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Gourmet Foods 101
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Bakers Chocolate

Old Fashioned Chocolate

Baker's Chocolate is a well-known type of chocolate that is owned by Kraft Foods; it doesn't refer to chocolate used in baking. The sweet history of Baker's Chocolate goes back to before the American Revolution.

In 1765, a Massachusetts doctor named Baker formed a partnership with a young Irish chocolate maker named John Hannon. Together, these two men formed America's first chocolate mill. A few years later, in 1780, they were manufacturing a blend of quality chocolate called Baker's chocolate. This interesting tidbit of chocolate history makes Baker's chocolate the oldest trademarked chocolate on supermarket shelves today.

In the 1920s, Baker's chocolate was available in a variety of flavors including unsweetened and German's Sweet. German's sweet was invented, in 1852, by an Englishman man named Sam German for the Baker's brand. It became very popular around 1957 when a famous recipe was made for a German chocolate cake. This cake was made with German's chocolate and it soon became popular all over the country and it caused the German chocolate sales to jump by 73 percent. These two brands, unsweetened and German's Sweet are still two of the most popular flavors of chocolate that sold by Baker's today. General Foods bought Baker's chocolate company in 1927. In 1989, Kraft and General Foods merged into what is now Kraft Foods, Inc.

It seems quite ironic, or is it a coincidence, that a man named Baker is associated with a company that makes so many chocolate baking products. Today, Baker's chocolate products are available in a wide variety of forms and flavors and they are perfect for any baking occasion. Chocolate baking squares are great for making chocolate chunks for cookies or for melting for brownies, cakes and fudge. Baker's Chocolate Baking Squares come in five flavors which are: semi-sweet, unsweetened, German's sweet, bittersweet, and white. Baker's chocolate chips and coconut are a couple of other great ways to enjoy the goodness of Baker's chocolate. The company also makes a dipping chocolate that comes in a microwavable bowl. You just have to heat it up and you have a tasty chocolate dip for fruits, pretzels and many other treats.

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