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Ingredient Spotlight: Chocolate

Chocolate

Chocolate.  Decadent and delicious, and able to sooth emotions with a single taste.  This makes it the superhero of ingredients.  Chocolate is also extremely versatile.    It can be used to make drinks, sauces, cakes, pies, truffles, torts, mousse, and so much more.  The recipes and uses are endless.

And now to demonstrate, here is a video on how to make Chocolate Moose!

Thank you Chef for that wonderful demonstration! 🙂

Chocolate is classified by the percentage of chocolate liquor it contains.  Baking chocolate is cocoa liquor with no sugar, milk or flavorings.  Bitter chocolate is 90 percent chocolate liquor.  Baking and bitter (these are also sometimes known as unsweetened chocolate) are what you will find when you purchase baking squares.

Bittersweet chocolate is at least 35 percent liquor.  Semisweet chocolate is 15 to 30 percent liquor.  Milk chocolate is at least 10 percent liquor and 12 percent whole milk. These have also had different amounts of sugar added to create the different types.

White chocolate is an interesting species.  It contains no chocolate liquor so it is not considered a “true” chocolate.  However, it does contain cocoa butter so it still comes from the cacao plant.

The word chocolate comes from the Aztex word, xocalatl which means food of the gods.  And is it any wonder!

Below are some great dishes from Green Door Hospitality that include Chocolate.  Simply click on the image to be taken to recipe!

Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate Orange Martini

Chocolate Brownies

Orange Tootsie Pop Cocktail

Kahlua Ice Cream

Salted Caramel Brownies

Hot Chocolate with Kahlua

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7 comments on “Ingredient Spotlight: Chocolate

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    February 6, 2014

    Chocolate one of my favorite things. I am a huge dark chocolate person but I am a bit of a snob, it has t o be Lindt, LOL!!

  2. apuginthekitchen
    February 6, 2014

    Oh do I love chocolate and I would take any one or all of those delicious treats you have here. I would love a brownie topped with Kahlua ice cream and chocolate sauce. YUM!!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      February 7, 2014

      Oh my goodness!! I love the idea of the brownie with the kahlua ice cream and then the chocolate sauce! Perfect idea, thank you!

  3. gentlestitches
    February 7, 2014

    Yum! Interesting about the white! I tried an aussie red wine with (drum roll) chocolate last week. O..M…G….! Your cocktail using choc orange liqueur sounds good too. Forget the booze and I will have a brownie please. 🙂

  4. Pingback: Week in Review: Chocolate, Puppies, and Sharing the Love | Green Door Hospitality

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