“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” ~ Forrest Gump
Chocolate is definitely one of my favorite things in life. If you can believe it, not a day goes by where I don’t eat some. I know, shocking but true. My favorite chocolates are Lindt, Godiva and Galler. Switzerland and Belgium are the best countries for chocolate in my opinion, I’ve certainly done my worldwide tour in that department and the taste test never lies. If you’re going to eat chocolate it might as well be the good stuff 😀
In my last post I talked about baking and chocolate definitely plays a part in many of my recipies.
The word chocolate began with the Spanish in Central and South America as chocolatl and later entered the English language as chocolate. From as far back as 1750 BC people were enjoying chocolate in the form of a warm drink. Christopher Columbus brought the cocoa beans back to Spain and years later chocolate was all across Europe. Roughly two-thirds of the entire world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa on the Ivory Coast.
Chocolate is made from the cocoa bean from the cacao tree. After the beans are picked they are dried and inside the bean is the nib. The nib is ground and liquefied which then becomes pure chocolate otherwise called chocolate liquor.
Chocolate liquor is blended with the cocoa butter in varying quantities to make different types of chocolate or couvertures. The basic blends of ingredients for the various types of chocolate (in order of highest quantity of cocoa liquor first), are:
- Dark chocolate: sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, and (sometimes) vanilla
- Milk chocolate: sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, milk or milk powder, and vanilla
- White chocolate: sugar, cocoa butter, milk or milk powder, and vanilla
Personally I prefer milk chocolate but I will eat any type really! What do you like?
Much Love ❤