Questions tagged [chocolate]

For questions about chocolate as an ingredient. Also includes questions about the use of other cocoa-based products and questions about chocolate drinks.

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Homemade chocolate problem!

Good afternoon all! Just a query regarding making your own chocolate, I literally did the exact same process yesterday and it turned out great, however the batch today has ended up a disaster. Let me ...
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Whipping heavy cream with melted chocolate

This morning I put 60g dark chocolate (pieces) into a glass jug and heated it in the microwave for bursts of 10 seconds, while stirring, to soften it. I then added a table spoon of cold, extra thick ...
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Can milk chocolate plus cocoa powder substitute for dark chocolate?

I just got a smoking deal on milk chocolate and bought a bunch. However, I tend to like a darker chocolate flavor in my baking. I would like try to use the milk chocolate plus some cocoa powder (and ...
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How long can chocolate be held at temper?

I just got a chocolate melter and have held some tempered pure chocolate (Lindt Excellence 90%) for a day at 33C. I intend to make up 3 or 4 truffles, a few times a week. What’s occurred to me is ...
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Biscotti with chocolate drizzle in batter

I make biscotti. I want to introduce chocolate — not chips, but melted chocolate — drizzled through the dough without turning it completely into chocolate. Any suggestions on how to do this?
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Chocolate pancakes using melted chocolate

I have a friend who wants to make American-style chocolate pancakes for breakfast in Mother's Day. That's alright and there are plenty of recipes laying around, but the thing is she would like to use ...
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bakers chocolate vs chocolate chips

My husband is on a dairy free, low sugar diet. How do I create a substitute for chocolate chips. The store bought sugar free chips usually are seasonal and have dairy in them.
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Is boiling or pouring better for emulsifying chocolate ganache

I am making a recipe that calls for emulsifying solid chocolate with a heated milk/butter mixture. Most articles online say to pour the hot milk on to the chocolate. Wouldn't it, however, be easier ...
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Separating chocolate-coated cookies stuck together

I purchased some really nice chocolate-covered cookies that were packaged in a metal tin. The cookies must have been stored somewhere warm, because the individual cookies are stuck together. How can ...
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Chocolate sauce with nuts

Hi is anyone able to help me. I’ve been making chocolate suave from the cacao bean in a melanger. I add half nuts to make the sauce. It tastes beautiful however after a month of being stored within a ...
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Preparing as much as possible of a cake in advance

It's my girlfriend's birthday this WE and I plan on secretly preparing a cake she likes. However, we'll be in the countryside with friends this WE, and I'll have very limited time to prepare on site ...
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How can I reduce the richness of my homemade chocolates?

Context: I've recently gotten into making homemade chocolates. So far I've just been melting the stuff in a microwave according to directions and putting it into molds along with whatever filling I ...
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Why does chocolate tempering requires reaching temperatures where “bad” crystals can be formed

When tempering chocolates, we want that the chocolate will only contain beta crystals, for this, we melt the chocolate to a point where all crystals break, then cool it down to below the melting point ...
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Shelf life of a Chocolate Product (incl. butter) - “Chocolate Salami”

I have an old family recipe for something called a Chocolate Salami (don't worry, there isn't any meat) and I am wondering - if I vacuum seal it, will it be shelf stable? I know the stability of ...
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Microwaving M&Ms produces sparks

Last week I microwaved some peanut butter M&Ms for 40 seconds, which is something I've done hundreds of times before to melt the chocolate on the inside. However, when I did it this time, there ...
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Why are my cookies spreading too much? More flour?

My chocolate chip cookie recipe spreads too much, even after I refrigerate the dough overnight. I have looked into the different answers on this site, but nothing seems to be working consistently. I'm ...
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Air Gaps In Molds Creating White Patches On De-molded Chocolate

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 ...
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can i use candiquik in baking recipes?

I was gifted a ton of candiquik, which I thought was baking chocolate. However, after looking over the package, I learned that it is a candy coating. I checked out the product FAQ and learned that I ...
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Uniform white chocolate panna cotta

Everytime I try to make white chocolate panna cotta, the chocolate rises to the top while setting. Once completely set, I end up with a layered panna cotta with the white chocolate top and the cream ...
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Is chocolate that was in contact with moldy vegetables safe to eat after washing?

If a small part of a piece chocolate was in contact with some moldy vegetables leaves for a day, will the chocolate be safe to eat after washing it with water? The chocolate bar itself didn't have any ...
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Brownie with chocolate mousse on top

I want to make a cake that involves a brownie layer with chocolate mousse on top. I just want to use my own trusted brownie and chocolate mousse recipes. I've looked it up and found a few similar ...
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What is the ideal temperature to cool the melted chocolate in a freezer?

I have temperated chocolate that is now in a liquid state. I have chocolate molds that I use and I fill up these molds with the chocolate. Now I need to set these chocolate-filled molds in a freezer ...
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Shea Butter (or Cocoa Butter Equivalent) tempering while making Chocolate

This is more of a theoretical question. But assuming I have the following ingredients Cocoa powder / Cocoa Mass (containing no cocoa butter or trace amounts of it) Sugar Shea Butter I've been ...
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Where can I find nut-free chocolate in the EU?

I'm looking to make homemade chocolate bars but I'm having a hard time finding any sort of chocolate (chips or otherwise) that are nut-free. Where can I look for these types of chocolate? Are there ...
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I refrigerated fresh baked chocolate chip cookies over night. Will they recover?

I refrigerated 6 dozen fresh baked chocolate chip cookies over night, then discovered that baked cookies should not be refrigerated. They are at room temp now, but my question is, will they recover?
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Puff pastry chocolate tart?

I've got some remaining puff pastry left over (1 sheet, store bought, frozen). I have seen recipes online for puff pastry chocolate tarts, like here https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/76952/rich-...
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What are these chocolate meringues called?

I've picked these up at a swiss/ french patisserie and I'd love to try making them myself, but I can't find anything online similar to this. They are dry and crusty on the outside and have a soft ...
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Please suggest a substitute for espresso powder which is not made from coffee

I see Espresso Powder frequently in chocolate-based baking recipes. I've done some searching here (and elsewhere online) for potential substitutes, but have only been able to find other coffee-based ...
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Why did my hot chocolate stink?

So I ran across a recipe for “crock pot hot chocolate”. For those of you who are curious it is: 1.5 cups of heavy cream 1 can sweetened condensed milk 2 cups of vanilla chocolate chips 6 cups of ...
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How to prevent chocolate covered items from sticking to the cooling rack?

I made my first chocolate covered creams as a Christmas test run, but I put them to dry on a cake cooling rack. This morning the chocolate was so stuck that when I took them off the chocolate was ...
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Edwards Hersheys creme pie made in 2013 ok to eat? [duplicate]

I just happened to see it in the freezer and it looks really good hasn't been opened or thawed but everywhere I look I seem to get a different answer on weather it would be okay to eat or not. ...
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Chocolate cake vs Brownies

I have heard people saying that brownies are simply a smaller version of chocolate cakes, is that so? If not, then what could be the differences between brownie and chocolate cake?
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How to thicken a hot chocolate microwave recipe

I'm trying to perfect the low calorie hot chocolate that is thick as to the point of being almost pudding like or spoonable and easy to make in a microwave. I'd like to base it on almond milk, cocoa, ...
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Why does chocolate go grainy when I melt it?

I was melting chocolate and it turned into a thick, grainy mess. What happened and what can I do about it? I followed this common method to melt chocolate: I used a double boiler i.e. I put a heat ...
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Technical reasons against chocolate-coated shortbread

It is possible to find chocolate-coated shortbread (as in, the Scottish biscuit made of flour, sugar and butter, coated with chocolate) as a product in the UK, but it's very rare. Chocolate-coated ...
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Chocolate cake recipe requires both baking powder and baking soda?

Here is the recipe I am using. For batter: 2 cups Sugar Flour 1 3/4 cups Cocoa 3/4 cup Baking Soda 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1 1/2 tsp Salt 1 tsp 2 eggs Milk 1 cup Oil 1/2 cup Vanilla Extract 2 tsp ...
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Fat content in chocolate chips

Recently I got a bag of dark chocolate chips, 12oz (340g) for $3.95. (15g per serving) It's total fat content is 4g, 2g of which being saturated. The bag does not state the cocoa content percentage. ...
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What happens when chocolate is overheated further than 50C/120F?

I've been googling about this for a while, and it seems to be a common practice to avoid overheating chocolate in the context of tempering. Here's an example source mentioning the fate of overheated ...
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Are all dark chocolates with the same amount of cocoa equal?

I've noticed 3 ingredients in all dark chocolates: cocoa mass cocoa butter cocoa powder. This made me wonder if someone could have different ratios of these ingredients (like more cocoa powder than ...
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Which type of chocolate to use for covering a coconut ball

I wanted to try a chocolate ball which is made of: condensed milk a little almond powder raisins I mix these ingredients into a soft ball and then I want to cover the bar with chocolate that can ...
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Tempered chocolate thickens

I have now twice experienced that when I'm tempering dark chocolate is becomes incredibly thick - almost solid- in the cooling phase When it happens I will accidentally heat it up to much as to get it ...
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Is cocoa powder chocolate?

My daughter says cocoa is not chocolate. I've always believed that cocoa is chocolate, or part of chocolate, or whatever makes chocolate. I'm confused. So, if I make brownies with cocoa powder only, ...
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How to harden a chocolate made from Regular (unsalted) butter?

I am trying to make chocolate in following steps- Take cocoa powder (unsweetened) and powdered sugar. Grind them. Add Regular (unsalted) melted butter, mix them for long. And pour them in moulds. ...
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Cacao percentages and aromas developed in chocolate from different origins

About chocolate: I tasted a 66% cocoa chocolate bar origin of Caribbean coast. And then, I tasted a 66% cocoa chocolate origin of Alpaco (Ecuador). The only thing I've noticed it, that the ...
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White chili and chocolate

I always put chocolate or cocoa powder in my chili. Now I want to try making white chicken chili. Should I add white chocolate?
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unable to bake runny batter recipes

I made a chocolate cake and recipe calls for buttermilk and oil which makes the batter liquidy,but when I bake it, they turn out rubbery or they become very dense and when I press it feels like soft ...
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Tempering untempered chocolate

I would like to know how to temper chocolate without seeding it with already tempered chocolate. Possibly this comes from a misunderstanding for the reason for tempering: My understanding is that ...
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Why isn't there more dark milk chocolate or “light” dark chocolate?

My understanding is that the difference between dark chocolate and milk chocolate is that milk chocolate has milk solids and more sugar. Why don't we often see chocolate with say 70% cocoa solids, 10%...
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Can I make milk hot chocolate out of dark chocolate and sugar?

Would it taste the same if I made a hot chocolate out of couverture milk chocolate + milk and a hot chocolate made out of couverture dark chocolate + more milk + more sugar?
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What's the recommended temperature for chocolate to set?

I have been making various kinds of chocolate bonbons for about 8 months with great success. (Once I had mastered tempering, that is.) I had read somewhere (but I can't remember the source) that ...