National Chocolate Day

28 Oct

Little do people know that today, October 28th, is National Chocolate Day. Chocolate comprises a number of raw and processed foods produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor. After fermentation, the beans are dried, then cleaned, and then roasted, and the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The nibs are then ground to cocoa mass, pure chocolate in rough form. Because this cocoa mass usually is liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor. The liquor also may be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, combining cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat, and sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids.

Knipschildt's Madeleine, Expensive Chocolate

The above picture is of a Knipschildt Madeleine, which is considered to be the most expensive chocolate in the world. One pound of these truffles retail for roughly $2,500. The man behind the legend is Fritz Knipschildt. He is a Danish chocolatier with a small shop in South Norwalk, Connecticut. His shop, Chocopologie, only takes pre-orders for these delicious truffles. The Knipschildt Madeleine contains a creamy truffle ganache made from French Valrhona chocolate blended with fresh cream infused with vanilla pods and pure Italian truffle oil. This extravagant yet simple ganache then has a French Perigold truffle rolled inside of it and the whole thing is dusted with cocoa powder.

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