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Pepper Chocolate Is Pepper Chocolate a Real Masterpiece
By: Cris Chan

The answer should be: absolutely yes! As you may see, the inspiration of Belgian chocolate manufacturers brought to creation of a sweet and spicy pleasure. Their passion married with their creativity generated a very special chocolate. But when you add the brilliant red of pepper to the intense dark of cocoa, you don't have just a new product, you live an emotion.

The "secret" hidden into this creation is: balance. If you sniff a pepper chocolate bar, you'll have a strong and protracted sensation. Light your cigar,drink your Vodka. "Mmmhh...this is paradise! The guy who invented this...well, he's a real genius." That's what you'll think about.

Taste, let it melt into your mouth and feel the bitter taste of chocolate. Slowly, you will feel the pepper too and your chocolate bar will be simply irresistible. Chocolates start with the seeds of a cacao tree. A fruit bearing tree that has large football-shaped like pods, in which the seeds are contained. The cacao tree was first discovered in the United States but now can be grown in many countries near the Equator. These pods are gathered and the seeds are then dried in the sun. After drying, they undergo roasting. When the beans are roasted, they will now be crushed to produce cocoa powder, and then squeezed to get the cocoa butter.

When the powder is ready, it will be mixed with butter. Adding the milk powder and sugar creates chocolate. Each component of the mixture determines the color of the chocolate. Therefore creating different kinds of chocolate like black or the dark chocolate that can be made with up to seventy percent of cocoa in the mixture; milk chocolate containing more milk powder than the others, and of course the white chocolate that does not contain cocoa but cocoa butter only mixed with milk and sugar only.

For this experience you have to thank Columbus; both pepper and chocolate are originals from South America. He brought back them from his travels. But in Europe chocolate was successful, while pepper wasn't immediately. Today, after 500 years, we can enjoy the combination of the "Columbus' treasures". And let's thank the Belgian chocolate manufacturers, too. They deserve it.

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