Cocoa Nibs - Dry roasted pieces of the cocoa bean from which cocoa butter and cocoa solids are extracted. Ground up, it is known as unsweetened cocoa powder.
100% Cocoa Butter - Separated fat from cocoa nibs.
Cocoa Liquor/Mass/Solids - Unsweetened chocolate.
Callebaut Semi-Sweet Chips - 52% cocoa solids.
Bakels Dark Coating Chocolate Disk - Chocolate mixed with shortening.
*Cacao Barry Dark Disks - Bitter chocolate containing 70% cocoa solids from St. Dominique.
Valrhona Manjari Pistol - 64% cocoa solid chocolate with a bitter cherry/berry taste.
Callebaut Milk Chocolate Chips - Incredibly sweet and balanced milk chocolate taste.
*Valrhona Lactee Pistols - Caramel tasting milk chocolate containing 40% cocoa solids.
Cacao Barry Lactee Disks - 35% cocoa solids milk chocolate with somewhat of a powdered milk taste.
Bakels White Coating Chocolate Chunks - Waxy tasting white chocolate.
Callebaut White Chips - White chocolate with an intense sugary zing.
*Valrhona Ivoire Pistols - Soft, smooth, and almost buttery tasting white chocolate.
*Gianduja Cubes - Utterly delicious, soft, Italian combination of chocolate and hazelnuts.
Cacao Barry Chocolate Coffee Beans - Chocolate flavored with coffee and shaped like a bean.
Cacao Barry Orange Lactee Chunks - Surprisingly incredible combination of milk chocolate and orange.
Ibarra Mexican Chocolate Chunk - Grainy chocolate with a heightened cinnamon taste with a similar effect as cinnamon gum.
*My personal favorite chocolate choices
The rest of the day we learned the basics to chocolate tempering. Basically you melt chocolate, pour a portion of it on a workable surface (marble or stainless steel), work the chocolate with a spatula and pastry scraper until it thickens, add it back to the unworked chocolate to bring down the temperature, if properly tempered, the chocolate is ready for use. We blew up mini water balloons and used then as molds for chocolate cups. We dipped them in the chocolate and also piped on the balloons for a more bird's nest effect. We also used acetate and chocolate transfer sheets to create different designs. I'll take more pictures as the week progresses--there will be a lot more chocolate tempering in the coming days. I returned home very much pleased with the morning's events but perhaps a little too sugar rushed.