Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday Thirteen!



Thirteen Types of Chocolate!



1. Cacao

This is the cacao bean, minus the shell, and nothing else. You can buy cacao raw or roasted. Whole cacao is the whole bean, cacao nibs are crunched up pieces of bean, and ground cacao is powdered. Really the healthiest form of chocolate there is, cacao can sometimes be quite bitter.




2. Chocolate Liquor
This is the basis of all types of chocolate, formed by grinding cacao beans into a smooth, liquid paste. Nothing is added, and it does not contain alcohol, despite the name.




3. Unsweetened Chocolate
Chocolate liquor that has been allowed to cool and harden. It is used for baking and to make other types of chocolate. Many bakers prefer this type of chocolate for baking because they have more control over the flavor and sweetness.

4. Bittersweet Chocolate
Contains at least 35% chocolate liquor, plus cocoa butter and sugar in varying amounts. There is no technical difference between bittersweet and semisweet types of chocolate, and they are often referred to as "dark." Note that there is such a thing as "bittersweet (or semisweet) baking chocolate," which is sweetened cocoa liquor without the added cocoa butter.




5. Dark Chocolate - My Favorite!
Similar to semi-sweet chocolate, it is not always possible to distinguish between the flavor of sweet and semi-sweet chocolate. Contains often 35-45% cocoa solids.




6. Milk Chocolate - Another Favorite!
Contains at least 10% chocolate liquor, plus cocoa butter and sugar in varying amounts, and at least 12% milk (milk, cream, milk powder, etc).




7. White Chocolate
White chocolate is not technically one of the types of chocolate because it does not contain any chocolate liquor. It must contain at least 20% cocoa butter and 14% milk, plus sugar in varying amounts.




8. Semi-Sweet Chocolate
This is the classic dark baking chocolate which can be purchased in most grocery stores. It is frequently used for cakes, cookies and brownies. Can be used instead of sweet dark chocolate. It has a good, sweet flavor. Contains often 40-62% cocoa solids.




9. Cocoa Powder
Is made by slamming chocolate liquor with a hydraulic press to expel the fat, i.e. the cocoa butter. What's left is allowed to harden, and then it is crushed into a powder. There is roughly 10-20% fat remaining in the powder. Cocoa powder is often used in low fat cooking because it retains the chocolate flavor but has much of the fat removed.




10. Chocolate Extract
Chocolate extract is a good way to add chocolate flavor to your cooking without adding fat, but the flavor can be a bit strong. It is made like vanilla extract; cacao beans are soaked in alcohol.




11.Courverture
A chocolate coating, it's usually some type of dark chocolate with extra cocoa butter added to make it melt nicely for enrobing (drizzling onto the outside of a chocolate confection). Because the high cocoa butter content (roughly 35-45%) makes it melt well, it is ideal for chocolate fountains, and usually no oil need be added.




12. Cocoa Butter
When chocolate liquor is pressed to expel the fat and make cocoa powder, the fat expelled is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is added to chocolate liquor to make the type of chocolate we enjoy eating; it gives chocolate that smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture. It is also used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Because it melts at about 97° F, it smoothes into the skin nicely. Also, it has healing properties and is resistant to spoilage.




13. Chocolate Body Paint - My Other Favorite!
Luxurious paint made out of chocolate made especially for the body!


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25 comments:

Catriana S. said...

My oh my. And I normally don't even like chocolate! lol

Paige Tyler said...

Catriana - You don't like chocolate?! Yikes! I so love it! LOL!

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Paige

Mary Quast said...

Ahhhhh.... *dancing in circles* praising God for chocolate. I am a chocoholic. Love, love, love your post!

Paige Tyler said...

Mary - I'm a chocoholic, too! Love it!

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Paige

Kimberly Menozzi said...

Great post - very educational. And tasty. So, so very tasty...

Happy TT!

Paige Tyler said...

Kimberly - Very tasty! LOL!

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Paige

Darla M Sands said...

Thanks for sharing! I liked white chocolate as a child and my taste for it has gotten more and more bitter. It's like my sweet tooth has faded.

Heather said...

Sure, taunt me with chocolate when there isn't any in the house. *Sniff* I'm going into withdrawal here. Send dark chocolate ASAP. Please. ♥

Sarah J. McNeal said...

LOL I think i just took a tour of the Hershey factory. It's like an education in a chocolate kind of way. I'm not a big chocolate lover but I know quite a few who are. What a unique blog.

Rawiya said...

Yummm I love the chocolate hunk...oh sorry! Its only the paint!

Great post Paige!

Paige Tyler said...

Darla - I read that we like sweeter tasting things as kids.

Heather - LOL! Coming right up!

Sarah - I'm sucha chocoholic! LOL!

Rawiya - LOL! He's so yummy, isn't he?! Thanks!

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Paige

Paige Tyler said...

Darla - I read that we like sweeter tasting things as kids.

Heather - LOL! Coming right up!

Sarah - I'm sucha chocoholic! LOL!

Rawiya - LOL! He's so yummy, isn't he?! Thanks!

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Paige

Mercy Celeste said...

my other favorite now I want brownies with number thirteen or really who needs brownies

Alice Audrey said...

If I could still eat chocolate, I'd try that extract thing out.

Christine H said...

I'm not a big chocolate fan, well I love white choc. But I really love that Body Choc!!! Or the man that comes with it. He's so sexy!!

Shelley Munro said...

I love chocolate. I was mighty tempted to lick the screen...

Paige Tyler said...

Mercy - LOL! Who needs brownies is right?!

AliceAudrey - I hadn't even heard of chocolate extract before!

Christine - LOL! I'm a chocoholic!

Shelley - LOL! Especially the guy, right?!

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Paige

Maddy Barone said...

I never knew half of that about chocolate. I just know that I love all kinds of chocolate. And those chocolate covered fingers ... Oh, my.

Paige Tyler said...

Maddy - I know, right?! Yummy! LOL!

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Paige

Bratty said...

I am always late! But you had me at chocolate.... I prefer the extra extra dark like 85% or so. Nice stuff!

ksmanning said...

Ok. I think I just gained 20 pounds just scrolling through that! Yum!

Happy T13!

Jennifer Leeland said...

I've never heard of courveture. Cool list.

Paige Tyler said...

Bratty - I love dark chocolate, too, though more on the sweeter side!

KS - LOL!

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Paige

Paige Tyler said...

Bratty - I love dark chocolate, too, though more on the sweeter side!

KS - LOL!

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Paige

Paige Tyler said...

Jennifer - Me, either! I thought that was cool!

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Paige