Chocolate recipes help you create sweets in a great variety of forms and kinds of taste. Chocolate truffles, for example, have the flexibility to be able to be coated in various flavors of chocolate, sprinkled with nuts or flavored using any liqueur or extract. One of my most loved recipes to have or make is the milk chocolate praline truffle. I use a praline liqueur for flavoring the chocolate and then I roll the truffle in some pecan brittle that I have crushed.
Chocolate Truffles make grand gifts for any person at anytime. There are many mixtures of packages that chocolate gifts come in so you ought to be able to find one just right for the event or friend for which you are trying to purchase something.
You have probably heard of the “cacao bean”, or as it is sometimes called the “cocoa bean”, well this is the nut from which chocolate comes. This ‘bean’ or nut is the nut of a particular fruit that grows on a specific tree, originally from the Amazon jungle. Chocolate, long ago, was a symbol of wealth, and luxury.
Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids. The flavonoids of this plant are generally recognized for their antioxidant properties and activities. Chocolate contains the same antioxidant chemicals (phenols) as wine. Many people enjoy drinking wine while eating chocolate.
I have found that in each place or country throughout the world where it is made, it is a distinctly unique product. French and Belgian chocolates have a distinctly different taste from each other, as do Swiss or U.S. chocolates. The best one for you to use will be based on your individual choice and on the recipes you plan to make.
Chocolate recipe lovers everywhere have been viewing the studies showing dark chocolate as having certain health benefits with excitement. These studies have inspired some dietitians to promote chocolate as contributing to a healthy diet. Chocolates should be sampled in order of increasing cocoa content or boldness of flavor, and, even though chocolate is best stored between 61 and 64 degrees, it should always be tasted at room temperature.
Bars that are made with very little flavoring or pure chocolate bars are your best choice. So you don’t need to feel guilty when you enjoy some dark chocolate, because research has shown that you might actually be providing some small service to your health.
All chocolate lovers, when preparing recipes, need to keep in mind that chocolate scorches easily and must be treated gently. When making any chocolate recipe, always melt the chocolate slowly over low heat in a double boiler over simmering water, or in a bowl in the microwave at 50 percent power or on the defrost setting. Chocolate recipes, you gotta love ’em.
There is so much said about what we should and should not eat. One thing that gives chocolate an air of the forbidden is the myth surrounding it, that it tastes so good it must be bad for your health. Chocolate recipes have been used for centuries to make some of the most popular sweet-tasting treats in the world. Chocolate can be healthy – if kept in moderation. Eating too much of the good stuff (as with all good stuff) can lead to obesity, which causes more health problems than all the chocolate recipes in the world could combat. Chocolate lovers however, seem willing to pay the price for their vice.
Chocolate makes a nice treat for your taste buds and is a favorite gift for special occasions. You can form it into various sizes and shapes by pouring it into molds and then cooling it until it becomes solid. These shapes could include hollow shells, solid blocks, chocolate bars or even shells that can be filled with a sugary confection material. Typically when chocolate bars and some other molded items are produced, it is done with a molding process that produces a product having fine surface details as well as a high gloss or shine.
Some of you may find this hard to believe, but research is constantly proving that not only is chocolate one of the healthiest foods you can eat, but is also considered a super food. Chocolate recipes for candy however, create a confection that is loaded with refined sugar. Chances are that these types of chocolate also have a high fat content because these confectionery type items contain a lot of milk fat along with hydrogenated oils. Chocolate can be a trap. It can result in guilt. It is a fabled and much loved food. It causes extreme reactions in people; some people even label themselves chocoholics!