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What can I use as a substitute for Nori Wrapper on a Chocolate Dessert Sushi?

I'd like to make a chocolate dessert sushi but I'm stuck trying to come up with a substitute for nori or rice paper. I know some people like to use plastic chocolate like in this question. However ...
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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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How can I get my chocolate cake to taste less like a brownie?

I've been testing out cake recipes, and I'm having a bit of difficulty creating a chocolate cake that doesn't taste like a brownie. What I want is a light, moist chocolate cake (doesn't everyone?), ...
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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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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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To thin chocolate candy coating, how much oil to use?

I am trying to use chocoate candy coating on chocolate transfer sheets. The normal chunk of chocolate candy coating is too thick when melted, so I used vegetable oil to thin it for better spreading. ...
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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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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I have just used cacao butter 6 yrs out of date to make raw chocolate adding honey and raw cocoa powder. I didn't realise until after I had made the chocolate how out of date it was.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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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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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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I want to make a mug cake, can i use hot chocolate mix instead of cocoa?

Unfortunately, I do not have any cocoa powder left and I am wondering if using cadbury's hot chocolate mix would give me the same effect.
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Are there any situations where untempered chocolate is better than tempered?

Every chocolate-based recipe I've seen either requires tempered chocolate or can use either tempered or untempered chocolate. Are there any recipes or techniques that specifically require untempered ...
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What is the difference between good quality chocolate and cheap chocolate?

There are many types of chocolate out there, some higher quality than others. What are the main differences between good quality chocolate and cheap chocolate? And in practical applications in baking ...
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Wrong consistency when making “after eight” chocolate

I am following a very simple recipe for making peppermint-stuffed chocolate, like the "After Eight" kind. I have a problem with the uniformity of the mint mass and am looking for advice. A few spoons ...
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A well-tempered chocolate is far too thick

I am making stuffed chocolate. But my chocolate mass is too thick and slow-flowing. To difficult to handle and to pour in the mold. I am tempering the chocolate by first melting a portion. I chop ...
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Why is dark chocolate dark when pure cocoa is light brown?

Kind of a simplistic question, but my curiosity cannot be assuaged. When you look at pure cocoa powder, it has a light brown color, like a milk chocolate bar. And yet a dark chocolate bar, which is ...
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How should I modify my vanilla frosting to convert it into a chocolate frosting? [closed]

I have a really good recipe for whipped vanilla frosting that I want to use, but I want to make a chocolate frosting. What kind of chocolate should I add to the frosting to make it a chocolate ...
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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 to fix oily modeling chocolate

I made candy melt modeling chocolate for the first time and it is just a bit too oily. Is there a way to fix it? I don't think I stirred it too long but my melts may have been too warm when I added ...
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Shelf Stable “Ganache”

I'm baking something that I might end up sending on a very long trip. For this I would want to make ganache, but it may be in transit for as long as 10 days so I don't want to use cream. If I do ...
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How to convert a specific cake recipe I have to make brownies? [duplicate]

I have a cake recipe which I love it and would like to turn it into brownies. Can someone help me? - 3 eggs - 2 cups sugar - 3 cups flour - 2 cups powdered chocolate - 1 cup oil - 1 cup of bowling ...
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Chocolate and oil mixed

When I melt 16 oz of chocolate I add 4 oz of oil how long can I keep this and how should it be stored. Someone said something about botulism ??
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My cocoa powder is not dark. Is it still dutch processed?

I bought whole foods "baking cocoa". On the back in the ingredients section it says "processes with alkali." Then, just above the bar code it says "dutch-processed cocoa". Also, it actually smells ...
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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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How do I melt the chocolate in a s'more?

It is an age old question. How can I ensure that the chocolate in a s'more is properly melted. Even when assembling them quickly the marshmallow just doesn't have enough heat to melt the chunk of ...
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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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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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Lighter chocolate cake

I am making a Guinness chocolate cake and I need the color of it to turn out lighter to match the colors for a wedding. I have already used non Dutch processed cocoa but the lightest it got was maybe ...
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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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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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what is the best method to coat biscuits in chocolate

I have made some Anzac biscuits and would like to coat half of the biscuit in chocolate. Is it best to use a butter knife or dip them in a bowl of melted chocolate. Do you then place on baking paper ...
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Add Cocoa Butter to Chocolate Chips to Temper?

Thanks to a well meaning neighbor, I am now the less than proud owner of 8lbs of Nestle Chocolate Chips. Not only do I not really love making cookies, Nestle Chocolate Chips came in dead last in a ...
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How to make a dessert with dynamically opening flower petals?

Anyone has any idea how to make petals open when sauce is poured onto the plate like pictured in this video? I realize it requires a lot of artistic skills to do it on this level, but what is the ...
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Why do patterns appear on tempered chocolate?

Sometimes, during a single session, spots and lines may appear on tempered chocolate. This seems to happen with the first third of production. Chocolates produced later in the batch do not exhibit ...
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What is the difference between chocolate flavor cocoa powder and drinking chocolate?

Both contain low fat cocoa and chocolate flavor as ingredients. What would be the real difference between them in terms of taste and usage?
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Chocolate fondant vs. liquid chocolate cake

What is the difference between chocolate fondant and liquid chocolate cake? They are quite similar and visually indistinguishable.
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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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Can I substitute almond milk for heavy cream in chocolate glaze?

When making chocolate glaze for ├ęclairs or donuts, I want to use almond milk (well mainly because I don't normally have heavy cream readily available but I have almond milk) The almond milk I have is ...
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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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Air bubble on surface of chocolate

How can I get rid of the air bubbles in the melted chocolate after I have blended with a mixer? I knocked the tray on the table so hard and the air bubble began to surface but it doesn't pop out. Any ...
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Making chocolate covered strawberries without parchment paper

What can I use to set the strawberries on to cool if I don't have parchment paper or a cooling rack?
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How to keep a chocolate fondue in a liquid form?

I'm trying to make chocolate fondue for dessert to serve in a restaurant on Valentines Day. What should I do to prevent the chocolate fondue from burning during heating, and setting as it cools.
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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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Difference between instant cocoa and drinking chocolate

There's a question with answers detailing the difference between pure cocoa powder and chocolate; it boils down to the 'raw' cocoa powder being a very ungrateful, bitter substance difficult to use ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...