Chocolate 09

Wednesday, September 23, 20158:49 PM(View: 5255)
If strictly speaking, chocolate is the product containing 99% of cocoa characteristics and / or cocoa butter. Because we used a lot of different foods, the lower cost of chocolate will affect a lot to the industry. Therefore, people often add spices, different components work replacing cocoa, or replace cocoa butter and cocoa characteristics with other cheaper materials. So there are disagreements within the EU on the issue of the definition chocolate.

product-09Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, the dried and partially fermented seeds of the cacao tree.
Cacao pods are harvested by cutting them from the tree using a machete, or by knocking them off the tree using a stick. The beans with their surrounding pulp are removed from the pods and placed in piles or bins, allowing access to micro-organisms so fermentation of the pectin-containing material can begin.
The dried beans are then transported to a chocolate manufacturing facility. The beans are cleaned (removing twigs, stones, and other debris), roasted, and graded. Next, the shell of each bean is removed to extract the nib. Finally, the nibs are ground and liquefied, resulting in pure chocolate in fluid form: chocolate liquor. The liquor can be further processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

Loathsome to such as are not acquainted with it, having a scum or froth that is very unpleasant taste. Yet it is a drink very much esteemed among the Indians, where with they feast noble men who pass through their country. The Spaniards, both men and women that are accustomed to the country are very greedy of this Chocolate. They say they make diverse sorts of it, some hot, some cold, and some temperate, and put therein much of that "chili"; yea, they make paste thereof, the which they say is good for the stomach and against the catarrh.
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