I like using as many "natural" ingredients in my cooking and baking as much as possible. That said, I am looking for some guidance on which brands of chocolate are best for use in making ganache, candy, etc. I've used Wilton Candy Melts for doing little candies, but I can't say that I really care for the type of ingredients that are used. I would like to try my hand at making candies using quality ingredients, but I'm at a loss as to where I should start. Some input from the more experienced bakers and decorators would be appreciated.
I like World Wide Chocolate (dot com). They have a variety of quality chocolate to choose from. The kind of chocolate you use will depend on your (or your clients') preferences and the type of product you are making. Dark chocolate is my favorite for many things, but some people don't like the bitterness of a dark. I also like to use a semi-sweet for truffle dipping. As has been stated here many times, your ganache is only as good as your chocolate. Same goes for your candies. Good Luck!
Lol, well currently my "clients" are just me, my husband, and my daughter, and I've taken no professional classes of any kind. Not even online. I just love watching cake decorating shows, and trying new things. I like to challenge myself to attempt what all of the great bakers and decorators do. I love using good ingredients whenever I can, just like the professionals do. So thank you for your input, it's greatly appreciated.