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Who wins the taste test? Belgian Chocolate or Swiss Chocolate?

Who wins the taste test? Belgian Chocolate or Swiss Chocolate?

The word “Chocolate” is derived from the word “xocolatl” of the Aztecs of Mexico. The Aztecs associated chocolates with the goddess of fertility, “Xochiquetzal”. No wonder, even today chocolate is considered aphrodisiac.

The Spanish Conquistadors learned about chocolates from the new world and introduced it to Europe through Spain in the year 1502. Spanish explorer Herman Corts learned how to convert the bitter cocoa bean to the wonderful chocolate drink from the Aztecs and brought this treasure back in Spain. Chocolate grew in popularity with the Spaniards and the preparation method remained a secret with Spain for over 100 years. It’s a wonder then when we discuss who makes the best chocolates, we discuss about Belgium or France or Switzerland but hardly any body discuss chocolates made in Spain.

In France, Chocolate was received with skepticism and was considered a “noxious drug”. In 1615, a French Queen, Anne of Austria, wife of Louis XIII declared chocolate as the drink of the French court and saved the day for the French and Chocolate.
In the early 17th century, chocolate travelled to Italy and England and very soon became popular. In 1650, chocolate became quite a rage in Oxford.

So far, from its introduction to Europe in 1500 till 1650, we do not find any association of chocolates with the Switzerland or Belgium. And we are still left wondering, how come these two countries became synonymous with highest quality of chocolates.

In fact Switzerland began making chocolates only in 1800. At that time, they had lots of cows but not much cocoa or sugar. Another interesting little known fact about chocolate is that it was available only as a cocoa or a liquid form till 1879. It was Rudolph Lindt who thought to add cocoa butter back to the chocolate. Adding the additional cocoa butter helped the chocolate set up into a bar that “snaps” when broken as well as melting on the tongue. And in 1876, M. Daniel Peter of Switzerland attempted to add milk to chocolate to produce a smoother chocolate although it took him 8 years to perfect the technique in collaboration with Henry Nestle who has perfected the art and science of evaporated milk.
From then on, the Swiss became the master of making milk chocolates.

A Belgian company, Berwaerts, was the first to sell chocolates as tablets, pastilles, and figurines in the year 1840. In 1912 the Belgian confectionery Jean Niihau created the “praline”, a chocolate pastille or shell filled with delicate chocolates. In 1929, the Drape family, the original owners of Godiva, added to the Belgian reputation by inventing and introducing chocolate truffle. Today Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate per year with more than 2,000 chocolate shops throughout the country. Chocolate is now a way of life for the Belgian people.

Today, we are fortunate to enjoy the fruits of the labor of love of all these countries and people and have access to the finest of chocolates from around the world. From the evolution of the chocolates over the centuries and from our personal tasting experiments we can safely conclude that when it comes to milk chocolates, “Swiss chocolates” wins hands down. When it comes to chocolate bars, the Swiss chocolate bars are rich, creamy and sweet. However it has more sugar content and less cocoa compared to the French or Belgian Chocolate Bars. Lindt, the world famous chocolate company, makes chocolate bars both in Switzerland and in France and both are top of line. However our taste buds tell us that chocolate bars made in Switzerland are creamier and has more milk whereas chocolate bars made in France is more mellow and has a wider range of flavours.

However in the category of covered chocolates or truffles, we would give the edge to the Belgian chocolates. The Belgian chocolates / Pralines are richer in flavours, has more cocoa and less sugary. They are also filled with incredible fillings which simply burst in the mouth with an explosion of varied taste. It is said that there are over 600 compounds in the chocolates, and when tasting a Belgian Praline, one can really feel and enjoy the best of the best.

Let us keep in mind that there are good chocolates and no so good chocolates that are made everywhere. Today, we find very good quality chocolates are being made in America and people are experimenting with chocolates like never before. You will find chocolates with chili, tea or even bacon. More about that later. For now, dig in the web store of http://www.Giftswish.com and find out the widest selection of chocolate bars and chocolates from around the world.

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Bob Monk is the president of Giftswish.com, the leading online retailer of high end Gourmet Foods

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Making of a Gift Basket

Making of a Gift Basket

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Beer Review: Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout

Beer Review: Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout

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Lindor- Gaining Prominence in Chocolate Making!

Lindor- Gaining Prominence in Chocolate Making!

Including a signature line of Lindor Truffles Lindt makes a wide range of fine chocolates. Lindor Truffles feature crisp outer shells and creamy, rich fillings, they are available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter and stracciatella, which is a type of Italian gelato.

‘Every single detail counts when it comes to creating the finest chocolate’ with this motto Lindt & Sprungli generally known as Lindt, produces vast variety of rich enticing chocolates. Chocolate, of course, is the perfect food for introducing just about anyone to something new. Keeping this in mind Lindt produces several varieties of dark chocolate Excellence bars with different cocoa content. Lindt offers dark chocolate bars with 70, 85, 90 and 99 percent cocoa content. These Excellence bars with varying cocoa content have rich and complex character.

In creating the highest quality of dark chocolates, finest raw ingredients namely, cocoa butter, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, sugar, preservatives and sometimes flavoring are manufactured to produce finest matters. The key ingredient in the Excellence bars is cocoa butter which not only provides a smooth conventional texture but also differs from the other chocolate paste. With the texture of cocoa butter, cocoa nibs and cocoa powder, these excellence bars are well documented with health benefits.

lindt lindor Excellence 70% is a harmonious blend of bitter and sweet experience. The rich cocoa content initially provides a slightly bitter taste but is later on well balanced with the hints of vanilla. A very intense character defines Excellence 85%, the mellowing cocoa butter richly blends the initial bitter taste of the dark cocoa content. This dark chocolate not only provides rich cocoa experience but also has hints of dried fruit, liquorices and tobacco as its earthly content. Powerful yet smooth character defines Excellence 90, with 90% cocoa content this dark chocolate has the touches of vanilla and woody flavors. Excellence 99% is the king of dark chocolates. With its high cocoa content the hints of cocoa nibs adds crunchiness which demands a very powerful experience.

Along with these regular dark chocolates, Lindt also expertise’s in the flavored dark chocolates namely: organic intense, chili and sea salt. Orange flavor with the crispy almond enveloped in rich cocoa nibs alternates the fine and bitter taste of chocolate, creating an unforgettable experience of Excellence Organic intense. Blended with finest dark chocolate and premium spices Excellence Chilli offers an intense melody of flavors. Excellence Sea salt provides an enticing experience of silky dark chocolate with the finest sea salt.

With the most innovative variety of dark chocolates amd enriching cocoa contents, it would be right to say that Lindt produces chocolates with the intention to stand out among the other chocolate producers. The dark, velvety cocoa content of the chocolate melts effortlessly and gently caresses all your senses providing an experience of excellence at par.


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Chocolate With Cabernet Sauvignon Cupcakes

Chocolate With Cabernet Sauvignon Cupcakes

This is the most amazing “adult” cupcakes recipe ever. It combines the two of the greatest ingredients ever, chocolate and wine! It does contain alcohol, but it cooks out completely and is kid friendly. This is the perfect cupcake to serve at a wine tasting party, cocktail party or any party at all.

These cupcakes are made with cinnamon, cocoa powder, dried cherries and of course Cabernet Sauvignon. When making these delicious little creations; make sure that you use a good quality Cabernet Sauvignon. It makes all the difference in the world. You can also serve the same wine with the cupcakes and it makes a beautiful pair. When the cupcakes are done baking you top them with sweet whipped cream, a few more dried cherries and a dusting of either cinnamon or cocoa powder.

Cupcake pans come in 3 sizes, small, medium and large. The cooking time varies between the sizes. Small cupcakes take approximately 6 minutes less than medium and large cupcakes take about 8 minutes longer than medium. It doesn’t matter what type of mixer you use whether is a Kitchen Aide mixer, a hand mixer or just a wooden spoon. Just make sure you mix it as the directions say.

So for the best cupcake you will ever make; try this recipe and wow your friends.

Chocolate with Cabernet Sauvignon Cupcakes


1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs
3/4 Cup Cabernet Sauvignon
1/2 Cup Dried Cherries, chopped
2 Cups Lightly Sweetened Whipped Cream
1/4 Cup Dried Cherries, chopped
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon or Cocoa Powder, as garnish


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Prepare the muffin pans with paper baking cups.

3. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cocoa powder in an electric mixer.

4. Add the oil, vanilla, eggs and Cabernet Sauvignon.

5. Beat with the electric mixer at low speed for 30 seconds. Turn the mixer speed to high and continue beating for three minutes, scraping the sides occasionally.

6. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the dried cherries.

7. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pans.

8. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

9. Spoon a dollop of whipped cream on the center of the completely cooled cupcakes.

10. Add five to six bits of dried cherries and a dusting of cinnamon or cocoa powder.

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Milk & Caramel Candy Bar

Ghirardelli Chocolate Milk & Caramel Candy Bar

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What Are the Differences Between Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate?

What Are the Differences Between Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate?

Article by Crystal Chocolatier

All we need is love and they say that love keeps us healthy. It is known that chocolate and love have a close relation. Both chocolate and love are sweet and healthy. But the question is, are all kind of chocolate healthy? And what are the differences between milk, white and dark chocolate?

Let’s start with the different ingredients that form each type of chocolate.

Chocolate is made from cocoa beans which is harvested, then ground up and liquefied to become liquor. The liquor is then processed into cocoa solids and cocoa butter. It is the cocoa solids that give the bitter taste of chocolate. The different combinations of the cocoa solids and cocoa butter with other ingredients give the multiple types. Dark chocolate has the highest percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter of all types. The other added ingredients are sugar and cocoa bean powder. Milk chocolate contains milk powder, sugar, and a small percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter. It is the addition of milk powder and the lowering of cocoa in milk chocolate that gives it a creamier and sweeter taste. As for white chocolate, it doesn’t contain cocoa solids at all, only sugar, milk, and also a small quantity of cocoa butter. Dark chocolate contains a minimum of 70% cocoa versus a maximum of 35% in white chocolate. Dark chocolate melts easier than white at room temperature.

What are the health benefits of each type?

Studies showed that eating dark chocolate is beneficial for the health. It contains high level of antioxidants which help eliminate toxins that can cause diseases. Dark chocolate is rich in epicatechin and Gallic acids which protect the heart from heart attacks. It also acts as an anticancer, brain stimulator, cough preventer and antidiarrheal effects. For people who are seeking to lose weight, white chocolate is the wrong choice, for its richness in calories. On the other hand, it contains a bit of calcium. It is the least nutritious of the 3 types due to the total absence of cocoa solids. As for milk chocolate, its nutritional profile is higher than white chocolate as a reason of the small presence of cocoa in it, but is still not very high to be considered as having very positive effects on the health.

We all know that chocolate, in general, is tasty, very tasty, but even the tastiest and healthiest one should be consumed wisely and in the right amount. White, milk and dark chocolate, are all bad if you abuse their intake. Eat wisely, stay healthy, you don’t want to gain weight or become addicted to them.

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Crystal Chocolatier is a chocolate factory established in 1998, providing a wide variety of unwrapped chocolate; from milk, white and dark chocolate with fillings to mixture of chocolate and dip in chocolate.

Today, Crystal Chocolatier caters for individuals through a chocolate shop in Lebanon and makes a journey around the world to give you the chance to taste our chocolate wherever you are. We distribute chocolate in UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.
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Steps for Making Chocolate Covered Strawberries Plus a Few Melting Tips

Steps for Making Chocolate Covered Strawberries Plus a Few Melting Tips

Steps for Making Chocolate Covered Strawberries plus a Few Melting Tips

Come to think of strawberries and love lingers your mind that very moment. People have used these special fruits to symbolize love for many centuries. The use of chocolate to enhance the taste of the berry has brought something even more yummy and romantic. The chocolate covered strawberries are such a delicacy for lovers as well as family. Remember it does not have to be valentine to experiment with this wonderful flavor. If you are creative enough and loves cooking, you could use them to beautify cakes for any family occasions. Your dear ones will definitely enjoy it.

Depending on the number of people, that you wish to have a bite of the red berries, you may need to have these ingredients right in place. Purchase strawberry fruits ensuring that they have their stalks still attached. The number that you need depends on the servings. One would choose 20 – 60 pieces. In place too, you may have partially sweet chocolate and white chocolate well chopped. Now that you already have the most important parts for the job, you may consider some other added flavors like 1-2 tablespoonful brandy, coffee and ¾ cup of cream. These may not be a necessity but one may choose to have a variety of tastes. With these ingredients ready, you may start preparing your sweet chocolate covered strawberries at your own comfort.

First, you have to melt the chocolate. One may choose to do this in microwave bowls for a period of 1 minute; making sure that you do the two types separately. Ensure that you stir the russet, until it softens. If you do not have this machine, put the semisweet and white varieties of chocolate chips in two different bowls. Let some water boil in two separate saucepans under medium temperature until it boils then put off the heat. Dip the two bowls slowly in the water ensuring the water does not splash or enter in. let the chips melt until it liquefies. At this point, you may add cream and other flavors that you may please, and then stir the mixture until smooth. With the chocolate now ready, remove the bowls from the water and lay down a polished paper.

Pick one strawberry at a time holding it by the stalk, and then dip it in the darker type as you twist it a little until it is partly covered. Lift from the bowl and shake a bit to let down the excess. Place them on the paper as you repeat the whole process with all the rest. After the chocolate has settled, sprinkle the white chocolate over the berries to give them that unique beautification. This may be a form of art for those who love decorations. You are not limited to what extent of imagination you wish to try your piece of creativity. Now you are ready to put your chocolate covered strawberries to the test. Just let them cool down and harden. Serve them at the room temperature with any of your favorite drinks. Enjoy the great and unique flavor that will make your mouth water just at the mention of it.

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