It’s all about the ingredients, isn’t it? If a key lime pie-maker has already shown his cards by cutting corners using pre-made crust and concentrated bottled key lime juice, where do you think he’s going when it comes to the chocolate used to dip his key lime pies? My first attempt at making Swingles (our name for this chocolate-dipped delight) took me to purchasing an off the shelf canned confectionary dipping chocolate. Needless to say, I only bought it once and never finished the can. Why take the best, freshest key lime pie (actually, a tart in the case of the Swingle) and dip it into some inferior product? Sacrilege.
Reading the list of ingredients on the commercial dipping chocolate was like reading a technical manual, so we decided to go the way we’ve gone with everything we do, we make it in-house. The addition of oil is necessary, but quantity and quality are huge determining factors in the final product. Instead of an inferior milk chocolate thinned with about 30% palm kernel oil (which is what you find in the ready-to-use dipping chocolate), we temper our chocolate with 100% organic coconut oil, around 15~20% ratio.
We use a dark, semi-sweet chocolate made by Belcolade, who has made it a mission to be the leaders for the professional market of high quality chocolate. They accomplish this goal by focusing on a superior quality of their ingredients and production methods. You simply cannot find a finer Belgian chocolate.
Ask us about our Swingle specials too. There’s the La Victoria, topped with a layer of Chipotle puree then dipped in dark chocolate, the Raspberry Blonde is topped with raspberry puree and then dipped in Belcolade white chocolate, and the Raspberry Classic, our chocolate dipped Swingle topped with raspberry puree. We’re working on a few other flavors as well.
As always, we strive to use the finest ingredients in everything we bring to you, and we stand on this as a point of pride. Standing on a street in Key West alone doesn’t quite cut it, it’s all about the ingredients, isn’t it?
To see a short video about our Swingles, please follow this link.