Swiss chocolate is one of the most delicious treats globally, and it is exported to many countries to share the addictive taste with others. And it is Switzerland that consumes most of its chocolate, alongside its neighbor Germany.
Dark chocolate has been around for hundreds of years, but it has been such an exquisite and delicious product for a relatively short time. In Switzerland, the first chocolate processing started in Ticino; however it was very chewy and didn’t bring much joy to eating it.
If you wonder how a gritty Swiss dark chocolate could become one of the most popular ones in the world, keep reading to get your answer. And as a bonus, learn why Santa Barbara Chocolate products are the preferred choice of home bakers and professional chefs.
What Is Swiss Chocolate?
Swiss dark chocolate is the chocolate made in Switzerland using ingredients like cocoa beans and sugar that originated elsewhere. It is also known as one of the most premium and delicious chocolates in the world due to its high quality. In order to achieve a mouth-watering end product, the following ingredients are needed:
- Cocoa paste
- Cocoa butter
- Cocoa powder
- Emulsifier (natural vanilla flavoring)
Swiss milk chocolate has a less bitter taste than the dark variety because it has an additional ingredient of condensed or powdered milk. Every element is checked for excellent quality before production, and then an experienced chocolatier, like Jason Vishnefske at Santa Barbara Chocolate, creates an outstanding end product to tickle your tastebuds.
The Origin of Swiss Chocolate
The first notion of chocolate started in the 19th century in the Swiss town of Vevey, a hub of chocolate production. François-Louis Cailler, the Swiss entrepreneur, and chocolatier opened the very first merchandised chocolate factory in 1819. It gave a start to Swiss dark chocolate mass production and the development of technologies to make chocolate more affordable and accessible to others.
The history of Swiss dark chocolate is a story of Swiss men who worked hard to devise a recipe for tasty chocolate. In 1867, Daniel Peter, a Swiss confectioner from Vevey and Callier’s son-in-law, invented what we know as milk chocolate. He mixed condensed milk with cocoa powder and added sugar.In 1908, Theodor Tobler took it further and started adding nuts and honey to create chocolate in a triangular shape.
The other Swiss creators of chocolate were Phillipe Suchard, Rudolf Lindt, and Henri Nestle - all of them are the pioneers who brought in their special and unique concepts to share with the world.
The History of Santa Barbara Chocolate Company's Swiss Dark Chocolate
Santa Barbara Chocolate is a wholesale bulk chocolate company that was established in 1992 by Jason Vishnefske. Jason is an experienced chocolatier that succeeded in turning unhealthy chocolate products into healthy desserts. Thanks to his innovative approach, he managed to achieve it by combining the best natural and organic ingredients and using his knowledge of chocolate making. Keeping up with the latest technologies and utilizing his knowledge, Jason created wholesome chocolate made of premium ingredients at an affordable price.
Santa Barbara Chocolate is your trusted source of quality chocolate that has a long company history to tell. We have been delivering bulk dark chocolates and achieving great results and positive reviews from our customers throughout the years. Santa Barbara Chocolate chocolatiers are spread worldwide in London, Amsterdam, Honolulu, and Los Angeles. We are also fully accredited with:
- USDA Organic
- NOP Organic
- Fair Trade
- Rainforest Alliance
How to Choose the Best Swiss Dark Chocolates
Choosing the best chocolate is easy with Santa Barbara Chocolate because we are dedicated to delivering high-quality products, along with exceptional customer service. We value your trust in us, and we strive to provide only the best supplies of Swiss dark chocolate. Our products are ideal for both professional bakers and home cooks.
Our chocolates are easy to use and incorporate mouth-watering flavors into your desserts. Regardless of what your company needs chocolate for (baking pastries, producing sweets, or creating chocolate figures), Santa Barbara Chocolate will assist you in achieving success. After all, we measure our success by your happiness.
If you are looking for gift ideas, we offer handmade gourmet gifts that are filled with deliciousness, perfect for exclusive holidays and special occasions. You can find various gift box options full of an assortment of different sweets, including milk and dark chocolates.
And if you are looking for an exclusive service that Santa Barbara has to offer, then a chocolate taste test is the right choice for you. You don’t have to choose what kinds of chocolates to fit into your gift boxes when you can have them all! Santa Barbara Chocolate showcases luxurious milk and dark chocolates, including Indonesian dark chocolate and Costa Rican dark chocolate, among others. A perfect occasion to travel around the world by tasting local chocolates.
How to Understand That Your Dark Chocolate Is of High Quality
While purchasing Santa Barbara Chocolate, you don’t have to worry about the source and quality of ingredients. We are confident that once you try our Swiss dark chocolate, you won’t be able to stop thinking of it!
However, you may find it useful to know how to differentiate good chocolate from bad.
You can use the following tips to determine whether the Swiss dark chocolate is fresh and made of quality ingredients. Use this knowledge next time somebody offers you a bar of chocolate. First of all, when you break or chop it, listen to the sound it makes. A crisp snap is a good sign, and if a chocolate bar bends, it can be old. The next tip is to smell the chocolate bar which can be tricky. It should have a strong chocolate smell. If the dark chocolate has a weak or spicy smell, it could have been stored improperly near other food items or frozen.
The last and most important tip is to taste the chocolate bar or candy. It is also an easier way to determine its quality. If the chocolatier used genuine cocoa butter, then the texture should be smooth. Dark chocolates of lower quality taste gritty and even waxy - definitely avoid those if you are after a memorable taste—another feature of premium dark chocolate is that it starts to melt at about room temperature.
Although everyone has their own tasting preferences, it is very easy to understand the chocolate quality by its taste. At Santa Barbara Chocolate, you will find pure chocolate with a distinctive flavor. There are no additives, and we don’t add vanilla or sugar; we offer GMO- and gluten-free products. It is ideal chocolate for vegans and those with soy lecithin and dairy allergies.
You can find Kosher certified Swiss dark chocolate on Santa Barbara Chocolate’s official website. Its memorable taste comes from organically sourced Theobroma trees. The dark chocolate quickly melts in your mouth, leaving a flavorful aftertaste, making you crave more of it. It is also a great ingredient for cooking and baking.
The Most Trusted Chocolate Wholesale Supplier
Santa Barbara Chocolate company works with the most professional chocolatiers in California and around the world, so you would experience a melting sensation of chocolate every time you buy from us.
Even though the flavor of Swiss dark chocolate is a number one priority, we also care about the ingredients, and that is why we source only organic and natural cocoa beans. The cacao trees are grown in environmentally friendly conditions where farmers diligently look after the pods on a daily basis.
Our Swiss dark chocolate will enhance the taste of your dessert by giving it a clear and balanced bittersweet flavor. You can eat it straight from the bag! Don’t hold back and order now to experience euphoric chocolate flavors.