Chocolate – Emotional Benefits for the Mind and Spirit

When it comes to chocolate, everyone has a favorite type. Whether you love the richness of milk chocolate or the tang of dark cocoa, there is something for everyone when it comes to this sweet treat. With the increase in health consciousness, chocolate has gotten a bad rep for being an unhealthy snack, but science is showing us a different story!

There are many health benefits to eating chocolate, including its antioxidant effect and usefulness in preventing heart disease.  New research has now broadened the picture of the healthy attributes of chocolate, and scientists have discovered that it can have amazing emotional benefits as well!

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Everyone has experienced that craving for chocolate at one point or another, and now we know that there is more to it than just having a sweet tooth. When you eat chocolate, there are several emotional benefits triggered within the brain, including:

  • A blissful, “falling in love” euphoria
  • Reduction in stress and anxiety
  • Increase of serotonin levels
  • Less moodiness
  • Overall sense of wellbeing

With the emotional boost and health benefits that chocolate provides, you never have to feel guilty about your mid-day sweet indulgence!

Savage Bros. Confectionery Machinery Company

Savage Bros believes in the power of chocolate, and since 1855 we have been the leading confectionery machinery company in the industry. From the days of horse-drawn wagons to modern-day society, we have been providing the best in candy and chocolate making machinery to confectionery artists around the world.

Savage Bros offers a variety of chocolate processing and depositing equipment, from melters and tempering machinery to high-tech chocolate molding workstations. Whatever you need to create your sweet treats, our professional confectionery machinery company can help you take your creations to the next level!

To find out more about the exceptional service and quality chocolate making equipment Savage Bros offers, give us a call today!

Chocolates for Every Sweets Lover

confectionery machine companyChocolate can bring joy and give you a taste of different cultures from around the world. No matter who you might be shopping for, there’s a chocolate out there that’s perfect for every kind of person. As a leader in confectionery equipment, we’ve put together a short list of some of the people you have in your life and the perfect chocolates to give them.

The meat lover – For your friend or family member who simply can’t pass up a medium rare steak, bacon truffles and bacon chocolate bars are the perfect treat. These bacon-infused sweets provide the perfect balance between sweet and savory.

The traveler – If you know someone who is crazy about traveling the world and experiencing different cultures, give them exotic chocolates that include globally inspired ingredients, such as wasabi, African rooibos tea, and more.

The health nut – There’s no reason that you can’t be healthy and be a chocolate lover too. For those health nuts in your life, opt for healthy snacks dipped in dark chocolate. Olives, nuts, and berries in dark chocolate will satisfy their sweet tooth craving with ease!

The love of your life – For the special love of your life, give them chocolates that show them you care. Chocolates infused with aphrodisiacs such as cinnamon, licorice, and ginger make for the perfect gift.

For over 150 years, Savage Bros. has been the manufacturer and supplier of high-quality confectionery and baking equipment. If you’re looking to craft some of the best candies in the industry, look no further for supplies than our confectionery machine company. Call us to learn more about the wide selection of equipment we offer or fill out our online form for more information today.

Perfect Your Chocolate with Our Roller Cutters, Sizers and Levelers

Has finding the proper thickness of your chocolate been a struggle for you? How about cutting your batch into equal pieces? If so, order our state-of-the-art roller cutters, sizers and levelers today. Crafted with stainless steel shafts and easy-to-grip revolving handles, they’ll effectively roll out and slice your chocolate to the perfect size and thickness.

Cholocate Rollers, Cutters, and Sizers

Rollers, Cutters, Sizers

Roller Cutters: Featuring interchangeable food-grade Lexan spacers, stainless steel circular knives with beveled edges and revolving handles, our roller cutter makes every cut the right cut. Handles can be easily disconnected so you can rearrange the blades and spacers to suit the requirements of your batch. We carry a twelve-knife model, a fifteen-knife model, and a twenty-knife model. Each comes with a ¾”, ½” and 1/8” spacer.

Sizers: This weighted rolling pin spreads and compresses your chocolate slab to your desired thickness. End wheels can be added to raise the drum off the cooling table if you desire a thicker batch of chocolate. Our drum sizer spans the width of a cooling table and will smoothly flatten your chocolate until it is exactly how you want it.

Levelers: Essentially a vertical plow, this tool is used to spread your candy slab. By simply pushing it into your mound of chocolate, it will level it out so the surface is nice and smooth. The height of the leveler is easy to adjust, featuring threaded posts that make it easy to raise up or lower down. It spans the width of the cooling table, so you can effectively level as much chocolate that fits across.

Make the confectionary making process more efficient with our fine roller cutters, sizers and levelers. For more information on these cutting-edge products, give us a call at (800) 342-0973 or fill out our online form for more information!

Moving to a New Home before the Holidays

Your leading confectionary equipment manufacturers at Savage Bros are thrilled to announce that we’re moving to a larger space. Effective this month, we will move out of our current 30,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing warehouse and 13,900-sq.-ft. assembly building into a single 81,500-sq.-ft. facility. Equipped with state-of-the-art electric, lighting and communications technologies, this spacious structure will provide us with everything needed to bolster our manufacturing, engineering, sales and services efforts.

Savage Bros. New Office

Savage Bros. Moves to a New Location

Starting December 1, 2015, this will be our new address:
1825 Greenleaf Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 USA

We ask that you please update your records. Our phone, fax and email information will remain as it is.

We aim to make this transition as smooth and streamlined as possible, but will face some disruption during Thanksgiving week. We will have limited communication from the 23rd through the 25th while our telephone systems are being moved. We will also be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after, so if you have any urgent requests, don’t hesitate to call us now at 847-981-3000.

This exciting and monumental occasion couldn’t have been possible without the continued support from our customers. We would like to thank all of you for making this happen, fueling our growth over the years and allowing us to continue to deliver new innovations to the confectionery industry. Keep checking our website for additional updates on the finishing of our new demonstration room. Here you’ll be able to test your recipes on our equipment alongside our master chef!

Thanks again for making this all possible and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

The 6 Essential Scents for Fall

Fall is right around the corner, and that means that cozy sweaters, boots, and autumn decorations are soon to be popping up everywhere you look. And the most popular smells of fall? Pumpkin, a cozy fire and crisp leaves are all scents we immediately associate with colder weather; they’re cozy, comforting and make nearly any room feel a little bit more like “home.”

Candle Scents

Fall Candle Scents

So as you’re gearing up for fall in the candle business, be sure to have these in-demand “staple” scents on hand—they’re sure to sell fast! Stock up on these popular scents to create the perfect autumn blends:

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Crisp Apple
  3. Autumn Spices
  4. Cinnamon
  5. French Vanilla
  6. Sandalwood

You can’t go wrong with any of these super popular scents! Use only one for a classically scented candle, or combine two or three to create unique, rich fragrances your customers are sure to love. Fall is a huge season for candle purchases, so make sure you can keep up with demand!

Call Savage Bros to get all the mixers, melters and processing equipment you need to make your candle business more efficient and streamlined. We have been the premier choice for top-of-the-line candle making equipment for more than 100 years and we can help make your business even better this fall!

Call one of our friendly representatives to learn more or fill out our quick form for more information today!

The History of Chocolate- The Short and Sweet Version

Can you imagine chocolate as anything but delicious? Believe it or not, the decadent, irresistible treat wasn’t much of a treat at all for most of its 4,000-year existence. In fact, it wasn’t even in bar or chip form; it was liquid. Produced by pre-Olmec cultures living in present-day Mexico, chocolate was originally a bitter, frothy beverage that was used for ritual, medicinal and hedonistic purposes.

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Chocolate in History

The Concoction

Before getting into the rich history of this widely-loved food, it’s important to get a surface-level understanding of how it was made. The ancient Mesoamerican cultures would cultivate the native cacao plants found in nearby tropical rainforests and ferment, roast and ground the beans into a paste. They would then mix it with water, vanilla, honey, chili peppers and other spices to create a smooth and creamy beverage. Many believe its origin and bitter taste is how chocolate got its name because the Aztec word “xocoatl” refers to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans.

The Bitter Beginning

In its earliest days, Olmec, Mayan and Aztec civilizations found chocolate to be an invigorating drink with magical and divine properties. They would use the liquid as an aphrodisiac and mood enhancer, sometimes giving it to sacrifice victims to comfort them before their death. It was also incorporated in a number of rituals, including births, marriages and funerals.

Unfortunately for the Aztecs, cacao beans didn’t grow in the dry highlands they inhabited, so they would often trade with the Mayans to obtain them. It’s believed that their emperor, Montezuma, drank three gallons of chocolate every day to increase his libido. It’s even believed that he offered it to Hernando Cortes when he mistook him for a reincarnated deity instead of the violent, ruthless conqueror he was.

European Adoption

Regardless of whether the tale between Montezuma and Cortes is true, it is proven that some Spanish explorers did, in fact, consume chocolate given to them by the Aztecs. One even described the concoction as “a bitter drink for pigs” in one of his diary entries. Despite his disdain for it, the Spaniards began to mix the beverage with cinnamon, honey and cane sugar, resulting in rapid adoption throughout Spain. However, chocolate only touched the lips of the royal and wealthy as they were the only ones who could afford the expensive import.

Spain kept this delicious treat a secret for as long as they could, but like all things delicious, it was eventually discovered by foreign tongues. In 1615, when King Phillip III of Spain’s daughter was sent off to France to marry King Louis XIII, she introduced chocolate to the country’s most rich and powerful. It soon became so widely-consumed across all of Europe that the wealthy began to establish colonial plantations in equatorial regions to grow cacao and sugar. Once the steam engine was invented in the late 1700s, mass production of chocolate made it a delicacy that was affordable for all.

The Solidification

To this point, chocolate was still liquid. It wasn’t until 1828 when a Dutch chemist named Coenraad Johannes van Houten discovered a way to make it powdered by removing half of the natural fat (known as cacao butter). He would then take the remnants and pound it into a fine powder (called Dutch cocoa) that could be mixed with liquids and other ingredients. This was all done using his cocoa press, which then allowed him to pour liquid solution into molds and solidify it into edible chocolate.

However, it wasn’t until 20 years later that the first chocolate bar was produce by Joseph Fry. By adding the melted cacao butter back into Dutch cocoa, Fry made a moldable chocolate paste that could be conformed and solidified. Another 20 years later, Cadburry began producing boxes of chocolate candies throughout England. Shortly after, Nestle pioneered milk chocolate, thus starting the mass commercialization of the savory treat.

Present Day

Nowadays, chocolate is loved worldwide by people of all various statuses and cultures. It is incorporated in various types of treats – from chocolate covered strawberries to chocolate chip muffins. It is given as a gift on minor and major holidays alike – Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day to name a few. Now, it’s a global phenomenon with a worldwide total of $75 billion spent on it annually.

Because of this high demand, the chocolate producing industry has grown so large that about 50 million people depend on it for their livelihoods. The hardworking folks at Savage Bros are among these people, producing state-of-the-art chocolate melting, processing, packaging and cutting equipment for the confectioners of the world. Our chocolate enrobers are among some of the most quality in the industry, allowing candy makers to mass produce chocolate to satisfy the tastes of people around the world.

If you’re a confectioner and are looking for state-of-the-art confectionery equipment, contact Savage Bros today. Call us at (800) 342-0973 or fill out our online contact form to learn more about our products!

Sweet Confectioners’ Events We’re Attending in 2016

With September almost coming to a close, 2016 is right around the corner. Now that we’ve attended all of our scheduled events for 2015, it’s time to start preparing for next year’s lineup. From Las Vegas, Nevada to Johannesburg, South Africa, we will be exhibiting to, shaking hands with and mingling with the brightest minds in the industry from all across the globe. We’re incredibly thrilled to have opportunity to learn new things and keep up with the latest and greatest in confectionary products at the following events:

Philadelphia Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show: January 9-11, 2016/ Oaks, PA

PNCS LogoHeld at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, this well-known event aims to provide a forum where confectioners can meet, network, share ideas and develop skills. Offering educational courses, publications and online resources, it aims to help attendees learn about what it takes to build a great business. Savage Bros will be displaying our various types of candy cooking and processing equipment here.

Propak Africa: March 15-18, 2016/ Johannesburg, South Africa

propak_africa_logo_neu_3920Drawing confectioners from across the world to the Expo Centre at Nasrec, Propak Africa brings the highly-competitive packaging, processing, plastics, printing and labeling industries together. We will be showing off our S-92 gas FireMixer, Tabletop Extruder and Tabletop Chocolate Temperer & Depositor here.

PMCA Production Conference: April 11-13, 2016/ Lancaster, PA

70thlogosmallFeaturing a one-day supplier exhibition, educational seminars, networking opportunities and an annual golf tournament, this conference has been going on strong for 70 years. This event aims to:

1) Provide interactive forums for the open exchange of information.
2) Promote and direct basic and applied scientific research.
3) Educate and train current and future confectionery technical and manufacturing personnel.

RCI Annual Convention and Industry Exposition: June 20-24 2016/ Indianapolis, IN

2013 Expo Button for Exhibitors smallA great venue to see equipment, products and packing machinery, this annual event also offers educational forums and the opportunity to meet other manufacturers. We will be exhibiting next to many of the brightest companies within the industry.

ConfitExpo Mexico: August 4-7, 2016/ Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico

confitexpo_logo_6285 smallSouth of the border in Guadalajara is Confitexpo. Providing attendees with the latest information about products and innovations within the industry, this conference is a confectionary manufacturer and dealer’s wonderland.

International Baking Industry Exposition: October 9-11, 2016/ Las Vegas, NV

IBIE_LogoOften abbreviated as IBIE, this premiere bakery show is put on once every three years. Bringing together over 20,000 professionals from 100 different countries, this expo is one of the biggest and most comprehensive in the industry. We will be exhibiting our baking equipment here. This includes our bowl lifters, icing and chocolate processing equipment and enrobers.

PackExpo: November 6-9, 2016/ Chicago, IL

PackExpo_Logo2Last but not least on our schedule is PackExpo. Held at the massive McCormick Place in the gorgeous Windy City, this event is the largest processing and packaging trade show in the world. We will be displaying a long list of our chocolate melting & transfering systems here, as well as a long list of other products.

We couldn’t be more excited to attend all of these events and show off our machines to the rest of the industry. If you’ll be in attendance at any of these shows, feel free to stop by our booth to learn more about our long line of confectionery products. If you’re interested in learning more now, call us today and one of our representatives will fill you in on everything you need to know.

8 Insane Uses for Chocolate You Didn’t Know About

Everything in moderation, right? While many people jump to the conclusion that chocolate is bad for you, it’s time to take a closer look. In honor of International Chocolate Day (Sept. 13th) fast approaching, here are 8 actual uses for chocolate that are going to make your life a whole lot better…

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Insane Uses for Chocolate

  1. Currency: All right, this one might be a little outdated. But before cold, hard cash hopefully flooded your pockets, cocoa beans were actually used as a form of currency by the Mayans and Aztecs long ago!
  2. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: The polyphenol in dark chocolate has been known to be a great dietary supplement that improves coronary circulation and even lowers blood pressure. That increased circulation also goes to your brain, which makes you more alert and a more effective thinker.
  3. Coating—wait for it—Bacon! We’re actually not sure how good this tastes, but it has been done before. Also, it’s bacon, so you can’t complain.
  4. Fighting Tooth Decay: What? This might sound crazy, but an extract of cocoa has actually been found to be more effective than fluoride in teeth health. Plus, it tastes good!
  5. Fuel? Luckily, E. coli’s sweet tooth might make these bacteria useful. When the bacterium ingests chocolate, they produce hydrogen that can be used as a clean source of power.
  6. Perfume: Before you pass up that eau de chocolat, just remember that hardly anything smells sweeter than chocolate!
  7. Clothing: So chic…or choc? Le Salon du Chocolat hosts worldwide fashion shows that feature exceptionally sweet chocolate dresses from the finest chocolatiers all around the world.
  8. A Giant Chocolate Slip-N-Slide: Yes, you read that correctly. You’ll need about 50 gallons of chocolate syrup, 200 yards of plastic sheeting, and an old bathing suit to pull this off. Grab a group of friends and dive in for some slippery, sweet fun!

Whether you thought that was educational or ridiculous, chocolate is definitely more multifunctional than we thought. For confectionary equipment or other baking equipment, contact our professionals at Savage Bros. Let our chocolate and candy making equipment satisfy your sweet tooth today!

3 Reasons Why Our Redesigned Chocolate Enrober Makes Life Sweeter

What does every confectioner look for in their chocolate making equipment? Easy maintenance, reliability, efficiency and affordability are all terms that come to mind. This candy making equipment has become necessary in this day and age, saving bakers and candy makers time and energy by coating mass amounts of sweets in melted chocolate. However, not all food and bakery equipment is created equal; some machines can handle jobs much more capably than others. Here are five reasons why adding our redesigned W.C. Smith Chocolate Enrober to your confectionery supply will make life sweeter.

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Chocolate Enrober Candy Making Machine

  • It’s Easy to Clean – With all stainless steel construction, our enrober is completely resistant to tarnishing and rust. Its heated, water-jacketed chocolate reservoir, with agitator, makes for an effortless clean, causing the leftover chocolate goo to easily slide off. On top of that, its roll-out casters make for simple cleaning and changeover.
  • It’s Equipped With State-of-the-Art Technology – Featuring a PLC Touch Screen control panel, our enrober enables you to control all individual functions in one interface. In addition, its optical-level sensor simplifies controlling incoming chocolate flow from the external source tank.
  • It’s Efficient – Our chocolate melter comes with a two-curtain chocolate flow pan, allowing you to coat rows of sweets in melted chocolate. After that, the products are dried off by the variable speed blower, shaken by the variable speed shaker and finished by the variable speed detailer. With this equipment, you’re able to increase production quickly and efficiently.

To take your business to the next level, increase production without sacrificing integrity by adding our chocolate enrober to your candy making equipment supply. Its durability, easy upkeep, coherence and cutting-edge design make it a must-have in any confectioner’s supply. If you’re interested in learning more about the W.C. Smith Chocolate Enrober or want information on our product offerings, call Savage Bros today or fill out our online contact form!

The History of Candles

Candles have been a part of human history for thousands of years; they are one of our earliest—and greatest—inventions. The first known reference to candles was more than 5,000 years ago in Avignon, France, where “rush lights” (rushes dipped in fat) were used to light great halls, cottages, shops and churches.

Candles - An Intriguing History

History of Candles

From there, candle making steadily advanced to use a variety of different materials. Everyday candles were typically made with animal fat from sheep or cows (tallow), beeswax or spermaceti (a substance derived from oil found in sperm whales). Tallow candles had the dimmest light and usually had a very foul odor; beeswax candles were less expensive and brighter, but not quite as bright as spermaceti candles (which were also less expensive, too!).

By the 19th century, patented candle-making machines were starting to be developed and allowed for mass-produced candles to be widely available and affordable. During this time, scientists created a new substance called “stearine” by extracting glycerine from tallow. Stearine was harder than tallow and burned brighter and longer.

During this time, innovations with wicks also led to even better candles. Instead of simply twisting strands of cotton, new wicks were plaited tightly so that the burned portions would curl upon themselves instead of falling into the candle as it burned. This eliminated the need to trim or clean wicks as a candle burned.

Additional candle developments like the addition of lime, palmatine and paraffin to mixtures further developed the commercial candle business. Many of these innovations are still used in candle making today, though the processes have been streamlined with the use of professional equipment and tools. Large-scale melters, cookers, and bowls for lifting and pouring all make mass candle-making faster and easier than ever.

For more than 100 years, the experts at Savage Bros. have been developing and refining professional candle-making equipment. From extruders, thermometers, cutters, mixers and more, we are the company to call for all of your candle-making equipment needs. Contact us today to learn how our products can help make your candle-making processes easier and more efficient than ever.