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Known as the food of the gods, nearly two-thirds of women eat chocolate candy or desserts weekly. Chocolate surely is a trend that has taken hold and has the masses clamoring for more; and the latest trend is not just any old chocolate... it's designer chocolate.
Scrumptious, smooth, creamy, rich, delectable and indulgent are just some of the adjectives often used to describe chocolate, the delightful substance of which the average American consumes 10 pounds each year. A cultural pastime and a sweet-tooth favorite, chocolate's taste and texture incite passion unlike any other confection. From hot chocolate to truffles to cookies to cakes, chocolate is well established as a substance Americans love to love. It makes some of the best gifts for just about any occasion.
Making Designer Chocolate:
Especially passionate for chocolate are chocolatiers, those who create fine chocolate with masterpiece-like artistry. Here's how they do it:
Chocolate's pleasure comes from the painstaking process that yields the finest varieties. Chocolate begins with the seeds from inside the fruit of the cacao tree, native to regions that include South America, Africa and Indonesia. These seeds are known as cocoa beans.
The beans are fermented and dried in the sun before they are ready to go to the chocolate maker. The chocolate maker roasts the beans, sorting and blending beans from different locales to create their own distinct flavors. Next, the beans are winnowed, a process that removes the meat, also known as the nib, of the cocoa bean from the shell. The meat or nib is then ground into a substance called chocolate liquor, which is pure, unsweetened chocolate.
Much talent is required to turn this chocolate liquor into fanciful and delectable treats. The chocolate maker adds sugar, flavoring (such as vanilla) and milk (found in milk chocolate) according to his or her own special recipe. Then conching occurs; this is done with a special machine that blends ingredients. The process can take from two to six days. Next, chocolate is tempered. This involves slowly heating the chocolate then slowly cooling the chocolate in order to let the cocoa butter solidify without separating from the rest of the ingredients. The exact processes and ingredients used by each chocolate maker determine the texture, quality and taste of the final product.
Original Receipes Mix: Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheatflour, Ascorbic Acid (Dough Conditioner) , Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamim Mononitrate, Enzyme, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Palm Oil, Contains Less Than 2% Of Salt, Sodium Bicarbonte, Sugar, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalium Phosphate.
Famous Fried Chicken Coating: Wheat Flour, Seasoned Salt (Sugar Spices) ( Including Paprika And Tumeric), Onion, Cornstarch, Garlic, Tricalium Phosphate(Prevents Caking), Natural Flavor),Salt, Modified Food Starch, Pepper, Spice.
Ooey Gooey Heavenly Fudge Mix: Confectioners Powder Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil,Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate (A Milk Derivative) , Mono & Diglycerides, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Silico Alumnate, Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Artificial Color, Butter (Cream, Salt), Nonfat Milk, Artificial Flavoring.
Original Cornbread Mix: Bleached Enriched Flour(Wheatflour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin, Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Degermed Yellow Corn Meal, White Corn Meal, Soybean Oil And Citric Acid(Preservatives), Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalium Phosphate, Baking Powder.
Fluffy Hoecake Mix: Yellow Corn Meal ( Iron, Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin And Folic Acid), Enriched Wheat Flour (Niacin, Iron Thiamine Monomtrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Soybean Oil And Citric Acid(Preservatives), Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate.