LISA: I’m Lisa Birnbach for howdini, when your shopping for chocolate do you ever wonder, hmm, what is a praline? What makes a chocolate a truffle? Here to explain these chocolate convections is Clay Gordan. Chocolate expert and author of Discover Chocolate. Okay, what is gnash?
CLAY: Gnash is a mixture of chocolate and cream, or chocolate and cream and butter, and optionally you can put another, some sort of flavoring in it. Actually a filling, its fairly soft, which means it has a lot of butter or milk in it. But when we’re cutting it up we’re looking to see if the, how thin the shell is, thinner is harder. And we are looking to see if the shell is even on all four sides.
LISA: Now what about, is there a different word to describe cherries or liqueur that you find in chocolates?
CLAY: Well the normal term we find for a chocolate with alcohol in it might be a corgel, especially if it has a fruit.
LISA: Okay, what’s a praline?
CLAY: So praline is a word that the Belgium’s use, where we would use bon-bon. So that means a candy, not a bar. Now you may see the word praline with a little accent over the e and that is pronounced praline.
CLAY: And a praline is actually a caramelized nut that are ground up into a fine paste, and added to chocolate. And here we’re actually cutting into a praline, right, which is actually flavored with cinnamon.
LISA: Uh huh-
CLAY: A great chocolate is going to engage all of your senses.
LISA: Thanks Clay.
CLAY: It’s been my pleasure.
LISA: For howdini.com I’m Lisa Birnbach.