Original scientific paper                                                                                                                                            DOI: 10.17508/CJFST.2022.14.2.03

Cocoa Shell as an Innovative Ingredient in Chocolate with a Strong Alcoholic Filling

Mirela Trgovac, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8185-5155Veronika Barišić*, https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4545-4228Ivana Flanjak, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9627-1013Antun Jozinović, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9680-6353Borislav Miličević, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6453-1850Jurislav Babić, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6956-5814Drago Šubarić,
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4257-2907 Đurđica Ačkar

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Food Technology Osijek, Franje Kuhača 18, 31000 Osijek, Croatia

Article history:
Received: November 22, 2021
Accepted: February 7, 2022
The chocolate industry is constantly developing new products with different fillings, toppings, flavours, etc. Chocolates with alcoholic filling are popular, especially with young adults. In chocolates with alcoholic filling different kinds of thickeners can be used to increase the viscosity of the filling and make production easier. In this study, we examined cocoa shells, a by-product of the chocolate industry, as a new ingredient and thickener of an alcoholic filling. Chocolates with bitter herbal liqueur were produced in a ball mill with four different fillers. A comparison of guar gum and cocoa shell as thickeners was conducted. The influence of the filling ingredients on the stability of the filled chocolate was determined by measuring colour and gloss over 30 days of accelerated fat bloom. The results showed that chocolates for which the cocoa shell was used were more stable than chocolates where guar gum was used. Evaluation of sensory properties of chocolates with bitter herbal liqueur and different thickeners was conducted by the trained sensory panel. The highest-rated, after sensory assessment, were dark chocolates that contained cocoa shells in the filling. Also, an online questionnaire was conducted to examine consumer preference for a new product. According to the results, it can be concluded that the production of this chocolate would be desirable.
alcoholic filling
bitter herbal liqueur
sensory acceptability