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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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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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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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Chemically, what happens when you temper an egg?

Chemically speaking, what happens when you temper an egg? Why doesn't it simply cause the eggs to solidify or scramble?
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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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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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Why would dipping a cold item in chocolate “help” with tempering?

I took a chocolate dipping class last week. The instructors gave us globs of chocolate to temper on a marble surface, and lots of ingredients to coat in the chocolate. Some ingredients (hard ...
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Trouble tempering Valrhona Couverture Manjari (64%) Chocolate

I have tried to temper equal amounts of Valrhona Couverture Manjari (64%) chocolate + baking chocolate (Van-Heusen brand, dark chocolate) without any success. Used the seeding method & followed ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Tempering chocolate: ± 2 °C too much?

I am planning to buy a laser thermometer to measure the temperature of melted chocolate for tempering it. As I have found out, the thermometer I want to buy has a measuring tolerance of ± 2 °C. That ...
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Tempering raw cacao for coating

I have a 2-pound block of dark no-sugar-at-all chocolate, and I want to use some of it as coating for candies or popsicles. It's 100% raw cacao, so I'm thinking of melting some and using honey as a ...
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Problem making homemade bounty bars

I tried making homemade bounty bars twice but there is a problem I can't seem to get the solution to this problem right. What I do is as follows: I first mix a can of sweetened condensed milk with ...
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Can you add alcohol to chocolate being tempered?

I want to make a tempered white chocolate coating with brandy flavour. Will adding the alcohol ruin the tempering process, or is there another way of going about this.
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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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How can I avoid seizing chocolate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can you melt chocolate without it getting wet? When tempering chocolate over a water bath, how can I avoid getting any droplets of water into the chocolate? These ...