Ruby Chocolate: The New Delight in the World of Chocolate
Ruby chocolate represents a significant innovation in the chocolate industry, marking the discovery of the 4th type of chocolate after dark, milk, and white.
Ruby is crafted without the addition of any artificial flavors or colorings and it offers an extraordinary taste experience, distinct from the traditional flavors of chocolate
Ruby cocoa beans thrive under specific climate conditions that contribute to their unique characteristics. These beans are primarily sourced from regions such as Ecuador, Brazil, and the Ivory Coast.
How Ruby is produced?
Cocoa beans are inherently deep purple, which transforms to the familiar brown through fermentation and roasting—a process essential for developing chocolate's palatable flavor.
Bypassing fermentation and roasting leaves you with a very bitter, dark purple chocolate. Ruby chocolate gets its pink color from a natural reaction in the cocoa bean to certain acids, similar to the way red wine's color can change with its acidity level.
By using just a little of these specially treated beans mixed with white chocolate, the strong taste of the uncooked beans adds flavor without being too overwhelming.
Characteristics and Composition
- Taste Profile: Ruby chocolate is characterized by its unique flavor, which is neither bitter, milky, nor sweet. It offers a complex taste, with a tension between fresh berry fruitiness and a luscious smoothness.
- Cocoa Solids: The minimum dry cocoa solids in ruby chocolate vary, with percentages such as 31%, 40.3%, and 38% found in different ruby chocolate products.
- Milk Solids: The minimum dry milk solids also vary, ranging from 22% to 23.5% in different products.
- Fluidity: Ruby chocolate products have different fluidity levels, which determine their ease of use in various applications, like coating or molding. Fluidity levels range from 2 to 4, with higher numbers indicating more fluidity.
- Cocoa Intensity: The cocoa intensity level of ruby chocolate is typically around 2, on a scale where higher values indicate stronger cocoa flavor.
Applications and Uses
Ruby chocolate is versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.
- Baking Chips: Ideal for adding a unique, tangy flavor to baked goods.
- Ice Cream Coating: Ruby chocolate is available as an ice cream coating, providing a fresh and tangy flavor with a novel texture. It can be used for enrobing or dipping ice cream cones or bars.
- Manufacturing Ease: Similar to working with white chocolate, ruby chocolate does not require additional support in manufacturing processes.
Where to buy Ruby Chocolate?
Ruby Chocolate, with its unique berry richness and vibrant color, is a must-try.
At Charles Chocolates, our Ruby collection includes the Raspberry Pistachio Bar, Strawberry Bar, and Cocoa Nib Brittle Bar, all showcasing this innovation.
Enjoy the mix of tart and sweet flavors in these handcrafted bars.
Ruby Chocolate Raspberry & Pistachio Bar
Ruby with freeze dried raspberries and deeply roasted pistachios. The sweet and tart berries bring out the berry and fruit flavors that are naturally present in Ruby chocolate.
Ruby Chocolate Strawberry Bar
Ruby with freeze dried California strawberries. This bar combines the distinct, fruit-forward taste of Ruby chocolate with the bright, tangy flavor of freeze-dried strawberries, creating a delightful balance of rich and zesty notes.
Ruby Chocolate Strawberry Bar
Ruby with our favorite cocoa nib brittle. This bar offers a rich mosaic of flavors: the smooth, fruity profile of Ruby chocolate is perfectly contrasted by the textural delight and deep cocoa essence of the nibs, all sweetened to perfection with cane sugar.