One can almost taste the sweetness in this close-up photo of assorted
chocolates and truffles nestled in their paper wrappers. Imagine
biting into these confections and savoring their fruit, marshmallow, nut,
and caramel fillings! Just as they are delicious, some chocolates
are also a work of art.
Who doesn't love chocolate? One of the best things about chocolate is that
it comes in so many varieties. While chocolate is made primarily from the
cacoa bean, different flavors and fillings such as ginger, chili, pepper,
rum, coffee, vanilla, cardamom, and cinnamon make different types of
Chocolate makes a great gift not only because most people enjoy it, but
also because it is very stable and has a long shelf life. Different types
of chocolate candies include:
Truffles. Truffles are round chocolate candies with a ganache center.
Ganache, which is a mixture of heavy cream and chocolate, can be infused
with a variety of flavorful ingredients including fruit purees, spices,
extracts, and manufactured flavors. Ganache can also be flavored with
alcoholic spirits, although this practice is much more highly regulated in
the United States than it is in Europe.
Filled. In addition to ganache, chocolate can also be filled with
caramels, butterscotch, fudge, creams and fondants, brittle, marzipan,
nougat, and praline.
Bark. Chocolate bark is a sheet of tempered chocolate on top of which
fruit, nuts, and sometimes other candies are sprinkled. Other foods
included in chocolate bark are peppermint, toffee, cereal, seeds,
pretzels, fruit, and crackers. Chocolate bark can be dark, milk, or white.
Dipped. Chocolate is so delicious, just about anything can be dipped in
it. Dark, milk, or white chocolate is melted so that it can provide a
smooth coating to nuts, pretzels, raisins, cookies, and just about any
food you can imagine and some you can't, such as ants! Once the chocolate
has set it provides a sweet, crunchy coating.
Fudge. Fudge is one of America's most popular homemade candies. Fudge
comprises sugar, corn syrup, dairy products, and flavoring. The
fudge-making process is similar to the caramel-making process, and is not
exclusive to chocolate despite its name. Another common fudge flavor is