Originally posted by choccywoccydoodaa
Can anyone help?
I’m trying to use a US fudge recipe which calls for semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate. I’m finding it difficult to find a comparable product in the UK. Can anyone shed any light?
As I understand it semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate has added lecithin and sugar.
It doesn’t need to have added lecithin, although most do. Nonetheless, most of the very top chocolate manufacturers don’t use lecithin. It does , of course, have added sugar.
From the way you’re wording this, however, I’m guessing that you’re looking at “baking” chocolates – in the sense of chocolate packaged and marketed specifically for baking (and found in the baking section of somewhere like Tesco or Sainsbury’s). That is in the first place potentially the source of confusion and in the second one way to end up most usually with a poor result. Rather like “cooking” wines are generally suitable neither for drinking nor cooking, being simply bad wine no matter how you look at it, most “baking” chocolate is simply bad chocolate, period. There is absolutely no reason not to use a high-quality eating bar that you’ll find either in chocolate shops or if you must in the chocolate aisle of the supermarket. Do yourself a favour and get a better bar – you can use the reviews here to get an idea for better and worse bars, and brands. If the recipe calls for semi-sweet or bittersweet, I’d aim for a range of 60%-75% cocoa solids – almost always a figure published on the label, although be aware that there are some caveats involving using the cocoa solids figure blindly (search the site and you’ll find extensive discussions on this point). The key point, however, is that there’s nothing particularly special or exotic about semisweet or bittersweet chocolate – they’re simply categories of dark chocolate.