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Image Types of Chocolate
By Lynnx on November 12, 2010

Chocolate is hands down the most favorite of candy by those who crave sweets. There are many different kinds of chocolate, and various types are used for a range of different candies. From bon bons to truffles, choosing the right chocolate can make or break your efforts.

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ImageSharon
Nov 12, 2010 6:56 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Chocolate in a title will draw me right into an article. Every single time!
Now I'm craving it, of course.

Thanks for the sweet article, Lynxx, the information is excellent. Too bad you couldn't provide samples for all of us.
ImageLynxx
Nov 12, 2010 7:22 PM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
Lol, TY Sharon. I love making chocolate candies. When i make my next batch, i'll have to take some pictures ;)
ImageSharon
Nov 12, 2010 7:36 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I thought sure you were going to say: "When I make my next batch, I'll have to send out samples...."

Oh well.... Smiling
ImageLynxx
Nov 12, 2010 7:42 PM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
Lol, that would depend upon the amount of requests! Hilarious!
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 13, 2010 2:34 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Lynn, have you ever tried Belgian chocolate it is supposed to be the best in the world? The handmade Belgian chocolates are expensive here in England, however when I go over to Belgium I am always asked to bring a lot back as they are quite cheap over there. I admire the Belgians skill in making them and my wife says it is something to do with 80% cocoa butter or something like that!
I do not eat chocolate but my mother and my nieces go mad on Belgium chocolates and indeed Belgium chocolate. The strange thing is every town and small place in Belgium has a chocolate shop as I call them. I have to go to the Menin Gate now and again in Belgium; this is a war memorial to all our soldiers in the first world war as I help veterans out and they wish to go there. That has six chocolate shops and just by the Menin Gate a chocolate museum that my wife adores to go into. They even have a Restaurant there that uses chocolate or the beans in normal cooking, not sweets.
Evidently when chocolate first came over here the beans were not put with sugar at all, it was used as a flavouring for meat dishes and for hot drinks said to be good for you.
It was only later on that sugar was added and other tings to make chocolate, which seems strange now. Why the Belgians are so good at it, I do not know! It is revered here like the finest Scottish smoked salmon or single malt whisky.
Great Article and I will show my wife this, thank you.
Regards.
Neil.
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ImageBoopaints
Nov 13, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
yummy! Thanks for the great information!
ImageLynxx
Nov 13, 2010 9:46 AM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
Hi becky! I've seen you on other forums, and just wanted to say I love your screen name! 'Boo' is the name of my kitty! Hilarious!
I'm so glad you liked the article too. i thought appropriate around the holidays. I want to write one on properly tempering chocolate too. Smiling
Imagevic
Nov 13, 2010 10:16 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
GREAT article and thank you for all the info!

vic - the worlds biggest chocohlic Whistling
ImageSkiekitty
Nov 13, 2010 10:26 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
NeilMuir - When my DH went to Amsterdam on business a few years ago, he brought me back some chocolate, as did my mom a few years before that when she took a tour of Europe. I didn't find it any more exciting or spectacular than, say "Dove" brand chocolate here. But then again, my favorite chocolate is the "baking" "semi-sweet" chocolate.. I love that stuff!

Sharran - I just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!! your articles of your childhood growing up in Kentucky. I LOVE reading them! Mind you, I didn't grow up that far back in the past, but the way that your Auntie spoke to you, that sounds like words of wisdom that my Father would pass onto me.. he and your Auntie could be related from the way that they spoke!! I LOVE IT!!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Please don't ever stop writing those wonderful stories!!!
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ImageSharon
Nov 13, 2010 10:28 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thank you, Toni.
ImageLynxx
Nov 13, 2010 10:41 AM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
Oh, now you've peaked my interest Toni. Send me a link, sharon or Toni, on those lovely sounding stories. And Thanks again to all above who liked the article on chocolate. Thank you also neil, for adding the piece on Belgium chocolate. It is very different than American, imo. Scrumptious! Smiling
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 13, 2010 1:51 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Lynn, my wife has just read your article and loved it. She claims that Belgian chocolate is unique because it is made in these little shops in each village and town in Belgium. Every shop is different in there approach to making it, there are no brands of chocolate as it is Homemade. At present the EU is having a battle with the branded chocolate manufacturers, especially Cadburys.
This is because in their chocolate the cocoa butter is very low and the white sugar content very high, so therefore according to the Belgians does not classify as chocolate, and they are in fact correct.
Unless Cadburys sort the problem out they will not be allowed to call it chocolate anymore, and they are not the only brand chocolate manufacturers with the problem.
White sugar is a lot cheaper then buying high quality cocoa beans, so you can see why they use it.
Amsterdam is in Holland, and the Dutch are not famous for chocolate, tulips and coffee yes, chocolate no.
As a matter of interest the Belgians claim it must be a minimum of 70% cocoa butter to be classified as chocolate, there are not many branded chocolates that come anywhere near the minimum.
There are a couple of organic chocolate manufacturers here and their chocolate is 75% and the product is excellent, but as you can imagine it is not cheap.
Regards.
Neil.
ImageLynxx
Nov 13, 2010 2:19 PM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
Neil, I don't care for too many candy bars. But if I had to pick one, it would be Heath bars. Yumm Yumm! I prefer to make my own chocolates, because I'm a control freak, lol.
Really, I do like to know what's in my food. And there is a major difference in the overly sugared candy bars, and the richer chocolates you mentioned, which make such tasty truffles. I have a recipe for a French style truffle I've got to post. It is so melt in your mouth good!
I am glad your wife enjoyed the article. :)
I'm going to have to mosey by your cottage gardens cubit. I think I'm already a member of your British Gardening & Gardens cubit. I love gardening.
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ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 13, 2010 2:57 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Lynn, my wife is a chocolate freak and yet I cannot stand the stuff at all. But she only likes the best chocolate and would not touch and over sugared candy bar as you call them. This is because it is only 50 miles to the ferry from here, then 22 miles and you are in France and you can go where you want from there. I have to go to Ypres as part of my job, and if it is on a weekend the wife comes with me. Letting her lose in a Belgian chocolate shop is fun, they know her so well in the one she uses they send her a Christmas card! The handmade soft caramels covered in Homemade chocolate are everyone's favourite thing. I have even taken my mother in the car and she spent a fortune in the shop and the car was full, which annoys me as I cannot get the savoury things I like in it.
My wife is a trained Chef and used to work in a French restaurant as a sweet Chef (forgot name of it in French), and she used to make truffles and all sorts using French branded chocolate. Then we went to Belgium and she brought some dark semi sweet chocolate back and made some truffles in the restaurant. Her boss went mad on them as he had never tasted anything like it, and from then on they only used Belgium chocolate and that is a renowned French restaurant! Lynn it is something I know about as my wife is very fussy about it, and anybody who likes chocolate would love that famous shop in Ypres for six generations of the family have run it. Thanks for your patience with me for putting posts on your great Article.
Regards.
Neil.
Imagevalleylynn
Nov 13, 2010 7:30 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Boy, I am drooling now, after reading the article and every ones responses. Great article Lynxx. Now I am waiting to hear the answer to Sharon's question about the samples. Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageSharon
Nov 13, 2010 7:47 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Ha! I've been drooling all day, and not a drop of chocolate in this house.
Sigh.....
ImageLynxx
Nov 13, 2010 7:51 PM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
Lol, you two are so sweet ;) Gino is also asking about the holiday chocolates, so i guess i'll have to pick a recipe and go at it. Hurray!
Imagevalleylynn
Nov 14, 2010 12:59 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
None here either Sharon. Sad
ImageSharon
Nov 14, 2010 1:06 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Sigh.... Sad
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 14, 2010 1:17 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Sorry Sharon I only have Belgium soft caramels covered in milk chocolate!
Regards.
Neil.

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