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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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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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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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Why does my chocolate seize when I add brandy to it?

I have many recipes that require mixing brandy into melted chocolate. I find, in every case, that the chocolate seizes and I have chocolate shards instead of a smooth mass. What am I doing wrong?
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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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Dipping Cakepops in Callebaut Callets

I just received my Revolation machine and will be tempering my Callebaut callets in them tonight. I will be using it mostly for dipping cakepops. I roll them and stick them in the freezer for just ...
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Rubber like skin on surface of chocolate mousse

When I make chocolate mousse, I usually end up with a slightly rubbery surface on the mousse. To make the mousse, I do the following: Melt dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water Separate 2 ...
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How to make a “Winter queen” cocktail?

A few days ago, I had a cocktail called "Winter queen". It may have been a specialty of the place where I had it, I couldn't find any recipe for it when I searched for it. The menu listed it as "a hot ...
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What to do with seized / split chocolate?

My kids love making brownies, but every now and then the water gets into the bowl while they are melting the chocolate. The chocolate then seizes or splits, and you have a sodden mess. Can this ...
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Is it better to store chocolate in the fridge or at room temperature?

What is the best way to store dark chocolate to preserve chocolate and flavour?
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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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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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How can I avoid seizing chocolate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can you melt chocolate without it getting wet? When tempering chocolate over a water bath, how can I avoid getting any droplets of water into the chocolate? These ...
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Is it possible to temper chocolate at home?

I've read that tempering chocolate is the only way to get glossy, 'snappable' results. I've also read that it can be a complicated process involving precise temperatures. Is it possible to temper ...
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How can I substitute for unsweetened chocolate in a frosting?

I've found a recipe for cupcakes that I want to try. The ingredient list of the frosting is this: 3 ounces (90 grams) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, ...
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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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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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How can I tell if my chocolate is tempered?

How can you tell if chocolate is already tempered? I have some bulk Bernard Callebaut milk chocolate chips.
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How to re-melt bitter chocolate?

I melted bitter chocolate (40%) via bain-marie to make chocolate-covered strawberries. As the melted chocolate dried out before I finished dipping all the strawberries, I tried to melt the rest again ...
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How can I make my Hot chocolate thicker?

I've been trying to make a thicker hot chocolate and I'm not sure what to add without taking away from the flavor of the chocolate. Usually what I do is boil the milk, and then I add chocolate baking ...
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When should I add melted chocolate to reduced sugar meringue?

I'd like to know when melted chocolate should be added to reduced sugar meringue, and what will the end result be. Will the meringue stiffen up like cooled chocolate, or will it be light and fluffy?
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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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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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Chiquapin Chocolate?

I ran across this historic reference to making chocolate out of Chinquapin (which I assume to be a type of Chesnut) nuts. I have turned the internet upside down looking for information on this. I ...
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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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Is there a way to add shine to a chocolate coating after it has hardened?

My recipe calls for melting chocolate chips and pouring the liquid chocolate over the cake for a coating. That works but, when it hardens, it returns to that dull gray/brown color of chocolate chips, ...
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How long can you keep chocolate in the freezer?

We get lots of gifts of chocolate and due to health reasons, we can't finish all the chocolate. So we store it in the freezer. How long can or should you store chocolate in the freezer before it's ...
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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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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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How to combine chocolate and garlic in the same dish?

I hosted a potluck dinner some years ago, and I set the theme as "chocolate or garlic" -- guests were to bring one or the other. One person was a wiseacre and bought chocolate covered garlic. (It was ...
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Can you make chocolate from coffee beans or coffee from cacao beans?

Coffee and cacao beans have some properties in common. I'm wondering can you make something akin to chocolate from a coffee bean or something like coffee from a cacao bean? "Brewed Chocolate" seems ...
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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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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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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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Get chocolate eggs out of silicone mold

I bought some silicone easter egg molds, and I put 2 layers of chocolate in them. After they had set I tried to turn them out of the molds and they just cracked. Is there any trick to turning the ...
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Does the “German” in “German chocolate cake” refer to the chocolate or the cake?

A friend insists that the "chocolate" is the German part of German chocolate cake, the evidence being that there are no palm trees in Germany (for the coconut frosting). Is this correct?
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How can I make a chocolate cup that looks like the seaweed on a sushi roll?

I want to make a dessert that simulates a salmon roe sushi (like this) using rice pudding and spherified melon juice with a chocolate "seaweed" wrapping. But I can't figure out how to make the seaweed ...
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What is the proper ratio of heavy cream to chocolate for a thick ganache?

Most recipes on the internet call for a 1:1 ratio that I've seen but this ends up being rather watery. I want a thick chocolaty ganache. Is there anything special that needs to be done to achieve ...
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What type of chocolate is in chocolate chip ice cream

I want to make homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream but I'm not sure what type of chocolate to use. It seems like the chips in most ice cream are actually chunks of a thin sheet of dark chocolate ...
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Bizarre: Chocolate tempering is good on the outside

I poured some undertempered chocolate into molds (as practice). Out of the molds, the exterior of the shells were glossy, clear, and hard as is well-tempered chocolate. The interior streaked terribly. ...
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converting pure chocolate to “bittersweet” chocolate

A chocolate cookie recipe I'm looking at calls for melting down a cup of bittersweet chocolate chips. However, I happen to have a brick of completely unsweetened cooking chocolate in the fridge. Can I ...
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Chocolate Shot Glasses

I know, right? Sounds awesome. Here's what's up: For Christmas I got one of those do-it-yourself molds for making ice shot glasses. My idea is pretty simple: Melt chocolate and pour it into the molds ...
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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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How do I infuse fruit flavor in ganache?

I know to infuse the flavor of citrus fruits in ganache, I can simple boil the cream with the zest and strain it out. What about fruits that have juice but don't have zest or aren't commonly powdered, ...
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Turning raw/baking cocoa powder into instant cocoa (Kaba/Nesquik)

The question on Dissolving cocoa powder in milk describes the two common workarounds for making chocolate milk with raw cocoa powder. While obviously it works easiest with hot milk, making cocoa ...
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Can i freeze chocolate cream frosting / ganache?

I made some chocolate cream frosting / ganache (basically just double / heavy cream with plain / bittersweet chocolate, melted and whipped up). I ended up with twice as much as I need. Can I freeze ...
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Are there any special techniques for tempering dark chocolates with different cacao percentages?

I want to use up some chocolate I have on hand, and don't have enough of either one for the recipe I plan to use for truffles, so I thought I'd try combining the 3 chocolates. One is 54%, one is 63%, ...
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Why is cocoa powder sometimes used in chocolate cakes when chopped semisweet chocolate is already used?

I found a flourless chocolate cake recipe that I want to try, it uses semisweet chocolate which I thought would have enough cocoa solids already but it calls for cocoa powder, why is this?
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Where to get or how to make hollow sugar balls?

I'm trying to create a set of liqueur and cream filled chocolates by hand. My current idea is, having created the chocolate for the outsides, to build up layers of it on a "sugar scaffold". I can then ...
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How can you melt chocolate without it getting wet?

I've tried a (few times) to melt chocolate but am obviously doing something wrong: Put a pot of water onto the boil Place a metal bowl over the pot Put chocolate into the bowl Wait for chocolate to ...