What is Couverture Chocolate?

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?

Chunks of Chocolate CouvertureCouverture chocolate is the name given to high-quality chocolate. It is often used for baking and cooking.

It’s a chocolate that contains a higher percentage of cocoa butter (32 – 39%) than baking or eating chocolate.

Unlike regular chocolate, couverture is ground to a finer texture during production to give it a beautiful shine, a deeper flavour, and a healthy ‘snap’ when you break or bite into it.

What is the Best Type of Couverture Chocolate?

It depends on the recipe you are using, but, as a rule, you need to use the highest quality couverture product possible.

A product that contains a high percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

It’s no surprise that most professional chefs’ preferred choice of couverture chocolate is dark chocolate with a minimum of 55% cocoa solids.

Here at Whitakers Chocolates, we have created a unique product specifically for this market called Easymelt.

Using our signature 55% dark chocolate instead of callets, we have opted for mini shards, which offer a faster melting point due to the profile of the chocolate pieces.

What Are the Main Ingredients of Couverture Chocolate?

  • Cocoa solids.
  • Cocoa butter.
  • Sugar.
  • Milk Powder (if it’s milk chocolate couverture).
  • Emulsifier (Lecithin).

What is Couverture Chocolate Used For?

Due to its rich taste and glossy texture, couverture chocolate is often used for coating, decorating or dipping.

It is also used to create high-quality chocolate cakes, pastries, truffles and desserts.

Due to the format that couverture chocolate is available to buy in (i.e. shards or callets), it is rarely consumed as standard eating chocolate.

Is Couverture Chocolate Dark, or Does it Come in Different Types?

Couverture chocolate is available in dark, milk and white chocolate variations.

What is the Difference Between Chocolate Couverture, Shards and Callets?

They are all the same product with hards and callets referring to the different shapes.

There is an argument to suggest shards have a faster melting time due to the profile & thinness of the chocolate itself.

Why is Couverture Chocolate More Expensive?

Couverture chocolate made from good quality cocoa beans is pricier.

High-quality cocoa beans are higher in cost but have remarkably unique and delicious flavour profiles, and their fragrant cocoa solids will noticeably stand out.

Compound chocolate is often lower in cost because of its low cocoa content.

What Are Some Good Ways to Use Couverture Chocolate?

Couverture chocolate is rarely eaten as a snack and is much more often used in cooking and baking.

  • Tempering.
  • Dipping.
  • Melting.
  • Flavouring.
  • Covering/enrobing.
  • Moulding (i.e. chocolate bars).
  • As an ingredient in making cakes, pastries, chocolate truffles and desserts.

Final Notes on Understanding What Couverture Chocolate Is

In summary, couverture chocolate should be your preferred choice when making chocolates, dipping strawberries or used as a finishing touch to your baking masterpieces.

The higher percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter means the melting time is vastly reduced and, in most cases, makes it easier to work with in recipes.

We’d love to see your chocolate creations, so please tag us in #whitakerschocolates if you share any photos anywhere on social media.

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