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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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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 would dipping a cold item in chocolate “help” with tempering?

I took a chocolate dipping class last week. The instructors gave us globs of chocolate to temper on a marble surface, and lots of ingredients to coat in the chocolate. Some ingredients (hard ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Can one use chocolate fèves/callets/nibs for tempering?

I usually buy Valrhona chocolate in blocks, but at this moment only the fèves/callets/nibs are available to me. Is it possible to temper these nibs or are they further processed beyond what is in the ...
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70% chocolate from 53% and unsweetened

My mom has a cake recipe that calls for 70% chocolate. She called me and said she has 53% chocolate and unsweetened chocolate. Can she mix them to get 70% and in what ratio?
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Peeling cupcake liner from chocolate mold

I am trying a new recipe that creates a chocolate mold by brushing chocolate inside a cupcake container. The challenge now is to get the paper off the chocolate mold. It seems to be sticking to the ...
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Plain chocolate Chips same as semi sweet chips

I live in the UK and am having trouble obtaining semi-sweet chocolate chips in grocery stores. Today I spotted De.Oetker (brand) plain chocolate chips. Would that be the same as semi-sweet, say ...
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Can I use a dark cocoa candy bar in place of bakers chocolate?

I am making this new gluten free brownie mix and am wondering if I can substitute the Baker's chocolate squares called for in the recipe, with 70% or higher cocoa bars that I keep on hand. Are there ...
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Why do my homemade chocolate bars start to melt as soon as I take them out of the fridge?

I used this recipe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOIN-7zay6g) w/out corn syrup and honey comb bars to make a chocolate bar. The problem is that as soon as I take out a bar from fridge to eat the bar ...
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Chocolate baking bars vs. chocolate chips? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use Chocolate Chips in place of Semi-sweet baking chocolate? Can I substitute chocolate baking bars for chocolate chips? Usually the baking bars are so much more ...
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Is it possible to freeze chocolate covered ants?

I have a recipe for chocolate covered ants and wanted to make it a few weeks ahead of time before a party - if I freeze them will they still be good in about two weeks?
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Truffle Errors - not enough chocolate

How can I save a batch of truffles when I realized I only used 7 oz of chocolate instead of 9 oz and it doesn't seem to be thickening up enough?
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How to make hot chocolate drink thicker? [duplicate]

How do you make a cup of hot chocolate drink so that it's sweet and thick and maintains the chocolate taste? I haven't been able to make anything acceptable by melting chocolate, adding sugar, milk ...
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The consistency of my hot chocolate is off, what do I do?

I've made hot chocolate before however it's only ever been the instant powdered variant by Cadbury's, however today I bought some hot chocolate by "Charbonnel et Walker", I don't know if anyone knows ...
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Is there a difference in appearance between semi and unsweetened chocolate?

I bought semi and unsweetened baking chocolate in bulk but forgot to mark which was which....is there a way to figure out which one is which?
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What is the best recipe for Chocolate Mousse: with butter or cream? [duplicate]

All the recipes I've got for chocolate mousse say among the ingredients: heavy cream or heavy whipping cream. I would like to know the difference if it exists. I'm from Venezuela; what other ...
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Storing white chocolate [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can you keep chocolate, and what is the best way to store it? I just started using white chocolate to decorate dark chocolate covered cake balls. I used a ...
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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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How do I make instant chocolate powder from a chocolate bar?

I like the flavour of a certain brand of chocolate, is there a method to turn a chocolate bar into instant chocolate powder so I can quickly create a hot chocolate from it? I am aware I can make a hot ...
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What should be understood by “refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or overnight”?

The cookie recipe asks for: 1½ cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1¼ teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 ...
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From elastic to fragile chocolate

I tried to make a homemade chocolate by mixing coco powder (5 teaspoon) milk powder (3/4 cup) butter (1/4 cup) sugar syrap (1/4 cup sugar) [to completely dissolve the sugar particles] the resulting ...