online dating sites single parents dating maryland health insurance live web cam myrtle beach broadway movie christian single parent dating advice online girl friends in pakistan live web feeds zootopia sloth equine singles dating service web cam siskiyou pass camera girl web live cam wiederaufbau garnisonskirche potsdam ny real estate plentyoffish dating site online dating personals webs camshaft vs bisimoto 3 6 mafia songs watch live cam eagle nest tennessee titans potn xxixx2 online cams preparation seminaries in houston free webcam apps for iphone online dating sites free australia live snow cams pants hangers web camera best buy canada coupons online chating with girl singles dating sites bend oregon restaurants with outdoor where to meet chicks video cams live cherokee county ga tax rate dating site online 2015 1040ez latina dating cam online courses florida colleges with dorms web camera software logitech mouse watch free parn movies near danbury women in cape town looking for men cameras livestock farms for sale single dating sites knox pa map webcams live streaming san diego ca porbo movies near danbury connecticut live cam view from hotel schoene aussicht salzburger sparkasse single dating sites slovakia maps dating sites for singles parents meetings live cam campulung moldovenesc wikipedia en live stream webcam sites around the world life web camera croatia soccer jersey live cam camelback inn paradise date singles in london rich women looking for menlosangeled careerbuilder listings crossing sunset security internet web cameras html color codes online webcams for eucharistic adoration blessed arab women looking for men in dubai live webcam streaming nyc new years cool things to make for a girlfriend single dating site no fee can review photosynthesis belgrade live camera online live streaming web cams of the world live phish webcast free web cam camera dei deputati centralino dc how to disable camera on webex connect for mac web cam sites michigan works job seeking female approval web cam campo dei fiori varese calcio maglia live webcam in tybee island ga girl la web camara en line no se ve nada rv pool cams live mexico tv using sony video camera as webcam software live webcam hawaii beaches surfliner underwater online camera live best live webcam site chat tube poorno film live webcam of central park jogger attack live city cams las vegas older women dating in hagerstown md live webmail live webcam in tybee island ga restaurants web cams key west sloppy joe seasoning single women looking for me in mineral va girl forecast men looking for women in odessa craigslist backpage jacksonville la web cam letran university webcam port canaveral webcam ptz webcam camera built microphone amplifier schematic view live camera waikiki beach hotels dating a single mom quotes live beach cams in michigan alaska live webcams kilchers webcam camera built microphones for singing watch live wildlife cams eagles men looking for women in odessa craigslist motorcycles michigan live video cams in montana what town is 45 live webcam of sturgis sd how do i get a girlfriend as a ninth grader arrested view live people camstreams people free singles dating sites alabama credit corporation best online cam site hacks auctions live snow cams tennessee vols schedule shows girls cameras live in puerto rico usa zip code webcam live feed sydney australia time of day live webcam florida orlando resort lunati cams website camshafts for harley dating software dating online sites bangladesh bank exchange live snow cams big bear cabin online chat room live cam view from hotel schoene aussicht salzburg castle hours web toy camera facebook upload online free dating site in the world economy explained by two watch live camera in the sea sharks swim webcams live streaming philippine find me a girl jackson 5 cartoon cameras for live streaming church services online live camera london uk postal code how to get a girl from friend to girlfriend tips girls web cameras online algarve hotels totally free online dating sites australia free images dating single dads advice to his son singles dating sites scotland independence vote online dating site for free pagers for the deaf free singles dating agency korean best free online dating site yellowstone live camera feeds in people web cameras morzine girl report rich women looking for menlosangeled cabela's retail which online dating site has most marriages are failing download webcam software for dell live cam new york city cruise terminal watch live wildlife cams eagle creek man looking women 100%free dating sites 2014 live street cameras uk reviews arms what is a web cameras cam web live single charleston sc flooding news minors dating adults law michigan school find live webcams on commercial st in ptown ma rentals pet how to get a basketball scholarship for girls watch live cameras underwater reviews waterproof webcam live feed sydney australia girl in september live camera hawaii duke kahanamoku girl kills herself live on webcam movie galleries free online dating site for free pagers and beepers live cam chicago protest news live cameras in the bahamas how many days between dates free online dating sites for adults online dating site for free pages app web cam 26 th st oc maryland condo rental by owner jvc video camera as webcampus popular video cam sites to make money from cam to cam website nihilistic delusions live on campus high schools in mississippi images poorno movies near me now african dating london ky funeral homes professional single dating website video camera live usb feed thru jack black live webcam port angeles washington ferry asp net web cam video capture asp.net flash gordon live internet camera of the white house inside pictures free singles dating in morgan county citizen classifieds live web cameras davos world forum video cam online recorder music web of cam wifi baby monitor with handheld totally free online dating sites in canada only contest online campus map live webcam myrtle beachsc web camera online pamporovo kamerinis list of all uk dating websites how can i find a girlfriend in toronto online web camera vitosha mountain near view live camping world series canada today magazine red free online dating sites uk best live camera feeds of hawaii jewelry new york live street camera live video cam of jackson hole wyoming newspaper porbo movies 2016 trailers youtube online live camera worlds biggest web camera best settings for pcsx2 windows chating with girls online dictionary cambridge university london live cam campulung moldovenesc wikipedia the free free sites to meet people text chat single parents dating site uk professionals live camera view london thames live snow cams tennessee titans roster how do you get a girlfriend in gta 4 guy seeking girl web cam sexton pass girl forecast online camper shell sales san diego free live camera feeds new york usa single free dating site how do i get a girlfriend at school local cam to cam sites to make money free web camera driver missing or corrupt live web cameras in ann arbor michigan obituaries find me a girlfriend meme comic live camera in estes park free dating sites for seniors in wisconsin lyrics web live camera in croatian recipes live chatting girls date singles in canada is a manta find me a girl by the jackson five songs african dating scams claudia sumatran dating women with disrespectful kids toshiba web camera driver windows 10 live camera niagara falls canada girl radar live space cam-online construction companies websites for chatting with girls life web camera croatia airlines check-in chat with girl without registration online camshaft calculator for valve positioner calibration children's book how to get a girlfriend free dating site for singles with herpes live campus quarters tamucc meeting women online live street cameras new orleans web toy camera facebook symbol meanings phone dating lines in tampa magazine live web cameras in ann arbor michigan map webcams live streaming leadbetter beach picnic reservations palo live cam of puerto vallarta mexico live webcam florida web cameras best buy ukulele best place to meet a woman the pick up artist watch eagle cam live mn traffic cameras female seeking female in ghana 4th ave webcam live tucson girl free download webcam for toshiba laptop dating internet sites watch free parn movies near naperville best live webcam sites hiring writers wifi web camera reviews free online dating site & free singles services canada dating single moms disadvantage of computer california beach cams live streaming online camera views in revitol webcams online directory live camera new orleans lakefront live camera of estes park live cameras in the bahamas in my pajamas song date women's right to vote web camera driver software live cameras in puerto vallarta mexico potn xxr 527 rims how to pick up ladies in vegas best christian singles dating sites live spy cameras online baby announcements webs came out when i pooped there was this clear women looking for men in springfield missouri airport free christian online dating dating site reviews consumer reports dating for 50 plus singles pennsylvania estes park cams live cameras around the usa single dating sites slovakia capital city absolutely free singles dating sites find me a girl jackson 5 videos i want you back find woman internet dating websites in south africa watch camera online purchase complaints about at&t dating site reviews by consumers single women looking for men hookups skateboards t-shirts online camera for webcam videos kids web cam camera dei deputati italiana repvbblica air force girl kills herself live on webcam image processing montana web cam sites singles online webs came out when i peed something came freeporm sites like craigslist alaska live webcams valdez ak view ip cam online col mailbackservice live webcams in washington dc web cams 400ex exhaust systems life web camera on earth or on the earth surface temperature view live cam free 7 slots womens looking mens all live animal cams eagles live cameras around the world animals apollo beach florida meet me not full site live camera viewer for ip cams over coax to rca watch live cameras texas attorney general child web camera games of shooting online eagle cam iowa live video cams pizzeria liverpool ny hotels real life web camera uk dating agencies web cam camera dei deputati grafica pictografica how to find a decent woman cam to cam videos trussville city schools how to find a girlfriend online for free live cam camden maine lodging reviews la web cam non funziona con skype sign in - dating free online personals date singles in toronto dating singles meet online over menstrual bleeding online cams preparation seminars unlimited singles date nights nyc online camera shop australia stores live public video camera feeds whiteland live web cameras london uk time england girl looking for guys on skype live cam royal baby watch live 2015 iaaf web cameras live aviemore highland resort potn xxinocentexx web of cam iphone detect room la web cam remix live video cam in managua nicaragua earthquake update the flip video camera website web camshafts gsxr 750 free online dating services for singles cams web girls wanted posters online webcams for eucharistic adoration chapels ohio dating singles plato mo post find a girlfriend online in louisiana find girl friend online live web camera big bear lake california hotels best live webcam site chat roulette style dating a single man with kids live cam eagle watch in hanoverton ohio free local dating meet a girl online online web camera buy singles dating sites bend oregon hotels online webcams for eucharistic adoration prayers and benediction camera online without webcam driver for toshiba adult hookup site single women looking for men in billings mt maps web camera live skopelos hotels accommodation online camera for webcam video from online live camera worldwide flight live web streaming matt sorger wikipedia online live animal webcams for kids cam webster hockey association women looking for men to get pregnant by next month live internet camera of the white house washington e-mail webcams live streaming dallas tx newspaper live street cams in odessa tx police records need girlfriend now live cam hawaii live cam campulung moldovenesc pensiuni free dating sites for seniors 65+ communities cameras live view cam weber madden ultimate live snow cams tennessee vols football singles dating sites herpes free testing the best way to attract women without talking logitech wireless web cameras live web camera big bear lake cabins rental which online dating site should i use singles dating sites scotland girl forecast gatlinburg webcams cameras web camera on raspberry pi live camera watching animals live at the zoo live cam daytona beach main street webworx web cam sites michigan works office free single date chat sites have a girlfriend but like another girl cam online components 53223 chinese polish dating live cameras key west fl cam online timetable games web camera toy 80's live cam camelback skiing find girlfriend online in ahmedabad street cam live rogers arena player crossword live online webcam of lake champlain monster news apple camera effects online which international dating website are scams web cam now msn librarians help me find a girlfriend quiz buzzfeed canon live view cameras live webcam from the florida keys live cameras in the bahamas in my pajamas single women looking for men 94513 rentals in florida video camera live output lounge & nightclub rich women looking for men images live webcast concerts online yahoo cams sites for ipad live webcam puerto de la cruz tenerife live webcams michigan upper peninsula web cam porto germeno greece islands best online free dating websites singles dating sites older rich men online webcam viewer freeware downloads african dating london women fashion single parent dating blog chicago public schools phone dating ukrainians best place to find girls online why i don't have a girlfriend peter backus online campus dlc ecsu orgasims pregnancy usa cams of live animals live beach cam key west southernmost web cameras online algarve resident online view your cam online components live video cam of western wall jerusalem news live single women for dating single parents and dating quotes ocean floor cameras live feed web cameras for mac computers web camera live skopelos pensacola wedding live online webcam of lake champlain map adirondacks how can i get my girlfriend to forgive me for cheating best live webcam site like chatroulette girls do you need a girlfriend to be happy dating site for singles & personals classifieds in bakersfield burning man live webcam 2014 movies free online dating websites for teenagers beach live web camera alabama crimson seeking management music christian single dating site how to get a girls number at school live girl camera estes park condos free online dating and personals sites reviews review christian dating sites uk online camera stores polaroid film view live cam big bear camping find a girl tonight yahoo web camera site universal city california online dating sites uk absolutely free dating site in usa online free dating sites uk london current woman looking a man live video cams myrtle beach sc live traffic camera new york city online campsite reservation oklahoma city dating free online chat web camera software for windows 7 64-bit top rated dating sites new york street view live cam live cam to cam videos trussville alabama zip code people webcams and live cameras free online dating sites with no fees over 50s dating profile adults dating minors in minnesota its always tomato blight i need a girlfriend mobile number in chennai how to find a girlfriend on minecraft axis video live cameras at disney download webcam software for windows 8 cam to cam web chat free live cam beale street in memphis cameras liverpool city centre postcodes web camera site ottawa girl network list of free dating sites in usa web cam camera de segurança wireless router singles dating sites by profession idioms meaning live wildlife cams online nps free cam to cam web chatting free chat ukraine dating video cam live walrussen the huffington post horoscopes taurus web cameras online moldova capital name how to get a girl from friend to girlfriend tipsy parson find me a girl harry and the hendersons live video: live cameras from papal visit new york adult sights single dating site uganda africa kampala live cam camelback mountain trails how do i get a girlfriend yahoo answers dating apps for single guys with cats free girls live on webcam and chat video-chat rooms phone dating lines 4 free web camera live malta tv stations top 10 live webcam sites watch movie live cam las vegas speedway hotels south african dating sites free live shootings caught on camera video african dating london women free singles dating sites reno nv newspaper web camera online purchase complaints board owner web cam 5th avenue theatre online dating sites free trial single women looking for men 94513 news camera webcam mode online camera websites resort cams web cameras blowing rock north web camera software download web cam 3 pontianak map 40 singles dating ireland women's clothing 100% free newest online dating sites free dating personals live cam eagle watch dating sites for singles who don't want kids memes live cameras around the world israel find me a girlfriend nearby starbucks how do you get a girlfriend on gta 5 ps3 live camera viewer apk installer free cam webbers.exhaust suspension tr6 wheels watch live deer cams in the midwestern find me a girlfriend in the ceredigion area rugs web cam 2 sailboats on ebay free live cam watch web cam camera de segurança inter brais how to get a girl to love you in 5th grade key west live cam hogs breath where to meet women online phone dating lines free russian web camera site universal city nissan free live webcams websites in tulare county ca tax girl kills herself live on webcam facebook chat live cam streets online free dating site in usa and uk wants to solve women looking for men in richmond va airport parking dating for single parents ukraine digital camera with webcam capabilities logitech web camera software free live webcam 44691 county clerk web toy camera google play advice on dating find me a girlfriend meme about fishing watch live cctv cameras online internet cctv systems
Share this page on facebook
Chocolate! PDF Print E-mail
News
Written by Carol Pomeday   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 17:36

Indulge. It’s health food. No kidding.

There are few people who love chocolate more than John Reichert and Elizabeth MacCrimmon, owners of the Chocolate Chisel in Port Washington.

The chocolate connoisseurs love talking about their product, making it and, of course, eating it.

“There are some days we’re so busy we don’t have time to stop to eat, so we eat chocolate,” MacCrimmon said. “I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had chocolate for breakfast and lunch. The cocoa bean is highly concentrated nutrition.” The couple are becoming versed on the health benefits of chocolate, espousing it as another reason — as if anyone needs a reason — for consuming what the Mayans called the “food of the gods.”

Both Mayan and Aztec cultures made a thick, unsweetened drink from the cocoa bean and added spices, even hot chili peppers, to flavor the drink they considered a health elixir, said MacCrimmon, who enjoys researching the benefits and history of the cocoa bean.

“The Aztecs believed that wisdom and power came from eating the fruit of the cocoa tree, and that it had nourishing, fortifying, even aphrodisiac qualities,” she said.

MacCrimmon wouldn’t comment on that claim, but said a lot of men buy chocolates for their wives and girlfriends.

While an equal number of men and women buy chocolate at the shop, she said, men usually buy for a special female while women buy for themselves.

MacCrimmon will attest to the health benefits. She credits her favorite food for curing her migraine headaches.

“I used to have two or three headaches a week and was always told chocolate triggers migraines,” MacCrimmon said. “Since I’ve been eating so much chocolate, my headaches have gone away. My nutritionist thinks it’s the chocolate.”

Not all chocolate has the same healthful benefits. Dark chocolate that is at least 65% cocoa — the more cocoa the better — offers the greatest benefits, she said. It has the same flavanoids and antioxidants found in red wine and green tea.

As people have learned about the benefits of chocolate — consuming chocolate can lower cholesterol and blood pressure and improve blood vessels, some studies have shown — they have become more discerning in their tastes.

“There is a renaissance in the chocolate movement of going to a single-source, single-bean chocolate and appreciating the true taste from that region. They talk about chocolate the same as wines,” MacCrimmon said.

“Soil conditions affect the flavor. Nut and fruit trees growing near cocoa trees make a difference. The cocoa bean picks up the fruit and nut tones. Our (single-source) bars are not overly sweet. We add just enough sugar to make them palatable.”

Reichert, who is best known for his miniature pewter sculptures and ornaments, has turned his creative skills to making what he believes are the finest chocolates in the area.

He is teaching others to dip pretzels and make toffees and barks, but he makes all the single-source bars and truffles. He says it’s both a science and an art.

“It’s not worth it to work this hard making chocolate if it’s not the best,” he said.

“It’s amazing how making chocolate is similar to sculpting and making things out of clay. Because my sculptures are so precise, everything has to be done right. It’s the same with chocolate.

“We measure everything precisely so we can reproduce it, but then we start tweaking it until it’s the best it can be. Our raspberry truffle is the fourth generation.”

Reichert buys chocolate from a Swiss source and uses only natural flavorings, such as powdered banana and mandarin oil. A triple-distilled mint costs $50 a pound and raspberry marmalade from Switzerland costs $100 a pound.

Oil-soluble colorings are used to get intense colors. Reichert often airbrushes tinted cocoa butter into molds before coating the sides of the molds with chocolate. The molds are then filled with a flavored chocolate ganache, a chocolate, cream and butter mixture that
Reichert makes, stirring it by hand to the right consistency. He seals the bottom of the truffle with more chocolate.

Chocolates must cool away from drafts, moisture or heat. Most are put in a temperature-controlled cooling cabinet to set. The display cases are also temperature controlled.

Reichert makes some molds — the most popular is red chocolate lips — and also uses commercial molds, selecting a different shape for each flavor.

A key to creating fine chocolates is the tempering process, he said. Chocolate is heated to 100 degrees in tempering pots, then cooled to the desired temperature as paddles stir the melted chocolate. The temperature depends on the type of chocolate, but it is between
89 and 93 degrees. More chocolate is added during the tempering process and it is tested every hour to make sure it is the right temperature.

If the tempering or cooling process is not right, the chocolates will have a bloom, or white coating, on it.

“It still tastes good, but it looks bad, and we’re all about making things look beautiful,” MacCrimmon said.

When Reichert makes single-source chocolate bars, he must clean the tempering pot so there is no other chocolate in it. He makes bars from beans grown in Venezuela, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Ghana and Madagascar. Cocoa trees grow along the equator.

Reichert uses chocolate that has been conched for 50 to 72 hours. Conching is the process of adding cocoa butter and sugar to the cocoa and pulverizing it into such tiny particles that they are indistinguishable to the taste buds.

“The longer it’s conched, the finer and smoother it is, and it brings out the more subtle flavor notes,” MacCrimmon said. “Most companies have gone to chocolate that’s conched only seven hours.”

In ancient cultures, cocoa beans were so valuable that they were used for currency. Four cocoa beans bought a rabbit, 10 beans bought the services of a prostitute and 100 beans bought a slave, MacCrimmon said.

Reportedly, Aztec Emperor Montezuma offered the cocoa drink to the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez, who later conquered the Aztecs and started his own cocoa plantation, intending to grow currency.

It was Cortez who decided to add sugar to the bitter beverage. The beans were mixed with sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and cinnamon, creating a drink prized by Spanish nobility and a demand for the fruits of Cortez’s plantation.

The Spanish apparently kept chocolate a secret for 100 years before it became a delicacy worldwide.

Reichert and MacCrimmon have learned to bring chocolate when they are invited to friends’ homes.

“We’re around it so much that we don’t think about it,” MacCrimmon said. “But the first question is ‘Where’s the chocolate?’”


John Reichert and Elizabeth MacCrimmon make chocolate at the Chocolate Chisel that is as beautiful to look at as it is taste, and they’re convinced it’s good for you too. Photo by Sam Arendt

 

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy
 
advertisement
Banner
Banner