Editorial Assistant Lauren Katz is enrolled in the part-time Pastry & Baking Arts program at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education. Follow her each week as she shares her sweet experiences!
After the past few lessons about making chocolate confections, I will never look at a chocolate bar, truffle or bonbon the same way.
The art of making chocolate is one that requires patience, expertise and creativity. Once melted over a double boiler (to prevent burning), you need to constantly watch over chocolate like it is your most prized possession—it can’t get too thick, too thin, too hot or too cold. Just a few degrees off and your chocolate becomes dull or does not set.
We started off easy with mendiants, which are rounds of melted chocolate that are piped onto a baking sheet and topped with a variety of dried fruits, nuts, spices and other flavorings.
We then moved on to rolling truffles. We made a wide assortment, from maple-bourbon, to green tea, to caramel to strawberry.
Finally, we learned how to make and fill bonbons, which was the most time consuming and temperamental process out of them all. The results were gorgeous, though.
I’ve enjoyed learning about chocolates because of all the different flavor possibilities: you can add so many different sweet, savory, spicy and tangy ingredients to your product—chocolate really is like an blank canvas.
I want to know: What’s your dream chocolate combination?
Check back next week for more sweet tales!
We know every month feels like National Candy Month, but June is the real deal—get ready to celebrate! For an extra-sweet treat, check out Seattle Chocolates’ Truffle Bar Collection. Their bars are known for their creativity, their eco-friendly ingredients and—most importantly—their deliciousness.
We’re loving their summer flavors right now: Campers’ S’mores, a milk chocolate bar filled with marshmallow nougat and graham cracker pieces, and Lemon Ice, a white chocolate bar full of lemon oil and sour lemon candy pieces. Check out all 28 flavors here—trust us, your sweet tooth will thank you.
Photo courtesy of Seattle Chocolates
Happy Halloween! We know you’re probably prepping for a night full of tricks and treats, but we’re already thinking ahead to the following days, when you’re left with more Halloween candy than you can ever possibly eat. No worries; we have some fantastic recipes that recycle your favorite goodie bag treats into something even more delicious–and homemade, to boot!
Here’s what you should do with that leftover…
Melt some chocolate and sprinkle the candy corn on top for homemade Candy Corn Boo Bark.
Chop ‘em up and add them to a delicious batter for Apple Fritters.
Throw them into this simple 4-ingredient recipe for Candy Bar Fudge.
(because, let’s be honest, who is eating raisins on the sweetest, most candy-filled day of the year?)
Add them to Oatmeal-Raisin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting to satisfy your sweet tooth.
We hope you have a happy, safe, food- and fun-filled evening!