The French are known not only their superb wines and exquisite cuisine, but also for French chocolate. ZChocolat brings to you the taste of fine French chocolates to your door. Sign up today to receive the delightful tantalizing tastes of France.
Each Chocolate is Handmade
A chocolatier which adheres to French tradition which includes no alcohol, no preservatives, high cocoa content, low sugar, and 100% pure cocoa butter.
These signature dark, milk, and white chocolates include rich ganaches not only prepared with French butter and cream from Normandy but also finely textured pralines honed from a perfected mixture of Valencia almonds from Spain and Piedmont hazelnuts from Italy.
They exclusively use pure, single-origin cocoa in our couvertures; never blended cocoa couvertures, which result in average, everyday flavors.
The use of high-grade, single-origin cocoa beans produces a more distinctive and longer finish on the palate than blended beans.
zChocolat created three single-origin chocolate couvertures which are made from 100% pure cocoa butter.
Each couverture has unique cocoa beans with a guaranteed identifiable “vintage” – as a result one of the best chocolates in the world.
zBoxes are manufactured in the city of Sablé-sur-Sarthe in the Pays de la Loire region – the mahogany boxes are handcrafted in Passenans in the Jura region, and the Chameleon boxes are painstakingly crafted in Corsica.
Since the 15th century, Venezuela has been consistently producing some of the highest quality cocoa beans in the world. From East to West along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, one finds renowned fields of cocoa trees.
Zchocolate has selected the “Carenero Superior” grade bean (Criollo type) from the Carupano region, as a result the aromas are bright, spicy, and flowery with an outstanding length that ends on a slightly bitter yet pleasant note.
Being of a smaller size then most beans, the process of harvesting is much more challenging, but results in one of the top chocolates in the world.
October, 2015: For six consecutive years, zChocolat received the “Customer Service Award” from the Better Business Bureau.
The Fifty Best Chocolate
February, 2015: zChocolat is listed “The Fifty Best Chocolate” and awarded a gold medal.
- Chocolate is made from a fruit – the cocoa bean. The cocoa pod contains about 40 cocoa beans.
- In Ghana cocoa trees are cultivated on small farms in among other rainforest crops such as maize and bananas.
- A cocoa tree will produce two harvests per year of about 50 pods. When ripe, cocoa pods will turn red, yellow or orange. Each pod contains about 40 almond-sized seeds.
- West Africa has been the center of world cocoa cultivation not only for over 60 years and but also today produces 70% of the world’s cocoa.
- Ghana produces 25% of the world’s cocoa (Source: Worldcocoafoundation.org).
- Ghana is the world’s second biggest cocoa producing country. The Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer.
- Cocoa is very prone to diseases like Black Pod and Mirid
HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE
- The Olmecs of Mexico were the first civilization to use the cocoa beans which grew wild in Central America as far back as 1500BC.
- The Mayans were the first real chocolate lovers. They roasted and ground the cocoa beans, then mixed in vanilla, chili and spices to make a cold bitter drink with the consistency of gruel.
- Later the Aztecs used the drink as part of their religious ceremonies. Therefore, eating cocoa beans is blessed people with spiritual wisdom, energy and enhanced sexual powers.
- Cocoa beans were brought to Spain in the sixteenth century. Only eaten by royalty and the aristocracy well into the eighteenth century.
- Chocolate houses in London not only increased to nearly 2,000 in the seventeenth century but also were frequented by the upper classes.
- It has only been in the last 200 years that chocolate turned into the chocolate bars that fill our shelves today.
- Fuelled by their desire for its delicious taste, the rulers of Europe established plantations in other equatorial countries where the cocoa tree thrives.
CLAIMS MADE ABOUT THE POWERS OF CHOCOLATE
- The Aztecs found that cocoa had aphrodisiac properties, therefore making any food with cocoa be forbidden to women!
- When the Spanish conquered South American Aztec lands they discovered the Aztec’s special drink and found that a draught of chocolate could sustain them for a whole day’s hard marching.
- Chocolate contains over 300 chemicals including a multitude of vitamins, minerals (calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium).
- Chocolate contains a chemical called phenyl ethylamine which when released naturally is considered an aphrodisiac.
- The smell of chocolate causes relaxation: thus reducing theta activity associated with relaxation
- A cup of cocoa (using pure cocoa powder) has double the amount of antioxidants as green tea
- Chocolate also contains dopamine which is a natural painkiller. Serotonin found in chocolate produces feelings of pleasure. Chocolate has over 400 distinct smells.
- Brits prefer a chocolate bar to an extravagant holiday abroad. Thus, It’s the small things that make us happy a survey reveals.