Forum Activity for @Antonella Tromba

antonella-tromba
@antonella-tromba
10/14/16 06:51:02AM
4 posts

Chocolate With Added Cocoa Powder


Posted in: Opinion

Brad Churchill:

Hi Antonella;

In my opinion and experience, cocoa powder is the bottom of the barrel in the industry, and I would never add it to chocolate that I make.

Yes, you are right that big manufacturers do add it to some of their products, but it's never a decision predicated on creating a quality product.  It's a decision driven by profit.

In the commercial candy bar industry, the margins on chocolate bars are very very slim.  Given that (aside from vanilla) cocoa butter is the most expensive ingredient in a chocolate, and cocoa beans are the second most expensive, it comes down to mathematics - minimizing the expensive ingredients, while maximizing the intensity and flavour.

The problem is that cocoa powder is very astringent and often muddy tasting, and if anything detracts from the flavour of the end product.  I have never seen a case where it contributes positively to the end flavour of a good quality chocolate.

That's my experience.

Brad

Thanks, brilliant remarks!

antonella-tromba
@antonella-tromba
10/13/16 07:05:58PM
4 posts

Chocolate With Added Cocoa Powder


Posted in: Opinion

Hi,

I miss this forum for some time! Happy

What's your opinion about chocolate with added cocoa powder? I have read this ingredient on products that some makers (especially big manufacturers) would like to market as high quality.

Of course, I imagine that cocoa powder is there to replace the amount of cocoa mass and pump up the percentage of cocoa in the product.


updated by @antonella-tromba: 10/13/16 07:06:00PM
antonella-tromba
@antonella-tromba
06/20/16 12:26:26PM
4 posts

Weird Flavors and Inclusions in Chocolate


Posted in: Tasting Notes

Peter3:

There is a japanese company making all sorts of chocolate coated potato chips.

You wish for white, you get white.

http://www.royceaustraliapacific.com/products/potato-chip-chocolate/23-fromage-blanc-potato-chip-chocolate-white

Thanks, I already knew about white-chocolate-coated chips. I meant the opposite Wink

antonella-tromba
@antonella-tromba
06/14/16 06:41:56AM
4 posts

Weird Flavors and Inclusions in Chocolate


Posted in: Tasting Notes

Hi, has anyone ever tasted white chocolate with potato chips?

This is a chocolate I have never eaten, but would love to taste.