Valentine’s Day celebration is just incomplete without the heart symbol and a pack of chocolates. Draped with love a chocolate box makes a perfect gift for him and her. Be it proposing, seducing or celebrating this day of love, creamy and flavourful chocolates do it right. Are you contemplating which chocolates you want to gift your beloved? Is the love of your life health conscious? No worries, you can gift the most authentic Couverture Chocolate to your darling. This healthy alternative is magical in taste and will enchant him/her equally.
What is Couverture Chocolate?
Also known as Real Chocolate, Couverture Chocolate can be defined as high-quality chocolate that is ground to a finer texture during the production process and contains a greater percentage of cocoa butter than eating or baking chocolate. This procedure gives it a superior sheen, creamy mellow flavour, and firmness that make couverture an acquired taste.
In the USA, the precise standards set for couverture chocolate state that it must contain a minimum of 35% cocoa solids and 31% cocoa butter. 31% is the minimum amount. However, few couverture chocolates contain up to 39% cocoa butter.
Difference in Compound and Couverture Chocolate
The Compound Chocolate uses cocoa powder and vegetable oil instead of chocolate liquor and cocoa butter. Thus, compound chocolate can be melted without tempering and will still set up fine. Compound chocolate is easier and quicker to work with. However, the end product does not have a lovely, shiny look when compared to tempered couverture chocolate.
Couverture Chocolate like its name refers to finest professional quality chocolate. As mentioned earlier, it is produced with a high percentage of cocoa butter and uses premium cocoa beans. It melts smoothly and thus is ideal for speciality candy making and moulding. The USP of Couverture Chocolate is that when it is tempered and cooled, it forms an elegant glossy finish.
Ultra Couverture Chocolate is a superior version of couverture chocolate, with even higher cocoa butter content. Owing to the higher cocoa butter content and low viscosity, Ultra Couverture Chocolate is perfect for dipping and enrobing. Very few manufacturers can produce this type of chocolate, because of the challenges in balancing the higher cocoa butter content and retaining both the classic taste and texture.
Health benefits of Couverture Chocolate
Charles N. Schulz rightly said that “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then does not hurt.”
And what more can you ask for if that chocolate is tasty and super healthy?
Nutrition Facts of Couverture Chocolate (100 gms):
|Calories from Fat||333|
|Total Fat||37 g|
|Saturated Fat||29 g|
|Dietary Fiber||4 g|
Properties of Cocoa: Couverture Chocolate is a powerhouse of Cocoa. Various scientific researchers have proved that Cocoa is highly beneficial in curing pain, fever and cough. Theobromine – the main xanthine found in cocoa, is known to relax the muscles in the digestive tract, combat fatigue and provide an instant energy boost. Theobromine has a much milder effect than caffeine on the central nervous system and has both diuretic and vasodilator properties. Theobromine also hardens tooth enamel and cures a chronic cough. Polyphenols in cocoa are known to have beneficial effects on the body’s cardiovascular system, possess anti-inflammatory properties, reduce platelet aggregation, increase the HDL/LDL ratio and reduce LDL oxidation.
A powerhouse of Antioxidants: Higher content of Cocoa in Couverture Chocolate makes it a powerhouse of Antioxidants. Cocoa is a treasure trove of antioxidants. It is rich in Flavan-3-ol, antioxidant compounds like Epicatechin and Catechin that may reduce the risk of many diseases, from the heart to cancer, enhance blood flow, maintain cholesterol levels and also reduce blood pressure. Researchers have revealed that after eating single 40 gram serving of dark chocolate epicatechin and catechin, are heightened. They are at their peak two hours after consumption and are steer cleared from the body after six hours.
Fight Free Radicals: Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that have the potential to trigger changes in the structure of healthy cells causing abnormalities. These free radicals can be neutralised by antioxidants present in Couverture Chocolate.
Uplift the mood instantly with the ‘Love Drug’: Phenylethylamine boosts the mood, energy, and focus. Though Phenylethylamine is a powerful neurotransmitter and natural stimulant, it is considered safe because it breaks down rapidly by enzymes and its effects last for around 1-2 hours. It triggers ‘energizing’ hormones and makes the brain more responsive to fight-or-flight hormones viz. epinephrine and norepinephrine.
Secondly, Phenylethylamine is known to create a feeling called the ‘runner’s high’. Found in Couverture Chocolate, it binds to receptors called trace amine receptors.
Thirdly, Phenylethylamine stimulates Serotonin and Dopamine, the ‘feel-good’ hormones. Its effect is indeed a powerful mood boost!
Lastly, phenylethylamine also improves focus and concentration. It helps to boost Catecholamines and restore both mood and energy instantaneously.
The magic of Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter being one of the main ingredients in the preparation of couverture chocolates helps in aiding kidney problems and cardiac disorders. Cocoa butter used in couverture has low melting point. It triggers ‘friendly cholesterol’ HDL levels and maintains overall cholesterol level.
For the matters of Heart: Couverture chocolate is believed to reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis i.e. thickening of walls of arteries that hampers the blood flow. With the consumption of Couverture Chocolate on a daily basis, one can be carefree about the surge in blood sugar levels.
Go gorgeous: Flavonoids in cocoa can help one in getting glowing skin and healthy hair. Enriched with vital minerals and vitamins like Vitamin C, magnesium and omega six fatty acids, cocoa is known to promote blood flow, heal and repair the cells to develop a youthful glow.
Better than the counterparts: The table below depicts the mineral content in various chocolates. Couverture Chocolate contains copper, magnesium and potassium, which are vital for good health. One serving of this mouth watering chocolate bar will meet the 12 percent of your daily requirement for magnesium, which may be beneficial for people who have type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
We bet that once you savour the Couverture Chocolate, you would prefer forgetting the love and rather fall in chocolate (pun intended).
At Qtrove, we love your love, and hence we have crafted Couverture Chocolate hampers for your special day. Don’t believe us? Try the most heavenly Pralines Belgian Chocolate. Simply wow these Belgian Style Pralines are created fresh and are stylishly packed. The box contains an excellent assortment of Jamaican Rhapsody, Rocher Noir, Cappuccino Ganache, Marzipan Amanda, Marzipan Pistachio, and Dark Sinful Ganache. For Valentine’s Day, we are busy creating new flavours. Hence, you never know which flavour is waiting to surprise you.
If your darling loves cooking then gift her the Artisanal Cooking Couverture Chocolate – Dark Chocolate-Based or Artisanal Cooking Couverture Chocolate – Milk Chocolate-Based. She could use it for tempering or for making a ganache, fudge cakes, truffles, chocolate sauce, chocolate milk or whatever you can imagine.
Another exclusive handmade creation on our list is the Double Chocolate Chunk Cake. Freshly baked this super spongy cake is made with organic unbleached flour, couverture chocolate chunks, Belgian cocoa, sugar, butter, eggs and sunflower oil. We guarantee that its classic, decadent flavour will please all mortal souls.
So, this Valentine’s Day let your sweetheart indulge in a healthy edible obsession called Couverture Chocolate.