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Matcha, Matcha Man: How matcha green tea became a thing
By Purdys Chocolatier
1/25/2017 12:38:00 PM  



If you’ve been by our website or a shop recently, you might have spotted Matcha.

Our take on matcha is a creamy ganache crafted with real matcha green tea powder, butter and white chocolate (made from only 100% sustainable cocoa) inside a milk chocolate shell.

But what exactly is matcha, how’s it different than other teas and why is our chocolatier Rachel McKinley excited to creatively craft chocolate confections using matcha?

Matcha and regular green tea come from the same tea plant, Camellia sinensis, native to China. But sometime in the early part of the 12th century, Japanese Zen Buddhist monks brought back from China a new kind of tea: one that had been steamed and ground into a fine powder.

In other words, matcha.

And while matcha became less and less popular in China, it became a staple of meditation for Zen Buddhist monks and then a favourite of the warrior class and the Shogun rulers. Today, matcha is essential for tea ceremonies throughout Japan, and around the world it has gained in popularity as an ingredient in both sweet and savoury dishes.

Matcha tea leaves are prepared in a special way. A few weeks before harvesting, the tea bushes are protected from direct sunlight with cloths, and these shaded conditions stimulate the plant to create more chlorophyll and amino acids, deepening the flavour of the tea leaves.

Whole leaves are expertly picked, steamed to preserve the colour and nutrients, then dried, deveined and destemmed. The leaves that are deemed ideal for matcha tea are known as tencha.

Tencha is ground into a fine powder in a very slow, gentle process done with large granite wheels. The process is done this way to avoid scorching the leaves. That fine powder is called matcha, literally “ground tea”.

Matcha has a strong, robust umami flavour that plays really well with cocoa. Have a taste.




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Into the Dome: Cocoa Butter Spraying Process
By Purdys Chocolatier
1/20/2017 9:55:00 AM  



Cocoa butter spraying is an artisan process done by hand, and our chocolatier Rachel McKinley (that’s her in the photo!) has been perfecting this process, experimenting with colour formulas, recipes and even spray textures on the dome moulds.

You’ll be seeing a lot more of cocoa butter spraying on our lip-smacking new chocolates, like Matcha.

And psssst, our next cocoa butter spray piece is inspired by a famous festival, colourful petals and a really popular flavour in Thailand.

So what's the process for cocoa butter spraying?

Plain cocoa butter, a natural oil extracted from the cocoa bean, is blended with dyes from only all-natural sources like plants and minerals. The primary colours (red, yellow and blue) come from berries and herbs, and the white comes from a naturally occurring mineral that is also used in vitamin tablets and supplements.

By mixing all these colours together, we can create an infinite number of colour formulas for our chocolates (and yes, we’re finalizing the famous Purdys purple!).

The colours are sprayed into the moulds before the chocolate is moulded—that’s right, we spray the moulds first, and then the chocolates are moulded into the painted mould cavities to get a glossy, gorgeous finish.

Cool, huh?




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A Sizzling Combo of Ingredients: Introducing Cinnamon Sizzle
By Purdys Chocolatier
1/16/2017 3:47:00 PM  



About this time last year, one of Purdys' longtime fans contacted us with an idea.

Charleen, said fan, thought it would be "incredibly tasty" (her words) if we blended our famously creamy white chocolate with Cinnamon Hearts candy.

She's right.

Introducting Cinnamon Sizzle, white chocolate peppered with sizzling Cinnamon Hearts for a spicy sweetness that goes on and onnnn and onnnnnn.

It turns out Cinnamon Hearts have actually been around for a while. There's a reference to "red cinnamon candies" in a recipe in the Evening Indepedent newspaper in Florida from 1929. Cinnamon Hearts, also known as Red Hots or by the generic name cinnamon imperials, were a huge favourite to use in applesauce recipes back in the day.

It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) that Cinnamon Hearts have always been associated with Valentine's Day.

And what better to pair with Cinnamon Hearts than our sweet, creamy white chocolate? Usually the sweetest of all chocolates, white chocolate is made from cocoa butter. In the process of chocolate-making, cocoa is separated into cocoa liquor (also known as cocoa mass or unsweetened chocolate) and cocoa butter. Milk and dark chocolates are made with cocoa liquor and cocoa butter but white chocolate is made with just cocoa butter.

Go on, try this sweet & spicy pairing for Valentine's day with that special person in your life...if you can find it in your heart to share.




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This bean does more: Purdys’ 100% Sustainable Cocoa Program
By Purdys Chocolatier
12/12/2016 5:16:00 PM  

Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa Program

There’s a not-so-secret ingredient in our chocolates: sustainable cocoa.

Everything we craft at Purdys Chocolatier is made with only 100% sustainable cocoa. We pay a premium for sustainable cocoa (because it’s the right thing to do) and that premium goes back into cocoa-growing communities to help our farmer partners, their cocoa co-ops and their communities.

Purdys has been using sustainable cocoa for years now, so this isn’t a new thing.

What is new is our Sustainable Cocoa Video, which puts the spotlight on the cocoa bean and how it does more than just create delicious chocolate.

Take a minute to enjoy the video:


Peter Higgins, our narrator as well as our President & Chocolate Scientist, has had the pleasure of traveling to regions where Purdys’ cocoa is grown and see firsthand the positive impact of sustainable cocoa.

If you’d like to learn more about Purdys’ Sustainable Cocoa Program and the sweet benefits of 100% sustainable cocoa, check out the newly updated Sustainable Cocoa section on our website.




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Groovy, Baby: Check out Purdys’ fab take on Banoffee Pie
By Purdys Chocolatier
10/24/2016 6:40:00 PM  

Try Purdys' new Banoffee, inspired by a classic!

Keira Knightley’s character in the film Love Actually (like Banoffee Pie, it’s another British triumph) attempts to extend an olive branch to another character by way of tasty pastry.

We’ve all been there, and Banoffee Pie is probably of the best ways to bribe someone—but you didn’t hear it from us.

You can find hundreds, if not thousands, of Banoffee Pie recipes online and it’s now a dessert that’s famous worldwide.

But what exactly is Banoffee Pie?

Well, it’s an English dessert (hail, Britannia!) comprised of a crumb or pastry base, a toffee filling, and topped with fresh bananas and whipped cream. The pie is often garnished with additional caramel sauce or chocolate shavings and, if you’re feeling particularly sinful, custard or ice cream.

Banoffee Pie (originally spelled Banoffi Pie) was invented in 1971 at The Hungry Monk Restaurant in East Sussex by chef Ian Dowding, with some help and encouragement from the restaurant’s owner Nigel Mackenzie.

But back to our Banoffee, which packs just as much of a flavourful punch as the original.

You can enjoy it on its own or as part of an utterly epic cookie sandwich:

Ingredients:

For cookie dough:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups oatmeal

For filling:

Instructions:

  • Preheat over at 350°F
  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Add remaining cookie dough ingredients and mix until blended.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls or use a scoop. Flatten dough slightly.
  • Place on pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden.
  • Once cookies are out of the oven, turn them over with a pair of tongs.
  • Slice each Banoffee piece in half and place on one half of the cookies. The heat from the cookies should slightly melt the Banoffee. If not, warm cookies in microwave slightly.
  • Slice banana onto the other half of the cookies.
  • Squish the cookie sides together to make a Banana Banoffee sandwich!



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