The Different Types of Chocolate
When you invite family and friends over for a meal to celebrate Easter, your aim should be to amaze them with your cooking & baking skills.
As you cook up a tender filet mignon or a juicy sirloin steak over Easter, perhaps the thought of chocolate is still lingering in your mind. Which chocolate is the perfect pairing for the meaty dish you’re preparing? Which type of chocolate should you use to whip up a delicious dessert?
When it comes to Easter menus, chocolate is a permanent fixture on most. While the world of chocolate is a rich one—forgive the pun—there are actually only four different types of chocolate.
We’ve put together this short guide that details the different types of chocolate, that might just inspire you to make your next Michelin-approved dish.
It’s all up to you from here.
Milk chocolate is undoubtably the most popular type of chocolate. It’s easily identified by its light brown colour, creamy texture and sweet flavour. Traditional milk chocolate is the perfect ingredient for Easter dishes, especially for sweet treats for the kids.
Many desserts or treats can be made from milk chocolate. Make a simple sticky chocolate pudding or impress your mother-in-law with an advanced flour-free milk chocolate soufflé.
Many argue that white chocolate is not actually chocolate since it contains cocoa butter and none of the solid cocoa particles found in traditional chocolate. It’s easy to identify white chocolate because of its creamy texture, ivory colour and sweet vanilla scent.
If you want to impress your family and friends, a white chocolate marquise is the way to go about doing this. But if you’re looking to push the parcel: how does a white chocolate poached lobster dish sound?
Dark chocolate has become a popular ingredient in gourmet dishes. It’s identified by its dark brown colour, uniquely sharp scent and bittersweet taste.
Dark chocolate has been tested within various dishes, from main courses to desserts, and has been declared suitable for both sweet & savoury meals.
If you are planning a luscious lamb or mouth-watering veal dish for your Easter meal, consider making a decadent dark chocolate sauce for added flavour. Dark chocolate also complements foie gras terrine beautifully.
Ruby chocolate is the new kid on the chocolate block and was only unveiled to the world as the fourth type of chocolate back in 2017. This chocolate features a striking pink colouration and a taste that can only be described as sweet yet sour. Ruby chocolate boasts intense flavors of fruit and freshness.
Since it is relatively new to the gastronomic world, little is known about what goes well with this unique chocolate. However, we have it on good authority that this chocolate is the perfect accompaniment to cheeses, fruits and smoked meats. You’ll just have to try it out for yourself this Easter!
Spoil your loved ones this Easter by introducing them to the exciting world of cooking with chocolate.
Do you have any tips to create a decadent chocolate-infused dish? Share your secrets with us in the comments section below and your recipe may just go on to become a hit in kitchens around the country.