Although some people have allergies, and others prefer different tastes, it is generally safe to say that people all around the world love chocolate. This dark confectionary has been a favorite of many for hundreds of years, and it celebrated at festivals and in homes across the globe. Not only is it a long-celebrated sweet, it can also be prepared over a hundred different ways, with just as many varieties, from dark to milk. Anywhere you go, you can find chocolate made in a way that was entirely new to you, from fondue fountains, to being iced with oranges. So I thought I would spend some time and talk about my favorite chocolates from all over the place.
Most of the time, I leave the work to professionals. After all, there are people who have made their career out of making chocolate- such as confectioners, pastry chefs, and chocolatiers. These people, along with candy corporations, make the world a better place, which I salute. Trust me, I would be a horrible person if not for the invention of chocolate.
That doesn’t always mean I want to go out and buy it all the time. That’s no fun, and it requires effort, like leaving the house. Besides, sometimes the mood just strikes me to whip something up- and why should I pay into some big company or high-priced chocolate shop, when I can do for myself at home? Not everyone knows how to make chocolate though, which is sad, because it really is a simple dessert that anyone can enjoy, with very work on your part. Thus, I wanted to give my readers a very basic how-to on making homemade chocolate, from scratch.
Mostly everyone agrees that chocolate is awesome. Those who don’t, well, they’re silly and they have no idea what they are missing. Chocolate is great- I love the stuff, and everyone I know loves it too. And chocolate isn’t just good- it’s good for you. In moderation of course; I’m definitely not telling anyone to go out and stuff their faces, because it’s not like diabetes is a hoax. But in small amounts, ingesting chocolate can have several health benefits that most people aren’t aware of.
As with anything else, when you buy chocolate, try to go for the simplest, easiest to read labels. You don’t want to buy Snickers, or M-&-M’s, things with a lot of processed sugars and unnecessary dyes. These detract from the healthy elements within chocolate itself, and often cancel those benefits out. I would recommend going with European labels, such as Lindt, which deal almost exclusively in pure cocoa, or making chocolate at home. Be careful if you are making chocolate from scratch though, burning cocoa will create impurities and destroy the natural antioxidants found in this bean.