Decorative Chocolate for Desserts
For those who never tire of decorating baked goods or pastries with chocolate, there is a website called www.pastrychef.com that provides customers with top quality decorative chocolate toppings. Opened in 1997 as an internet website, www.pastrychef.com is based out of Boca Raton, Florida with sales limited to on-line or catalog/phone. Advertised as a baking and pastry superstore, www.pastrychef.com offers a wide variety of chocolate decorative ingredients (and other ingredients and tools) to both home and professional bakers.
The chocolate decorations include the following colorful and delicious decorative pieces:
Chocolate Twisters: Made of dark and white chocolate, each chocolate twister is 2 inches long and 3/8 of an inch wide. Each box contains 144 twisters for $37.99. A perfect decoration for mousse, puddings, pastries, and baked goods.
Chocolate Croissant Batons: Making chocolate croissants at home or any dessert that requires a small chocolate bar baked inside is easy with Cacao Barry (a French company) dark semi-sweet chocolate batons. Each baton contains 44% cocoa and is about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Each 3.5 pound box contains 300 batons for $29.99.
Callebaut Crispearls: Callebaut – a French company – makes some of the most delicious chocolate decorations in the world including Crispearls: toasted butter cookies enrobed in dark or white chocolate. The pearls are small – 5 mm – and perfect to top puddings, desserts, and homemade chocolates. Each 28 ounce bag is $18.99.
Cacao Barry Sprinkles: Cacao Barry chocolate sprinkles are my absolute favorite. Made with real chocolate, these sprinkles are a perfect topping for ice cream, frozen yogurt, cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. Each 2.2 pound box sells for $15.99 – ounce for ounce less than most supermarket sprinkles that are not made from real chocolate.
Cacao Barry Dark Chocolate Flakes: These flat square disks of dark chocolate are similar to the dark chocolate sprinkles but larger. The flakes add a crunch topping to cakes, cookies, candies, and desserts. Each 2.2. pound box is $17.99.
Cocoa Nibs: Cocoa nibs are roasted cocoa beans that have been processed to a fine texture. Easy to blend with dough and batter, cocoa nibs add a subtle cocoa flavor to baked goods. The company also offers a cocoa nib with caramelized sugar which adds a sweet crunchy texture to baked goods. Each 2 pound, 3 ounce box is $32.99.
Chocolate Triangles: These triangles look like an architectural masterpiece and are called “Tramantana Marbled” in their native Netherlands. Made of chocolate, each 12 ounce box contains 100 triangles (4 inches by 1.5 inches) for $27.99. These triangles look spectacular on the top of a cake or a pastry.
Chocolate Blossom Curls: Chocolate blossom curls (as pictured at the top of the page) come in 10 colors and flavors. Ideal for cupcakes or cake decorations, the chocolate blossom curls make desserts look so inviting. The blossom curls can only be purchased in large quantities (8.8 pounds – 12 pound boxes for $99 -129) but if you have kids between the ages of 2 – 18 and tend to make cupcakes for school, parties, or sporting events, the curls won’t last long.
Chocolate Cups: Made of dark chocolate, the plain cups come in four shapes: square, round, round fluted, and oval. Each cup is about 2 inches wide and 5/8 of an inch high. Perfect for pastry cream, mousse, or puddings, the chocolate cups come in a 2.4 pound box (168 pieces) for $52.99. Just fill, chill and serve.