The Taste Behind Hand Made Chocolate
There are lots of extremely friendly chocolatiers around the world, who make tasty chocolate . A minority of them put that extra bit of tender love and care in, and only make handmade chocolates. Others go even further and refuse to put any artificial preservatives in.
Unless you've treated yourself to fresh, handmade chocolate, you won't quite believe the difference. chocolates made by hand mean they've had that extra bit of tender love and care put in. They are not processed buy a machine the size of a lorry, but slowly made by a trained Hand Made Chocolate Maker, caring about each and every chocolate that is made.
Who would you rather have making your chocolates? An expensive piece of machinery that just drains electricity and doesn't even care if your final chocolate tastes great, or would you prefer an Hand Made Chocolate Maker that really cares about your cravings, someone who knows just how great they taste, and quite how great they can be, and most importantly exactly what to do based on years of experience, what to do intuitively if something goes wrong.
The other really important part about real chocolate is learning what the ingredients are. Buy a chocolate bar from any high street shop (or even from some 'chocolatiers' on the high street) and you'll find ingredients or flavorings. Trust me, real chocolate doesn't contain vegetable oil.
Why do cheap chocolate contain vegetable oil?
Because some firms don't give a monkeys about taste, and really only care about costs. They want to sell to you the cheapest chocolates they can at the most expensive price they can.
Vegetable oil is used in place of cocoa butter - which is naturally found in real chocolate. The extra large chocolate conglomerate company, inc will have worked out that they can strip cocoa butter from chocolate, and sell that for use in cosmetics and face treatments at 4 or 5 times the price of the cheap oil they put back in the chocolate. So removing cocoa butter and replacing with vegetable oil is just a way to get more money for these big companies. Do chocolate truffles taste better with vegetable oil in? (I'll leave that to your taste buds to answer) if you aren't sure, then stir a teaspoon of vegetable oil into a bowl of cocoa Taste nice? I doubt it.
Why do fresh, handmade chocolate taste so good?
Handmade chocolates taste nicer because there is less inside them, and less is better. For a similar comparison, try a freshly made by your local Hand Made Chocolate Maker and compare that with a chocolate you purchased from a supermarket - like the ones that come out of a box, with very nice packaging inside, and a list of ingredients longer than the bible. I've never found a food which tastes better with lots of preservatives in, and I doubt you will - nothing can beat home-made fresh food, and I really want you to find the best of any food you find - be that bread, cakes, doughnuts or chocolates.