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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?
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What can be done to thin chocolate for dipping?

I have been dipping chocolates for many years. I recently tried a new brand of chocolate that has a fantasic flavor, but it is thicker than I'd like when melted. I know adding cocoa butter will help, ...
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How to make a brittler, harder chocolate coating?

I'm not sure whether this is a duplicate of this question partly because that question seems to be dealing with making your own chocolate. Which I'm not doing. In my case I want to add a thin coating ...
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How do I incorporate chiles into a chocolate cake recipe?

One of the traditional combinations of chilies and chocolate is a Mole sauce or the Aztec hot chocolate drink, it has also made a reappearance in the modern confectionery scene. How can I incorporate ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I make my Chocolate Mousse fluffier?

I regularly make Chocolate Mousse with an egg yolk, sugar and dark chocolate base folded into whipped egg white or whipped cream (or both). It's tastes pretty good and has a nice mouth-feel. Now I ...
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Savoury equivalent of choco-cornflake cakes

I'm currently trying to work out a savoury equivalent to chocolate to allow the creation of a non-sweet version of chocolate cornflake cakes. Currently the best equivalent of chocolate (in terms of ...
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What Common Or Uncommon Flavors Pair Well With Chocolate? [closed]

I'm familiar with the traditional combinations of orange, mint, and raspberry and a few of the new flavors such as chillies and bacon. What other ideas are there though?
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Make chocolate with a high melting point?

Is there something that can be done to chocolate which will raise its melting point? I ask because this question wanted a way of getting space dust into a cake, which might be able to be done by ...
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What went wrong with my Chocolate Chantilly (Hervé This' recipe)

I just made Hervé This' Chocolate Chantilly and it didn't taste anywhere near as good as I had hoped. The consistency seemed almost right, though very slightly grainy, but the taste was, well, what ...
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Is it possible to make fudgy brownies without oil?

What can I substitute for oil in brownies and still get fudgy brownies? I've tried yogurt and sour cream (individually) and only replacing half the oil with one of those, but the brownies always end ...
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an alternative to baileys?

in this video of triple chocolate pudding recipe, a shot of baileys is added to whipped cream. other than baileys, what can i add to the cream?
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Does vanilla powder really prevent melted chocolate from seizing?

Don't want to mention the company, but they have a product that is pure powdered vanilla (contains maltodextrin, whatever that is). They say it prevents melted chocolate from seizing. Does that ...
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Chocolate mousse without eggs

I've a friend who is allergic to egg protein, and my wife inadvertently raved about my chocolate mousse to her, causing some food borne awkwardness that I'd like to erase with an eggless mousse. ...
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Solutions for when heating chocolate and butter doesn't mix well

Yesterday I tried to make brownies that started out with me having to melt unsweetened chocolate with butter in a frying pan on the stove. This did not work well. The chocolate kindof mixed with the ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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How do I make semisweet chocolate more liquid?

My wife and I were making some dipped cookies in semisweet chocolate. But the chocolate was too thick. We tried cream and butter to improve the coating of the cookies, the results did not turned out. ...
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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 ...