Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Chocolate Pt. 2

What’s different about hot chocolate?

To make powdered hot chocolate, the beans are soaked in alkali. The powdered cocoa is more likely to be in water if the pH is raised to be more basic. The Maillard reaction is changed when the beans are at a higher pH.

A smooth and mellow flavor of hot chocolate is described by experts as a smooth and mellow flavor with woodsy notes, while regular chocolate flavor is sharp, with an almost citrus fruit finish.

The texture of a chocolate bar is created.
Historically, chocolate was consumed as a drink because the ground beans were not smooth.

Cocoa butter is added after removing the shells and grinding the beans. Cocoa butter comes from the beans. Chocolate makers add extra fat because there isn’t enough fat in the beans to make a smooth texture.

The cocoa butter and the cacao beans are going through a process. It took a team of horses a week to walk in a circle and pull a large stone to crush the particles small enough. The machines can grind and mix in about eight hours. The process creates a smooth texture and drives off some odors.

Why is chocolate hard to cook with?

The chocolate in the store has been softened. The process of tempering chocolate involves heating up the chocolate to just the right temperature before it cools to a solid. The fat makes this step necessary.

Cocoa butter’s fat can be found in six different crystal forms. Five of them want to become the most stable, sixth form. If you see a chocolate bar with white spots on it, it has bloomed, which means the fat has rearranged itself into that sixth crystal form. It doesn’t taste as good as it used to.

You can slow down bloom by heating and cooling chocolate through a series of temperature cycles. The fat becomes the second-most stable form. It takes a long time for this form to be rearranged.

You break the temper when you melt chocolate at home. The chocolate blooms with an unattractive gray or white surface the day after you created it.