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lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
11/14/13 03:10:09PM
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vegan milk and white chocolate


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Hello Eileen!

We make a version of what you're making that we use for fillings and things. You can't really use it as a "ganache" without adding so much cocoa butter that it tastes terrible, or so much sugar that it's way too sweet, but it works as a thin piped filling. Instead of coconut sugar we use a vegan powdered sugar and whip it all up in the food processor with lots of vanilla. It's nice. I definitely wouldn't use gelatin to the mixture, because that would make it not vegan, but you could experiment with agar-agar, which is a vegan gelatin derived from sea vegetables.

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
08/23/13 11:25:19AM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Hello! How nice to meet another vegan organic chocolate company!

And what a bizarre experience with the Callebaut rice milk chocolate, wow. I'll look out for it, even though it sounds rather odd. I'm now working with Cacao Prieto, in Brooklyn, to make us some white chocolate--exciting! I'll follow up when I've tried it.

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
08/23/13 11:18:06AM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Fascinating discussion! I like the idea of lucuma white chocolate...

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
08/22/13 10:26:58AM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Thanks, I'll look into them. To my palate, soy is not my favorite milk...and many of my customers are looking for soy-free chocolates. But if they taste good, that's what matters!


updated by @lagusta yearwood: 09/09/15 07:41:47AM
lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
08/22/13 10:25:52AM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Lovely! Will do right now.

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
07/08/13 06:40:23PM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Yeah, the baker in our shop did a bunch of research on sugar a while ago, and she says all organic sugar is vegan, so that's nice!

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
07/08/13 06:39:35PM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Well that definitely happensparticularly with "raw" and "organic." As someone who truly does use organic chocolate (it's my understanding that most cacao plantations don't really use pesticides anyway, so I'm not sure how helpful the designation is, but it's important to our market, so we do buy organic), and pays through the nose for it, it's awful for me when other companies use it recklessly. Ugh.

"Raw" though--that designation can just go away, as far as I'm concerned. Who decided raw chocolate is a good thing? God, it's awful. We're always trying to educate people about it, since we get a bunch of health-foodie types in our shop who equate raw with less sugar and healthfulness and somehow think our chocolate is evil because it's not raw. Ah, fads!

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
07/08/13 06:13:47PM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Ha! Thanks for the gotcha question. Of course we know that! I've had long talks with TCHO, and their sugar is most definitely vegan. In our shop we use Wholesome Sweeteners sugar, which has a lot on their site about how it's vegan. It's always so funny to me when nonvegans try to trick vegans. We're all trying to do our best, remember. : )

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
07/08/13 09:45:29AM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Wow, sounds like you've got a good thing going on!

For our white chocolate, we blend cocoa butter, scalded coconut milk, powdered sugar, lots of vanilla ex and vanilla bean, and a little saltit's not temperable, but we use it as a filling, so that's OK. It's pretty nice, but "real" vegan white chocolate would be nicer, that's for sure.

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
07/07/13 07:44:34PM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Aww, thanks! Vegan ganache is not tough at all! Ours is a classical ganache recipe, but with full-fat coconut milk and coconut oil--if you use the deodorized kind, I promise you you won't be able to taste the coconut flavorparticularly if you flavor the ganache, but even with our plain flavor no one could detect coconut. Now, what was tricky for us was caramel and toffee recipes! The tough thing with coconut oil is using less of it than you would buttersince it's all fat and butter is only about 80% fat (I think?), you need to use less otherwise your stuff will get oily. It's a process of trial and error, like everything, I suppose.

I am still marveling about the tofu in that formulation. It really didn't have such a bad snap, is the weird thing. We try so hard to live down the 1970's lentil loaf-esque perception of veganism that we use almost no soy and I'd sort of cringe having "tofu" on our labels. Sigh.

Do you have a shop? I'd love to see your stuff!

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
07/05/13 07:11:39PM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Yeah...really not a fan of theirs, which is sad because it's also made near me, in Upstate NY, and their cashew ice creams are nice. Their white chocolate isn't temperable, I don't think, but Charm School says theirs are. I'm wary of theirs because the second ingredient is....TOFU!! Which weirds me out.

Yes, will definitely let you know if I find anything!

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
07/05/13 06:35:26PM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


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Yeah, that seems about right, thanks for the info. I have been looking into Charm School Chocolates vegan white chocolate, but the flavor doesn't exactly thrill me, and it's cost prohibitive. Here's to hoping someone fills this hole in the market sometime soon!

lagusta yearwood
@lagusta yearwood
07/04/13 04:44:09PM
13 posts

vegan milk and white chocolate


Posted in: Opinion

Hello chocophiles!

I've been lurking for a year or so, I'm so excited to finally say hello. I have a tiny little chocolate shop in New Paltz, about 80 miles from NYC. Everything we do is organic, fair-trade, and vegan. We primarily use TCHO couverture, their organic and f/t lines.

We use all dark chocolate, obviously, because I can't find a decent vegan milk chocolate or white chocolate. I know there was a thread about this a while ago with people looking for readymade dairy-free vegan chocolate, but I have tried every single one on the market and they are such low-quality and don't have a good mouthfeel. There are some rice milk milk and white chocolates on the market, but they are truly vile. I'm looking for some artisan quality, delicious white and/or milk chocolate. I feel like coconut milk powder would work instead of the milk powder typically used in white chocolate, but not being a chocolate-maker, I really have no idea. Whenever possible we use coconut milk as our primary milk because it's tastier and fattier than soy milk or any of the other vegan milks out there, so I feel like it would make a good white or milk chocolate... ? Who knows! I know that Will Powder sells a powdered coconut milk that might be a starting point. (http://www.willpowder.net/coconut.html).
I'm been lobbying TCHO for years to get into the vegan white chocolate market, but while they are lovely people and I adore them, surprisingly, they are not reorganizing their entire company to suit the needs of their smallest wholesale customer! Shocking. So I'm looking for a chocolate-maker (being, as I am, a mere chocolatier without interest in the bean-to-bar world) to custom make us (and the worldI'm telling you, this could be a great market!) some super high quality milk and white chocolate couverture.
If you have any leads, I'd love to know them. My email is lagusta@lagustasluscious.com, or you can just post here.
Thanks a million.

updated by @lagusta yearwood: 04/11/15 12:10:08PM