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Lesson Learned: Quality Truly Does Matter

One day I wanted to make chocolate sauce to dip some fresh buttery croissants in. I went to the grocery store and settled on buying store brand chocolate chips. I should have known something as I began to whisk the chocolate chips & milk in the double boiler and I didn’t smell a strong chocolate aroma. I began to second guess myself. I wondered if something was wrong with the milk I had used. I looked at the expiration date on the bag of chocolate chips. There wasn’t an issue with the milk or the chocolate chips. I even questioned the new pot I purchased to use specifically when I need a double boiler. ‘Maybe the pot is too new’, I thought to myself. When I tasted the sauce, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. The sauce was smooth to the eye; but it wasn’t smooth to the tongue. The sauce could have been better.

The next time I decided to make some chocolate sauce, I bought premium chocolate chips. I used the chocolate sauce for a turtle cheesecake that I had made. I was more than pleased with the results.

Pure Indulgence: Turtle Cheesecake

Pure Indulgence: Turtle Cheesecake

I am not totally opposed to buying store brand goods. I simply realized that I have to place the items in their proper perspective when I am cooking. When the item is a main ingredient, I will not think twice about using quality ingredients. Using quality ingredients truly makes recipes pop.

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