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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Test if whitish chocolate has bloom or is spoiled

My friend (who lives in a warm, humid climate) often has issues with chocolate, due to the formation of a light-colored coating on it. I believe it is just chocolate bloom, but she thinks it's mold ...
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Why does “hot chocolate powder” lose taste?

Yesterday, I made hot chocolate with "Schokotraum Typ Trinkschokolade" from Krüger. I was very surprised, that it didn't taste sweet at all (which is bad; it didn't have a lot of taste overall). The ...
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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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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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Chocolate: difference between “Cocoa Mass” and “Cacao”?

There isn't much diary products in my country. So cheese, double/heavy cream, baking chocolate etc are hard to find. Some shops that specialize in baking sells this relatively expensive "72% cocoa ...
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Putting a solid chocolate bar inside cake dough: what's the outcome?

Let's say I'm making a plain vanilla cake in a rectangular shape. If I were to put a solid chocolate bar in the middle of the dough before baking it, what would the outcome be when the cake is removed ...
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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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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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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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Success tempering chocolate with Kitchen-Aid heated mixing bowl?

So, I was given a Kitchen-Aid heated mixing bowl for Christmas, and following the instructions I have attempted to temper chocolate a few times without any success whatsoever. It takes a very long ...
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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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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 up?...
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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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Why most chocolate bars have trans fat?

Most chocolate bars have trans fat, usually less than 1g per 100g of chocolate. Even dark chocolate and even expensive brands such as Lindt. Where is this trans fat coming from?
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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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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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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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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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Same recipe but sometimes white chocolate cookies come out strange

I always use the same recipe (weight everything including eggs) but occasionally the white chocolate cookies come out funny. When baking in the oven I can see them making bubbles constantly, they ...
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Flavourless Chocolate/Chocolate Alternative in Fudge

I've just recently gotten into making fudge and have found a recipe that works amazing for almost every flavour I want to make. I use Cocoa Powder or White Chocolate Squares depending on the desired ...
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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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What is the difference between acetate sheets and baking paper when making chocolate deco?

I would like to make chocolate decorations with melted chocolate. After searching on the web, however, I am not quite sure I could find acetate sheets. But I can find baking paper. Would there be any ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Problem with “No Bake Cookies”

We have made the standard type of these for years, using a recipe similar to this one 3-Minute No-Bake Cookies. A problem we have sometimes is that the sugar will not set (I think). The cookie should ...
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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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Chocolate covered cookies stuck to cooling rack

I have some glazed chocolate cookies that I accidentally put on a cooling rack to let the chocolate glaze cool off, but now the chocolate glaze is completely stuck to the cooling rack. Any ideas on ...
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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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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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What is the cocoa solids percentage of Hershey's semi-sweet chips?

What is the percentage of cocoa solids in Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate chips? Need to use it for a recipe that calls for 70-72% Cocoa solids.
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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 ...