Beans To Bars Chocolate
Craft Chocolate is made from single origin cacao, which utilizes fewer, but much higher quality ingredients, along with traditional old world production practices and is crafted in small batches. Lets put it this way it is a long way from where you started with your first Hershey Bar. The cacao the really great chocolate makers use is a rarity and the end result is comparable to fine wine. Just like wine makers, chocolate makers have their sense of style and craft which produces different results even when using the same cacao.
Lets go over some chocolate basics.
Chocolates You Grew Up With
“Producers of Beans to Bars, Artisan or Craft Chocolate have started a revolution in the culinary world. The grocery store chocolates you grew up with now have less and less cacao in them. Not that they ever did have much real cacao in them. They are made from the most common beans, fillers, food coloring, vegetable oil, and synthetic vanilla and preservatives. Production is automated and you could call it industrial. It smells like cotton candy or marshmallow and it all tastes about the same. Even though It says chocolate on the wrapper it’s not quite!
Craft Chocolate is made of cacao beans from the rarest and most desirable varietals and origins around the world. They come out of the forest rather than an industrial style farm are highly sought after and in short supply. In addition to cacao… cacao butter, sugar and real vanilla beans are what fine chocolates are made of. Production is done lovingly by hand. Chocolate produced by the worlds great chocolate makers can have a nose of coffee, nuts, flowers and fruit. Each has a distinct flavor and texture due to the specific origins of the cacao used and the technique of the chocolate maker.