.

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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CHOCOLATE MAKING WORKSHOPS IN DERBY…

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The Bitter Sweet Chocolate, http://www.bittersweetchocolates.co.uk at The Three Horseshoes Inn, Chocolate Shop, Derby is a chocolate heaven.

They have won the ‘Grate Taste Gold Award’ for their Strawberry and Cream with Vanilla Vodka Truffles in 2009. Since then they have won two further awards for their Chilli and Lime Chocolate bites, and for their Rose Creams (mouth watering…….)

They also have workshops, where you can learn to make 25 fresh cream truffles and design and make solid chocolates.

You can then take everything you have made home with you. That’s if you haven’t already eaten them 🙂