Different Flavors & Types of Chocolate

Posted on October 23, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

Chocolate is a majestic creation that comes in many forms. Do you know all of the different types of chocolate? There are varying flavors of chocolate like dark, milk, and white chocolate. There are also different types of chocolate that are used for various chocolatey intentions. Become a chocolate expert by reading this quick and easy list!

Dark Chocolate

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Dark chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and chocolate liquor. Chocolate liquor is not what chocolatinis are made of -- chocolate liquor is the term for the liquid created by grinding up the center of cocoa beans.

This type of chocolate can range in cocoa percentages. A higher percentage of cocoa indicates that the chocolate will be more pure and likely less sweet.

Milk Chocolate

Milk chocolate is the most common type of chocolate, since many people long for the creaminess of milk chocolate. Milk chocolate must be made up of at least 12% chocolate liquor in order to be considered milk chocolate. Try milk chocolate combined with many different flavors with our Milk Chocolate Assorted Boxes!

White Chocolate

Many have wondered how white chocolate can count as chocolate. White chocolate is made of cocoa butter, but it does not contain any cocoa solids. Instead, this type of chocolate contains only the fatty part -- the cocoa butter -- as well as milk and sugar.

Though white chocolate’s legitimacy as a true type of chocolate is heavily disputed, your love of white chocolate can be very real. Some of our favorite white chocolate truffles include our Lemon Truffle and Lemon Raspberry Truffle because white chocolate goes really well with nice fruity or citrus flavors!

Regular Chocolate

“Regular Chocolate” sounds like an odd term. Does this mean there is irregular chocolate? Well, not exactly. Chocolate can be divided into two categories of real chocolate and compound chocolate.

Compound chocolate is made using vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter, since it is a cheaper chocolate option and does not require as much work to use, including the process of tempering.

Couverture Chocolate

types of chocolateCouverture chocolate is the type of chocolate that is used for truffles. Couverture means “covering,” and is high quality professional chocolate. Couverture chocolate is made with the best cocoa beans and a high percentage of cocoa.

When you melt this type of chocolate, you get a smooth consistency that is perfect for molding and making confectionery treats!

Ultra Couverture Chocolate

Ultra couverture chocolate is a type of chocolate for making confectionery that has even more cocoa butter than couverture chocolate. Ultra couverture chocolate can be hard to work with sometimes, since that extra cocoa butter makes this type of chocolate tough to balance the texture and the taste.

Quality Handcrafted Gourmet Chocolates

At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we offer gourmet handcrafted chocolate treats made from the highest quality chocolate. We use nothing but the best type of chocolate, Valrhona Chocolate, to make our gourmet handcrafted chocolates.

Taste the difference in chocolate quality when you try some of our treats like the Hub Espresso Truffle, which is the lovechild of Dorinda’s Chocolates and Hub Coffee Roasters!

Stop by our stores in Reno and Squaw Valley to decide what is your favorite type of chocolate today!

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The Best Candy Shops Around the World

Posted on October 03, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

Halloween is just around the corner! t’s almost time for trick-or-treating! Unleash your inner trick-or-treater by finding candy shops that create delicious treats for big kids, too!

For our fellow chocoholics who have an occasional sweet tooth beyond a visit to a chocolate shop, we have created a list of the top candy shops to visit in your lifetime. The sugar cravings travel across continents as we explore candy stores all over the world!

Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City

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In the heart of New York City, Dylan’s Candy Bar brings out the child in all of us. With colorful and gummy treats for all ages, Dylan’s Candy Bar satisfies that sweet tooth while being hip and cool with pop culture. Your candy can make a statement or be the celebrated guest at your next party!

Dylan’s Candy Bar is a sweet icon and has been featured on shows like Gossip Girl and Project Runway. The flagship store in New York City remains a top tourist attraction to this day! You can also visit a Dylan’s Candy Bar satellite store in cities like Los Angeles or Chicago.

Candylicious in Dubai

Candylicious is the world’s largest candy shop! Candylicious at the Dubai Mall is also the home of Spun Candy, where you can watch the wizard candymakers create candy like lollipops and gummies from scratch.

Imagine a real-life version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory -- 10,000 sq ft of sugary wonder, and there are even lollipop trees!

The Old Dutch Candy Shop in Amsterdam

The Old Dutch Candy Shop is a perfect place for you to have candy with a side of history! The Old Dutch Candy Shop was created in the style of an old fashioned candy shop, and you can see shelves lined with jars of sugary treats!

The Old Dutch Candy Shop is also known as Het Oud-Hollands Snoepwinkeltje, since a sugar craving knows no language barriers! The Old Dutch Candy Shop offers traditional Dutch candies like liquorice and caramels.

Papabubble in Tokyo

Papabubble is the place to go for some of the greatest artisanal caramels on the planet. Watch as the masters make candies right in front of your eyes as your gobble up free samples. If you don’t have the air miles for a quick trip to Tokyo, try Dorinda’s award-winning Sea Salt Caramels!

Try sugary experiments like caramel toothbrushes and candy sushi at one of the Papabubble locations in Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and New York.

Nevada’s Sweet Tooth

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There are candy shops around the world, but you can also get world class level sweets at Dorinda’s Handcrafted Chocolates. Our caramels are truly sinful for those moments when you want something sweet and chewy that is not chocolate.

Entertain your Halloween guests or coworkers with our “Halloween bones” treat: pretzels dipped in white chocolate and handmade marshmallows with a scary chocolate face! For your next fall bash, entice your friends with our delicious Pumpkin Truffles. Stop by our Dorinda’s Chocolates locations in Reno and Squaw Valley to find other fun Halloween treats!

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How to Become a Chocolatier

Posted on September 22, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

Many of us LOVE chocolate enough to want to make homemade gourmet chocolates every day, but how do you know if you should become a chocolatier? There are a few steps involved in becoming a chocolate master besides loving all kinds of chocolate!

What Is A Chocolatier?

The process of making chocolate from cacao tree to your dessert plate includes different types of chocolate experts, from harvesters to chocolate makers and chocolatiers! What could be the difference between a chocolate maker and a chocolatier?

A chocolate maker creates chocolate using a combination cacao beans and other ingredients. A chocolatier makes chocolate confectionery like truffles, bark, and fondue out of chocolate. Chocolatiers use skills like tempering chocolate to make all sorts of delicious chocolaty treats.

Chocolatier Training

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If your chocolate expertise is currently limited to experiments in your kitchen or visits to the local chocolate candy shop, consider getting some official training to become a chocolatier! Dorinda Vance became a chocolate expert after learning about chocolate from Ecole Chocolat and Barry Callebaut in Chicago!

At chocolate school (which sounds like the most fun type of school, don’t you think?), you learn all about the different types of chocolate, skills like tempering chocolate, and the science of chocolate. There are very specific formulas involving ganache, fondant, and different sugars. You will also come to understand how chocolate can have different textures depending on its source and how it is prepared!

Work With A Pro

Once you complete a professional training program to become a chocolatier, the next step many aspiring chocolatiers take is the step of working as an apprentice underneath the tutelage of a real professional chocolatier.

When you spend your time working for a seasoned professional, you will get a better sense for what may be your chocolatier specialty. Do one thing incredibly well while you learn how to make all of your other chocolaty treats as delicious!

You will make a bad batch or two as you learn -- do not panic or give up! Experimenting and some chocolaty failures will help you learn and grow to understand what combinations do work. It took many great minds and thousands of years to hone the craft of a chocolatier so far, so have some patience as you learn about the textures and combinations of chocolates through trial and error.

Taste The Difference

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We must warn you that spending all of this time around chocolate may cause you to crave the really good stuff like gourmet handmade chocolates even more than an occasional candy bar. When you have that chocoholic craving and are not in the mood to make chocolate for yourself, stop by Dorinda’s Chocolates, with locations in Reno and Squaw Valley!

Taste the skill of the tempering and confectionery chemistry with our Caramelia Melt Away or the Toasty Blonde! For the serious chocoholics, join our Chocolate of the Month Club so you can have some chocolate treats stashed away when your next craving hits.

Stop by and try some gourmet chocolate at Dorinda’s Handcrafted Chocolates today!

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