Those who are new to baking may not know there are differences between bittersweet and semisweet chocolate. So before you start baking with either of these types of chocolates, here are some facts about bittersweet and semisweet chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate contains 70% cacao and has less sugar, where semisweet chocolate has 60% cacao. However, both… Read more »
Why Do We Love Chocolate So Much?
It’s sweet, comes in light or dark, and can be enjoyed on its own or in a recipe. What are we talking about? Why chocolate, of course. At Lazar’s chocolate, we take our chocolate very seriously, because we know our customers love it just as much as we do. But why do we love chocolate,… Read more »
What Makes Good Quality Chocolate?
What can be better than good, quality chocolate? It’s a sweet treat that you can give as a gift or purchase for yourself. When it comes down to it, you can do anything with it. You can bake cookies or a cake with it, melt it down and mix with cream for hot chocolate, or… Read more »
Who doesn’t love receiving a box of assorted chocolates as a gift? For chocolate lovers, getting a fancy box filled with a mixture of chocolate is a delightful surprise. At Lazar’s, we offer a variety of fancy gift boxes filled with assorted chocolates that will make everyone smile. These gift boxes range from a 12… Read more »
How is Chocolate Made?
It all begins with the cacao tree which grows large pods containing seeds known as cacao. These trees need a rainforest climate to grow, so they’re only found around the equator. The pods hang from the trunk and the thickest branches, and when they’re ripe for harvest they’ll turn a yellowish-orange color. Then, the seeds… Read more »
The Benefits of Dark Chocolate
In moderation, dark chocolate can be extremely beneficial for your health. Some of these benefits include antioxidants, improved brain function, reduced risk of heart disease, as well as lowered blood pressure and cholesterol. Antioxidants are what our body creates to help fight off disease and illness. Dark chocolate contains many antioxidants, which can help reduce… Read more »
What is the best way to melt chocolate?
For baking enthusiasts, this question can be an easy one, but for beginner bakers, there are a few simple ways to melt chocolate when a recipe calls for it. You have two options: you can use a double boiler or a microwave. The first rule to keep in mind is: low and slow; that is… Read more »
How to Properly Store Chocolate?
When purchasing a box of chocolates, it’s difficult to resist eating them all at once! But for any true chocolate lover, it’s important to know how to properly store chocolate, so you maintain and enjoy this delicious treat for longer periods of time. The biggest rule when storing chocolate is to not refrigerate them! Chocolate… Read more »
What is White Chocolate?
Chocolate lovers have been debating the “authenticity” of white chocolate for years, and whether it should be considered “real chocolate” or not. It looks like real chocolate, and it tastes like real chocolate…so, what makes it stand out from its milk and dark chocolate cousins? White chocolate originated in Switzerland in the 1930s, created to… Read more »