Gourmet Chocolates & Belgian Chocolate Gifts
Gourmet chocolates are becoming increasingly more popular as people are more aware of the facts behind the mass produced chocolates and the ingredients they contain. A typical mass produced chocolate has less than 14% cocoa solids and cocoa butter is always replaced by vegetable fat. There are two main reasons for that. Cocoa beans are expensive, so the less cocoa used the cheaper the chocolate. The other reason is that vegetable fat reduces the risk of chocolate bloom specially when exposed to extreme weather conditions but on the down side reducing that snap effect that connoisseurs look for in gourmet chocolates as they break it. Vanilla is also substituted with artificial flavour to reduce costs. Chocolate gourmet can be divided into two segments the chocolate bar and the chocolate praline or truffle that is more associated with chocolate gifts during the holiday season. A basic chocolate bar should have at least 33% cocoa solids, 22%cocoabutter, natural vanilla and no artificial flavours or preservatives. A basic chocolate gourmet praline should have fresh cream natural flavours then enrobed in pure chocolate.
Success of the belgian chocolate all thanks to an imbecile
The French meaning of ganache is imbecile. Ganache is the filling that’s used in chocolate Pralines, truffles and other things. In the early 20th century in the French speaking part of Belgium a cook assistant spilled hot milk into ball of small chocolate bars. The head chef next to him became furious and screamed ganache(imbecile). Afterwards the chef realized that the blunder has yielded a delicious smooth chocolate blend. Ever since Belgian chocolates led the way to become the leaders in the chocolate truffle market all thanks to an imbecile
Make sure it’s a Gourmet chocolate
Gourmet Chocolate gifts are increasingly more popular as people are becoming more health conscious. But that’s not good news to all chocolate gift manufacturers. Mass produced chocolate gifts are in fact losing popularity. The reason for this sudden trend is simple. People are now reducing the amount of chocolate they eat,! but at the same time making sure the chocolate is of high quality. People are watching what they eat and every once in a while spoil themselves with a treat. To make it worthwhile they are avoiding the cheap high in sugar low cocoa chocolates and replacing it with the premium gourmet gifts of chocolates. Besides chocolates with more cocoa is a bit more beneficial to you especially in dark chocolate. So next time you want to buy a chocolate gift make sure you buy gourmet chocolates.