Everything Chocolate - Chocolate How to, Recipes, Facts and More
Chocolate is a connoisseur’s confection. If you are just delving into the world of chocolate making and baking, the sheer breadth of information involved may have you reeling. Luckily, Santa Barbara Chocolate has a great library of chocolate information for novices and experts alike.
General Chocolate Information:
Santa Barbara Chocolate starts right at the basics with a helpful collection of infographics and articles to school you on all things chocolate. On a fundamental level, find out how chocolate is made and learn a little bit about the cocoa tree, the source of all chocolate. Then discover the uniqueness of chocolate produced in specific countries (Brazil and Switzerland, for example), learn about the process of turning cocoa beans into chocolate, and find out about FDA regulations on cocoa products. Finally, get the in-depth scoop on specific topics, such as the raw chocolate myth and gluten-free chocolate.
Santa Barbara Chocolate can also help you turn out chocolate goodies in the kitchen. Start by learning how to temper (melt) chocolate so that you end up with creamy, homogenous liquid goodness. Then experiment with tried-and-tested recipes like Chocolate Bourbon Balls and Manjo Chocolate Cake. You can also pick up tips on how to make classic chocolate-covered treats, such as chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Aspiring chocolatiers can benefit even further from Santa Barbara Chocolate's library. Aside from all of the information on chocolate sourcing and making, Santa Barbara Chocolate includes articles on chocolate suppliers. There are also various tips and tricks from master chocolatiers, including how to get those pesky chocolate stains out of your apron.