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  1. Tips for Making Molded Chocolates

    Tips for Making Molded Chocolates

    Many people might think making molded chocolate is easy, but once you try to make them yourself, you’ll realize it’s quite the contrary. Despite using molds to create beautiful designs and consisting of one simple ingredient (with the exception of molded chocolates with fillings), there are a multitude of things that can interfere with you achieving your desired result. A perfect molded chocolate should have a snap to it’s finished texture, be free of air bubbles and condensation, and have sharp, crisp looking details. Here are some sweet tips that will help ensure your molded chocolate turn out top-notch.

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  2. The Many Uses of Chocolate Chips

    The Many Uses of Chocolate Chips

    When someone says “chocolate chip,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? The answer is usually chocolate chip cookies. But the chocolate chip is far more versatile than just one classic treat. With Chocolate Chip Day on May 15th, we felt it was perfect timing to give the multi-talented chocolate chip the credit it deserves. From bittersweet chips, white chips, peanut butter chips, and so many more, it’s time to start getting creative with the many uses of chocolate chips!

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  3. Everything You Need To Know About Tempering Chocolate

    Everything You Need To Know About Tempering Chocolate

    When it comes to chocolate, not every product is created equal. The two most notable differences: real chocolate versus confectionery coatings or compounds. Real chocolate is made with cocoa butter and has to include a certain percentage of chocolate liquor in its ingredients. Confectionery coatings have a vegetable oil base and may or may not include cocoa butter and/or chocolate liquor at all. Each of these chocolate products requires different preparation methods in order to achieve the best possible finished product. Real chocolate needs to be tempered if you plan to use it to make candies or other dipped items. Tempering will give the chocolate the perfect snap and sheen as well as ensure it sets properly. Tempering also helps bring out the best possible flavor of the chocolate and who wouldn’t want that? If these qualities aren’t important to you in your finished product and you plan to consume it within 24 hours, you can bypass the tempering process. You can also skip tempering if you’ll be using your chocolate in baking or plan to use it immediately, such as to an ice cream topping.

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  4. The 7 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes for Any Time of Year

    The 7 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes for Any Time of Year

    It’s safe to say that all across the country this winter, the weather has been weird. Bitter cold and snow covered one day, warm and sunny the next, meanwhile a neighboring city is stuck in torrential downpours. It’s hard to figure out how long winter will be with us or what else it has in store, but one thing always remains consistent throughout the year: our love for hot chocolate. Whether it’s starting to snow or bloom outside, a rich and decadent cup of hot cocoa will make any day better. So here are the 7 best hot chocolate recipes for any time of year.

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  5. Understanding Chocolate Viscosity

    Understanding Chocolate Viscosity
    Here at Royal Wholesale, we're always trying to do the best we can to educate our customers about the products we carry and how to use them to achieve the best possible finished product. That said, we know that working with chocolate can be quite a complicated process. There are so many different brands, flavors, cocoa percentages, shapes, sizes, and viscosities. Wait, what was that last one? Viscosi-what? VISCOSITY! If you're not familiar with this term, we're here to explain everything you need to know to better understand chocolate viscosity.
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  6. Unique Industries That Can Use Chocolate Products

    Unique Industries That Can Use Chocolate Products

    For years, Royal Wholesale has been supplying chocolatiers, bakeries, candy stores and ice cream shops with a wide variety of chocolate products to meet their needs. More recently, we've gotten many new customers from industries we never realized could utilize high-quality chocolate products. It turns out that there are many industries that are now incorporating chocolate into their businesses. This indicates to us that the demand for quality chocolate is higher than ever, making it even more critical for businesses to have a reputable chocolate distributor that they can trust to supply them with the products they need when they need them. Below are some of the industries we've seen an increased demand from for high-quality chocolate products.

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  7. Compound vs Couverture Chocolate

    Compound vs Couverture Chocolate

    Here at Royal Wholesale Chocolate, one question we hear very often is "What's the difference between compound and couverture chocolate?" It's important to know the difference between these two types of chocolate products to ensure that you're purchasing and using the correct chocolate for your confectionery needs. Although each of these products has its place in confectionery, using the wrong one can make producing your treats more laborious and your final product not nearly as tasty as it could be. So let's dive right in and learn more about the difference between compound and couverture chocolate.

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  8. 5 Things You Should Know About Chocolate Sustainability

    5 Things You Should Know About Chocolate Sustainability

    In this day and age, sustainability is a term we hear often when it comes to agricultural products such as cocoa beans. But as much as sustainability is mentioned, many people are unsure exactly what it is, what it encompasses, and how they can play a key role in cocoa sustainability efforts. For as much as everyone here at Royal Wholesale loves chocolate, it's extremely important to us that we do our part to ensure that cocoa production thrives for years to come. Since beginning our exclusive channel partnership with Cargill, a world-renown producer of the finest quality chocolate products, we've learned a lot about their cocoa sustainability initiative The Cargill Cocoa Promise. Our knowledge of cocoa sustainability has grown exponentially and we would like to take this opportunity to share some of this knowledge with you.

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  9. Confectionery Trends For Valentine's Day 2018

    Confectionery Trends For Valentine's Day 2018

    As many of you know, Valentine's Day is huge for the confectionery industry. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spent over 1.7 billion dollars last year on candy and chocolate for the holiday. Valentine's Day 2018 is looking just as sweet for our industry. Below are some trends we can expect to see for Valentine's Day confectionery sales this year as well as some recommendations for how to capitalize on these trends.

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  10. Why You Don't Have To Worry About Your Chocolate Supply

    Why You Don't Have To Worry About Your Chocolate Supply

    As the holiday season approaches, many of you are ordering more and more chocolate to meet your customer's increasing demand for your treats. While selling more of your confections at this time of year is amazing for your business, it can also be an incredibly stressful time if you're concerned about the availability of the chocolate you need. Through chatting with our customers, we've learned that product availability during the holidays is your number one concern and was a major issue for you last year. That's why we'd like to take this opportunity to assure you that this holiday season will be different for these reasons.

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