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What did I do to make the chocolate bloom like this?

I've been trying to create some moulded pralines and have been tempering chocolate using the microwave method. The microwave method was to heat the chocolate in the microwave in small bursts until ...
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How to make chocolate milk

I have tried making hot cocoa with melted chocolate. Here is how I did it: Heat up some milk in a mug until it is hot(ceramic tends to do better in microwaves than glass does because it doesn't ...
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Tempering chocolated fail!

I've tried several times to temper chocolate and every attempt has been unsuccessful. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I purchased quality couverture chocolate thinking that was the problem ...
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Substitute for Nestle Semisweet Chocolate Chips in Australia?

I am living in Australia and having a hard time finding a good substitute for Nestle semisweet chocolate chips. What should I look for in a good quality semi-sweet chocolate chip in Australia and ...
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Will chocolate eggs inside a cupcake melt when baked in the oven?

Easter is coming and I was interested in baking some cupcakes with a solid/praline-filled chocolate surprise inside. Please refer to the image below. Little side note: I will put smaller chocolate ...
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Substitute for coating ramekin in a chocolate soufflé.

I know that when it comes to chocolate soufflés, the substance to coat a ramekin to help the soufflé climb is sugar. Here's my question: can I use something else, like salt? Or cocoa powder? I ...
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what does it mean to temper chocolate? [duplicate]

When working with chocolate you often melt it down and let it harden in a new shape or on top of or around another ingredient. What does it mean to "temper" chocolate
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how to make crystallized ginger powder

I make chocolate bonbons and in my new recipe I am trying to make a ginger ganache topped with dark chocolate. (This is the easy part). The hard part is when you think about a new shape for it. So ...
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Why did my chocolate tempering fail?

I just tried today to temper dark chocolate for the second time. I used about a pound of Toll House dark chocolate chips. If the quality of that chocolate is my problem, that would help me a lot. My ...
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Making dark chocolate at home

I want to make plain dark chocolate at home. The process is tricky in my experience, not simply mixing cocoa, cocoa butter, milk powder, sugar, etc. Can you share some practical tips for doing the ...
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How do you make a chocolate chip cookie where the chips remain gooey after baked and cooled?

Just had a chocolate chip cookie at local bakery. Cookie was crunchy with gooey chocolate chips inside, like right out of oven gooey, but cookie was cooled. Any ideas?
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Is there a substitute for chocolate graham crackers?

Where I live, we don't have any kind of Graham crackers. I've used other cookies before instead of the regular Graham crackers without a problem. I now came across a recipe that asks for chocolate ...
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How to prevent chocolate from melting?

It is tough to store chocolates during summer season. Is there any way to prevent chocolate from melting ?
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Substitution for hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles for bread)

I live in Spain but I am Dutch. Does anyone know a substitution for "hagelslag" (chocolate sprinkles to put on bread) for making boterhammen (open-faced sandwiches)?
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Vibrancy of chocolate sauce

dessert chefs, I make chocolate sauce for my drinks. My recipe is, in order, 1x unsweetened bakers chocolate (whole bar, chopped), 3x water, heat, 2.5x brown sugar, dash of salt, vanilla, strain. ...
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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 ...