Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Making vegan chocolate bars

The Chocolate making adventure continues, it is fun and frustrating at the same time. Vegan confecitions are tricky to make, especially ones that are worth eating but this journey has been also very rewarding, thanks to my wonderful customers that never fail to let me know how much they appreaciate my efforts to create vegan treats, I am very very greateful for them.
So I have been making few batches of vegan milk and white chocolate, and experimenting with various bars, mostly milk with white fillings, like Chai, strawberries and puffed crunchy millet and today a white pistachio filling.
The flavor profile is good but it will require more work and more time to develop a line that I will be comfortable putting on the market.
Again if I had more time, but have to work with what I have and make the best of it.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Vegan chocolate making, first try.

This weekend I did my very first batch of Vegan milk chocolate. Used half dose of the formula, since I figure the melangeur will probably needs to be conditioned.
The end result is not too bad but it definatelly needs some improvments. The flavor profile is little bit off, now I know that it needs couple of days to mature and to settle, but the sweetness in general is a bit off. I am assuming is the dairy free milk powder I used, is a soy free type and has a slightly lingering sweetness, that I dont like. The texture is good, but I would rather have something little bit creamier.
I have order a soy based vegan milk powder mix, I want to experiment and see if I can get the creaminess I want. I will be trying rice milk powder as well, but one thing at a time.
Mother's day approaching and I have still few orders to complete, I will be spending some time at the kitchen this week, and I will be visiting the Colorado Chocolate Festival on Saturday. After that I will be experimenting a lot more with chocolate making, even though my vegan live is going very well and I might be really busy really soon :-) Be careful what you wish for right!