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How to get chocolate of chocolate covered strawberries shiny?

Yesterday, I made strawberries covered with chocolate. Both my strawberries and milk chocolate were at room temperature. I heated the chocolate in the microwave together with a drop of peanut oil, ...
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Do all varieties of cocoa naturally taste bitter?

Very simple question. I bought some roasted cocoa seeds and tasted them, they have a slight "bitter" flavour and not "sweet" as I imagined when I was a kid. Now, chocolate is made by adding sugar to ...
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How to keep a chocolate cream from getting hard?

I've been making a chocolate cream/spread lately. Some butter, chocolate, salt, allspice, cocoa and water. I'm not really using any recipe, but it's about twice the chocolate over butter. These ...
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Flourless Chocolate Torte

I have just started my journey of testing and experimenting with a recipe for a Flourless Chocolate Torte. I really want to surprise my wife with a version of this classic that is like the one that ...
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Belgian chocolate milk

I've tried a lovely chocolate milk (cold, not to be confused with hot chocolate) from Marks and Spencer (a supermarket in the UK) and I'm trying to emulate it's rich Belgian chocolate taste. My ...
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Storing chocolate at home in the summer

In the summer while I'm at work I'd like to set the temperature of my small apartment higher--roughly 83 degrees as per US department of energy recommendations. I'm planning on keeping it between ...
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Is it possible to subsititute nutella for peanut butter?

Beyond the obvious differences in flavor, do these two tend to be interchangable? The consistencies and composition seem close enough to me to make an acceptable substitute, but is it likely to give ...
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Melted chocolate + olive oil = lumpy mess

I melted chocolate to put on top of some caramel flapjacks. The chocolate wasn't very runny so I added a little bit of olive oil. However this made it grainy and lumpy as if I had added water. ...
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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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How long can melted chocolate last?

I would like to know how long melted chocolate can last in a freezer? My wedding is in 4.5 months and would like to start now to melt chocolate for the party favours
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How do I mimic trader Joe's (dark) Chocolate covered Espresso Beans?

I'm trying to mimic the thick, rich dark chocolate covered espresso beans made by Trader Joes. These sweet morsels have a thick chocolate coating that easily give in when bitten. The beans inside ...
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Increase lifetime of homemade chocolates

I recently stated making my own chocolates. (No bars, but filled chocolates and pralines) I also make the filling myself. Now I have a question about the lifetime of this chocolates. On different ...
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Does chocolate syrup need to be refrigerated?

Hershey's chocolate syrup recommends that you "refrigerate after opening", but unlike many other sauces with this recommendation (e.g. ketchup, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce etc.) chocolate syrup bottles are ...
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Separated, grainy ganache (Dark and Stormies from Grewelings's book)

I tried making "Dark and Stormies" out of Greweling's book (Chocolate and Confections). The center is a white chocolate ganache infused with vanilla and ginger and with rum. Both times I tried it, the ...
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Removing metal disc ring from chocolate mousse: which method should I use?

I just managed to do a chocolate mousse with 5 layers (sponge, chocolate thin layer, nougat mousse, dark chocolate mousse, ganache). I added some "Agar Agar" to make it more firm and put them in the ...
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What happened to my melted couverture?

I wanted to make mint-chocolate-covered candy. I never worked with couverture, but yesterday it was all I had. I melted the chocolate, cooled it, reheated a bit (tempered), added peppermint extract ...
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No-melt chocolate coating on ice cream bars

I just discovered the fascinating world of tempering chocolate. I've read about it before, but I never tried it until recently. So, being the adventurous fellow that I am, I tried making my own ...
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Can couverture chocolate be substituted with other ingredients?

I have a brownie recipe that calls for couverture chocolate to be used. Unfortunately it is getting difficult (and expensive) to obtain this chocolate. Is there a way to get the same effect using ...
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Preventing chocolate from burning, when its used as the crust of a New York style cheesecake

I am using this flour-less chocolate cake recipe as the crust of a New York style cheesecake. Cake recipe The full recipe is in the youtube description, if you didn't feel like watching it, and the ...
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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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Edible lollipop sticks for a complicated birthday cake

I'm baking a cake for my sister. Though the cake will be simple. I decided to make chocolate cupcake lollipops. The cupcakes will read out her traits like nice, awesome etc. I need some advice on how ...
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How can I get unsweetened gluten-free chocolate brownies to hold together?

I would like to make a chocolate brownie which has no added sweetener. It would be great if it were gluten-free as well, but that is less important. I tried a recipe from Dinah Alison's "Totally ...
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Mixing cooking chocolate with normal chocolate

I have some cooking chocolate and I have some chocolate seashells. I've had the chocolate seashells for some time now and I want to use them because I don't want them to go to waste. So, I was ...
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How to make modeling chocolate shiny?

I have modeling chocolate panels I am using for a cake. They have a very soft shine from being smooth, but I was hoping to bring them to a higher shine. I had wanted to make them out of tempered ...
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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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Chocolate: difference between “Cocoa Mass” and “Cacao”?

There isn't much diary products in my country. So cheese, double/heavy cream, baking chocolate etc are hard to find. Some shops that specialize in baking sells this relatively expensive "72% cocoa ...
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How can I enhance fudge's “fudginess” and flavour?

My fudge recipe uses peanut butter, brown and white sugar, corn syrup, cream, and chocolate. How can I can add a bit more "pizazz" to my fudge, taking the flavour from grandma's favourite fudge ...
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Chocolate used for decoration

I melted once a chocolate bar and decorated with it my eclairs, while it was hot and melting, after putting them in the refregirator, they cooled fine, but they were a little bit sugary although the ...
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Can I substitute cocoa for semisweet chocolate?

If I have a recipe that calls for semi-sweet chocolate (melted), what could I use along with unsweetened cocoa powder as a substitution? In other words, what quantities of sugar and cocoa powder would ...
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Why does my ganache keep breaking?

I'm making truffles, and my ganache keeps coming apart. The chocolate acts like it's overheating, but it's not. I've confirmed the temperature of the water in the double boiler several times, and the ...
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Thick Chocolate Sauce

Is it possible to do something with chocolate so that it does not get hard anymore so that its consistency gets something like the caramel in a mars/snickers bar? What precisley would I have to do to ...
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Baking Dark Chocolate in Cookies Without Burning Them

I just tried this amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe. The recipe calls for adding hand-smashed dark chocolate chunks into the batter and mixing. It seems like the chocolate doesn't break much. I ...
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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 ...
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Does tempered chocolate remain tempered and only needs liquefying?

I tempered a few bars of chocolate yesterday and it was a successful experience. Then I stored the remaining in the fridge. If I liquefy it, is it tempered chocolate and can be used as desired or ...
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Add Cocoa Butter to Chocolate Chips to Temper?

Thanks to a well meaning neighbor, I am now the less than proud owner of 8lbs of Nestle Chocolate Chips. Not only do I not really love making cookies, Nestle Chocolate Chips came in dead last in a ...
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What is the difference between Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate?

What is the difference between Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate? Does Dark Chocolate not have milk? What are each made out of that make them different?
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Chocolate mousse - methods to have firm foamy mousse using white egg and cream

I am working on a multilayer chocolate mousse but is kind of hard for me as some recipe suggested me that I should use the white part of the egg and others suggest me to use double cream. I would ...
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What to use for chocolate flavouring?

I've been making chocolate sponge using some Swiss hot chocolate - because I happened to have that in the cupboard. But now I've run out. So I need to go out and buy something. So is drinking ...
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Is it possible to make homemade yogurt using chocolate milk?

Making yogurt from a small quantity of live culture yogurt can be gussied up using cinnamon by adding the spice to the milk prior to boiling it. Is it possible to make chocolate flavoured yogurt ...
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Why do I need to melt butter with chocolate?

When I bake with chocolate, especially for cakes and brownies, the recipes always say to melt butter along with the chocolate. Why is this? Would melting them separately cause some sort of problem?
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Food safe airbrushing

I've been hand painting colored cocoa butter into chocolates molds for a while now, but I'd like to try airbrushing the molds instead, since I've seen some impressive results. I can't figure out a ...
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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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Same recipe but sometimes white chocolate cookies come out strange

I always use the same recipe (weight everything including eggs) but occasionally the white chocolate cookies come out funny. When baking in the oven I can see them making bubbles constantly, they ...
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What is on top of this and how do you make it?

Chocolate fondant picture on yelp. As you can see this is a picture of a chocolate fondant. However what is on top of it? I have seen this many times.
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What is the highest melting temperature of chocolate? [duplicate]

A pure chocolate bar will always melt at 33 Celsius, as several of my books assure me. But an answer to another question claims that there are chocolates with a higher melting point. What kind of ...
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How can I make fluffy chocolate mousse without gelatin?

I'm not a vegetarian but I don't want to use gelatin. I have seen various recipes for making mousse but they seem to be the gooey type. I'm looking for a recipe which will set so I can make a mousse ...
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How to make chocolate mousse that will set?

I have experimented with chocolate mousse lately. I use a recipe I think is taken from Ferran Adria. It consists of 120 mL cream 125g 60%+ chocolate 4 egg whites I heat the cream, and pour it over ...
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How to convert normal sponge to chocolate sponge

I have a recipe for a normal Victoria sponge. I also have a huge box of Swiss hot chocolate powder. (The kind you sprinkle onto hot milk to make drinking chocolate.) Is drinking chocolate a good way ...
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Tempering chocolate: ± 2 °C too much?

I am planning to buy a laser thermometer to measure the temperature of melted chocolate for tempering it. As I have found out, the thermometer I want to buy has a measuring tolerance of ± 2 °C. That ...
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Can brownie dough sit?

I've been making brownies lately, and my last brownie turned out like dwarf bread. As the recipe and the oven/time haven't changed, my guess is that the preparation went wrong. I mixed all the ...