Chocolate chips, a baking ingredient that is worth a few extra dollars and you must always have in handy. As an avid baker, I always have a container of choco chips in my pantry and sometimes even two. With this one product coming in handy, you are just a handful of other ingredients away from your delicious cookie craving at any point of the day or the night.
The other ingredients that you will probably need are flour, sugar, salt, and butter. I have them always in my pantry. And yes, you are also a microwave melt away from transforming those baked products into presentation-worthy cookies for a welcoming gift or for pot luck.
My Experience And My Proposition
One recipe that can easily be made when you have chocolate chips in hand is the choco chip-zucchini bread. This is an easy recipe to make when you have the right chips at your disposal. To be very brief, there is absolutely no reason not to have a container of these chips in your kitchen all the time. I have also heard that they make great late-night snacks right from the bag. But, one thing that I always have in mind is avoiding the basic ones available in the market. I do not keep them in my pantry. The cookie blondies and batches that I try out during birthdays and other special events are from the choco chips that I get from both local and hard-to-pronounce shops. After all these years of using choco chips for different preparations, I have come to one conclusion – there is a difference and that too, a big one.
Are Expensive Choco Chips Good?
The brands selling affordable choco chips are fine but in your attempt of buying inexpensive products, you generally trade off a number of important things. In other words, if you are going for low-cost chocolaty chips, you might be probably compromising with texture and flavor. So, the main idea here is that there is no use opting for a $2 chocolate chip bag over a $5 bag only to make such important tradeoffs.
The very first thing you need to know is that the majority of the cheap brands make use of stabilizers for keeping the perfect shape of the chips even when they are hot. These are not bad and unsafe; but the thing is that they are not just necessary. They can make the choco chips a little plasticky and waxy. These stabilizers are not used by good quality and expensive brands.
Stabilizer Used In Chocolate Chips
My favorite is Guittard that makes use of sunflower lecithin. This is a stabilizer that is generally used for preventing foods from getting sticky. Another important thing that expensive brands do is that they use cleaner ingredients for making choco chips. It is only because of the cleaner ingredient list that their products have a better texture in comparison to the ones available from the cheap brands.
Also, the flavor of their chips is far superior to the flavor of the inexpensive brands. Majority of the cheap chips are simply sweet with sugar dominating the palate. They do not have many nuances.