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Roasted Cacao Beans
The chemical processes during this stage are what gives chocolate its distinctive flavor. Unfermented cacao can be bitter and very tannic.
Sun-drying not only evaporates the water in the bean which concentrates the flavor, it also reduces any bitterness. Allowing the beans to dry slowly in the sun is a crucial step in determining the quality of the cacao beans.
The husks are more easily removed when the beans are roasted, the beans are sterilized from bacteria and mold and the vinegar smell is removed. It is this step that concentrates the flavors in the bean and gives them their distinctive, rich chocolate flavor.
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Nibs are chocolate in its purest form.
After the husk is removed from the bean after roasting, what is left are the nibs.
Cacao nibs are very rich in iron, magnesium, antioxidants, and fiber.
They are considered a superfood with many health benefits.
They can be eaten on their own, but in this case, they will be further processed to make chocolate.
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Cacao nibs contain about 54% vegetable fat.
When pressed, this fat is removed from the nibs and is called cacao butter.
Cacao butter is what gives chocolate its silky texture and allows it to melt in your mouth.
It is solid at room temperature, which helps chocolate keep its solid shape and crispness.
Use cacao butter + cacao powder to make easy chocolate bars and more.
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This paste, also called chocolate liquor, is 100% pure, raw chocolate. Cacao paste is made from grinding nibs into a fine paste that becomes a liquor, then a room temperature it solidifies again.
This cacao paste is prized by chocolatiers and home chocolate makers alike for it’s amazing characteristics and pure chocolate taste. This pure expression of chocolate has some interesting health benefits, such as an ability to lower blood pressure and as an anti-inflammatory.
Just temper de cacao paste to make the finest chocolate.
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Once the cacao butter has been removed from the nibs, they can be then ground down into a powder. As a powder, it can be used in anything from baking cakes, to making smoothies.
Cacao powder is an excellent antioxidant, among the strongest of any foods. The flavonoid content gives a mighty boost to the immune system in addition to being delicious!
For fast chocolate making, is the cacao powder that is added back to melted cacao butter to make an actual chocolate bar.
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Chocolate DIY KIT
The world’s finest chocolatiers make masterpieces thanks to the quality of our entire process. Making the chocolate that everybody is familiar with is going to be different according to each chocolatier. But, essentially, the cacao butter and cacao nibs or powder are mixed back together and tempered.
With our DIY KIT you get the best of the Cacao on each state, Butter and Powder. Try new combinations, make vegan chocolate, keto chocolate, white or classic chocolate balls
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TOOLS AND TECHNICS
Tempering chocolate with the sousvid method
What is Temperaing?
The more general point of tempering is being able to melt chocolate down and reform it back into a solid of any shape properly.
Tempering is about getting proper crystal formation in your chocolate. If you let it get too hot, or cool too low, the wrong crystals will form and your chocolate will have a low melting temp, won't snap properly, and will be dull.
SousVide is a food-packaging technique whereby vacuum-packed food pouches are submerged within a bath of precise water temperature for a precise time. At the end of this time, results that are impossible to achieve through any other method become possible.
If you can only buy one thing to really get into chocolate making, it needs to be the Sous Vide
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Grinding is the process by which cocoa nibs are ground into " cocoa liquor", which is also known as unsweetened chocolate or cocoa mass. The grinding process generates heat and the dry granular consistency of the cocoa nib is then turned into a liquid as the high amount of fat contained in the nib melts. The cocoa liquor is mixed with cocoa butter and sugar.
You can avoid this step buying our Cacao paste or Chocolate KIT
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Durable polycarbonate molds provide easy-release and professional results. Clear plastic allows you to see when the chocolate has set and pulled away from the mold.
High quality, extremely durable and rigid polycarbonate mold works beautifully with tempered chocolate.
Chocolate that is warm (tempered or not) is expansive and chocolate that has been tempered and set contracts. When the world is right polycarbonate molded chocolate just falls out. Easy peasy. Complex designs with nooks and crannies that might have a “grip” may require a generous percussion (e.g. banging.)
A good temper and a clean mold is your release agent.
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unleash your imagination with an airbrush
Unleash your imagination to create your own amazing designs on dozens of colorful chocolates
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SWEET chocolate calorie-free
Welcome to Stevia
Imagine an herb that’s much sweeter than sugar, but almost calorie-free. Imagine that it does not cause the after-eating spike in blood sugar that aggravates diabetes. Imagine that it’s actually good for you, reducing blood sugar and blood pressure, and boosting immune function. Imagine that it’s safer than other artificial sweeteners, and that you can easily grow it yourself. Too good to be true? Hardly. The herb is stevia (Stevia rebaudiana), and after a long, strange trip through U.S. regulatory limbo, it is now becoming widely available
By substituting plant-based stevia, you get the enjoyment of a sweet treat without the problems associated with sugar. The chocolate you make can be a healthy option if you're on a keyo, detox, special diet, or simply looking to eat less sugar!
8 RAW CACAO benefits you didn't know
Biggest Source of Antioxidants
More than green tea and red wine, the levels of antioxidants are higher than any other food. Intake of cacao and other antioxidant-rich foods can fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals are waste products in our cells. Antioxidants get rid of them before they can cause damage.
Reduce Blood Pressure
Cacao has a high amount of flavanols, which is an anti-inflammatory and heart protective antioxidant. Dropping your blood pressure with cacao reduces the risk of stroke and improves blood circulation.
Cacao contains hundreds of compounds that together create polyphenols, which are antioxidants that help reduce bad cholesterol. At the same time it raises the level of good cholesterol in the arteries.
Reduce the Level of Triglycerides
A high level of triglycerides in the body can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. The body needs triglycerides to store energy in the cells, but these days many people can’t burn off this energy which results in obesity related diseases. Eating cacao can reduce the level, helping to prevent these diseases.
Effective for Weight Loss
Raw cacao is a natural appetite suppressant, which can help keep from overeating and maintain a healthy weight. Cacao nibs are high in fiber which helps keep you feeling full and also aids in staying regular. We should note, however that we are talking about raw cacao and not processed chocolate. Though it would be nice if eating chocolate could help to lose weight, it has too much sugar and fat to do so.
Raw cacao contains PEA or phenethylamine, which trig8gers the release of endorphins and opium-like neurochemicals. These are the same chemicals that are released in the brain when we fall in love. In addition, cacao has a flavanol called anandamide that is effective as mood enhancer. This flavanol is also called the bliss molecule which can keep us in a state of euphoria. When a bout of depression seems to be creeping up, a daily dose of raw cacao can keep it at bay.
Magnesium is one of the most deficient minerals in a modern diet. Without it, it is hard to keep the brain focused. To beat this, cacao has a high amount of magnesium that keeps the brain sharp and reduce fatigue. Forget about coffee when needing to do an all nighter, it’s better to eat some raw cacao.
Good for Skin Health
The high levels of antioxidants can help regenerate skin cells and reduce the effects of aging. These same antioxidants protect the cells from premature oxidation and help us feel younger, in addition to looking younger. Cacao also has properties that prevent UV rays from damaging the skin. In fact, studies show that eating cacao can allow longer sun exposure before getting sunburnt than when it isn’t eaten. An increase in blood circulation also improves the look of your skin and help keep it looking flush and hydrated.
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Most Americans are used to sugary, processed dutch cocoa. But I know how horrible processed foods and sugar are for our health, and how damaging it can be for our minds and bodies in the long run.Cacao is natural, healthy and delicious, but it's something you have to get used to. It's not particularly sweet like chocolate bars.
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This stuff is really good for making treats to fit into several different diet types (keto,paleo, gluten- free, etc).It tastes so good on it's own and has the melt-in-your-mouth buttery feel. It's the same taste as cacao nibs, I'd say. I personally have only used Erythitol to sweeten it and though it's amazing, I personally didn't think it tasted like white chocolate. Though, thinking back to when I used to eat white chocolate, it was the cheap kind that had other stuff in it...I can't have dairy but wonder if cream might give it more of that white-chocolate taste?Adding cacao powder and nut butter is amazing (drool face)Works great in my Wilton silicone moldsMany, many uses (best to Google)!
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