Who doesn’t love chocolate? One of the most loved sweets across the globe, chocolate has melted our hearts just as it melts on our fingertips.
But does every chocolate product tick the boxes of authentic taste, genuine quality and health benefits?
L Nitin Chordia, India’s first certified cocoa and chocolate taster, begs to differ.
Speaking to The Better India, Nitin says, “I can’t like most chocolates I taste in India!”
It’s not just the taste that Nitin finds an issue. It’s the ingredients added to pure chocolate that lead to this distaste. The addition of chemical-based sugars and dairy products kill the health benefits of cocoa, he shares.
But far from being just a passive sharp critic, Nitin has mastered the art of making vegan, gluten-free chocolates– where the health benefits match the taste!
Kocoatrait is set to change the way you look at chocolate.
And over the weekend, the Chennai chocolatier wants you to learn from him! Click here to join before the seats are full!
“We have seen that people assume all imported chocolates are healthy and are of high quality. That is far from the truth. We have used Indian ingredients to create the best experiences under our label.” Nitin says.
“We wanted people to be able to make chocolates that are truly healthy based on the ingredients added to it,” Nitin shares.
How is chocolate made?
That is one of the questions to be addressed in the Chennai workshop.
Poonam Chordia, who is also a certified chocolate and cocoa taster, will share her recipes of base chocolates that you will be working on during the workshop.
“Poonam will demonstrate how we can use these base chocolates and use commonly available ingredients to make delicious yet healthy chocolate at home!” Nitin says.
Far from the conception that chocolate needs sugar and dairy to be sweet or that it is unhealthy, the workshop will teach you how to make healthy and tasty choices with it.
Nitin further shares, “Milk or any dairy ingredient when added to chocolate nullifies the body’s capacity to absorb the antioxidants available in cocoa. Using dairy products in chocolate is a bad idea for us. Hence we decided that we shall make only make vegan chocolates. Further, we shall not add any vegetable fat/oils.”
“You can learn how to make more than 15 variants of chocolates with our five different base chocolates. We have various healthy dried fruits, dehydrated fruits, nuts & seeds for you to create differentiated experiences. We will make one variation, and you can create at least four more yourselves!” Nitin shares.
All of this in just three hours!
Is it healthy to eat chocolates?
Chocolate can be healthy – but it depends on the other ingredients added to pure cocoa.
For instance, you need not sweeten the bitter cocoa with only sugar. Natural sweeteners like stevia, coconut sugar, jaggery or even dried fruits can do the job for you without reducing the health factor of the product.
Are you excited to make your healthy chocolate? Click here to book a place now!
(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)