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The Secret Ingredient is Always Chocolate

Every good baker has a few tricks up their sleeve; using a wildly sumptuous chocolate for baking is one that might be easily overlooked. Draeger’s Director of Bakery, Amy Ginger: “it’s about quality and flavor profile. These chocolatiers craft true nuanced flavor from specific blends of chocolate that have been maintained for generations. The chocolate is pure: no added waxes or alkalized chocolate, leaving the flavors richer and the chocolate healthier.” Amplify the quality and flavor of your holiday treats by selecting a top-tier chocolate.


Valrhona has created a range of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles by perfecting techniques for enhancing the flavor of rare cocoa beans, grown on land that has been masterfully selected for its terroir. To guarantee the consistency of the taste qualities and flavor potential of their chocolates, Valrhona takes unique steps in mastering taste.


Made using the finest ingredients with dedication passed on from generation to generation, Callebaut chocolate is relied on every day by chefs and chocolatiers to create great tasting delights. Callebaut applies the whole bean roasting technique, instead of roasting cocoa kernels. This technique allows the preservation of all the flavors and aromatic oils within the cocoa husk and fully releases them in the chocolate.


Cordillera means ‘an extensive chain and network system of mountain ranges.’ The name honors the rich soil of Latin American countries where the Cordillera Chocolate company beans are hand-harvested. Easy to work with, these couverture chocolates have beautiful color, sheen and texture. They offer a balanced and exquisite mix of hybrid Trinitario cacao of 100% Colombian origin highlighted by a roasting and conching process that best accents its unique traits.


-The best way to melt chocolate is on the stove in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water, which gives you more control over the melting process and less risk of burning the chocolate.

-Adding butter mutes intense chocolate flavor, Leave out the butter, or use less, for richer flavor.

-Water and cold temperature cause chocolate to seize, so make sure any other dishes or utensils the chocolate comes in contact with are completely dry and at room temperature.

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Draeger's Markets
Draeger’s Market

Draeger’s Market is a grocery store that offers fine foods, high quality meats and seafood, fresh and locally sourced produce, from scratch baked goods, over 3,000 of the world’s finest wines, and catering platters for special events. Knowledgeable staff are ready to serve you, including the Director of Marketing, who has functioned as a journeyman grocery clerk, bakery clerk, beer and wine buyer and now spearheads marketing for the company. 

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