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Have a Little Wax with your Chocolate.

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by urbannight


Do you like Wax?  Do you like it enough that you want to eat Wax?  Did you know you probably eat a lot more wax than you realize?

Paraffin is used in fuels, paints, leather finishing, as a laxative, biomedical sciences, cooking, fire breathing and juggling, cosmetics, moisturizers, pesticides, cooling of mainframes, candle making, coating for paper or cloth, candy making, cheese, sealant, gum, castings, repellents, fertilizers, bullet lubricant, to stabilize explosives, crayons, propellant for rocket motors, surfboards, skis, snowboards, and the list goes on and on and on. 

When you look at chocolate, do you want the shiny, reflective chocolate or the dull, matte chocolate?  If you pick the first you are getting a lot of wax.  If you pick the second you are getting more chocolate.

The wax makes it all pretty and shiny so it sells better.  But it means less chocolate is in the mix.  It stretches the chocolate out and the confectioner can get more candy out of the same amount of chocolate.  It makes more product and increases sales and you can see why confectioners would go that route.

So take a good hard look at the chocolate shop when next you buy it from a chocolatier.  What you really want to find is dull looking chocolate.  If you are brave enough ask them how much wax they put in their chocolate. 

The best chocolate I ever had was from Trader Joe’s.  It was dull, matte, high cocoa percentage with chili pepper in it.  It was a South American chocolate.  It was amazing.  I need to see if I can go find more of it.