Good things come in small packages! Especially when they're delivered right to my front door and the package is filled with CHOCOLEY CHOCOLATE. What is Chocoley (pronounced cha-co-lee)? It is a made in America chocolate, crafted in the finest Belgian tradition. It boasts peanut-free, egg-free, celiac safe and tree-nut free chocolate. I was chosen to review this fine product. How lucky can one girl be?
|Life is a box of chocoley!|
While I am certainly a connoisseur of chocolate I've rarely had the opportunity to "play" with this much chocolate in my kitchen at one time. My mind is racing as I try to think of ways to incorporate the chocolate into my recipes!
Over the next couple of days I'll post some interesting ways to use the wide array of products that were sent. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white and extra dark chocolate. Candy making equipment, caramel, liquid lava chocolate...these are a few of my favorite things!
The company has graciously offered you, readers of my blog, a 15% discount on your retail order. Just visit http://www.chocoley.com/ and enter the coupon code: wendysfav15. This offer will expire 5/15/2011 so order up!
For my first experiment, I wanted to get familiar with its melting capabilities. What better way than to make some chocolate covered strawberries! I don't have a double boiler, so I used my trusty microwave. The steps I used are as follows:
I placed 1/2 lb of the extra dark "Chocoley Bada Bing Bada Boom" chocolate (that's the name!) into a microwave safe bowl. I microwaved for 1 minute at 50% power.
Remove and stir with a spatula.
Return to microwave for 15 - 30 second intervals until almost melted, stirring with the spatula between intervals.
You'll find the chocolate melts beautifully into a silky consistency. Perfect for dipping those strawberries. Wash and dry the berries. I dipped about 15 with the 1/2 lb of chocolate. Yes, there was a little left over...but I had to make sure it was edible, so I ate it! Yum, yum!
I left them at room temperature for a while and then placed them in the refrigerator overnight. The chocolate hardens nicely if you like your strawberries that way. If not, leave them out for about 10 -15 minutes and they soften up a bit. So good! They're gone! Ready for the next chocolate experience! Stay tuned and check out their website..