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What is Compound Chocolate?

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What is Chocolate Compound Coating?

Making chocolates is an art form. To make quality chocolates, a chocolatier needs to think creatively to put their mark on their confections. Choosing ingredients, learning new techniques, and crafting the chocolate itself are all parts of the artistic process, but some choose to cut corners.

Usually, chocolate is created by grounding cocoa nibs into a fine paste and adding sugar, vanilla, and cocoa butter. Once these ingredients are mixed in, the chocolate goes through a process of heating and cooling called tempering to give it its smooth texture.

Compound chocolate (sometimes called composite chocolate) is similar to regular chocolate but has crucial differences. Compound chocolate uses only a portion of the cocoa butter regular chocolate has and instead uses a blend of cocoa butter and oil. Not only is oil cheaper than cocoa butter, but it also doesn't require any tempering, giving it a chalkier appearance.

Pure Chocolate vs. Compound Chocolate

Natural chocolate has a specific flavor and aroma, but the taste and quality change when chocolate is compound coated. The oil is noticeable after taking a bite, and the higher melting point of compound chocolate makes it harder to digest.

Often, compound chocolate is cheapened further with the inclusion of artificial sweeteners. When purchasing chocolate, look for artificial sweeteners like aspartame, isomalt, neotame, saccharin, and sucralose. Unfortunately, these sweeteners cause further harm to the chocolate's flavor and depart even more from its natural, delicious taste.

On the opposite end of oils and hydrogenated fats, chocolate made with all-natural ingredients gives the purest and cleanest chocolate taste possible. Natural ingredients also have the added benefit of being much healthier and leaving chocolate-lovers satisfied.

Often, compound chocolate is cheapened further with the inclusion of artificial sweeteners. When purchasing chocolate, look for artificial sweeteners like aspartame, isomalt, neotame, saccharin, and sucralose.

Committed to Quality

Since 1976, Dilettante maintained its commitment to its chocolate by crafting its confections with the highest standard for quality. Dilettante uses all-natural ingredients and premium chocolate couverture to make its different confections.

Discover the difference premium ingredients can make in each of Dilettante's chocolate assortments. There is a pure chocolate flavor for everyone, from chocolate-covered pretzels to hand-dipped truffles.


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