Questions tagged [chocolate]

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Does tempering cocoa butter on its own make it better?

Cocoa butter is a great snacking alternative to white chocolate, but I wonder - would tempering it make it even better? It seems like it snapping instead of crumbling and melting near body temperature ...
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How to mix chocolate into flourless ground almond cake?

TL;DR: When should I add melted chocolate to a ground almond cake recipe? Needing a gluten free recipe for cake, I have been using the following ground almond cake recipe as a base for my cakes: ...
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Fudge didnt set. How to fix without re heating

I made a simple fudge with white choc and condensed milk. It didn't set. I know the easy answer is put it back in the saucepan and re heat it but it is coloured 4 different colours and swirled ...
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How does molten chocolate fondant work?

I'd like to understand more about the chemistry involved in baking molten chocolate fondant, specifically: What affects the consistency and how and why? What I know so far - I found the main factor to ...
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Digestibility of cocoa/cacao butter in white chocolate

I know that if I were to eat a chunk of cocoa/cacao butter on its own, my body wouldn't really digest it well. Typically, for large amounts of fat, they need to be emulsified to be digested. However, ...
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War-zone chocolate brownies (edible decor)

I have been tasked with creating war-zone brownies: should contain visual cues that the brownie is a conflict zone and have edible props. My progress has been very slow. After a few days, I'm still at ...
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Why does milk and white chocolate have different tempering temperatures?

So my understanding is that to temper chocolate, it requires manipulating the heat to form the ideal crystal structure (i.e., beta V) that has the ideal properties for chocolate. These temperatures ...
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What are the layers in this cake?

I want to make this cake (image below), but I can’t figure out the third layer. Obviously it is 2 layers of chocolate cake and 1 of chocolate mousse, but what is the caramel-like layer? Can anyone ...
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Disolving chocolate in vodka?

I wanted to make a chocolatey drink, but creme de cacao is way too sweet. So I decided to try making chocolate vodka. I added about 3/4 cup of 63% chips (Guittard extra dark) into a small magic bullet ...
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What should be added to brownies when reducing cocoa powder and vanilla extract?

I have a brownie recipe. The first time I tried them they turned out great but had a strong taste of chocolate and vanilla extract. I halved the cocoa powder and vanilla essence required to reduce the ...
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Does chocolate inhibit cornstarch gelatinization?

I recently made chocolate pudding by putting 25ml of cream, 410ml of 3% milk and 50ml of cornstarch (not a good way to measure cornstarch, I know) along with two handfuls of Callebaut milk chocolate ...
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Coating a silicone mold in chocolate glaze

I wanted to make chocolate-covered quark sweets, using a recipe from Youtube. The recipe involves mixing 160 g melted chocolate with 60 g oil, then coating a silicone mold with it and placing it in ...
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Can I source fat and sugar in a recipe from chocolate?

I've been looking at chocolate flapjack recipes but they seem to contain relatively little chocolate, so I'm wondering if it's possible to replace more fundamental ingredients (butter, sugar) in a ...
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How to prevent filling getting squeezed out of chocolate coated candies?

I made some chocolate coated peanut butter candy-eggs, and after I dipped the first egg in chocolate and set it on the rack to cool, the filling is getting squeezed out. How can I prevent this? For ...
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How do I store untempered chocolate?

My chocolate tempering was a flop! I am left with half-tempered Easter chocolates for my daughter. Since this is my first time and she doesn't really care, and another question said it's OK to leave ...
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Chocolate for topping didn't melt

Recipe for S'mores Bars called for melting milk chocolate chips on top of previously baked marshmallows (on top of graham cracker crust). Oven at 350F. My chocolate didn't melt, and the bars don't ...
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How to preserve a spread in a jar

I am starting a business making a vegan chocolate spread. It is beginning as a small, family run operation, in a hired industrial kitchen. We are stuck on how to 'treat' the spread when getting to the ...
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Cocoa butter crystals in chocolate frosting

We have been making a chocolate frosting recipe for 15+ years. At it's best it is creamy, smooth, fudgy, and stays a beautiful, spreadable consistency at room temperature. We make it in a batch that ...
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Why is my cupcake brownie like?

I’m exploring different recipes and tweaking a few things to make a result I’m happy with. I finally found a perfect ratio for a vanilla cake but when I tried to alter it to chocolate I got a very ...
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Adding fresh fruit to a non fruited banana bread

I have a banana bread recipe that I love. I want to add other fresh fruit and nuts or chocolate to it. Do I need to adjust the other ingredients to take into account these additions?
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How to lower the melting point of a specific chocolate?

I want to use a specific brand of chocolate to make chocolatines/pain au chocolat. This chocolate is a stone ground dark chocolate that has been tempered. I attempted to use them to make chocolatines ...
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How to convert Ring Cake to Square Cake

I have a baked chocolate ring cake, but I want to convert it to a square cake. How I can do it?
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Should I have been able to melt white chocolate and marshmallows together?

My daughter and I were making cake pops, and were a little short of white chocolate for the coating. We thought we'd try a white chocolate/marshmallow coating instead. I didn't weigh the marshmallows ...
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Baked chocolate cake type dessert with 'sticky' top

I am in the UK and in my 60's. My Mum used to make a cake in the oven that was heavy cake like at the bottom, but was still slightly sticky on top. Can anyone tell me if they know of this and what it ...
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Is this siphon based recipe for mousse au chocolat trying to whip the cream?

The following recipe came with my new N2O siphon: dissolve 75g of chocolate in 275g of cream cool to 5 degree Celsius strain through sieve into siphon to make sure no undissolved pieces of chocolate ...
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for how long can I store homemade chocolate mousse in the fridge? [duplicate]

My chocolate mousse recipe includes just raw eggs (2 weeks until best before date), butter, sugar and black chocolate, ingredients are mixed together with the hot, liquid chocolate. I know about this ...
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Matcha tea chocolate ganache

I have this nice recipe of chocolate-matcha pie in which the ganache is made in the following way. boil 1dl milk with 2dl cream add 50g sugar and let it melt cut the fire and add 200g dark chocolate ...
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How can I intensify the chocolate flavour in my yoghurt?

When I want a healthy dessert, I add grated dark (70%) chocolate to natural yoghurt. If I want some sweetness, I add dried cranberries. The cranberries definitely have a much stronger flavour, but ...
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Chocolate won’t harden up on my cookies

I melted chocolate chips and a small amount of oil and coated cookies. Here's the problem: the chocolate won't harden up. Is there anything I can do NOW to help the situation, or is this just a sticky,...
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I think my chocolate fudge is seizing?

new here and amateur home cook. I'm trying new fudge recipes and got one down that works extremely well when I'm not using chocolate. When I use chocolate, it... Seizes I think. It becomes crumbly ...
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How can I get a thicker coating when enrobing something in chocolate?

I'm trying to make dark-chocolate-covered marzipan balls, using Valrhona Guanaja 70%. My problem is that the chocolate coating is too thin; the end result has a) too low a ratio of chocolate to ...
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Blending pastry cream right after cooking: does it change final consistency?

I prepared some pastry cream to use as pie filling. Right after it had been cooked, and while still hot, I passed it through a sieve onto a bowl with chopped white chocolate. As I tried to fold the ...
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baking a Souffle to make it as much liquidish as possible

I have found this explanation for example: Bake the soufflé: For maximum lift, it’s best to heat your soufflé from the bottom up — in other words, the direct heat of your oven should ideally be ...
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How to do icing swirl effect (a bit like marbling)?

The cake above is from this website and I was wondering how the swirl effect is done on top of the cake? At first, I thought it may be done using a similar method to latte art, but am really unsure. ...
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Can you make milk chocolate bars with fresh milk or cream?

I have a bizarre idea that milk powder is bad tasting, therefore I wonder if it could be possible to make chocolate bars with fresh milk or cream. If not, are there some top quality milk powders?
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My netting is not, perhaps, the best

Take pity, is there any way I can be better? Here's a close-up (in case that, you know, helps) I heat only normal real chocolate (i.e., normal bar eating or cooking chocolate), that is to say I am ...
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Do pre-packaged chocolate truffles (e.g., Lindt) remain flavorful months after their best by date?

I often prepare mini chocolate fruit puddings (in shot glasses), by combining fresh fruit and a melted truffle for guests; as a quick hors-d'oeuvre. I found a bulk package available, but they're short-...
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What is the difference between using nibs or liquor for making chocolate bars?

For making chocolate bars. Nibs or liquor, why use one over the other?
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Is it possible to effectively dissolve chocolate into coffee?

The combination of milk chocolate with coffee is very good. The classic strategy is to take a bite of chocolate, chew it for five seconds, and then sip some coffee. This strategy can be inconvenient ...
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How to make best milk chocolate at home?

I have eaten home-made chocolate before, and while it was pretty good, it could not compare with the expensive chocolate at the store. I would like to make the best milk chocolate I can at home. From ...
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Are chocolate brands taking countries temperatures into account?

Today is an unsually hot day where I live in France, we are reaching 40°C in some cities. As I grabbed a KitKat out of its bag, I noticed that it was completly melted. It's 35°C in my appartment. It ...
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How can I make 'rich chocolate' flavor?

I am in the process of making a DIY Soylent meal replacement. I've tried Hershey's cocoa powder and it tastes awful. Commercial manufacturers of flavored protein powders, shake powders, etc. make such ...
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How to replace large eggs for medium in a recipe?

The cookie recipe calls for 2 large eggs and I only have medium. Is there a way to make up for the egg loss or substitutions?
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What type of chocolate is used for molding?

I failed to melt chocolate bars in order to make chocolates in mold. I tried twice using water bath and microwave but it wasn't as runny as I had expected but much like paste. When I continued heating ...
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How do I make sugarfree chocolate mousse made with 100% cacao chocolate less stiff?

I recently made chocolate mousse with 50g of 100% chocolate, and 2 egg whites. No sugar, sweeteners, or cream added. This resulted in a very stiff and even slightly grainy (but that might just be ...
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Why is my home made chocolate oily? [duplicate]

I made chocolate using cacao butter, cacao powder, sugar (icing and granulated), and dried milk powder. In addition to being too sweet (panicked and added too much icing and granulated sugar), and ...
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Can I broil a box cake in the oven?

my oven has recently broken, it turns on but does not heat. On the other hand, my broiler works just fine and I've been able to cook peach cobbler and peach bread, though that calls for a different ...
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Can one keep chocolate uncovered in the freezer?

I bought a chocolate bar and only hate half of it. I want to store it in the freezer, but part of it will be uncovered. Is this a safe way to store it in the freezer ?
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Does different percentage chocolate set differently?

My glaze did not come out as expected. Will chocolate set differently if I start with, say 60% vs 70% chocolate? If so, is there a suggestion as to how to adjust the recipe so a lower or higher ...
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How to change a chocolate cake recipe to a vanilla cake

I have a recipe for a moist chocolate cake that requires 3 cups of all purpose flour and 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened cocoa powder. I would like to turn this moist chocolate cake into a white cake and ...
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