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shelf life for chocolate chips

Have some semi-sweet chocolate chips. Been in a bag inside a plastic container in a cupboard for 2 years but expiration date on the bag says that's one year too many. What's the shelf life for ...
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Using Milk Chocolate instead of unsweetened chocolate in a pie

I would like to make a chocolate silk pie for Christmas. I have a LOT of unused Milk Chocolate left over from a wedding and so that's why I am using the milk chocolate. Most of the recipes that I've ...
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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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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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Use by date on cacao butter

I have just used cacao butter 6 yrs out of date to make raw chocolate adding honey and raw cocoa powder. I didn't realise until after I had made the chocolate how out of date it was. Is it OK to eat? ...
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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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Colouring oil - chocolate look alike

Does anyone have experience with colouring vegetable/olive oil? My goal is to end up with a brown-chocolate colour so that the result would be a chocolate look-alike.
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White chocolate mud cake with dark chocolate ganache?

I've been trying to find out if white chocolate mud cake would taste nice with a dark chocolate ganache. This is for a cake that I am making for someone (so I can't make a mistake) and need to find ...
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Can I substitute 70% chocolate for unsweetened chocolate in a cake recipe?

This is a recipe for a dark chocolate cake. It calls for 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate. But I made a mistake and bought the 70%. The recipe also calls for 1.25 cups sugar. I don't want it to be too ...
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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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Can I add cocoa to chocolate to approximate a higher % of cacao?

I have a recipe that I'd like to make that calls for 3oz of 72% cacao chocolate. I have plenty of 60% cacao chocolate, and I have Hershey's cocoa powder. The recipe is just for brownies, so absolute ...
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White chocolate ganache won't set

The other day I attempted to make a white chocolate ganache, and while the flavor is perfect, it utterly refused to set. Instead what I ended up with was a sticky, somewhat runny blob. It never hit ...
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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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lemon juice curdling white chocolate

I was trying to make white chocolate truffle.....but when I melted my white chocolate and added lemon juice to it, it curdled and there was huge chocolate butter floating on top of my mixture...can ...
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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 bake chocolate chip cookies like Subway?

I want a chocolate chip cookie like the ones Subway has. Those cookies have a smooth top and chewy texture. I have a recipe for 3/4 cup fat, 0.5 cup sugar 0,5 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup flour, 1 egg, 2 ...
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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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Cocoa vs chocolate

OK, this has been bugging me for a long time... According to our cookery teacher at school, chocolate contains three ingredients: cocoa, sugar, and milk. If you mix these together, you can "make ...
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Does the type of sugar make a difference when making chocolate?

I was checking some sites on how to make chocolate myself. I should start with mixing cocoa butter, cocoa powder and sugar (and milk powder if I would make milk chocolate). Most sites mention "sugar". ...
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Rocky road seized up?

I tried to make rocky road and stuck exactly to the recipe which called for butter and syrup to be added to melted chocolate..but very single time I added the butter to the chocolate it just seized ...
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How do I use Cacao Nibs in the chocolate making recipe

The chocolate making recipes usually say Cacao powder and Cacao butter. What if I have nibs? I can process/blitz them, but do I substitute the nibs for powder, butter or both? What is the ...
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What caused my homemade “Nutella” to go bad?

I had a first try on a self-made recipe for a chocolate-hazelnut cream, in short Nutella. Question Even though I used ingredients that wouldn't have gone bad singularly, the cream as a whole had an ...
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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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How to thin chocolate for dipping

How do you make chocolate thin enough to dip strawberries? If I make it thin enough to dip (with butter) will that affect allowing it to set-up and harden? I saw another question about the thickness ...
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Why did my chocolate icing exude its cocoa butter?

I tried making Corriher's "Luscious, creamy chocolate icing" for the first time. 340 g milk chocolate (I love Hershey's) 225 g semisweet chocolate 28 g light brown sugar a pinch of salt 5 ml ...
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Why does my cocoa syrup overflow?

I work in a coffee shop, and we stock Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa flavored sauce. However, this sauce is constantly overflowing. We are losing approximately a quarter cup per day ...
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regarding chocolate chip cookies [duplicate]

I use the chocolate chip recipe on the bag but double the vanilla and add more chips than called for. I also add a bit more flour. What I want to achieve is that old time chocolate chip cookie that ...
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chocolate fudge not having harder or sticky consistency

how to make a proper chocolate fudge, which is as shown in picture? I followed a recipe shown online, where condensed milk and chocolate chips have put in Microwave oven for 3 mins; and after ...
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Butter and chocolate left at room temperature

I mixed butter and melted chocolate chips (dark chocolate I think) together intending to make icing but changed my mind about the icing. I put the chocolate butter in the fridge and it's fine but the ...
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How can I make melted chocolate set faster?

I am going to be operating a stand selling frozen bananas (just like in Arrested Development), and we dip the bananas in chocolate. I bought some milk and dark chocolate wafers that can be used in ...
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Saving old chocolate

I found a bag of chocolate chips in the back of a cabinet that's well past the 'best use by' date and showing signs of bloom. From experience, I know that it won't melt right, and has a tendancy to ...
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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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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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Does a plain latte have chocolate in it?

I cannot eat chocolate but would like to drink a latte. Is there any chocolate in a regular latte? I know you can get a chocolate latte, but need to know if a plain latte has chocolate in it.
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What is the best and fastest way to liquify Nutella chocolate spread?

I usually put some amount in a cup and add a very small amount of water to start mixing. This is usually effective as long as the amount of water is very small compared to chocolate, in which the ...
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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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Why did my toasted acorn squash seeds smell like chocolate?

I recently toasted some acorn squash seeds in my toaster and, to my surprise, when I opened the toaster I got the unmistakable aroma of chocolate. A friend readily confirmed that they did indeed smell ...
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What emulsifier will help my (nearly carb free) Milk Chocolate?

I'm a Type 2 diabetic and maintain ~ 20g carbs per day. This is great on my numbers, but hard on my sweet tooth :) One of my favorite treats to make is a simple mix of Virgin Coconut oil, unsweetened ...
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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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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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Can I substitute unsweetened cocoa powder for unsweetened baker's chocolate?

I'm using a recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies and it calls for 4 squares of unsweetened baker's chocolate. Can I substitute cocoa powder for the baker's chocolate? Recipe
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Calories in a lava crunch cake

From where do the most of the calories in a chocolate lava crunch cake come from? From the crust or the molten chocolate that's inside?
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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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Chocolate seized during dipping, how to prevent it?

I used a double boiler (two pots) to melt chocolate for truffles but half way into dipping the truffles in the chocolate, the chocolate hardened and became very clumpy. How do I keep the melted ...
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What can be substituted for cocoa nibs?

I have read here that cocoa nibs can be used in place of chocolate chips, but what about the other way around? A recipe I want to try calls for cocoa nibs, but I am having a hard time finding them. ...
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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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How to make chocolate cups with swirls?

Can someone please help me with tips to make chocolate cups with swirly designs. Something like this. I've tried painting the inside of a cup with white chocolate first and letting it set. Once set, I ...
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Can anyone identify this chocolate?

A recent date left this for me to find...a surprise gift, how sweet! I'd love to know just how sweet :) It's 1 3/8 inches, 3.5 cm thick. The larger piece weighs 143 grams or 5 ounces. It tastes ...
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Chocolate-Flavored Cheese

Would it be feasible to make a chocolate-flavored cheese? The idea that originally occurred to me was the use of chocolate milk for this purpose, but I'm not sure that's the best solution. Does this ...
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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 ...