I emailed Guittard after a commenter noted that the company was not vegan. Guittard and Micki Weinburg, their Regulatory and Culinary Specialist, told me the following: “Bone char is used to refine the cane sugar in our retail chips. This is not the case for the evaporated cane syrup used in all of our sustainable goods.
“Thank you for reminding me to look into this! I’d read contradictory reports, and now we know the reality. I always like Guittard’s Cocoa Rouge (unsweetened cocoa powder), so I won’t be using their chocolate chips in my M&M baking. Semi-sweet/dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and Enjoy Life company, among others, are suitable alternatives.
We all need some chocolate embellishments to place on our baked goods because it’s LOVE MONTH! I wanted to share with you a quick and easy way to create fun little decorations.
Let me start by telling you about Guittard, my favourite chocolate to bake with. “Aileen, I’ve never heard of this brand,” you might claim. It’s a chocolate similar to Ghiradelli, despite its lack of popularity in the United States.
(I was once advised that Guittard and Ghiradelli were contemporaries by a chocolatier.) Guittard produced better chocolate, he figured, but Ghiradelli was better at marketing, haha. For your details, here’s a brief background of chocolate.)
Allow me to explain why I like Guittard for baking:
- Cocoa butter, not milk, is used to make Semi-Sweet and Extra Dark Chocolate Chips. Yes, they are manufactured in a factory that also processes milk-related items, but if you have a dairy intolerance, pick a dairy-free brand like Enjoy Life.
- Guittard goods do not use genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
- It’s gluten-free, peanut-free, and all-natural cocoa.
- Guittard utilises sunflower lecithin instead of soy lecithin in most of its products. Many items use soy lecithin as an emulsifier (check the pantry for chocolate), and it’s often genetically engineered. As you are aware, I strive to stay away from soy in my diet.
- Strange fact: I can get it for less at Big Lots than I can get Ghiradelli at normal shops. Look at Big Lots. Guittard chocolate chips can be used in supermarkets in both Virginia and Pennsylvania. Wegmans also offers baking chips, which are excellent.
Decorations are as follows:
Load an icing bag halfway with chocolate chips (from a nearby hobby store). Seal the bag with a twisty tie and put it in a pan of warm water (almost boiling). Your chocolate can melt in a short amount of time. Cut a sheet of wax paper in the meantime.
Snip a little hole in the bag’s tip until the chocolate has melted. Now you can pipe whatever shapes you want! You can either do it freehand or use a tutorial as I did with my sugar lace.
Remember to create a variety of shapes, and not all of them would be the same. Some can crack or appear unusual. Allow them to dry entirely before using.
I’ll offer you plenty of chances to use these prototypes over the next few weeks!