Chocolate is one thing that kids never say no to. Isn’t it? Every time you hear the names of different treats made with chocolate — chocolate candy, chocolate truffle, chocolate ice cream, chocolate fudge — your mouth starts to water.
This brown delicacy is also your best food comfort. When you are happy, you celebrate it with chocolate, and when you are sad, you look for chocolate to boost your mood.
Do you know an interesting fact? Chocolate is made from the beans of a tree called Theobroma Cacao, also called the cacao tree, which means ‘Food of the Gods’. This can explain why you get a heavenly pleasure in eating a chocolate.
With National Milk Chocolate Day round the corner, how about exploring the ‘world of chocolate’ to create your own ‘chocolaty’ vocabulary list.
The word chocolate comes from “Xocolatl”, an Aztec word meaning “bitter water”. The cocoa bean, from which chocolate is made, is the dried and fully fermented seed of Theobroma cacao. Large groves or orchards of cacao trees are called cacao walks and a blend of different types of cacao beans is called cuvee.
Much of the chocolate consumed is in the form of sweet chocolate, which is a combination of cocoa butter, cocoa solids, and sugar. Tempering is a process that sets cocoa butter at its most stable point. A specially designed Chocolate Thermometer is used while tempering chocolate. The thermometer has distinct markings and reads in 1-degree graduations in the range of 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Conching is a process of heating and mixing the ingredients of chocolate – cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar, and any flavouring agents. This is the stage where taste, smell, and texture of chocolate is developed.
Chocolates come in various types, most common of them being Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate. Milk Chocolate is made by blending milk ingredients and sugar and mixing them with chocolate liquor and cocoa powder. Dark Chocolate is produced using higher percentages of cocoa, traditionally with cocoa butter in place of milk. White Chocolate constitutes sugar, milk, and cocoa butter, but no cocoa solids.
A chocolatier is a person or company who makes confectionery from chocolate. Couverture is used to describe a professional quality coating chocolate, which is highly glossy. A glaze, icing, sauce, or filling for pastries made from chocolate and cream is called Ganache. You all must be a fan of Devil’s food, which is a moist, airy, rich chocolate layer cake. However, do you know that devil’s food derives most of its flavor from cocoa butter rather than chocolate.
So kids, isn’t this chocolicious way of exploring new vocab words a great fun? If you are looking for some more exciting ways to improve your English language, you can also opt for Vocab Tunes’ differential learning program — a musical way to help build your vocabulary.
For now, with your favourite chocolate dish by your side, hold on to the words explained above in your mind and savour the National Milk Chocolate Day!
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