The story of chocolate has been written by numerous people. It is the story that is interwoven with the history of South America for four thousand years and the history of Europe and North America for the last five hundred years. What started as a delicacy for the rich, a currency, it's value similar to that of silver and gold, has become the much loved product that we enjoy today.
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During tempering, the cocoa butter in the chocolate changes into a stable crystalline form. It ensures the hardness, shrinking force and gloss of the finished product after it has cooled. If the chocolate is melted in the normal way (between 40 and 45 C) then left to cool to working temperature, the finished product will not be glossy. If you make the effort of using a special way of bringing chocolate up to the right working temperature, you are guaranteed to get the desired end result. And that is what we mean by tempering: bringing chocolate up to the right working temperature so that there are sufficient stable crystals.
The 3 factors which are important during tempering are time, temperature and movement.
Did you know that the history of cocoa and chocolate goes back almost 4000 years? Or that cocoa played an important role as a currency in the Mayan and Aztec cultures?
There are few foodstuffs with such a rich and intriguing history as cocoa and chocolate. Just like coffee, we inherited the cocoa bean from the pre-Columbian cultures in Latin America.
When Hernando Cortés first imported cocoa to Europe, and when he learned how to make the chocolate drink with it, it caused quite a stir: divine to some, heretical to others. Even today, cocoa and chocolate still exude an aura of mystery, luxury and pleasure. A little history may help us to understand why. Read more
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