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Bite-Sized Desserts with Big Appeal

Fran Costigan - Bite-Sized Desserts with Big Appeal

This event was on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 pm Eastern

Indulge your senses in a delightful experience as the renowned pastry chef Fran Costigan takes center stage at her 8th Annual Essential Vegan Desserts Valentine’s Day Live Event.

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Are there brands of chocolate that you prefer to use?

— Diane Kirschner


Oh my gosh, there are so many brands of vegan chocolate today that, and it, and it's just exploding. So we all have different palettes. You're gonna have to do some tasting because what I think tastes good might not taste good to you at all. What you wanna make sure though, is your recipe or well-written recipe for ganache, for example, should say that the percentage is 70 to 72% or 68 to whatever that matters. But I, I like, um, I like supermarket brands. I like valona. These containers are all full. Um, whole Foods has a brand of organic vegan chocolate that's very nice. So does Trader Joe's. Um, Choco love Dr. Bro. The the new thing in chocolate now is, um, milk chocolates. And they aren't dairy milk of course, but they, some are. I've tasted some that were, that I didn't prefer at all. I, I have to say awful. But that's, you know, subjective and some that are delicious. Dr. Broner, the soap people has a milk chocolate. I think the label makes it look like a bar of soap, but they're delicious. It's a milk chocolate. And also there's a milk chocolate, uh, an Israeli company called Seventh Heaven that's in the United States now. That's really delicious. Theo from Seattle is no longer owned by the founding family, but they make a really nice vegan chocolate. And, um, if you need one that is certified gluten-free, there are a couple. One of them is enjoy life. I don't think the quality of their chocolate's great, but it is certified gluten-free. So with chocolate, you want to, like anything else, you wanna read the label and make sure you know what you're getting. But if Jerry is more than an annoyance for you, you wanna pick a chocolate manufacturer that only makes dark chocolate because the first few runs of a chocolate that's made on shared equipment is going to have dairy in it.
Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan

Director of Vegan Pastry