Posts Tagged ‘Chocolate’
In addition to my chocolate problem, I have a concerted weakness for ice cream. I lamented the closure of Herrell’s in Harvard Square, a staple of my college days. However, I now have reason to rejoice in the arrival of Jeni’s ice cream in our store.
Before it actually hit our shelves, Jeni’s sent several pints of their frozen magic which we opened up in the kitchen and which staff (liberally!) sampled. As Liddabit’s chocolate bar, The Snacker, made me revisit and rethink my aversion to peanuts in my sweets, Jeni’s ice cream surprised me with the addictiveness of its non-chocolatey flavors. Chocolate (or something with chocolate chunks in it) tends to be my go-to ice cream flavor. With Jeni’s, however, it’s not quite so simple. If there were a fairytale written about ice cream, or if Edmund had been seduced by ice cream instead of Turkish Delight in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or if Willy Wonka had made ice cream, I could easily imagine them using the flavors that Jeni’s has so imaginatively and deliciously concocted! (more…)
So, I confess. I am a bit of a chocoholic. But really, it’s not my fault. It can clearly be attributed to a genetic trait inherited from my father’s side of the family.
The most recent thing to feed my habit? Liddabit chocolate bars. Liddabit Sweets is based in Brooklyn, New York and was founded by two sweet loving ladies who met while studying the pastry arts at the French Culinary Institute. Everything is handmade with top-notch ingredients such as unsweetened, organic peanut butter and sea salt. As much as possible, their ingredients are organic and sourced locally. For the P&B Mallow Candy Bar (butter cookie, crunchy peanut butter and marshmallow), both the cookie and the marshmallows are made by the Liddabit team. (more…)
Yesterday, after I finished work, I popped into the back of the bakery and experimented with chocolate fondue. I wanted to do a test run because today, in preparation for Valentine’s Day, we are sampling out fondue to customers. While chocolate fondue is not difficult to make, I wanted to make sure we had just the right ratios before preparing a large batch!
First off, I decided to use our Callebaut 60% bittersweet chocolate. Personally, I tend to like dark chocolate but, my own preferences aside, the acidity of chocolate is somewhat mitigated by the secondary ingredient in fondue: heavy cream. As a result, it is better to err on the darker end of the chocolate scale. (more…)