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How to make homemade ice cream with a chocolate swirl

My favorite ice cream flavor has swirls of gooey chocolate running through vanilla ice cream. What do I have to do to reproduce this effect with homemade ice cream? I tried adding chocolate sauce ...
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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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What is the best way to melt chocolate?

Sometimes when I melt chocolate in a double boiler it will turn grainy, and melting in a microwave often burns it. What is the best way to melt chocolate to get good, smooth results?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Amount of Chocolate-chips in a Chocolate-chip cookie? [closed]

I've been making chocalote chip cookies for a while and I just can't decide how many chocolate chips to put in each cookie. So maybe once and for all I can get a good answer to the question: What is ...
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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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Could coconut cream be used to create a non-dairy ganache for whipping?

A few days ago I made a batch of profiteroles and éclairs, with a minor twist: For half the profiteroles, instead of chantilly cream I used a whipped ganache made from about 2 parts dark or ...
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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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What is the purpose of tempering chocolate?

What is the purpose of tempering chocolate? If I'm dipping something in chocolate, can I get by with just melting the chocolate?
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How long can you keep chocolate, and what is the best way to store it?

For instance, I have some bars of Valrhona I use for chocolate tarts and pastries, but I haven't been doing the dessert thing in a while. How long does chocolate last before losing flavor (or does ...
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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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Cheapest place to get bulk chocolate?

Where do I buy good quality (for truffles) chocolate in bulk quantities (> 3 lbs)? The prices I'm seeing for Valrhona, etc on Amazon reach nearly $15/lb and that is ridiculous. Any preferred vendors? ...
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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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What's the best way to grate chocolate?

What's the best way to grate chocolate without getting it messy and melting all over one's fingers? I've been using a fine cheese grater, and while it does the trick, the chocolate melts in my hand ...
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Can I use Chocolate Chips in place of Semi-sweet baking chocolate?

I don't have baker's semi-sweet chocolate and recipe calls for a box with 8 squares. Can I replace with chocolate chips and if so what would be the ratio?
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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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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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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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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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Tempering chocolate without a thermometer

Is it possible to successfully temper the chocolate without a thermometer? I'm sure it's quite important but since it's so difficult to find one in my country and since I don't make chocolate so often ...
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Dissolving cocoa powder in milk

I wanted to make a Stevia-sweetened chocolate milk so I tried mixing some unsweetened cocoa powder with the milk and stevia, but I found that the cocoa powder doesn't mix with the milk at all. It ...
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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 I avoid chocolate truffle mix curdling?

We are trying to make chocolate truffles by heating cream and adding to chopped up chocolate but it keeps curdling. Are there any tips to avoid this happening?
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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 doesn't chocolate go bad?

After all it has oil and sugar in it. Why doesn't bacteria love it? Thanks!
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Milk vs. Dark vs. Semi-sweet vs. Bitter-sweet chocolate?

What's the difference between the following chocolates? Milk Dark Semi-sweet Bitter-sweet If a chocolate only lists the % cocoa solids used, can I figure out which of the above types it is?