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.

Chocolate is something people love, and what better gift to give someone than those handmade truffles and chocolate delights. The problem is which one should you aim for? The best solution is to be part of a tasting club, where you can sample different chocolates. [http://www.mychocolateblog.com] is a great site to get tips and recipes for your favourite food, chocolate. Tips like dip a coffee spoon in chocolate, allow to set and then stir your coffee. Take a look today at [http://www.mychocolateblog.com] for everything chocolate.

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A FEW GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR MOTHER’S DAY…

We all want to treat our Mums (I wish I could) and there is certainly a lot of choices to choose from but here are my top ten picks for Mother’s Day gifts. Hurry up and buy while stocks last.

  1. Bake a Day of It Box – Every box has two new recipes a month as well as a few items such as biscuit cutters, decorating equipment or special ingredients. The items will always be related to the recipes and each month’s box has a theme ! If you subscribe before the 1st of the month, you will receive your box through the post the following month. Subscription is from £13 or you can buy a single box for £15, so a very reasonable price.
    2. Cookie Crumbles Baking Kit Subscription – this is one for the whole family. The monthly baking kits are aimed at introducing kids to wholesome homemade food made from natural ingredients such as wholemeal flour, various seeds and dried fruit. With these baking its you’ll be baking tasty treats packed with goodness such as blueberry and vanilla muffins, gluten-free cinnamon brownies and even granola bars. They start from £8 per month.
    3. Bakedin – Subscription boxes from Bakedin have two completely unique subscription boxes, the baking club and the bread baking club. Each month, they deliver a unique baking kit with a recipe exclusively developed in-house and posted through your letterbox. There kits contain all the dry ingredients, an easy to follow recipe card and some handy extras like the baking paper. All their flour is local to them in Hampshire and they only use top notch Belgian chocolate. They have subscriptions to their Baking Club and their Bread Baking Club which start from £14.00 per month down to £8.25 for a 12 month subscription.
    4. Brigit’s Bakery is an afternoon tea with a difference, and all because it’s situated on a London double decker bus. On 27 March Brigit’s Bakery is launching an afternoon tea especially for Mothering Sunday, which involves sipping on a cup of tea while taking in the London landmarks. Brigit’s Bakery Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, £110, from Red Letter Days – buy here

5. These are gorgeous cards for Mother’s Day and other occasions. They are made by Flower Card and are artist created cards adorned – Endless Affection showcases two bold, classic roses flanked by white carnations and lilac sprays. A fan favourite amongst the Flowercard community! From £25.00

6. Sals Forever Flowers preserve and create timeless keepsakes with your precious flowers to capture a moment in time forever. You could send your flowers onto Sals Forever Flowers after Mother’s Day or buy one of their unique gifts like their real flower bookmarks with optional personalisation from £10.99. They come with the option to be personalised with an initial. These bookmarks are half clear with real flowers and half coloured. The flowers are picked at random for these bookmarks as are the tassels. However, if you have any special requests just add a note at checkout.

7. I love this personalised egg board for Mum from Not On The High Street, for £24.99 With two deep egg holder grooves and a flat area for her toast, and a useful groove around the edge to catch any crumbs, this stylish engraved wooden breakfast board is ideal if you are on the hunt for personalised gifts for mum this birthday!

Beautifully engraved with the funny message of your choice in an attractive and modern font, we will also etch any name and bottom line of your choice to the front of the personalised egg board. There is also an option to add an additional personal message to the back of the board to let mum know just how much she means to you on mothers day for £24.99

8. Another one from Not On The High Street is this Stitch What You’ve Grown Gardening Apron Diy Kit – such a brilliant idea, for £38

The apron is printed in light grey with our lovely hand-drawn vegetable illustrations. The kit includes all the threads, needle & instructions to sew over the apron to bring colour to it.

You can use it as a check-list of all the veg you’ve grown in your garden. Or treat it as a satisfying embroidery kit and fill in each vegetable to cover the apron with colour.

Designed as a gardening apron – with a handy pocket for your phone, seeds or gloves – it is also perfect for use in the kitchen. Made from natural cotton canvas for all-purpose use, the pocket and straps are made from a soft, high-quality faux suede – comfy to wear and hard-wearing. Brass stud detail and gold logo print on the pocket add quality touches. The neck strap is adjustable with a brass buckle so that the length can be changed to suit £38.