Chocolate. The mere mention of it awakens the desire to have a piece melting in the mouth, allowing it to coat the tongue as a smile of satisfaction says it all. Such wonderful experiences from a tiny cocoa bean!
Chocolate is a mixture of cocoa paste, cocoa butter, sugar and milk, which is optional. It is one of the most popular foods in the world, long enjoyed for its wonderful taste. It was first created over two thousand years ago in beverage form. Then, it was believed to provide nourishment for the body and was used for many medicinal purposes for centuries. Today, a number of scientific studies have shown the values and nutritional health benefits of chocolate. It is a fun and delicious food, and can easily be incorporated into any healthy, active lifestyle.
Shakespeare once wrote: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. This timeless phrase, we (loosely, with artistic license!) compare to chocolatiers’ iconic chocolate blocks – lovely, a joy to work with, and so beautifully temperate. After all, the art of tempering chocolate is synonymous with a fine finish. Gloss is not over-rated.