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The King of the Belgians dark chocolate color is dark brown with very slight burnt undertones and no acidity. The roast of the cacao is dominant. Similar to a dark roast coffee our wholesale Belgian chocolate is the flavor of classic bitter chocolate known only in Flanders until now.
Try King of the Belgians dark chocolate couvertures and see why we are the chocolate supplier to luxury resorts world wide. This special recipe made for us in an artisan chocolate factory is better then any Belgian dark chocolate you've ever had before. The secret why this chocolate is so spectacular is in the ingredients we have chosen for the recipe and the Belgian tradition of chocolate making. Premium grade AA Ethical Trade cacao is slow roasted and conched 48 hours to a smooth texture of 32 microns. Tahitian vanilla and sugar cane are mixed with the cocoa mass. The result is classic Belgian chocolate flavor but of superior quality and experience: smooth and light rounded cocoa mild nuances of fudge, floral and cinnamon.
So What Makes Our Belgian Chocolate Special?
We opted to use very fine cacao rainforest grown for this chocolate recipe. The special cacao used in making this chocolate was traded on the London Stock Exchange where the cocoa futures market brings a premium price because of the renowned quality. Our King of the Belgians dark chocolate recipe is a blended couverture chocolate, fluid and easy to use.
King of the Belgians Dark Chocolate Couverture Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soy lecithin and natural vanilla.
Through a selection of rare cacao and how we mix and roast the combination of cacaos we have been able to produce a unique experiences for you to try. The subtle nuances of the floral cocoa is not lost in the roast of the cacao however. This is the mastery in proper cocoa bean blending. This exquisite extra dark chocolate is for those wanting a rich chocolate with subtle floral and fruit nuances as the melt releases. The cacao's deep roast as nibs is what creates this wonderful chocolate experience.
Why is Belgium so Renowned for Chocolate Making?
With the ready availability of dark chocolate and candy in the United States especially, it is easy to forget that chocolate making and chocolate tempering were once considered distinct art forms, even during the early 20th Century.
Of course, with Switzerland and Belgium still considered to epitomize the pièce de résistance of chocolate making, many people do realize that there are still different levels of quality of chocolate available on world markets. The only question is, what makes Belgian chocolate in particular so special?
Belgian Pralines & the rise of Artisan Chocolate Making
Referred to as the elixir of life by the Aztecs and several other tribes indigenous to South America, chocolate tempering and drinking was first stumbled upon by Spanish conquistadores who arrived in South America in the middle ages. Realizing that the cocoa bean had potentially phenomenal market worth back in Europe, the same conquistadores returned with the bean and a basic recipe for sweetening and making cocoa itself drinkable.
Quickly becoming popular among Europe's nobility, the Dutch quickly monopolized the cocoa bean import market and by the late 19th Century, neighboring Belgium had already become synonymous with artisan chocolate making. In fact, chocolate making in Belgium first became widely regarded in 1912, with the then invention of the Belgian Praline.
The Praline Vs The Praliné
While the humble praliné had existed for centuries already as a paste-like filling and confectionary item made out of ground nuts, it was the Belgians who first gave the world the praline and filled chocolates as we know them today, by including tempered chocolate into the recipe.
Of course, the history of Belgian chocolate making doesn’t itself explain why Belgian chocolate is itself so prized and altogether distinctive. To understand this, one needs to understand the Belgian chocolate making and chocolate tempering process.
Artisan Chocolate Making Vs Industrial Chocolate Making
When the Belgian Praline was first invented, each filled chocolate was created by hand by master chocolatiers. Much more importantly, then like now, each chocolate would contain a minimum of 43% cocoa as opposed to just 20% else where in the world. However, Belgian chocolate making isn’t just about using higher amounts of cocoa. Instead, Belgian chocolate masters use specific blending techniques coupled with a chocolate tempering technique which will often see melted chocolate applied to a cool marble surface as it is worked with.
Of course, you might not be able to go about chocolate tempering at home on such a surface. The good news, however, is that with high-quality ready-made Belgian chocolate now widely available, it’s easier than ever for chocolate lovers to create their very own Belgian pralines and bespoke chocolate assortments, right in the comfort of their own homes.
Love this chocolate. I'd guess these are nickel-sized flat-ish chips. I like to grab 5-6 as a special treat. Katherine M. on 20th Jan 2017
Belgian Milk Chocolate Bulk Couverture - top notch Belgian White Chocolate Bulk Couverture - best white I've ever used Belgian Bulk Dark Chocolate Couverture King of the Belgians - stunning!! Flavor and richness like I've never imagined. Wow!! Greta H. on 20th Jan 2017
Bought the Belgian dark and milk chocolate covertures. It is the smoothest, most delicious chocolate ever! The person I dealt with by the name of Jason was super super nice to work with. Will be ordering from them all the time! Najia I. on 19th Jan 2017
This is an absolutely fabulous coating chocolate.
In the past I have used this bean in a 60% and blended
to give 72% - my preferred %
Sold as a 72% it is the best coater I've used and Ive tried many of your offerings
This also has a much creamier and more mellow flavor after tempering
Thanks as always for your delicious chocolate Liz Cloud 9 chocolates on 11th Jul 2015
This dark chocolate is a winner for my business. It is wonderful to work with, providing a rich chocolate flavor, without overpowering the toffee I layer it with. Erin Turner on 11th Jul 2015
We make various nut clusters for friends and family and this chocolate is by far the best we have ever used. Tempers easily and is always smooth and creamy. You won't be disappointed. Jason is a great person to work with. Philip on 29th May 2015
These chips are very small, delicate and tasty. Good with pancakes and waffles. norm weinstein on 23rd May 2015
The dark earthy flavor is a favorite of mine. Todd on 26th Jan 2015
Our new favorite dark chocolate. 72 Belgian Dark Chocolate with a smooth finish and the price is right. Stew on 23rd Jan 2015
High quality chocolate, great price and fast delivery. I used the flat rate shipping. Cynthia P. Fuller on 14th Dec 2014
I got the chocolate in a week after ordering. They included a free gift mug filled with chocolate bars -thank you! I didn't even ask for that. I used the 5% discount code I found online - here it is if you want it: HRLVV. Chocolate melts smoothly and has nice flavor. Perfect eating straight which I do, but also works perfect in my chocolate truffles. I recommend Santa Barbara and believe they are probably the only chocolate distributor that ships with ice and all the insulation no extra charge. A+ chocolate Claudia Grover S. on 9th Nov 2014
My mom and I love the dark rich sinful flourless cake we bake using this extra dark chocolate. It is our Sunday ritual and I'm grateful to have her here with me to enjoy this. Thank you SB Chocolate for helping me make fresh and special memories while I have the time. XOXOXO
James on 8th Nov 2014
Belgian Dark Chocolate Couverture which we call The King of the Belgians is the best tasting gourmet Belgian chocolate available. Perfect for all chocolate and candy making or eat it straight from the bag and enjoy the real flavor or the highest quality Belgian chocolate available.