Do you fancy yourself as a chocoholic? Do you live, breathe and dream chocolate? Even if we don’t all think about chocolate all the time, it’s safe to say that the sweet treat holds a special place in our hearts and bellies.
Chocolate transcends mere sugar, for many, it’s an experience, a way to celebrate, show affection, continue traditions, bond with our children, and much more. At its core, chocolate is love.
And having a little more love sprinkled in here and there can only be a good thing, right? It is the month of love (and chocolate) after all. In honor of the iconic brown sugary goodness, here are 5 unique and exciting ways to cook with chocolate. Oh yes, chocolate need not be reserved only as a dessert or treat, there are ample ways to include it in your cooking! Check it out.
If you’ve ever been on the receiving or giving end of a beautiful heart-shaped box of chocolates around Valentine’s Day, you may have wondered why. Year after year of seeing and enjoying chocolate for Valentine’s Day begs the question why do we eat, and give, chocolates as a way to celebrate and show love?
An excellent question to be sure, and to help answer it, let’s go on a quick historical field trip.
Hidden, far far away on the beautiful, idyllic, and exotic island of Curacao lies one of the greatest chocolatier and pastry chefs to ever exist.
Ok, some of that is an exaggeration. Curacao isn’t all that far away, but it is in the Caribbean. Wouter Tjeertes isn’t hidden, but he really is a sugar genius.
In honor of this sugar-loving month, we decided to take a moment to introduce everyone to Wouter and his mouth-watering creations. His official title is Executive Pastry Chef, the position he holds at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, a luxury resort on Curacao.
Wouter is a mere 37 years old, originally from a small town in the Netherlands called Wormer, just north of Amsterdam. According to Wouter, the region he’s from is the largest cocoa harbor in the world, and as a result, he grew up smelling chocolate as he rode his bicycle home. Talk about idyllic! He now resides on Curacao and is happily married with two sons. We asked him quite a few questions to get to know who he is, what he does, and what he has in store for the future.