As I wax lyrical (pun intended) about myself and my relationship to my family’s chocolate, it occurs to me at one time in my upbringing my Cousin Ginger would always make Christmas candies as a present. It was always a special gift given with love, always appreciated, and it was often made with old fashioned ingredients. Intuitively, you would think that with a classic, original recipe, it would be wholesome and without any artificial additives. How untrue!
Cousin’s “go to” in this case was to make chocolate fudge with food grade paraffin. I’ve a copy of one of her favorite recipes below:
Martha Washington Chocolates
(Makes about 5 lbs)
Melt 1/4 lb. of butter or oleo and add 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, 2 lbs. powdered sugar, 1 can coconut, 1 pt. chopped fine pecans.
Mix together, roll into small balls and dip in chocolate mix.
Mix 12 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate with 1 bar (1/4 lb) of paraffin (melt over low heat or double boiler). Stick toothpick in balls, dip into chocolate mix. Drop on wax paper to cool.
Horrors! Carnauba wax is used in so many things from make-up to caramel apples.
At Chocolaterie Stam, you can be assured that no wax has ever come close to our chocolate. Even as we have followed the family’s tried and true, we never come across using paraffin as an ingredient.
My warm and fuzzy memories of my cousin’s Christmas gift, always reminds me that she did her best with what she was given. It was from her hands and heart.
But still… My gift to you is our guarantee that no wax, or paraffin, will ever be in Stam Chocolate. In fact, no one can ever hold a candle to us!