If you’re a fan of gourmet chocolates, you definitely should develop the skill of evaluating their quality. Chocolates, like other foods and recipes, are judged according to its look, texture, smell, presentation, packaging, and of course, taste. Gourmet chocolates are expensive because they aim to capture the most pleasant multi-sensory experience of eating. We cannot deny the fact that the quality of chocolates has strongly something to do with their price. What mainly justifies the tag price of high-end chocolate products are large amounts of refined cocoa butter and cocoa liquor that they contain. This however does not mean that the most expensive chocolates are the best chocolates, and that the most delicious chocolates are the most expensive. Quality cannot fully explain price, and price can never completely explain quality. Read below and become a great Gourmet chocolate connoisseur.
The first sense that we will always use in judging gourmet chocolates is our vision. Gourmet chocolates must perfectly be shaped and formed, and free from depressions, cracks, and fragments. Basically, well-prepared chocolates exhibit a pleasant sheen, and amateurish ones do otherwise. In evaluating the color, we should be aware of the shades of different types of chocolates, and determine when a chocolate is too dark or too light or too dull for its kind. Cloudy and gray chocolates are not properly tempered.
Next to the sense of vision is the sense of touch. In judging chocolate bars, excellence in preparation can be distinguished by the chocolates’ ability to create a loud, clear, and hard snap upon breaking. Chocolates that bend or cracks disproportionately are of low quality. To assess the texture of chocolates, we can rub our fingers on their surface and observe what will happen. Poorly prepared chocolates will feel uneven, sticky, and a bit rough, while perfectly tempered products will feel very smooth and soft.
What makes Gourmet chocolates addicting is their rich aroma, and this is why a lot of perfume manufacturers incorporate the scent of chocolates in their products. The smell of fresh, newly-prepared Gourmet chocolates is very strong, but not strong enough to hurt the nose. The best variety of chocolates that can pamper the olfactory nerves are dark chocolates that have 50-60% cocoa liquor. They perfectly capture the most appealing scent of chocolate. Other types of chocolates have lesser or higher content of cocoa liquor, the ingredient responsible in bringing less or more intense chocolate scent.
Last, but definitely not the least sense that we will use is taste. The ultimate sign of a perfectly made Gourmet chocolate is its ability to create a sharp, blissful taste in the tongue that explodes and quickly leaves the mouth. Well-made gourmet chocolates do not aim to prolong the taste of cocoa in the mouth, but to create an orgasmic taste that is worth the short seconds of transition from the tongue to the stomach. The best Gourmet chocolates melts in the mouth smoothly and effortlessly. If we feel any flavorings or aftertaste after eating chocolates, that only means that we’ve eaten products with artificial ingredients and of low quality.
Considered one of the most famous and well-loved foods in the world, chocolates are still shrouded in much mystery and history. To some unfortunate people, chocolates are seen as causes of various different health problems. Others on the other hand, recognize the benefits that chocolates can contribute to one’s own personal health.
One way to enjoy chocolates and really feel good about it is by switching from factory processed chocolates to organically grown and made chocolates. Organic chocolate is made using only high quality ingredients from fully organic sources. Organic chocolates have to pass through certain strict standards and qualifications in order to have the product qualify as an organic product. As soon as a chocolate product or item is cleared and labelled as organic, its consumers can trust that the product uses cacao, as well as other ingredients, that have been farmed in conditions that are a lot more environmentally friendly and without the use of artificial or chemical ingredients.
Considered as a sweet delicacy by many, chocolates in their candy bar form have always been considered as junk food or something that will be detrimental to one’s diet. This belief is mainly due to the processing methods of traditional chocolate, which entails a lot of artificial processing and the generous addition of sugar and other flavor agents to enhance the chocolate’s appeal. This is why nowadays, a lot of adults have left most if not all of the chocolate eating to children who easily succumb to the urges of their sweet tooth. A great alternative however, is now available for many chocolate lovers who have been looking for better ways to indulge in their chocolate desires without all the guilt and self-loathing the morning after.
Organic chocolate is the best way to enjoy the full flavor of naturally grown and processed chocolate. The ingredients used in order to make organic chocolate are also certified all-organic themselves. The products that are used to make organic chocolate, including the chocolate itself, run through a lot of tests and quality control in order to be certified as organic before the products are even sold in the market. One of the main advantages of organic chocolate over the usual, non-organic version is that it makes you virtually risk-free from pesticide residues and all the harm that they can bring when one ingests it. The pesticide residue is considered harmful to a person and can have certain effects to one’s body over a period of time. Organic chocolate is also considerably much healthier than the non-organic form of chocolate. Since a lot of processing involves green and organic procedures, a lot of the natural flavors and nutrition from the chocolate and its other ingredients are kept and preserved. This plus the non-inclusion of artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers make it a better treat for people who are under strict diets.
In fact, recent studies have actually proved that chocolate in its natural form is good for a person’s body. It was also revealed that the only thing that makes chocolate unhealthy in the world today is because of the widespread use of artificial ingredients today.
Chocolate is considered a gift from the gods. It is highly regarded and adored the world over. It has a reputation as being one of the most sought after food in the planet. Monarchs and the royalty from all over the world were the first to enjoy this heavenly treat. However, it was people from South America, the Aztecs and the Mayans, who were first to discover Cacao as they have this naturally growing in their backyards. Chocolate would never see its popularity had it not been for cocoa crops and cocoa farming. It is no secret that cocoa is the most basic ingredient of chocolate. Without cocoa, chocolate would not be the way we know it to be as chocolate is, in fact, made from cacao beans.
Cocoa originated in the Amazon region. This explains why earlier myths about chocolate always involved South American culture and myths. The cacao plant was introduced to the Spaniards when they arrived to conquer the region. This arrival signals the beginning of cacao plant introduction and farming to the rest of the world.
The Spaniards are the ones held responsible for the introduction of the cacao plant to the rest of the world. The Spaniards introduced it to Europe which beckons the rise of the plant’s popularity in the region, keeping in mind that cocoa beans are the main ingredient of chocolate. Eventually, the cacao plant was introduced to Asia, in the West Indies and the Philippines—both of which are countries which were colonized by the Spaniards.
As with any crop farming, the habitat and the location pretty much determines the success of the crop farming. Cocoa plants and crops are located in the Pacific region, spread across the Caribbean, in Mexico and in a good portion of the South American region. Netherlands, which happens to be the biggest cocoa producer in the world, also has notable cocoa crops.
Cocoa crops demand a lot of shade, highly humid places, and consistent rainfall, which is why they grow well in tropical regions located around the equator. Shade is one of the important things to be considered when cocoa farming, as the shade is one which determines and helps control the temperature of the plant growth. High temperatures may affect the characteristics and the yield of the cocoa beans. It is important to control this as the characteristics and the flavour of the cocoa crops for farming greatly affects the flavour of the cocoa beans and eventually the flavour of the chocolates.
The cocoa beans are the most important parts of the cocoa plant as this is the main ingredient used for making chocolates. The conditions it must be subjected in remains to be that which must be controlled and looked after.
Cocoa beans are very important not just for chocolate, as it is even used in other forms of cooking. However, chocolate remains to be the most popular and sought after products of cocoa. Perhaps because of the luxury attached to it or the sheer delectable taste of the treat. Whatever it may be, chocolate will remain to be one of the most enjoyed treats in the world over.
Chocolate isn’t all about the chocolate.
The creative human mind cannot help but perform the act of selecting and combining from the world around it. It is the basis of almost all art. The culinary arts, and the more specific craft of the chocolatier, are no exemption to this. Tastes can be combined to create a totally different tickle on the taste buds. This is a task no different from the alchemist’s: one has to try out not only the combinations themselves, but also familiarise her/himself with the base flavours, to better visualise (taste-wise) what they could amount to. The main difference between the chocolatier and alchemist though, is that the chocolatier is already working with gold.
Chocolate is always an exciting experience; you not only feel the endorphins setting your brain instantly into happy mode, but also the thrill of selecting which combination of tastes you would like to have melt on your tongue.
The permutations of chocolate pieces are just one short of infinite. Dark chocolate can be paired with a caramel center, a creamier exterior working with a coconut core (though not exactly a combination adored by many children), or perhaps even white chocolate in a successful alchemy with a butter-based interior—the possibilities are beyond endless. A common filling in many chocolate pieces would be one nut or the other. Pecan buds are well paired off with milk chocolate, although a hint of vanilla wouldn’t be so bad. A quite popular taste would be the peanut butter and chocolate combination, a supremely sweet mix that has captured the mouths of millions around the globe. Hard toffee with almonds covered by a darker-than-average chocolate might be more of the taste for the hardcore sweets lover, but butter-cream with blueberries could be more the speed of one concerned with moderating her/his sugar intake.
There is a great variety more of fillings for any chocolate piece; these are created and tasted with intense care (and the general happiness of the tasters). What you can have then is the fact that people, imbuing no less than the skill of artists, have taken great amounts of time in the interest of bringing you succulently blended chocolate masterpieces.
You can also go for it with a touch of thrill: open a box of assorted chocolates and completely ignore the flavour chart that it comes with. That way, every time you pick up a piece of that delectable delight, a surprise of its filling will be mind-blowing, to say the least.
Chocolate, when consumed in great amounts, actually recreates the chemical reactions that sex has on the brain. It is already in itself a powerful food, although it can only become even more powerful with a disciplined chocolatier’s ingenious innovations of combination.
Pick up an assorted box today and find out how the chocolatiers are among the most innovative bunch in the world. Enjoy chocolate in almost all the ingredients they can think of. Browse around this website to find out just how you can start enjoying the many things they’ve done to chocolate.
Liqueur is oftentimes considered the playground of alcohol. A wide variety of liqueurs and drinks available in the market today boast of some of the finest fruit, herb, and nut flavours in the world. Traditional drinks like the Italian Limoncello, made from the region’s premium lemons, or strawberry and grape liqueurs from France offer a unique spin on making spirits. It should be no surprise then, that clever chocolatiers and liquor houses all over the world have turned to using the finest gourmet chocolates in creating their fine spirits.
Certainly, a wide assortment of chocolate and chocolate-based liqueurs are available in the market today. Common variants include making liqueur from chocolates main varieties, namely: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate. With the advent of new brewing and blending techniques however, everything from candied fruits and exotic extracts are now being added to chocolate liqueur, providing the stage for some of the most exquisite tastes available today. It is usually more common to see chocolates infused with liqueur like cognac and whiskey, given that the necessary techniques to do so have been available in the market for quite some time.
But with time comes innovation, and now the tables have turned. New blending and brewing techniques have allowed for the opposite to happen, and as such there is now a wide variety of liqueurs available in the market with chocolate infusions or bases.
With prices on these delectable drinks going from $15 all the way up to several thousand dollars a bottle, there is truly a wide variety available in the market suitable for any price range. Well-known liquor brands like Bailey’s and Smirnoff as well as gourmet chocolatiers like Godiva and Sabra all make their own version of this delectable drink.
The art of making a fine chocolate liqueur is not limited to mixing chocolate with an alcohol base. As in the case of many of the finest chocolate liqueurs available in the market today, much depends on the ingredients used. Aside from using some of the world’s finest chocolates, exotic ingredients such as green tea, orange peel, liquid marshmallow, vanilla and premium coffees are included in the mix, offering a unique and silky drinking experience.
Given that popular studies show that eating a certain amount of chocolates a day decreases the chance of having health problems like strokes and heart ailments later in life as well as taking in a small amount of alcohol a day, whether it be a glass of wine, a bottle of beer or a third of scotch, is very good for your heart, then naturally it should be considered to combine the benefits in one tasty liqueur.
So next time a chocolate lover has an inkling to clink glasses and share his or her passion for gourmet chocolates with others, a nice glass of chocolate liqueur, with the variety of flavours available, is always a good choice. Let your fine passion for the best chocolate extend into the wonders of chocolate liqueur today!
Imagine a pie ala mode without the drizzle of chocolate? The mousse without the chocolate? Warm, luscious cookies without the chocolate chip? Yes indeed, chocolates penetrate deep into the world of desserts and sweets. Whether it’s the bittersweet tart of dark chocolate or the super sweet lick of milk or white chocolate, the taste of food is enhanced so much more with the addition of chocolate.
As a $50-billion industry worldwide and still growing, the popularity of chocolate is ever-increasing. As such, the continuous consideration of pastry chefs and dessert makers of the finest chocolates the world over is always a given when it comes to making the finest quality culinary creations for you and your palette to enjoy. It is no secret that the finest culinary creations are made with only the finest ingredients, sourced from some of the finest cocoa producers the world over.
With the continuous progression of the culinary arts as well as the newfound bravado of many of the new generation of chocolatiers worldwide, it is no surprise that chocolates are being paired up with all sorts of exotic foods. Everything from simple fruits like dates to blueberries all the way to exotic ingredients like green tea leaves and even gold leaf can be used in making that delectable treat. Just recently, a popular and world-renowned chocolatier unveiled the creation of a chocolate pizza consisting of a baked pizza dough smothered with fine Belgian chocolate and topped with marshmallows and assorted nuts.
Chocolates in themselves are also used in various desserts the world over. Melted chocolates for instance can, in itself, be used in a variety of ways, such as a dip for Spanish churros, or it can be used a base for a popular drink in the Philippines called Chocolate de’ batirol (Chocolate from the amphora) Melted chocolate can also be infused in a variety of cakes and pastries ranging from your regular chocolate filled donut or croissant all the way to the most expensive thousand dollar a pound variety chocolate truffles.
Even in its most basic state, chocolate can be used as a tasty garnish to any cake. Powdered cocoa, whether its the regular kind or the unsweetened Dutch Blend, is used in all the finest drizzles and cake infusions. Imagine some fine cocoa powder drizzled all over a mouth-watering butter and coffee cake? Or making a regular banana split or French toast more exciting by drizzling a little bit of cocoa powder to add that glorious kick to the food? Powdered chocolate, whether its the regular kind or the unsweetened Dutch Blend, is used in all the finest drizzles and cake infusions.
The most beautiful culinary creations are made absolutely sublime with the infusion of chocolate. It becomes no surprise that the popularity of chocolate, both from the regular to the gourmet varieties, continues to grow to this day. Truly delectable delights await your senses with the addition of some of the finest gourmet chocolates sourced from all over the world.
Everybody loves chocolate, but one has to ask, how much are you willing to pay for your chocolate fix? Have you ever imagined paying $800 for a pound of imported chocolates? How about $5000 for a kilogram of chocolate truffles? With the assortment of fine chocolates and ingredients from all over the world, it is no surprise that the finest desserts on the world are reaching eye-pooping costs thanks in part to the quality and outright scarcity of the ingredients used.
In a world where more than half of the population survives on less than $1 a day, there are also those who choose to splurge on chocolates with astronomical costs. The world’s finest truffles are always going to command a price commensurate of its value. Whether it’s because it is made from the finest single source ingredients or shaped and molded in a process unique its own, there are many reasons why prices are always sky high for these unique chocolate creations.
Let’s start first with the ingredients. Usually a chocolate bar is made up of simple ingredients like sugar and flour and perhaps the occasional nut or two. Delectable (and expensive) truffles may utilize exotic ingredients like the finest quality single source chocolate, or exotically aged implements like cranberries aged for two years in Jamaican rum. Even edible gold, one of the worlds most expensive and rarest minerals, is used as a garnish in a truffle (sometimes in large quantities), driving up the prices of these treats further up.
Looking at the culinary world, there are those chefs who make their names by appearing on television, themselves becoming a brand name. But the chocolatiers who charge exorbitant prices for their delectable delights are men and women whose expertise in molding and making the perfect truffle comes from years and years of experience as well as word of mouth marketing. Like true masters, they let their work speak for themselves and just make the finest, most expensive treats that money can buy.
Especially handmade chocolates like the Noka Vintages Collection, made from the finest single-source beans from all over the world, retails at $800 a pound. Retailing out of Dallas, Texas, the Noka Vintages collection is a tasty array of some of the finest blends of the cocoas of the world, making a chocolate that is both unique as it is exquisite.
The most expensive chocolate truffles available commercially is the Chocopologie by Fritz Knipscihldt. It sells for a whopping $250 each or an even more staggering $2600 per pound. Hand-made in a refrigerated room and containing a piece of expensive French Black Truffle within, it is truly a luxurious sight to behold.
So whether it’s looking for the ultimate rush or a penchant for the amazing, buying one of a kind truffles, buying the world’s most expensive chocolates or really expensive sets of chocolates simply boils down to knowing the best and appreciating the best. Gourmet chocolates and chocolatiers like these continuously push the envelope and make exciting treats for the affluent.
Are you a pastry chef looking to hit the big time? Tired of eating commercial-brand chocolate that’s just a tad too sweet for your taste? Interested in making your own chocolate-based works of art? Want to start your own outlet for making and selling gourmet chocolates? Why not take that first step into becoming a world-renowned chocolatier!
Essentially differing from a chocolate maker, chocolatiers are the industry’s primary artists. Using their extensive knowledge of chocolate and the chocolate making process, chocolatiers are trained to create delectable confectionery as well as those eye-catching chocolate sculptures often seen in major culinary events and trade shows. While chocolate makers are responsible for mixing the ingredients necessary to make chocolate, chocolatiers push the craft to another level and taking chocolate and turning it into their own individual art form.
Like with any gourmet trade, chocolatiering is a specialized craft requiring years of training and experience to hone skills and make a mark in the industry. Greatness in the industry may come with experience and training, but if you are looking to get your foot in the door and get started, you have come to the right place.
There are a number of professional chocolate-making schools all over North America , including prestigious institutions such as the Matisse Chocolate Academy in Englewood, New Jersey; the L.A. Burdick Chocolate School in Walpole, New Hampshire; Chocolate Making Courses at Vancouver Community College in Vancouver, B.C. Each offers its own unique take on the artistry of chocolate. In the middle of a career or raising a family? You can take your chocolatier courses online or through correspondence learning from institutions like the Professional Chocolatier Program from the Ecole Chocolat professional school of chocolate arts. Traditional courses may last from anywhere between 3 months to a year while correspondence courses may take anywhere from 1 month to 4 months.
Instruction in chocolatier training usually begins with an overview of chocolate, including its physiology and the process of making it before moving on to chocolate tempering by hand. It is safe to assume that chocolatier schools will assume that their students have not had any previous training in the craft. After picking up the basics, a chocolatier in training is taught more technical aspects of the craft. Lessons in chocolate chemistry and more advanced recipes like chocolate truffles and ganache and working with more expensive ingredients like fondant and sugar syrups will be taught as well as flavor combinations and chocolate-dipped food items.
It is through these various courses and classes that chocolatiers will gain the necessary background and experience making, tempering and working with chocolate so as for them to start making their own delectable creations in their kitchens. The trade is an exciting one, with new chocolatiers coming up with new flavor combinations and technical innovations, pushing the limits of confectionery design and conceptualization to greater heights. It is an exciting time to be a chocolatier. Try out a few classes and get involved in the growing art of chocolatiering!
The title seems to be oxymoronic, doesn’t it? Chocolates have so happily stained the overalls of many a toddler while cigarettes have yellowed the teeth of a multitude of adults. The innocence of a child would be difficult to reconcile with the adult’s less-than-pure nature—it is comparable to finding broccoli in a trick-or-treat bag. But perhaps there is something more to this unlikely match than meets the easily dismissive eye. Chocolate cigarettes might not have as great a following as, say, your typical Hershey’s bar, but it has a considerable following nonetheless.
To address the problem of semantics, there are generally two conceptions of the words, “chocolate cigarettes:” the first one refers to chocolate products shaped to resemble cigarette sticks (even wrapped in paper) while the second conception points to the chocolate flavouring of some tobacco items.
Chocolate sticks covered with paper to take on the look of cigarettes have been a popular treat for children all over the world, although they first sat on the shelves of sweets shops in Europe. Even the packaging of it inspires some playful fascination: bogus tobacco brands grace the entire “cigarette pack.” Some of these funnily fake names include “King Lion” and “Farao.” You might also notice that although these chocolate cigarettes come from the same manufacturer each purchase will garner a differently designed pack, definitely one up for the collectors. The taste of the actual chocolate is close to divinity: creamy Holland-made blends wrapped in fine paper with packaging that can fool even the most discerning passerby. A pack containing 10 “cigarette” sticks shouldn’t cost over 2 USD. These could also conceivably be used as a means to deviate the quitting smoker’s oral fixation—just a thought.
Chocolate flavoured cigarettes, on the other hand, are a completely different experience. Imagine: lighting up and taking a puff while the taste of chocolate doesn’t just stop at the tongue but lovingly invades the throat. The exhale comes out slower than usual because you want to keep the smoke inside just a bit longer.
The charred taste of regular tobacco might already be tiresome for the long-time smoker, maybe just a bit too strong, or perhaps even just plain unlikeable. This flavoured cigarette is a good change of olfactory and gustatory pace, tasting almost nothing like the annoyingly charred flavour of regular tobacco smoke. This particular type of cigarette is ideal for the smoker with a slightly different sweet tooth. Chocolate flavoured cigarettes are available at almost any convenience store, a great leap from being only sold in the most obscure tobacco specialty stores. This only means that more and more people are enjoying the wonderful contradiction that is the chocolate flavoured cigarette.
There must be some merit to these two products; retailers have experienced an increase in demand for them in recent times. Cigarette-looking chocolates perhaps take their following from their nostalgia-inspiring characteristic and chocolate flavoured cigarettes for their sheer unique flavour.
Yes, the products may be the very epitome of contradiction, but it seems to be that people love them for that very thought.
Chocolates are one of the most widely grown, harvested, and processed plant products in the entire planet. Grown in many different areas of the world, chocolate is one of the most commonly used and demanded plant product, and has one of the most recognized flavors. But do we ever stop to think about how the entire world is supplied by chocolates? Have we ever thought about where their plants are grown, what the conditions are in those areas, and how they have managed to make it to our hands with ingredients from various different parts of the world? And most importantly, have you ever thought about how they are priced so cheaply, knowing that the ingredients are from various different countries?
For the past few decades, there is a social movement that has been in existence and known as “fair trade”. Fair trade is an organized movement that aids and makes sure that producers in third world and developing countries continue to improve and that they contilune to develop and master their own practices, furthering their progress while promoting a sustainable mentality and way of living. The fair trade movement advocates the higher payment for producers in areas where related products like chocolate are produced in numbers and in different varieties. The movement also rewards processes that have positive social and environmental effects. Fair trade zeros in on export products in particular, which are products that developing countries bank on for economic growth and progress. Fair trade’s inception was the product of decades of unfair labor practices, both in the financial sector and the operations sector. Now, the fair trade movement has made sure that products like chocolate are grown and harvested in a satisfactory manner, that workers and communities are well compensated for and supported, and that self-sustainability is promoted and made into reality.
So the next time you are enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or opening up a bar of chocolate, check if the product that you are supporting is in line with the practices of the fair trade movement. It is better to indulge knowing that the product you are consuming was created from start to finish using methods that are beneficial to a lot of people. It is also great to be able to fully support the many different forms of chocolate that we all love. Being able to contribute by supporting fair trade chocolate also makes sure that the chocolate we love is sustained, and thereby reducing the risks of the business losing its steam.
Fair trade chocolate is a better alternative to just buying mass-produced and cost-cut chocolate products. It is a great way of supporting a cause that can really make great changes for the rest of the world. We can also help by stopping our thinking that it is just chocolate, and start to see it as a product that can help feed and develop third world countries. With fair trade chocolate products, you can be sure that what you are consuming is truly guilt free and contributes to the rest of the world.
Chocolate—good chocolate—is food that is not only rich with flavour, but also with history; even as early as 1500-400 BC the Olmecs, a civilization that resided somewhere in south-central Mexico, have recognized the cocoa beans’ opportunities as a form of sustenance. The Olmecs crushed the beans, diluted them in water, and threw in chillies and herbs to boot (not a bad idea for a recipe, mind you). The people of the later Mayan civilization are also known to have used the cocoa beans as a form of currency; some excavated drawings actually depict the equivalent of a slave (100 cocoa beans). It was also not uncommon to find ritualistic sacrifices in the form of cocoa beans—Quetzalcoatl is actually known as the Aztec god, who brought abundance through this “brown gold,” as Hernando Cortez, would so appropriately call it early in the 16th century.
The 1500s AD brings about the Western world’s first glimpse of the cocoa bean; Columbus brought the exotic item back to his people as a mere object of curiosity. It was Cortez, however, who found the cocoa drink he shared with the Aztec Emperor Montezuma quite delightful, although the drink was reserved for nobility sometime around the 1530s, and it naturally follows that the recipe for its brewing was then a carefully guarded secret. Simultaneous with Cortez’ victory over the Aztecs (and the civilization’s eventual downfall), came the massive cultivation of the cocoa bean. Thus, the boom of production and shipment of the nectar that the word, “chocolate” referred to began in 1585, with the first cargo’s arrival from New Spain into Iberia.
Perchance we can skip a few centuries, yes? The year: 1780. The brand: Baker’s Chocolate, the pioneer chocolate manufacturer of the United States. The staple term for a specifically sinful taste actually came from this company; Samuel German used greater-than-conventional amounts of chocolate in his cake, and was originally known as “German’s Sweet Chocolate,” although a Texan newspaper published the recipe but mistook the name as “German Chocolate Cake.” As you would undoubtedly already know, the name stuck.
A more popular name in the industry, Hershey’s, was born in 1894 when Milton Hershey of Pennsylvania decided to coat his caramel sweets with chocolate. Six years later, the Hershey Chocolate Company started churning out sumptuous (to the point of addictive) concoctions in the form of bars and other various shapes. Perhaps most famous product, the KISS, saw form in 1907, and got its name from the sound the factory machine made while squeezing out the chocolate. Most definitely, Hershey’s will remain as one of the top names in this forever-popular industry.
Another monstrously known brand in chocolates is Mars, which was born in 1920. Mars Bars originally featured the similar chocolate-covered-caramel characteristic of the early Hershey’s bars, although people were happy to munch on the product all the same. Proof of Mars Incorporated’s strong identity : M & M’s. Those tiny pieces of chocolate that anyone could just keep popping in their craving mouths without a care have taken the world stage for decades.
There are, of course, several other noteworthy names in the industry and history of chocolate. Apart from the names, it is also infinitely fascinating to learn about the different things that people have done with chocolate. Sculptures and even aphrodisiacs made of this gustatory wonder are among the tamest—scientists are actually looking at this elixir’s potential for powering a hydrogen car!
Truly, the history of chocolate is as rich as its taste, although it is a history that has yet to be completed.
Chocolate could easily be said as one of the most popular food to be associated with romance and love. Why would it not be, considering the delectability and the sheer sinfulness of the very ambrosial treat? Chocolate has been popularly referred to as the “food for the gods.” It has theobromine, a substance which aptly translates as “food of the gods.” Perhaps because of its very distinct taste and purported effects on men such as it being an aphrodisiac, chocolate has found its niche in pop culture.
No one can quite say what gave chocolate the reputation it has now: a staple in every Valentine’s and romantic celebration. Chocolate truffles, chocolate bars and just about any chocolate in any form are very popular gifts for those who are feeling a bit romantic. Its reputation as an aphrodisiac, and one to induce good vibes, precedes it as any culture understands the effects of chocolate.
Chocolate is a pop culture symbol which is used and referred to many times in literature, in movies among many other popular representations in media. It has pervaded popular media which makes it a very strong and powerful symbol which might perhaps stand the test of time and taste.
Chocolate in Literature and the Movies
It is not surprising how chocolate is alluded in literature too many times. This is because its reputation as one with ambrosial taste, as aphrodisiac and as one which instantly makes people happy is one which has surpassed time and culture. Here are two of the most popular references about chocolate in popular literary culture:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Perhaps the most popular pop culture reference is Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was first written for the young adult crowd, and is now being enjoyed by the world over because of several movies done under its name. Chocolate has found its way in pop culture and has made for itself a niche in the hearts and minds of the world over. The young and the old enjoy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory not only because of the magic attached to the factory, but also because it features chocolates.
Perhaps one of the most renowned popular romantic references to chocolate is the movie from the book of the same name. It is about a small town in France, and the spellbinding effects of chocolate. In fact, two movies go by the same name however, it was the second one with the same name which was well received by critics. This movie elevates the effect of chocolate and its magical effects to one which is enchanting and spellbinding.
Like Water for Chocolate
Considering that chocolate was originally from the South American region and that Mexico is a region near it and known to have cacao growing in their backyard, it is very apt, then, for a Mexican novel to have a chocolate reference. Mexican mysticism is