High-quality chocolate is one of the rewards awaiting vegans. While chocolate in its raw form is vegan, many chocolate products end up with animal products in them.
Can chocolates be vegan?
Chocolates are prepared primarily from the pod of the Cocoa tree. This makes it vegan – at least in the initial stages of its production.
The procedure that follows in order to prepare the final product involves adding additives including milk or milk fat. Even the refined cane sugars that may be used are made using charcoal which may be a product of animal bones.
How vegan chocolate is made
Although many chocolate brands contain the above-mentioned additives, there are a few brands that prepare chocolates without them. And these are the some of the highest quality chocolates in the market since the chocolate must stand alone flavor wise.
What to look out for to ensure that the chocolate is vegan
- Brands with vegan certification
Many organizations offer vegan certification and license using their logo to food manufacturers, shops and restaurants. Look for the logo on the product you are purchasing as with any vegan food item. Some food manufacturers also provide their own certification and label their products as vegan.
- Brands without certification or labels
Does that mean that those brands that do not have such certification or label on them are all non-vegan? Not necessarily and this is where your normal vegan due diligence comes in.
Health benefits of vegan chocolates
Being animal product free, vegan chocolate offers substantial health benefits associated with dark chocolate. Following are some of the prominent ones.
- The rich aroma of chocolate facilitates theta brain waves that bring a comforting and relaxed feeling
- Phenyl ethylamine, present in chocolate, helps improve mood and decrease depressive feelings
- Cocoa butter, present in chocolate, contains oleic acid, which helps increase ‘good’ cholesterol
- Flavonoids present in chocolate help blood vessels stay elastic
So next time you’re looking for a sweet treat, don’t think that vegan chocolate is lacking. In fact, it is probably some of the highest quality chocolate anyone will ever eat!
Beating Hearts and Half-Eaten Chocolates
Yes, I know February is over… all the Valentine’s Day flowers have shriveled and died, the last few half-eaten truffles have been forgotten in the heart-shaped box, and all the card companies have moved on to the next commercialized holiday (I guess that would be Easter?). But I still thought I would blog about an amazing dinner and everyone’s favorite on Valentine’s, boxes of chocolates.
For dinner, I made seitan piccata and stuffed mushrooms, both from the Candle Cafe cookbook along with roasted beets sprinkled with celtic gray sea salt and a dribble of balsamic glace. I had to use my heart cookie cutters on the beets, because honestly, when else can you use them if not on Valentine’s day?
After seeing a post on the always fabulous Girlie Girl Army about the delicious treats from Allison’s Gourmet, I decided to splurge and buy myself a box of truffles (thinking there was no way that John would figure out a way to get vegan chocolates). The box included three types of truffles (hazelnut, mocha, and almond) and three types of caramels (pecan, peanut, and chocolate) Next year I will be ordering a box full of the caramels (pecan was my favorite)! Not that I didn’t like the truffles as well, but I had plenty of those to choose from….
Because to my surprise, John did a little online searching on his own and ordered me a box of truffles from Rose City Chocolatier. I was seriously impressed with his effort. This one had all kinds of flavors (hazelnut, vanilla, mandarin, coconut, pistachio, strawberry to name a few). Quality-wise they weren’t quite up to the standard of Allison’s truffles, but it was kind of fun to eat a box of chocolate the way I used to… take a bite and if it was a less than stellar flavor (the mandarin), I just put the uneaten half back in the box!
And as if I didn’t have enough chocolate… I made chocolate covered strawberries drizzled with the last of my white chocolate chip stash. What the strawberries lacked in ripeness, the chocolate more than made up for in sweetness. The strawberries, chocolates, a bottle of champagne, and the Lush sex bomb bath bomb made for quite a relaxing evening.
Crunchy Chocolate Cookie Chips at the Cooking Games
Biscuits and cookies may appear to be uncomplicated clumps of dry and hard loaves of bread. It sounds as if you won’t ever receive satisfaction with it and you may just simply wasting your time thinking of eating them. But, the time when you take the first cookie and have a bite, suddenly everything changes and you just want to ask for more and more cookies!
This is exactly how the way of the crunchy chocolate cookie chips delight in a person with eating more! If you would want to know the secret, it is good for you to buy these sweet chocolate treats and figure out how to cook them with cooking games!
Learning Cooking With Cooking Games
Figure out how to cook and learn up the correct way to cook crunchy chocolate cookie chips which will remain all its abundant within your mouth with cooking games. Just like cooking in real life, you will need to get ready and put together all the necessary materials.
which means you won’t pack in the kitchen area busying getting this and that. In addition, well preparations with all the necessary supplements in place are going to make your cooking turn out to be an uncomplicated and easy accomplishment.
Now, get yourself prepare for all the necessary ingredients which consist of 1 whole egg, 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of chocolate powder, 1 cup of butter, 1 of baking soda, 1 cup of flour, as well as 1 cup of chocolate chips. You could certainly locate all these from the virtual kitchen.
You should begin with chocolate chip cooking from cooking games by adding butter in a pan. Put chocolate powder, flour, an egg, baking soda, and sugar. Once everything is added, you should start to stir the mixture once and for all.
While stirring, you can add the chocolate chips so that you can spread out the chocolate chips evenly. Once this is done, use a ladle to separate the mixture into small portions or you may also put the mixture into the molder at the pan.
Stick it into a cooking pan and have it cook in an oven by setting the temperature at 350 degrees. When finish cooking, you need to cool it down and immediate seal it into a container in order to keep it fresh and crispy.
Many people love chocolate cookies and most of them think that they could be among the finest comfort and ease goodies that a person can have. In case through the cooking games you can learn the steps to making the chocolate cookies, then you are able to simply move to cook other cookie varieties like vegan chocolate cookies, oatmeal cookies, or even your own cookie recipes.
Purpose of Cooking Games
Apart from cooking crunchy chocolate chips, another purpose of cooking games would be want to turn you into a great chef. Besides cookies, you may as well learn how to make a salad, bake a cake, make ice cream, fry fish, and make you the personalized burger.
To sum up, you should just have the cooking games help you to turn into a professional chef. You could learn a lot of things with not just cooking but also you would learn the proper way of using all the kitchen equipment and utensils for your cooking.
With this, you are going to be acquainted with all these at the time you are cooking in a real kitchen and you are going to impress you dad and shock your mum with all the palatable and yummy dishes that you make from your own recipes.
Double Dark Chocolate Cookies
Yields: 3 Dozen (Give or take a few)
- 2 Cups Extra Dark Chocolate Chips
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 6 Tablespoons Vegan Butter (Earth Balance Buttery Spread)
- 3/4 Cup sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 2 Eggs worth of Egg Replacer (Bobs Red Mill All Natural Egg Replacer)
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/4 Cups unsifted all-purpose flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 375° (If you are going to cook right away)** Line baking sheets with parchment.
Heat 1-1/2 cups of choco chips and water in small microwave-safe bowl at medium for 1-2 minutes, stirring well after 30-second intervals until smooth. Set aside.
Cream butter, sugar and salt in large mixer bowl until light. Beat in egg replacer and vanilla until smooth. Add melted chocolate, stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Mix in flour and baking soda just until incorporated. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of chips.
Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls onto lined baking sheets. Bake 10-11 minutes or until tops are cracked and crusty. Centers should still be soft and appear slightly undone. Let stand 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container.
Tips: So I didn’t preheat the oven right away. I actually put my dough in the fridge and let it chill for a while. I went and got on the Elliptical and when I got back the dough was perfect. I took a tablespoon and packed the dough inside, took it out, made round balls and placed them on the cookie sheet. Perfect!
Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Well guess what I did.. I sort of made a mess of my pumpkin pies. Tried a new recipe out accidentally read something wrong and added too much liquid so my pies didn’t set completely. They set enough but they were still a tad too wiggly. Well, naturally I got frustrated.. Okay, I was PISSED! So I set out to make something I KNOW I couldn’t fark up! COOKIES!
– 2 1/2 Cups all-purpose (unbleached) flour
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
– 3/4 cup granulated sugar
– 1 cup Vegan Butter, softened (2 Sticks Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
– 2 eggs worth of Natural Egg Replacer
– 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
– 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a small bowl, combine your flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until light. Beat in your egg replacer and vanilla until the consistency is smooth. Slowly add flour mixture until well combined. Stir in chips.
Drop by well-rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
**Note: If you want cookies that are nice and thick rather then thin. Chill your dough! I just learned this the other day and I’m like so excited about this. I’ve been baking for a long time and always wondered why my cookies turned out flatter than others.
Well, when you chill your dough and you bake them the dough doesn’t spread out as fast so it cooks but doesn’t thin out. If your dough is warm and you put it in the oven then it spreads out faster and you have a thinner cookie. DUH! Why did I not know this?
How do you like your Chocolate Chip Cookies?