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How can I increase the shelf life of chocolate ganache?

I'm testing out chocolate ganache recipes and they don't seem to have a long shelf life. The ganache begins to grow mold after the third week. Is there a specific percentage of cream, glucose, butter ...
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Homemade chocolate turns crumbly

I have been making Peanut Clusters a lot lately, and it seems that I just can't get them right. Once I add the butter, the chocolate turns brittle and crumbly before I can shape them on the wax paper. ...
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What should the results of my chocolate soufflé be like?

Should chocolate soufflés in their entirety have the same texture and solidity as its somewhat firm outer shell through out its body(excuse my redundancy)? I made soufflés for my girlfriend and I ...
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Can milk chocolate candy be used as a chocolate substitute in fudge?

Can I melt Brach's Milk Chocolate Stars or Hearts to make fudge?
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Leather flavour

A long time ago (ten years I think) I had leather, mint and tobacco chocolates at the Fat Duck. I've made pretty good tobacco ones, and I've been trying to work out how to do the leather ones. My ...
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Liquid Layer above Melted Chocolate

Recently I was experimenting with bakers chocolate. I proceeded to add some butter and continued to mix until smooth. Afterwards, I added a small amount of whole milk and the chocolate didn't really ...
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What is the difference between acetate sheets and baking paper when making chocolate deco?

I would like to make chocolate decorations with melted chocolate. After searching on the web, however, I am not quite sure I could find acetate sheets. But I can find baking paper. Would there be any ...
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What kind of chocolate should I use to coat homemade turtles?

I am making chocolate treats with mini Presley's caramel and chocolate. Can I use a regular Hershey's bar or use baking chocolate or can I mix them to make a harder coating or will the regular harden? ...
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Bonbons are a mystery

Walmart used to carry gold foil wrapped bonbons, inexpensive that were to die for. I've seen other postings. The outer chocolate, the inner peanut butter melt away is easy. It's the part in between ...
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How to change a vanilla cake recipe to make a chocolate cake?

I've seen this question about how to alter a chocolate cake recipe to make a plain cake, my question is the other way around, how to alter a vanilla cake recipe to make a chocolate cake? I read in a ...
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Tempered chocolate spheres in advance?

I'm having a birthday party this weekend, and therefore I need to make some food for my guests. For dessert I want to make a chocolate sphere with some kind of stuff inside, and then pour it with ...
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how to coat truffles with chocolate

I need help please, I have just made my first batch of truffles. I decided to coat them in chocolate (untempered) but after I had dipped about 8 the chocolate started to go too hard. I tried to melt ...
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Why most chocolate bars have trans fat?

Most chocolate bars have trans fat, usually less than 1g per 100g of chocolate. Even dark chocolate and even expensive brands such as Lindt. Where is this trans fat coming from?
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Chocolate hazelnut: efficacy of mixing crushed&roasted hazelnuts to sauce

I would like to know of roasting and crushing hazelnuts, then mixing them with chocolate sauce, is enough to create a nice choco-hazelnut syrup? (I recently asked if blending roasted hazelnuts will ...
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Oil vs butter in chocolate sponge cake cake

I baked a Victoria chocolate sponge cake. It did not turn to be a sponge cake at all. I wouldn't call it hard, but it was definitely not a moist cake. It was kind of fudgy (but it won't pass off for a ...
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How to preserve homemade chocolates?

I make my own homemade chocolates, fillings are also prepared by me. The question is how to preserve the chocolates for a long period of time? As in keeping it in a refrigerator is it the right way ...
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What does non-tempered couverture chocolate taste like?

I was reading that couverture chocolate is apparently "real" chocolate that requires proper tempering to have the right texture and shine. What if I don't temper it and just eat it straight out of ...
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How should I convert my Victoria sponge to a chocolate sponge?

I generally bake Victoria sponge cake with 6 oz flour. Now to make a chocolate sponge cake do I substitute 2 oz of flour with cocoa powder or do I keep the 6 oz flour and add additional 2 oz cocoa ...
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Combining melted chocolate with eggs

I've come across a number of recipes (the most recent of which was this) which suggest various combinations of adding hot melted chocolate to a mixture that contains eggs. The problem that I have ...
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Are commercial chocolate almonds coated with something that prevents melting?

Why is it that a milk chocolate bar begins to melt in my hand sooner than a chocolate-covered almond? The surface of typical chocolate-covered almonds are also a lot smoother than regular chocolate ...
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Putting a solid chocolate bar inside cake dough: what's the outcome?

Let's say I'm making a plain vanilla cake in a rectangular shape. If I were to put a solid chocolate bar in the middle of the dough before baking it, what would the outcome be when the cake is removed ...
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Chocolate: condensation issues

I made chocolates in a mold but when I take it out of the refrigerator it starts melting and water accumulates on surface. My process: I melted the chocolate and poured it into the mold and then kept ...
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What can I use as a substitute for Nori Wrapper on a Chocolate Dessert Sushi?

I'd like to make a chocolate dessert sushi but I'm stuck trying to come up with a substitute for nori or rice paper. I know some people like to use plastic chocolate like in this question. However ...
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To thin chocolate candy coating, how much oil to use?

I am trying to use chocoate candy coating on chocolate transfer sheets. The normal chunk of chocolate candy coating is too thick when melted, so I used vegetable oil to thin it for better spreading. ...
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Wrong consistency when making “after eight” chocolate

I am following a very simple recipe for making peppermint-stuffed chocolate, like the "After Eight" kind. I have a problem with the uniformity of the mint mass and am looking for advice. A few spoons ...
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A well-tempered chocolate is far too thick

I am making stuffed chocolate. But my chocolate mass is too thick and slow-flowing. To difficult to handle and to pour in the mold. I am tempering the chocolate by first melting a portion. I chop ...
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How to fix oily modeling chocolate

I made candy melt modeling chocolate for the first time and it is just a bit too oily. Is there a way to fix it? I don't think I stirred it too long but my melts may have been too warm when I added ...
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How to convert a specific cake recipe I have to make brownies? [duplicate]

I have a cake recipe which I love it and would like to turn it into brownies. Can someone help me? - 3 eggs - 2 cups sugar - 3 cups flour - 2 cups powdered chocolate - 1 cup oil - 1 cup of bowling ...
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Chocolate and oil mixed

When I melt 16 oz of chocolate I add 4 oz of oil how long can I keep this and how should it be stored. Someone said something about botulism ??
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My cocoa powder is not dark. Is it still dutch processed?

I bought whole foods "baking cocoa". On the back in the ingredients section it says "processes with alkali." Then, just above the bar code it says "dutch-processed cocoa". Also, it actually smells ...
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Lighter chocolate cake

I am making a Guinness chocolate cake and I need the color of it to turn out lighter to match the colors for a wedding. I have already used non Dutch processed cocoa but the lightest it got was maybe ...
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what is the best method to coat biscuits in chocolate

I have made some Anzac biscuits and would like to coat half of the biscuit in chocolate. Is it best to use a butter knife or dip them in a bowl of melted chocolate. Do you then place on baking paper ...
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Shelf Stable “Ganache”

I'm baking something that I might end up sending on a very long trip. For this I would want to make ganache, but it may be in transit for as long as 10 days so I don't want to use cream. If I do ...
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How to make a dessert with dynamically opening flower petals?

Anyone has any idea how to make petals open when sauce is poured onto the plate like pictured in this video? I realize it requires a lot of artistic skills to do it on this level, but what is the ...
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Why do patterns appear on tempered chocolate?

Sometimes, during a single session, spots and lines may appear on tempered chocolate. This seems to happen with the first third of production. Chocolates produced later in the batch do not exhibit ...
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Chocolate fondant vs. liquid chocolate cake

What is the difference between chocolate fondant and liquid chocolate cake? They are quite similar and visually indistinguishable.
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What is the difference between chocolate flavor cocoa powder and drinking chocolate?

Both contain low fat cocoa and chocolate flavor as ingredients. What would be the real difference between them in terms of taste and usage?
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Can I substitute almond milk for heavy cream in chocolate glaze?

When making chocolate glaze for éclairs or donuts, I want to use almond milk (well mainly because I don't normally have heavy cream readily available but I have almond milk) The almond milk I have is ...
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I want to make a mug cake, can I use hot chocolate mix instead of cocoa?

Unfortunately, I do not have any cocoa powder left. If I use Cadbury's hot chocolate mix, would it give me the same effect?
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Air bubble on surface of chocolate

How can I get rid of the air bubbles in the melted chocolate after I have blended with a mixer? I knocked the tray on the table so hard and the air bubble began to surface but it doesn't pop out. Any ...
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Making chocolate covered strawberries without parchment paper

What can I use to set the strawberries on to cool if I don't have parchment paper or a cooling rack?
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How can I get my chocolate cake to taste less like a brownie?

I've been testing out cake recipes, and I'm having a bit of difficulty creating a chocolate cake that doesn't taste like a brownie. What I want is a light, moist chocolate cake (doesn't everyone?), ...
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How to keep a chocolate fondue in a liquid form?

I'm trying to make chocolate fondue for dessert to serve in a restaurant on Valentines Day. What should I do to prevent the chocolate fondue from burning during heating, and setting as it cools.
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Difference between instant cocoa and drinking chocolate

There's a question with answers detailing the difference between pure cocoa powder and chocolate; it boils down to the 'raw' cocoa powder being a very ungrateful, bitter substance difficult to use ...
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what size foil squares to wrap chocolate truffles?

So much leftover chocolate truffle base that I better package nicely and get out of the house: Is there some ratio or rule of thumb to spare me from experimenting on the right size and shape of bon ...
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Are there any situations where untempered chocolate is better than tempered?

Every chocolate-based recipe I've seen either requires tempered chocolate or can use either tempered or untempered chocolate. Are there any recipes or techniques that specifically require untempered ...
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Using Milk Chocolate instead of unsweetened chocolate in a pie

I would like to make a chocolate silk pie for Christmas. I have a LOT of unused Milk Chocolate left over from a wedding and so that's why I am using the milk chocolate. Most of the recipes that I've ...
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Why does a cold saturated sugar solution melt chocolate?

In this YouTube video at 3m22s, a chocolate easter egg melts when a cold saturated sugar solution is poured into it. Why does a cold sugar solution melt the chocolate? I would totally understand if ...
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Use by date on cacao butter

I have just used cacao butter 6 yrs out of date to make raw chocolate adding honey and raw cocoa powder. I didn't realise until after I had made the chocolate how out of date it was. Is it OK to eat? ...
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How-to Cut Baking Chocolate bar clean for perfect squares

My recipe calls for 1/2 square of baking chocolate per cookie. But trying to cut thru the bar into the indicated squares just crumble and are not neat or exact. Is there a method of somehow either ...