3 Tips to Know Before You Buy Chocolate
Choosing a high-quality chocolate that is well worth your hard-earned money is sometimes a difficult task if you're unsure what to look for. We have decided to put together a guide as to what to watch out for in the appearance of the products you see on the market.
If you're in the market for a high-quality chocolate bar or gift box of bonbons, here's what you should look for:
The Perfect Temper:
Tempering is a process that skilled chocolatiers use to crystallize cocoa butter found in chocolate. During this process, chocolate is warmed, agitated, cooled and warmed again until sufficient crystals are formed to allow for the beautiful snap and shine everyone looks for. This process allows chocolate to hold it's shape and structure at room temperature but completely melt at body temperature, when you consume it.
Chocolate that has been tempered correctly will have a beautiful, shiny appearance. Any cocoa butter used to decorate the exterior will also pick up this shiny, reflective appearance.
If a chocolate bar has been tempered correctly, aside from the shiny exterior, it will have an incredible snap when you break it or bite into it. This snap is iconic and exactly what you want to experience when you consume a chocolate bar.
We hope these 3 tips help you discover the wonderful world of handcrafted chocolate.
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