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Old 09-28-03, 06:05 PM   #1
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Chocolate Making 101

First you convince two beautiful young women that a chocolate making session is where it’s at! (Doesn’t take much, must be the chocolate)
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Then you see the Master. Diego weighs out 14 lbs of cacao and starts roasting them over a fire
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This is bare basics over a home made wood fire, but the cacao roast nicely and begin to get that good flavor.
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The beans’ skins are peeled and the results presented. Ladies.
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Panela, which is pure unrefined sugar (molasses and all) in block form, is grated up by knife
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Orange juice will be combined with 6 blocks of panela when cooking the sugar
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The cacao beans are taken to the community grinder and ground at 1 quetzal or 13 cents per pound
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Angela, Diego’s wife makes sure none of the cacao is wasted during the noisy grinding process
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Dave, I'm so freakin' jealous of you!



Actually, that sounds great! I want to hear all about it when I get back. Also, I met a guy by accident today when I was volunteering at the youth hostel. He was from New York, and when he saw all my cycling gear, he started ranting about a guy he knew that was riding his bike from Alaska to South America, and I fell out of my chair... literally! I said, "Are you talking about Dave W, because I know him!". The guy backed down and said he actually didn't know you, but that he actually knew OF you- he heard of your travels, and he was under the impression you were going to talk about it and do some lecturing when you got back. We both laughed about it- what a small world this is!

Anyway, if you pass through Chicago, let me know. You and yours are always welcome here at my humble abode.

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P.S. And I'm not just saying those nice things to get some free chocolate either (hint, hint!)!
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The result of grinding the cacao produces a thick but silky cream of cacao. Yes, we tasted it and it was very bitter.
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Dave carries the goods back to the shop Guatemalan style
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Diego mixes the OJ with the panela
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Young girls helping out make cream from powdered milk and water
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The panela is cooked into syrup
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The cacao is mixed into the hot panela syrup…
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…and chocolate is made!
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Mixy mixy! Looks delicious, huh?
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We add the cream to the chocolate for a smother product
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Mix and taste
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Taste testing, an important step to making good chocolate
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Diego mixes in the flavorings. One of my favorites, mint
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After all the flavors are made, the chocolate is rolled into wax paper
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“See Jane, this is how it’s done” (But in Spanish)
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Dave rolls a fatty!
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