Cacao Chocolate Chips by Santa Barbara Chocolate are made from shade grown cocoa fruit. GMO Free and FairTrade Chocolate as exotic as the name implies, it is as pure as possible. With pronounced flavor this chocolate is closer to the cocoa bean for those who want to taste the character of 100% cocoa solids. It is bitter chocolate because it has no sugar.
We start with premium grade AA cocoa beans that are ground into cocoa paste and then crafted into easy to use chocolate chips. This pure dark chocolate has all the cocoa solids from the cocoa beans intact. Easy to eat with a smooth texture and pleasant melting characteristic releasing a bouquet of flavors, dark chocolate lovers will savor their flavor.
Enjoy right from the package or as a baking chocolate in any recipe like chocolate brownies. These are the most flavorful option for Paleo hot chocolate recipes and Keto chocolate recipes.
The FDA defines our Cacao Chocolate Chips as a Chocolate Liquor. This means it is a type of pure chocolate with no fillers and no alcohol.
Chocolate Liquor is the technical term used in chocolate manufacturing and defined by specific standards under FDA safety and supervision. As a definition it is from the early days of chocolate making. It is a colloquial use of words from the late 1800's when the words used in combination meant concentrated flavor and pure essence of cocoa beans.
When you eat these dark chocolate chips you'll taste the cocoa essence and understand right away how special it is from a health perspective.
- MADE IN USA
- KOSHER DARK CHOCOLATE
- THE PUREST CHOCOLATE - 1 INGREDIENT
Ingredient: Organic Chocolate Liquor
This chocolate has minimal processing of the cocoa bean without any added sugar as allowed by FDA and USDA law. No alcohol: chocolate liquor is bitter dark chocolate.
Distinctly a California lifestyle chocolate, you will find these dark chocolate chips to have robust flavor, fudge like with hints of nut like flavors.
Do you want the darkest chocolate perfection? Share a kindred connection with Santa Barbara Chocolate and have piece of mind in food safety for your family. You, just like us, want healthy food and exotic tasting chocolate that is worth investing the time to in a creative way crafting a chocolate delight. We share your chocolate passion as a dark chocolate lover, eating the absolute darkest of all chocolate types. This is real dark chocolate showcasing all the glory of the superfood.
The FDA regulates the use of chocolate terminology and for chocolate to be sold in the USA it must meet government standards.
Below is the description from the FDA explaining what our chocolate classification is and why it is called chocolate liquor as a single ingredient under USA standards. The Santa Barbara Chocolate branded food is classified in this FDA category PART 163. We list organic chocolate liquor as the only ingredient on the packaging.
PART 163 -- CACAO PRODUCTS
Subpart B--Requirements for Specific Standardized Cacao Products
(a) Description. (1) Chocolate liquor is the solid or semiplastic food prepared by finely grinding cacao nibs. The fat content of the food may be adjusted by adding one or more of the optional ingredients specified in paragraph (b)(1) of this section to the cacao nibs. Chocolate liquor contains not less than 50 percent nor more than 60 percent by weight of cacao fat as determined by the method prescribed in 163.5(b).
Santa Barbara Chocolate is the pure chocolate choice: Santa Barbara Chocolate does not alkalize chocolate. This is a natural chocolate, pure and exotic with no added ingredients. Our goal is to keep it as raw as possible and as close to the original cocoa beans as possible.
Cocoa Powder can be replaced with CACAO CHOCOLATE in Baking Recipes
Cocoa powder is more intense in flavor then chocolate because it is fat reduced through high pressure pressing (cold process but with kinetic energy heat). Cocoa butter extraction when pressing cocoa nibs leaves a concentrated cocoa bean product (powder). This powder through pressing, experiences very high heat from kinetic energy (under cold pressing procedures heat is often in excess of 200F). As a result of pressing, the antioxidant value is significantly reduced. Cacao chocolate is more in tact and closer to the original cocoa beans as a whole food because it hasn't been pressed.
100 grams of powder = 150 grams chocolate
Reduce the butter or fat in the recipe by 75 grams
1 powder = 1.5 chocolate
Reduce recipe fat by the amount calculated when you take the total chocolate weight divided by 2.
How is Pure Chocolate Made
•Cocoa Beans Arrive
The magic begins. Our doors open in order to receive Cocoa Beans from exotic and exciting places all around the world, such as the Caribbean, Ecuador, Vietnam, Trinidad and Hispaniola (just to name a few).That means that the final chocolate you’ll be tasting is not only a delicious chocolate, but one that taste like an adventure from around the world.
•Cocoa Bean Roasting - lowest allowable temperature by law
The adventure continues. We clean up and select the best Fair Trade cocoa beans so that we can guarantee you a chocolate that is pure and organic. Next, when we are sure we have the best of the best, we roast the cocoa beans so that the exquisite flavor of the cacao fruit shines. In this process the colors intensify and the richness of cocoa blossoms.
•Cocoa Bean Grinding
Unique & Natural. At this process, the flavor and smell explode. By grinding the high quality cocoa beans previously lightly roasted, we get to obtain a fantastic chocolate liquor that won’t contain any added sugar. An authentic and pure chocolate flavor results.
•Organic Chocolate Chips Are Made
Now the Magic is Yours. The chocolate liquor is tempered and turns into thousands of chocolate chips that, one by one, fall onto the conveyor belt and take a ride to a future of possibilities. Thanks to these chocolate chips, you and yours create your own magic at home by making all kind of recipes adding your own taste and personality or simply eating and enjoying every bite of these exquisite chocolates.
Flow Chart of our Organic Chocolate Chips process: