Cocoa, which is generally associated with chocolate, is actually an incredibly versatile bean. Its history has shown us that it can stand the test of time and it has certainly adapted to each era. Right now, these following methods are how cocoa beans are being put to good use in our products.
Cocoa powder which is made through a process of drying the roasted and fermented cocoa beans, separating the butter from the solids and then ground into a fine powder is used in a number of foods. Baking chocolate cakes and chocolate desserts almost always call for a good quality cocoa. Also, many hot chocolate fans prefer the taste of cocoa to store-bought hot chocolate.
Chocolate and spice have a lot in common. For starters, they both have their origins in ancient civilisations which regarded these food items as magical items worthy of high reverence.
Spice, for example, can be dated back as far as 1500 BC to a time when Ancient Egyptians used spices and herbs such as garlic, fennel, coriander and thyme for the healing properties they boast. Chocolate, or cocoa as it was in its original form, was also considered to have amazing supernatural powers that would offer stamina and healing to the drinker. Montezuma, the famed leader of the Aztecs used to add a pinch of chilli to his hot cocoa in order to give it a kick.
If you’re a chocolate lover, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ve tried some of the strange combinations available, maybe even inventing a few of your own. Fruit and chocolate, however, is not a strange combination in the least. Nope, this sweet combination is a culinary gift to mankind.
Dark chocolate is especially great with the more distinctly flavored and exotic varieties of fruit. For example, bananas, raspberries, cherries, coconut and even pears are highly recommended pairings of dark chocolate while apples, blackberries, and peaches are a no-go.
It wasn’t easy to choose but we’ve rounded up 10 recipes that are great for any occasion and don’t require much effort at all to make.
Coconut and Dark Chocolate
We thought we’d take a long time favourite combination and find something truly mouthwatering (and super easy to make). We found it. These chocolate covered coconut bars are not only easy to prepare, they’re super tasty and look amazing. The perfect treat for any lunchbox.
For nearly 5 centuries, chocolate laid undiscovered by the western world in the South Americas where ancient civilisations coveted its “powers” as a source of stamina and wealth. Chocolate found its way into the hearts of people through a strong and bitter drink called xocoatl (meaning bitter water) and has been slowly adapted over the centuries to become the treat we know and love today.
Travelling the world has come at some cost to the cocoa bean, though, and chocolate has had to adapt to the expectations of the various regions it entered. Little by little the cocoa bean has evolved from being directly used as currency to being used to generate money on a grandiose scale as it continues to be the favourite among many with a sweet tooth.
There’s just no resisting a good Ganache. In fact, there’s just no resisting any good dark chocolate recipe, full stop. It seems that no matter what you’re going through, chocolate is always there to help you out.
That is, if you’re a self-proclaimed “chocoholic” like me.