oranges with leavesThe history of this beloved preserve can be traced back to the 16th century, when Portuguese sailors brought Seville oranges to Europe. 

The word "marmalade" itself is derived from the Portuguese word "marmelada," meaning quince jam. Initially, marmalade was made from quinces, but as oranges became more readily available, they became the fruit of choice for this delectable spread.

Scotland has long been associated with marmalade, thanks to the innovation of Janet Keiller, who, in the late 18th century, turned a shipment of bitter Seville oranges into the first commercially produced marmalade.

Since then, marmalade has become a staple on breakfast tables around the world, cherished for its unique blend of sweet and bitter flavours.

let's turn our attention to the chocolate. Also a gift from the americas brought by another Portuguese sailor Christopher Columbus. 

Renowned for its intense cocoa flavour and luxurious texture, dark chocolate has been enjoyed for centuries.

With origins in Mesoamerica, where the ancient Aztecs and Mayans revered cocoa beans as currency and consumed them in a bitter, spicy beverage, chocolate has evolved into the beloved treat we know today.

The magic truly happens when these two delights come together. Dark chocolate, with its deep, complex flavours and slight bitterness, provides the perfect counterbalance to the bright, citrusy notes of marmalade. 

When blended together as the preserve cools at around 50°C, the flavours meld harmoniously, creating a symphony of taste sensations on the palate.

But why is this combination so irresistible?

 It's all about balance. The sweetness of the marmalade tempers the bitterness of the dark chocolate, while the chocolate adds depth and richness to the marmalade. 

Together, they create a sensory experience that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Moreover, the temperature at which the blend occurs is crucial. 

At around 50°C, the chocolate is in its molten state, allowing it to mix seamlessly with the warm marmalade without compromising its texture or flavour.

This careful blending process ensures that every spoonful of marmalade-infused chocolate is pure bliss.

Whether enjoyed spread on toast, drizzled over desserts, or simply savoured on its own, the combination of marmalade and dark chocolate is a testament to the endless possibilities of culinary creativity. 

So, the next time you're craving a sweet treat with a hint of sophistication, reach for the chocolate marmalade it's a match made in culinary heaven.

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