The word “nonpareils” means unique and to a candy lover, they really have no match! Occasions like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween presents us with the sweet chance to have all the fascinating chocolate and candies s and nonpareils are the one to add the finishing touch to them. It is the decoration you can actually, well, eat and life just can’t get any cuter than this!
Nonpareils are used for the ornamentation of dark chocolate nonpareils and milk chocolate nonpareils, among other bakery items. This decorative confections look like perfect tiny balls and are made of starch and sugar. Nobody really knows from where they have actually originated from but are generally considered to be evolved around the pharmaceutical use of sugar.
The history Nonpareils can be traced back to the 18th century, where frosted nonpareils were introduced to be used as the toppings of wedding cakes. After that, the use of both white and colored nonpareils started to get mentioned in different recipes and cookbooks. By the early 19th century, nonpareils become exceptionally popular in the U.S. and the Europe. At that time, they were prepared manually, with multiple hot pots, hot syrup and a great deal of practice and patience, as described in the book by Eleanor Parkinson, a professional confectioner from 1844.
Eventually, people started to experiment with Nonpareils for other kind of bakery items and chocolate, was one of them. In fact, dark chocolate nonpareils and milk chocolate nonpareils are the most common food items that use Nonpareils. The chocolate industry started to invent technologies to produce different kind and combination of Nonpareils. They are sold not only on chocolate but also separately to top various bakery items.
Because dark chocolates do not contain any milk, some people may find the taste mildly bitter. Nonpareils can easily counter-act the bitterness giving it a nice combination of flavor. White or milk chocolates are also perfect for Nonpareils.
One of the most important aspects of a fancy pastry cake is the presentation. Nonpareils can do wonders in this case. From a three storied wedding cake to your kid’s cup-cake, Nonpareils can instantly change the look and taste of cakes and pastries.
Nonpareils are also used in other bakery items, for example sweet breads, fairy breads, sweet pies, all kind of cookies, brownies etc. So go ahead and add some Nonpareils to your favorite bakery item, because nothing adds more definitions and textures as gloriously as the Nonpareils.