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A man checking for salmonella in chocolate 01/02/2023

Salmonella In Chocolate – Should You be Worried?!?

You may have recently heard a lot of news in the press about Salmonella found in chocolate. While reports of salmonella bacteria in chocolate are not common, several high-profile outbreaks have occurred. In April 2022, a massive food recall hit the market when Salmonella was detected in chocolate products marketed to children. Over 180 chocolate products worldwide had to be recalled, resulting in 300 people falling ill. What is Salmonella? Salmonella is a bacteria that makes people ill. People can get salmonella infection from a variety of sources, including Eating... Read More

Does Chocolate Have Caffeine In It?

Whilst a little bit of caffeine is no problem, consuming too much may lead to health problems. Like most things in life, everything can be enjoyed in moderation. Caffeine comes in different forms, and yes, it can be found in chocolate! Here’s a little guide with all the important stuff you need to know… Is There Caffeine In Chocolate? Yes, caffeine is present in both milk and dark chocolate. Caffeine is found in cocoa solids but not in cocoa butter. So, white chocolate is the only chocolate that doesn’t contain... Read More

What Is White Chocolate Made Of? 31/01/2023

What Is White Chocolate and What is it Made of?

Very few people know this, but even though it’s called white chocolate, it’s not actually chocolate. This is because it doesn’t contain any cocoa solids, which is the defining factor of what is, strictly speaking, chocolate. White chocolate is just cocoa butter mixed with sugar and milk powder, often with a bit of vanilla added for extra flavour. Despite not containing cocoa solids, white chocolate is a popular snack and is used a lot in baking and confectionery making. What is White Chocolate? White chocolate is a confectionery made of... Read More

Learn How to Melt Chocolate 25/01/2023

How to Melt Chocolate

On the face of it, the thought of melting chocolate might seem an easy task. However, trust me; it’s a little more complicated than you might think! Here at Whitakers, we have many years of experience dealing with liquid chocolate day in and day out. So we have put together this foolproof guide on the best tips and tricks for melting chocolate in one place so you can enjoy some gooey, melty, delicious chocolate. Keep reading to learn how to melt your chocolate like an absolute pro! How to Melt... Read More

How to Temper Chocolate UK 18/01/2023

How to Temper Chocolate Step-by-Step

In the world of chocolate, there is a big difference between tempered chocolate and melting chocolate. If you are following a recipe that asks you to temper the chocolate, it doesn’t just mean melting the chocolate down. The process of tempering is far more involved and makes a massive difference to how the chocolate looks and tastes. This article will give you all the information you need to know about tempering chocolate and how to do it successfully. What is Tempered Chocolate? Tempering is a term used to describe the... Read More

What is Couverture Chocolate? 11/01/2023

What is Couverture Chocolate and What is it Used For?

There are around seven different types of chocolate available for eating and cooking with, from baking and bittersweet to couverture chocolate. So working out what’s best to use for what purpose can be a little mind-boggling, to say the least! “Is baking chocolate the same as couverture chocolate?”Can I use normal milk chocolate in baking?” This post will look at chocolate couverture in detail, so you know what it is and what it is used for. What is Couverture Chocolate? Couverture chocolate is the name given to high-quality chocolate. It... Read More

What is Plain Chocolate? 09/01/2023

What is Plain Chocolate?

With so many different types of chocolate available, from white to dark and milk to ruby, plus all the flavour combinations and dietary variations (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.) It can sometimes feel like a minefield when deciding what chocolate is best to use, especially when cooking and baking. So that is why this blog exists. To help you find the right chocolate or the right occasion. Let’s talk about plain chocolate. Is Plain Chocolate Dark Chocolate? The simple answer is Yes! Plain chocolate is dark chocolate. The term plain chocolate... Read More

How Long Does it Take For Chocolate to Harden? 06/01/2023

How Long Does it Take For Chocolate to Harden?

Let’s face it, we all love chocolate and the many different ways it can be eaten, drunk and enjoyed. So whether you’re a master baker or simply experimenting with melting and dipping fruit or pretzels, knowing the do’s and don’ts of melting and hardening chocolate is a must. To make life easy, we’ve answered all the questions you need to know about setting chocolate! How Long Does It Take For Melted Chocolate To Harden? As a rule, at room temperature, chocolate will take 20 – 30 minutes to harden and... Read More

World Chocolate Day 2022 01/01/2023

World Chocolate Day 2023

When is World Chocolate Day in ? Every year on the 7th of July, we come together to celebrate chocolate. World Chocolate Day allows chocolate lovers around the world to indulge in their favourite treat guilt-free! On this day, anything chocolate goes, including hot chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate bars, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vegan chocolate, or anything covered with chocolate. Most people love chocolate. In fact, there is even a famous quote about it: “Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.” – John Q. Tullius... Read More

25/11/2022

What makes a good corporate gift?

The best corporate gifts for employees and clients should leave a lasting positive impression. The best way is to send something meaningful and/or personalized vs a generic gift. We recommend thinking of this process in the same way you would a family member. What is corporate gifting? – Why is it so important in the business world today Your brand is your unique selling point, and it speaks much about the services you offer.  Therefore, if you desire to have an edge above your competitors, it is imperative that you... Read More