Through serendipity I suddenly found myself in one of the best Christmas markets in Paris. Tiny chalets twinkling with holiday lights lined the tourist-filled street, selling everything from crafts to sausages and cheese. After spotting a long queue at the chocolate chaud (hot chocolate) booth, I couldn't resist the urge to practice my French and warm up a bit.
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To be perfectly honest, I enjoy this syrup best with only 5 ounces of brown sugar. The lower sugar version makes a deep, rich, sophisticated chocolate syrup. But not "Hershey's Syrup." The absolute hallmark of Hershey's is its sweetness, so to stay true to your childhood memories, stick with 9 ounces.
Until I work out buttered popcorn ice cream (just a matter of time, folks), I'm calling this the perfect movie ice cream flavor. Unless you're a malt maniac (hi, Ed!), you probably only eat malted milk balls in movie theaters. But they're candy to love: a rich malty flavor just complicated enough in a supremely chompable shell. I'm pleased to report they make the transition to ice cream exceedingly well, chomps and all.
Seek out high quality milk chocolate for this recipe; Valrhona and Callebaut have very good versions. Freezing the malted milk balls before adding them to the ice cream will keep the temperature down and prevent melting during the final minute of churning.
n the world of fancy-pants baking, milk chocolate often gets left behind in flavor of more complex dark chocolate. But for this tart, Chang incorporates milk chocolate into a light and fluffy mousse with subtle hints of coffee. Layered into a crisp pâte sucrée crust that's been coated with gooey caramel, and topped with drizzles of even more caramel and curls of shaved milk chocolate, this tart really is an updated candy bar in spoonable form.
Chocolate labels can be really confusing. This is mostly by design. Like it or not, marketing is a big part of moving these things off the shelves. Every year more terms are added, subtracted and manipulated to convince you, the consumer, that this is the chocolate you REALLY want to buy. Well, fret no more. The following terms (along with the glossary terms from the other week) will help you out the next time you're staring down an aisle's worth of chocolate.
Some of this has been covered in previous posts, but it can't hurt to have some chocolate terms you can comfortably throw around. Here are the basic ones—feel free to add yours in the comments!
Milk chocolate often gets dismissed as the immature younger sibling of dark chocolate, but we are not ashamed of loving it. When good, milk chocolate melts on the tongue like butter. Of the ten brands we tried in a blind tasting, see which were the most butter-melty, which had weird notes of beef jerky, and which belong only on s'mores.
Despite the dark chocolate snobbery that often rules the chocolate world, Ghirardelli is looking out for the shunned, stepped-on milk chocolate lovers. Understanding that the less sexy option still accounts for 80 percent of total chocolate sales in the U.S., the company recently launched a luxe milk chocolate line, and it's on another level than cheap Easter candy.
And the last of our chocolately, Valentine's Dayappropriate from Cook the Book recipes for the week from Alice Medrich's Chocolate Holidays: Unforgettable Desserts for Every Season uses milk chocolate, for all you folks (like me) who prefer it to dark....
In today's installment of Edibles, Serious Eats's Ed Levine indulges his sweet tooth with some Scharffen Berger milk chocolate. Says Ed, "Now they just sold to Hershey's, so it's going to be interesting to see if the quality is still good." Eat along with Ed to find out. AS SEEN IN THIS 'EDIBLES' Scharffen Berger 41% Cacao Extra Rich Milk Chocolate. $4.50 for a 3-ounce bar. MORE 'EDIBLES' Getting Cheesy [Wednesday, January 24, 2007] Stockholm Slices [Tuesday, January 23, 2007] Palapa Azul Mexican Ice Cream [Monday, January 22, 2007] All Edibles...