Puratos USA develops Amber Cacao-Trace chocolate series

Puratos USA, specialist ingredients for bakery and Belgian chocolate suppliers has unveiled its latest industry offering, the Belcolade Selection Amber Cacao-Trace, writes Neill Barston.

According to the company, its latest chocolate variety features a bright and warm colour with a rich flavour experience that starts with a naturally salted-butter caramel boost and finishes with sweet cooked and creamy milk notes.

Notably, the clean label, non-GMO series has no artificial flavours; it is given time to express taste at its fullest through a slow and gentle conching process. As a result, it offers a complex bouquet and long-lasting caramel taste.

The product is made with sustainably sourced cocoa beans from Puratos’ unique Cacao-Trace sustainability program, which uses expert fermentation techniques to produce superior chocolate and rewards its cocoa farmers with a Chocolate Bonus of $0.05 per lb of sold. This can add up to 1 to 2 months of additional salary for the farmers.

Jaina Wald, Vice President Marketing, said: “the expanding Belcolade Selection range is special because we can explore flavour innovation and meet the needs of consumers who are looking for unique indulgent experiences and high-quality ingredients. Taste is a crucial factor in the decision-making process when buying baked goods and confectionery products and consumers want to be wowed by all their senses.”

It’s good timing, as the country looks to familiar flavours with a twist. According to research provider Innova, caramel is the 3rd most popular flavor in confectionery and expected to grow 7% growth through 2025.

Amber is expertly crafted for use in a wide variety of applications, including thin to thick enrobing, moulding, panning, mixed as a filling, mousses, ganaches, and more.

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