Cooking chocolate is something we all use at some point during our baking and cake decorating adventures and we've got our top choices for you!Better quality chocolate means better quality bakes, as is the case with most ingredients. Here's our top picks for cooking chocolate to help make choosing a little easier.
Belgian Chocolate Couverture
Made using the finest cocoa beans, these chocolate buttons are perfect for dipping, enrobing, moulding and making ganache.
Available in dark, milk and white, priced £8.45-£9.45 from www.sweetsuccess.uk.com.
Guittard Extra Dark Baking Chips
Specifically designed for baking, Guittard Extra Dark Baking Chips are 63% cocoa solids, made using fairly traded beans.
Available from Lakeland, Ocado, Whole Foods. £5.99.
Guittard Cocoa Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Favoured by professional pastry chefs, the intense bittersweet character, rich, deep-red colour, robust, fudge-like flavour and full chocolate essence is ideal in cakes, pastries and more!
£6.99 from Whole Foods.
Menier Chocolate Bars
Made in Switzerland and renowned for its high cocoa content, this has a smooth consistency when melted and a high quality taste.
From £1.20 at Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Asda, One Stop and Ocado.
Hotel Chocolat Dark & White Drops
Made with the same exclusive grade of dark chocolate Hotel Chocolat use for their pralines and truffles, these drops are perfect for baking, cooking and eating.
£6 from www.hotelchocolat.com
Cover, drip, drizzle and dunk with Choco Melts – available in a range of colours!
Priced £2.07, available from Sprinkles & Co, the UK online distributor of Cake Décor Choco Melts.
Home Cook Belgian Dark Cooking Chocolate 100g
Ideal for icing, cake mix or chocolate puddings, this gives a smooth, velvety texture and creamy taste.
Available in both milk and dark, priced £1.99 from www.lakeland.co.uk
Belgian Chocolate Drops For Fountains & Baking
Made for mess-free melting, these microwave-safe pouches are available in milk and white and are perfect for a glossy finish.
£9.99 for a 900g bag from www.lakeland.co.uk