Mastering the Art of Chocolate Making, In the Jungle
I successfully made chocolates last week! I made the chocolate, tempered it, molded into turtles, filled them with dulce de leche and wrapped them all up in beautiful gold foil. I was so scared they wouldn’t turn out. Every time I try to make chocolate here it is an experiment, I never follow the same recipe. This time I wrote down a recipe and made myself follow it. It has to be possible for this family to follow the recipe and temper their own chocolate without any problems. So many of our batches failed a few weeks ago that all of us have been too scared to attempt tempered chocolate again, until now!
The dulce de leche filled turtles are a brand new item that the family is really excited to start selling. They all turned out “sonados” as Lydia says (the mother of the family), dreamlike. They require twice the time to make (it took me all morning to make 54 turtles) and a few extra items, but they will be sold at twice the price of the regular chocolates. Those sell for $0.50 each, the turtles are selling for $1 each. A screaming deal for 22 grams worth of heaven in your mouth!
I was so excited about my turtles that I also whipped up my favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies (see thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies). They we killer! Lots of people in town found out and made special requests for them to be sold on chocolate day, Monday, today! They were sold for $2 each. Both my dulce de leche filled turtles and chocolate chip cookies just made their first sales debut and people loved them! The cookies sold out and some volunteers said they were the best chocolate chip cookies they have ever had. I was also surprised that so many ticos bought the chocolate turtles! Usually they don’t buy chocolates from La Iguana, but the gold foil and cute shape tempted them.
I’m so pleased and excited to report back the Lydia!
Update: Lydia says we had record sales for the amount of people who are here volunteering in the community. Woohoo!