Chocolate Guide

Did you know? Decadent, ooey-gooey chocolate comes from beans…cocoa beans! When the center of the bean is ground into a liquid state, it becomes chocolate liquor. Here's more information about chocolate:



Unsweetened Chocolate


Also known as baking and bitter chocolate. To create this, the chocolate liquor is cooled and molded into blocks.

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Dark Chocolate


The term dark chocolate is not regulated, but it often refers to sweet and bittersweet chocolates containing at least 35 percent chocolate liquor. It can also have sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla.

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Milk Chocolate


Must contain at least 10 percent chocolate liquor and 12 percent milk solids. It's considered the most common kind of eating chocolate.

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White Chocolate


Not considered a true chocolate, it actually has little chocolate flavor. It's typically a mixture of sugar, cocoa butter, milk solids and vanilla.

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Quick Chocolate Curls


Adding a pretty chocolate garnish to any dessert is a cinch. Use a vegetable peeler to "peel" curls from a solid block of chocolate. To keep the strips intact, allow them to fall gently onto a plate or a single layer of waxed paper. If you get only shavings, your chocolate may be too hard, so warm it slightly.

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