- After melting the chocolate compound, I am pouring chocolate in the molds.
- After pouring the chocolate, I am tapping and vibrating the molds manually. This is getting rid of most of the small air bubbles. So far, so good.
- Now comes the main issue. The issue is that air gaps (from what it looks like) are being introduced in the molds, even after tapping and vibrating the molds manually. This is creating white patches on the de-molded chocolate, in the shape of the air bubble.
Here are some pics that showcase the air gaps issue:
DIMENSIONS OF MOLD USED FOR PATCH 1:
DIMENSIONS OF MOLD USED FOR PATCHES 2 & 3:
From what it looks like, I am assuming that the air gaps are really air gaps and nothing else. Please correct me if I am wrong.
How to get rid of these air gaps so that the de-molded chocolate pieces are simple plain chocolate pieces without any patches on them?
The Air gaps shown in the images do behave like an air bubble. When I manually press on the exact position where I see the air gap, and I keep doing it for few times (4-10) and apply varying pressure, I am able to get the air released from the mold, but that leaves a patch on the actual chocolate, as can be seen in 2nd Patch image.
Adding one more image of the patch to illustrate the issue.
Please look at the following image:
From the above image, it looks like the white oval patch in the middle of the chocolate resembles the white mist on the rearview mirror of a car. Not only that, but it also behaves the same, in the sense that I can see the mist in the mold cavity. If I wipe the mist (I think that is what this issue is) in the cavity with a cloth, it just disappears, similar to what would happen if you wipe the mist off of a mirror.
If my analysis is right and if the white patch is indeed the result of the formation of mist in the mold cavity, how can it be prevented to ensure clean chocolate pops out when de-molded?