How is Milk Chocolate Made?
Love that creamy chocolate taste, but always wondered, “how is chocolate made?” Crafting milk chocolate is a labor of love, with three main stages:
1. Chocolate producers blend milk ingredients and sugar and gently mix them with chocolate liquor and cocoa powder.
2. Next, the mixture is dried and becomes a milk chocolate crumbly powder.
3. The third and final stage is where milk chocolate gets its smooth and velvety taste and texture through a stage called ‘conching’, which means carefully mixing all the ingredients together. Like a chef in his own kitchen, the master chocolatiers follow a traditional long conching which guarantees rich, subtle flavor development. The process starts at a low temperature and as it starts mixing, the temperature is raised very slowly to help it dry and develop new delicate flavors from the heat. Care is taken to gently mix for long enough to fully develop the chocolate flavors and allow ingredients to combine together in the silkiest way possible.