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Chocolate FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about about chocolate. It deals with eating, cooking with and buying chocolate.

This FAQ about Chocolate was compiled and written by Monee Kidd faq@choco.com with numerous contributions by others.

-1. General
A reader of the old alt.food.chocolate once asked:...
-1.1 What is chocolate? Where does it come from?
Chocolate is a food made from the seeds of a tropical tree called ...
-1.2 What is the history of chocolate?
(Excerpted with permission from the Godiva WWW site)...
-1.3 How is chocolate made?
Workers cut the fruit of the cacao tree, or pods open and scoop out ...
-1.4 What is conching?
Raw unprocessed chocolate is gritty, grainy and really not suitable ...
-1.5 What kinds of chocolate are there?
Depending on what is added to (or removed from) the chocolate liquor, ...
-1.6 What is this white, blotchy stuff on my chocolate bar?
A white, filmy residue on chocolate is called a bloom. It occurs ...
-1.7 I just bought a whole bunch of chocolate. How should I store it?
Chocolate is best kept at around 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, the ...
-1.8 What is lecithin and why is it in my chocolate?
Lecithin is an emulsifier used to reduce the viscosity, or thickness ...
-2. Cooking with chocolate
Chocolate is a very tricky food to cook with. Temperatures that are ...
-2.1 What is tempering? How can I temper chocolate at home?
-2.2 What is couverture?
Couverture is a special kind of chocolate that has more cocoa ...
-2.3 How do I melt chocolate and what's the best kind to use?
There are two ways to melt chocolate, in a double boiler or in a ...
-2.4 I was melting some chocolate, and suddenly it changed from a shiny, smooth liquid to a dull, thick paste. What happened?
As discussed before, chocolate is very sensitive. Any slight variance ...
-2.5 How do I make chocolate covered strawberries?
Covering strawberries is not an easy task, but if you exercise a ...
-2.6 Where can I get some chocolate?
There is a complete document entitled CHOCOLATE RESOURCES, posted as part ...
-3. Chocolate trivia
Chocolate has been the subject of many stories and myths throughout ...
-3.1 Hey! Did you hear about this lady at Neiman Marcus who wanted to buy a chocolate chip cookie recipe...?
Stop right there. The story to which you are referring is completely ...
-3.2 Is chocolate really an aphrodisiac?
Chocolate is the traditional gift of love, ranking right up there ...
-3.3 Can I give chocolate to my dog (cat, bird, other pet)?
Unequivocally, no. The theobromine in chocolate that stimulates the ...
-3.4 How much caffeine is in chocolate?
Although there is less caffeine in chocolate that there is in a cup ...
-3.5 Doesn't chocolate cause acne?
This is another myth about chocolate. While some people might be ...









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