This book provides an overview of the science and technology of
chocolate manufacture from cocoa production, through the
manufacturing processes, to the sensory, nutrition and health
aspects of chocolate consumption.
It covers cocoa cultivation and production with special
attention paid to cocoa bean composition, genotypic variations in
the bean, post-harvest pre-treatments, fermentation and drying
processes, and the biochemical basis of these operations. The
scientific principles behind industrial chocolate manufacture are
outlined with detailed explanations of the various stages of
chocolate manufacturing including mixing, refining, conching and
tempering. Other topics covered include the chemistry of flavour
formation and development during cocoa processing and chocolate
manufacture; volatile flavour compounds and their characteristics
and identification; sensory descriptions and character; and flavour
release and perception in chocolate. The nutritional and health
benefits of cocoa and chocolate consumption are also addressed.
There is a focus throughout on those factors that influence the
flavour and quality characteristics of the finished chocolate and
that provide scope for process optimization and improvement. The
book is designed to be a desk reference for all those engaged in
the business of making and using chocolate worldwide; confectionery
and chocolate scientists in industry and academia; students and
practising food scientists and technologists; nutritionists and
other health professionals; and libraries of institutions where
food science is studied and researched.an overview of the science
behind chocolate manufacturecovers the whole process from cocoa
production, through manufacturing, to the nutrition and health
aspects of chocolate consumptionfocuses on factors that influence
chocolate flavour and quality, and that provide scope for process
optimization and improvement.
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