Tips for Picking the Right Baking Chocolate

New Blogs// Oct 28, 2021 3:23:17 PM

Have you ever walked down the baking aisle in your local market looking for ingredients to make the perfect brownies or chocolate cake and wondered, “How do I choose the best baking chocolate?” No matter if you’re making cookies, brownies, or your own chocolate treat, choosing the right unsweetened baking chocolate can make all the difference. That being said, choosing the best baking chocolate can be difficult sometimes. There are so many options that many people don’t know where to start. To find the right unsweetened baking chocolate for your dessert, it’s important to first understand: what is baking chocolate?

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What is baking chocolate?

In its purest form, what is traditionally known as baking chocolate is unsweetened chocolate. There is no added sugar or flavour, just 100% pure unsweetened baking chocolate. This type of chocolate isn’t usually made to eat out of hand and is mainly used in recipes that call for added sugar. Unsweetened baking chocolate is generally used in recipes for rich cakes, brownies, and cookies.

The best baking chocolate contains about 50-58% cocoa butter (but again, no added sugars).


Formats of Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

Choosing the right baking chocolate can also be a little confusing because there are so many different varieties and formats used. There are five main formats that your unsweetened baking chocolate can come in: bars, blocks, chips, wafers, and cocoa powder. Most of your baking needs can be covered with bars and chips, or as we call them, chocolate drops.

Baking Bars

Traditional baking bars like the ones in our online shop are widely used both in both professional kitchens and at home. The grooves made in the bar make it easy to break apart or chop, if you need to. The best baking chocolate bars will liquefy smoothly and add a luxurious depth to whatever you’re making. You can browse our many types of luxury baking bars here.

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Baking Drops

Drops or drops can be used in any recipe where traditional chocolate bars would go. Baking drops are typically more difficult to melt than bars because they are designed to keep their shape. Baking drops, however, are great for both baking and snacking. Plus they’re convenient—no chopping required, just pour them in a bowl and go. At Van Dender, our signature Chocolate Drops will add a luxurious richness to your baking (and snacking).


Why Choose Artisan Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

While there’s nothing wrong with picking up a commercial bag of unsweetened baking chocolate from your corner market, there is definitely an upside to going with an artisan chocolatier. Commercial drops and bars tend to be waxier and more difficult to melt and manipulate. Premium baking chocolate has a much wider range of flavours and a wider range of cocoa levels. This gives you, the baker, much more flexibility in what your finished product will taste like. Artisan unsweetened baking chocolate gives you room to play and explore.