Chocolate Finds: Purace 36% Dark Milk Couverture

Chocolate Finds - Purace 36% Dark Milk Couverture

Once upon a time, while strolling through a Whole Foods store in Seattle, I happened upon these gorgeous blocks of Purace 36% Dark Milk Couverture.  The cacao beans used are of 100% Columbian origin, hence the name “Purace” – one of the most active volcanoes in Columbia.

It’s hard to read the description on the sign, but it says:

‘This Dark Milk Chocolate Couverture presents a balanced mixture of soft chocolate, bringing out nuts flavors, rounded with milky and buttery aromas and vanilla notes that delight the palate.’

I have to admit I had to look up the meaning of “couverture”.  Couverture chocolate, that is!

According to Wikipedia it means:

‘Couverture chocolate is a very high quality chocolate that contains extra cocoa butter (32-39%). The higher percentage of cocoa butter, combined with proper tempering, gives the chocolate more sheen, firmer “snap” when broken, and a creamy mellow flavor.

The total “percentage” cited on many brands of chocolate is based on some combination of cocoa butter in relation to cocoa solids (cacao). In order to be properly labeled as “couverture”, the percentage of cocoa butter must be between 32% and 39%, and the total percentage of the combined cocoa butter plus cocoa solids must be at least 54%. Sugar makes up the remainder, and up to 1% may be made up of vanilla, and sometimes soy lecithin.

Couverture chocolate is used by professionals for dipping, coating, molding and garnishing.

Interesting! 🙂

Have you ever tried couverture chocolate?


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4 Responses to “Chocolate Finds: Purace 36% Dark Milk Couverture”

  1. Anonymous — October 6, 2013 @ 8:08 AM (#

    I have not tried it but it’s chocolate so it can’t be bad. Are those teeth marks in there? Were you sampling?


  2. Anonymous — November 13, 2013 @ 5:38 PM (#

    Wow. I’ve gotta get my hands on some of these.


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