Chocolate for Cooking and Baking: What to Look for
A lot of chocolate is competing for your baking, cooking and eating money. Here's how to choose the best chocolate for the task at hand.
There's a lot of chocolate out there competing for your baking, cooking, and eating money. Knowing the difference between the different types of chocolate can help you select the perfect one for your recipe.
The basics of chocolate in a nutshell
The cacao tree's seeds, or nibs, are used to make chocolate. A liquid or paste known as chocolate liquor is made by roasting and grinding the cocoa beans. This liquid or paste may then be divided into cocoa butter and cocoa powder. Chocolate is made by changing the ratios of cocoa butter, cocoa powder, sugar, and other components. When it comes to chocolate, the FDA enforces industry standards.
Your Recipe's Perfect Chocolate
Observe the Components
When it comes to chocolate, a fair rule of thumb is that less is more. Only cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, and soy lecithin are found in our Belgian dark chocolate. All-natural emulsifier soy lecithin is used in most chocolate products; it breaks down oils so they may be combined with water.) In addition to milk powder and natural flavourings, some of our other chocolate varieties may include these ingredients.
It's best to avoid anything else on the list of components. Oftentimes, low-quality chocolate will utilise artificial additions to enhance the product's appearance, texture, and flavour.
Keep an eye on trans fats
There are no trans fats in chocolate. Because trans fats are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, we are glad for this knowledge. When compared to consuming natural chocolate, which has been scientifically proved to boost your cardiovascular health, as we previously discussed in our essay on chocolate and athletic performance.
Despite the fact that even some of the most popular companies have begun to abandon the practice of using trans fat, it is still something to keep an eye on.
Avoid Milk in Places That Don't Qualify as Milk
There's no doubt that milk products are appropriate for milk chocolate (hence the name). For dark chocolate, milk isn't an essential component.
To soften and alter the flavor of dark chocolate, some producers add milk solids.
Food For Thought
Waterbridge's products are made with all-natural, sustainably sourced ingredients, and we can go on and on about this, but we feel that the evidence is in the pudding, so to speak.
Taking a side-by-side comparison is the greatest way to determine which chocolate is most suited to your taste buds.