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compound chocolate vs real chocolate

I have recently bought a small coating pan which I am going to use to coat peanuts & raisins with chocolate, and then polish with capol. I am quite new to the whole chocolate thing. Especially ...
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substitute for dairy products? [on hold]

I am a cookery student. As a part of my course, I need to create dietary menus. I have chosen dairy free. Because I am allegy to dairy it can help me to understand how I can produce dairy free food. I ...
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What caused smooth homemade nutella to become grainy in refrigerator?

I blended toasted hazelnuts in a vitamix until they were a butter, added melted chocolate, then added coconut oil to increase smoothness. Here are the amounts: 450 grams hazelnuts (unsalted, raw or ...
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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 size foil squares to wrap chocolate truffles?

So much leftover chocolate truffle base that I better package nicely and get out of the house: Is there some ratio or rule of thumb to spare me from experimenting on the right size and shape of bon ...
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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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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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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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Can tempered chocolate be seeded with a different chocolate?

I have unsweetened chocolate, which is stored in seized form (soft, grainy). I use it for chocolate sauces. Is it possible to temper this chocolate by: Sweetening it with white or brown sugar? Then ...
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How to prevent a baker's chocolate mixture from resolidifying so that it can be used in beverages?

Is it possible to directly melt baker's chocolate (sliced from bar form), mix with sugar, then add an a sort of "inverting" chemical to prevent it for resolidifying? I currently work with baker's ...
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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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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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What did I do to make the chocolate bloom like this?

I've been trying to create some moulded pralines and have been tempering chocolate using the microwave method. The microwave method was to heat the chocolate in the microwave in small bursts until ...
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What tempering process do you use when moulding chocolates

I want make moulded chocolate but am always having a hard time keeping the chocolate in temper for the sealing process. I use the microwave method to temper the chocolate and I do so with a batch of ...
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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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How to make chocolate milk

I have tried making hot cocoa with melted chocolate. Here is how I did it: Heat up some milk in a mug until it is hot(ceramic tends to do better in microwaves than glass does because it doesn't ...
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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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Does white chocolate HAVE to have milk in it?

I've looked through the ingredient labels of cheap candy bars, and quality baking white chocolate chips alike, and have been unable to find any milk-less white chocolate, they all contain either milk ...
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Oil vs butter in chocolate sponge cake cake

I baked a Victoria chocolate sponge cake. It did not turn to be a sponge cake at all. I wouldn't call it hard, but it was definitely not a moist cake. It was kind of fudgy (but it won't pass off for a ...
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Tempering chocolated fail!

I've tried several times to temper chocolate and every attempt has been unsuccessful. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I purchased quality couverture chocolate thinking that was the problem ...
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Substitute for Nestle Semisweet Chocolate Chips in Australia?

I am living in Australia and having a hard time finding a good substitute for Nestle semisweet chocolate chips. What should I look for in a good quality semi-sweet chocolate chip in Australia and ...
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Will chocolate eggs inside a cupcake melt when baked in the oven?

Easter is coming and I was interested in baking some cupcakes with a solid/praline-filled chocolate surprise inside. Please refer to the image below. Little side note: I will put smaller chocolate ...
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Substitute for coating ramekin in a chocolate soufflé.

I know that when it comes to chocolate soufflés, the substance to coat a ramekin to help the soufflé climb is sugar. Here's my question: can I use something else, like salt? Or cocoa powder? I ...
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Why did my chocolate tempering fail?

I just tried today to temper dark chocolate for the second time. I used about a pound of Toll House dark chocolate chips. If the quality of that chocolate is my problem, that would help me a lot. My ...
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what does it mean to temper chocolate? [duplicate]

When working with chocolate you often melt it down and let it harden in a new shape or on top of or around another ingredient. What does it mean to "temper" chocolate
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How do you make a chocolate chip cookie where the chips remain gooey after baked and cooled?

Just had a chocolate chip cookie at local bakery. Cookie was crunchy with gooey chocolate chips inside, like right out of oven gooey, but cookie was cooled. Any ideas?
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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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how to make crystallized ginger powder

I make chocolate bonbons and in my new recipe I am trying to make a ginger ganache topped with dark chocolate. (This is the easy part). The hard part is when you think about a new shape for it. So ...
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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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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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Making dark chocolate at home

I want to make plain dark chocolate at home. The process is tricky in my experience, not simply mixing cocoa, cocoa butter, milk powder, sugar, etc. Can you share some practical tips for doing the ...
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How to change a vanilla cake recipe to make a chocolate cake?

I've seen this question about how to alter a chocolate cake recipe to make a plain cake, my question is the other way around, how to alter a vanilla cake recipe to make a chocolate cake? I read in a ...
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How to prevent chocolate from melting?

It is tough to store chocolates during summer season. Is there any way to prevent chocolate from melting ?
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How to remove unwanted aftertaste from food

So I've just finished making about a liter of hot chocolate (lets ignore why for a minute here), and I've stored it in my refrigerator, inside a plastic bottle that was once used to store orange ...
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How can I make this cool chocolate shape?

I've fallen in love with this picture. I am wondering how I can make the white chocolate layer. My guesses are: option A: use a bottle and "pour" melted white chocolate above it -- downside: ? ...
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Is there a substitute for chocolate graham crackers?

Where I live, we don't have any kind of Graham crackers. I've used other cookies before instead of the regular Graham crackers without a problem. I now came across a recipe that asks for chocolate ...
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Substitution for hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles for bread)

I live in Spain but I am Dutch. Does anyone know a substitution for "hagelslag" (chocolate sprinkles to put on bread) for making boterhammen (open-faced sandwiches)?
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Vibrancy of chocolate sauce

dessert chefs, I make chocolate sauce for my drinks. My recipe is, in order, 1x unsweetened bakers chocolate (whole bar, chopped), 3x water, heat, 2.5x brown sugar, dash of salt, vanilla, strain. ...
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How to prevent “sweating” chocolate covered strawberries?

Last year for Valentines day, I decided I was going to be romantic and make some chocolate covered strawberries for someone special. I melted and tempered some milk chocolate. Then dipped the washed ...
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How can I increase the shelf life of chocolate ganache?

I'm testing out chocolate ganache recipes and they don't seem to have a long shelf life. The ganache begins to grow mold after the third week. Is there a specific percentage of cream, glucose, butter ...
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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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Homemade chocolate turns crumbly

I have been making Peanut Clusters a lot lately, and it seems that I just can't get them right. Once I add the butter, the chocolate turns brittle and crumbly before I can shape them on the wax paper. ...
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How will less flour affect molten lava cakes?

I made some molten cakes the other day, using this recipe from Betty Crocker. However, it is very "cakey." The molten cakes I've had before in restaurants have had more of a "truffle" consistency. ...
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What should the results of my chocolate soufflé be like?

Should chocolate soufflés in their entirety have the same texture and solidity as its somewhat firm outer shell through out its body(excuse my redundancy)? I made soufflés for my girlfriend and I ...
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Can milk chocolate candy be used as a chocolate substitute in fudge?

Can I melt Brach's Milk Chocolate Stars or Hearts to make fudge?
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What is the difference between acetate sheets and baking paper when making chocolate deco?

I would like to make chocolate decorations with melted chocolate. After searching on the web, however, I am not quite sure I could find acetate sheets. But I can find baking paper. Would there be any ...
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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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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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Leather flavour

A long time ago (ten years I think) I had leather, mint and tobacco chocolates at the Fat Duck. I've made pretty good tobacco ones, and I've been trying to work out how to do the leather ones. My ...
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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 ...