Chocolate is the undisputed king when it comes to baking ingredients. The finest chocolatiers spend years perfecting their recipes, mastering the art of handling chocolate, and turning it into beautiful dessert masterpieces. Children and adults alike love eating chocolate bars, ice cream, cookies, and other sweets, and chocolate cakes reign during birthday celebrations in many countries.
Almost everyone loves chocolate, and everyone has their favorite type of chocolate. You can choose between milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and even pink chocolate, which becomes increasingly popular due to its original color and unique taste. However, we're going to talk about one of the finest forms of white chocolate - white chocolate couverture. What is it, and can white chocolate be considered real chocolate? You'll find the answer to these (and more) questions in the article below.
What Is Couverture Chocolate?
Couverture chocolate is high-quality chocolate that has been enhanced with extra cocoa butter and possibly an emulsifier to help reduce viscosity. Lower viscosity is the main determination of couverture chocolate. Lower viscosity means the chocolate is less thick and sticky when melted. As a result, couverture is an easy melting chocolate that works well as coating chocolate for hand-dipped truffles, fruits, and even vegetables.
Is White Chocolate Real Chocolate?
Some people believe that white chocolate can't be real chocolate due to its color. They're wrong! High-quality white chocolate is a cocoa product and, therefore, is a real chocolate. It has cocoa butter as the main fat component, and cocoa butter is the natural fat from the cocoa bean. The best white chocolate couverture will have a high percentage of cocoa butter and no artificial flavor or palm oil. Keep in mind that white chocolate has a subtle touch of natural vanilla added to help enhance the flavor of pure cocoa butter.
Santa Barbara Chocolate couverture white chocolate is made with pure cocoa butter and has no added palm oil and no artificial ingredients. Our white chocolate meets all standards of high-quality real chocolate. It proved time and time again to meet expectations of amateur baking enthusiasts and professional chocolatiers.
Compound Chocolate and Couverture Chocolate - What's the Difference?
Couverture chocolate tends to be more expensive than the usual compound chocolate. What's more, ordinary people often can't really tell the difference when it comes to tasting these two types. However, compound chocolate and couverture chocolate differ in many ways.
Compound chocolate is made of cocoa powder and oil (usually cottonseed, palm kernel or soybean). It's easy to work with and doesn't require tempering, which means it's perfect for making molded chocolates. It won't have the same crisp texture and beautiful shine, but it will still set just fine after having been melted. However, just a small amount of cold liquid will turn your compound chocolate into a gooey mess.
On the other hand, couverture chocolate is considered to be superior to all other types of chocolate. It's made of cocoa mass and cocoa butter, which melts at a temperature slightly lower than the body temperature. That's why it tastes so smooth and silky. However, it's more difficult to handle - it needs to go through a procedure called tempering, which involves heating, cooling, and re-heating the product while mixing it. In the end, the couverture chocolate will have a sheen, crisp and taste no other type of chocolate is able to provide.
Three Types of White Chocolate Couverture
If you want to prepare a dessert using white chocolate couverture, you need to get the right product. Usually, you can use three types of chocolate couverture in your recipes:
- Valrhona "Ivoire" White Chocolate Discs (Ivory Coast). Ingredients: sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, emulsifier: soya lecithin, natural vanilla extract.
- Callebaut White Chocolate Callets. Ingredients: sugar, cocoa fat, dry whole milk, soy lecithin added as an emulsifier, natural vanilla flavor.
- El Rey Icoa Solid White Chocolate Blocks (100% Venezuelan). Ingredients: refined sugar, cacao butter, whole and skim milk powder, soy lecithin as an emulsifier, flavored with natural vanilla. Contains milk. May contain traces of peanuts, nuts, soybeans.
You can also buy white chocolate couverture in forms distributed by the shop of your choice. At Santa Barbara Chocolate, we swear by white chocolate tabs.
Santa Barbara Chocolate White Couverture Tabs
The state of the art shape of our couverture white chocolate is known as a Tab. Tabs are better than chocolate chips or chunks because they make the chocolate taste better and offer a better melt if you plan to use it as a coating chocolate. Easy to grab and eat, the perfect size and shape - almost like a small chocolate bar, but better.
Tabs have a soft rounded top and flat angular base edges. Together, this combination enhances the flavor. The couverture white chocolate melts evenly, releasing the complex flavor nuances of pure cocoa butter, whole milk and cane sugar.
Our Tabs shape is key to why our couverture white chocolate tastes like it does. The Santa Barbara Chocolate research team discovered Tabs have the best melting characteristics along with an enhanced perception of smoothness and cocoa nuances. The milk also has a greater flavor intensity due to the tab’s shape.
What we discovered is that the rounded shapes of chocolate enhance melting and smoothness perception, while the angular shapes or flatter shapes accent the intensity of flavors like milk, vanilla and cocoa. The fact that our white couverture chocolate Tabs incorporate features of both rounded and angular design is why and how our couverture chocolate has an enhanced flavor resulting in the best chocolate experience.
When to Use White Chocolate Couverture?
Chocolatiers all around the world use white chocolate couverture. It doesn't matter whether they're making chocolate bars, chocolate cakes, pralines, or other desserts - white chocolate couverture is a premium ingredient used by the best in the industry.
These dreamy white chocolate chips can help you prepare countless delicious desserts, taking your home baked recipes and candy-making skills to a whole new level. Exotic in taste and texture, mixed with care and love, you can munch on them as a snack on your way to work. A work-out day would be incomplete if you don’t try a handful of these magnificently scrumptious white chocolate chips.
What’s more? Your everyday snacks from fruits to vegetables can get a melted coating of fondue made from organic chips of white chocolate. After all, white chocolate couverture is perfect for dipping and tempering. You can also use it to flavor mousses, drinks, sauces, cremes, ice creams, and more.
Kids of every house and age love grandma’s yummy oven baked cookies. A little twist in that regular brown and black recipe would be little sparkles of organic white chocolate chips. You can ground them, melt them and glaze donuts, cakes and cupcakes. Their rich texture and premium-quality ingredients make everything taste so much better!
Santa Barbara Chocolate Organic White Chocolate Special
In the purest essence the white beauty of organic chocolate embodies rich cocoa butter and milk. A variety combined with the magic of raw cane sugar leaves everyone wanting another bite of this organic experience. In combination with aromatic vanilla seeds the milk and cocoa butter duo has found an addictively appealing combination. Our exotic white chocolate chips, no matter how small they seem in size, pack a flavor like no other and this applies to our new chocolate tab shape also.
Carefully scrutinized, microscopically evaluated by professional eyes, the cocoa butter has an exotic derivative. A rare floral flavor in origin, organic in extraction, the cocoa butter has an extraordinarily rich citrus taste. The cocoa butter is the secret behind these exquisitely tempting white chocolate chips. Fresh milk combined masterfully with cocoa butter, sugar and ground vanilla. The ingredients balance the flavor. Quality and flavor guaranteed.
Organic white chocolate chips originally sold as bulk couverture by Santa Barbara Chocolate are the finest quality gourmet white chocolate in the world.
Aesthetically pleasing and delicious in taste, our organic white chocolate chips have a textured appearance with real vanilla orchid beans visible as little ground up flecks of vanilla aroma. Just looking at them can make you dream. The white color is dabbled by stars and spots of vanilla.
Works of pure art, awakening all our senses from the touch of the silky smooth chips, to the exciting smell, and then finally striking all the right chords when it comes down to taste. It is truly addictive in all aspects of taste, smell and touch.
Santa Barbara Chocolate White Couverture
Santa Barbara Chocolate White Couverture is a coating chocolate made with extra cocoa butter to offer a smooth even melt and a rich texture that's full of flavor and easy to temper. The Santa Barbara Chocolate brand is ready to provide you with chocolate couvertures of gourmet quality.
Santa Barbara Chocolate White Chocolate Couverture (30% cocoa solids approximately) is the best white chocolate because of the exclusive use of pure cocoa butter as one of the main ingredients. Our premium cocoa butter is the reason why our white chocolate gives you an extra special tasting experience.
Pressing the cocoa bean will produce two main ingredients: cocoa butter and dark brown cocoa fiber. After pressing, the dark brown cocoa fiber part can be ground up to make cocoa powder. If the cocoa bean is not cold pressed but instead ground up, it will result in chocolate liquor.
Real cocoa butter (what we use exclusively in making white chocolate) has an ORAC value of cocoa antioxidants and it contains vegetable fats, stearic acid and palmitic acid. The pure white cocoa butter is mixed with cane sugar and fresh milk, giving you the product you want - our white chocolate couverture.
ORGANIC WHITE CHOCOLATE is pressed organic cocoa butter, organic sugar and organic milk powder all made to USDA organic standards and certified as organic. Our organic audits cover all aspects of growing, including water auditing. We are using the same recipe except for the raw cocoa pods. We are now buying those from a farmer's co-op, with the farms set at the rainforest mountain's base.