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In my chocolate fondue, I used butter to help it melt smoothly. Now, after the meal, I want to use the left over chocolate. There is a slight sheen of oil on the chocolate and, in the refrigerator, the butter settles on top and "freezes".

How can I get that butter out?

Bonus response: How should I use this left over chocolate?

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The short answer is: you cannot get the butter out. The milk solids from the butter will be throughout the mixture, and the sheen on top may not be just milk fat from butter, but some cocoa butter as well. Even if you do try to skim the butter off the top, the remaining chocolate will never have the same quality as it did before.

Some options:

  • Reheat it for more fondue based enjoyement
  • Add cream or milk, and use the remainder as a sauce over ice cream or another desert
  • You have not mentioned if there are any other ingredients in the chocolate fondue mixture. Assuming it is only chocolate and butter, estimate the ratio of chocolate to butter. You could then probably use it to replace some proportion of butter and chocolate in certain brownies or cookies.

Truthfully, either of the first two choices are your best option. It should also freeze fairly well if you want to hold it for a future fondue party.

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I did freeze it. I laid it out into an inch thick then cut it into little chunks to make it easier to reheat. Very good idea for a chocolate sauce! – MADCookie Feb 21 '13 at 23:05

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