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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Chocolate coating for truffles shrinks as it sets - What to do?

I've been making chocolate truffles recently, and I'm pretty pleased with the result, with one exception. I make a ganache (different mixtures of cream, butter, chocolate and flavourings) and form ...
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Effect of liquified hazelnuts on chocolate tempering?

I would like to ask if roasted and liquified hazelnuts will negatively affect the tempering of milk chocolate? I have hazelnuts that I have roasted and liquifed by using a high-quality blender. ...
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how to make crystallized ginger powder

I make chocolate bonbons and in my new recipe I am trying to make a ginger ganache topped with dark chocolate. (This is the easy part). The hard part is when you think about a new shape for it. So ...
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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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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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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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Mole sauce without chocolate?

Would you recommend a way to make mole sauce without chocolate? If so how? I'm diabetic and don't want a lot of sugar in my sauce.
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Lighter chocolate cake

I am making a Guinness chocolate cake and I need the color of it to turn out lighter to match the colors for a wedding. I have already used non Dutch processed cocoa but the lightest it got was maybe ...
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What can be substituted for cocoa nibs?

I have read here that cocoa nibs can be used in place of chocolate chips, but what about the other way around? A recipe I want to try calls for cocoa nibs, but I am having a hard time finding them. ...
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Chocolate used for decoration

I melted once a chocolate bar and decorated with it my eclairs, while it was hot and melting, after putting them in the refregirator, they cooled fine, but they were a little bit sugary although the ...
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How can I enhance fudge's “fudginess” and flavour?

My fudge recipe uses peanut butter, brown and white sugar, corn syrup, cream, and chocolate. How can I can add a bit more "pizazz" to my fudge, taking the flavour from grandma's favourite fudge ...
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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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Why does my ganache keep breaking?

I'm making truffles, and my ganache keeps coming apart. The chocolate acts like it's overheating, but it's not. I've confirmed the temperature of the water in the double boiler several times, and the ...
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Baking Dark Chocolate in Cookies Without Burning Them

I just tried this amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe. The recipe calls for adding hand-smashed dark chocolate chunks into the batter and mixing. It seems like the chocolate doesn't break much. I ...
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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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Sugar won't dissolve in cacao butter

In an attempt to make (vegan) white chocolate I noticed that the sugar doesn't dissolve in the melted cacao butter. For reference, this is the recipe I'm using: Organic Authority's "Four Ingredient ...
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How to solidify melted chocolate?

I have a fair amount of 75% cocoa chocolate. I would like to melt this chocolate and mix it up with some spices, fruit, nuts, coffee of mine. I would then spread this chocolate into a thin board and ...
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Is there any reason to use fake white chocolate chips instead of the good stuff?

I'm making funny cookies for a friend. They're no-bake refrigerator cookies made with (get this) Capt Crunch cereal, peanut butter, nuts and the aforementioned "chocolate". The recipe specifically ...
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Thick Chocolate Sauce

Is it possible to do something with chocolate so that it does not get hard anymore so that its consistency gets something like the caramel in a mars/snickers bar? What precisley would I have to do to ...
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How to re-melt bitter chocolate?

I melted bitter chocolate (40%) via bain-marie to make chocolate-covered strawberries. As the melted chocolate dried out before I finished dipping all the strawberries, I tried to melt the rest again ...
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chocolate creme anglaise is runny

I want to make a creme anglaise au chocolat for tart filling. I used the recipe of my best pastry chef Pierre herme: 125g milk 125g cream 3 egg yolks 70g sugar 90g chocolate (70%) I first mixed ...
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Can a semisweet chocolate be substituted with a belgian chocolate?

Can I use belgian chocolate as a substitute for semisweet chocolate for baking brownies?
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White ganache from cocoa butter won't set

I want to create white truffles which doesn't taste like white chocolate (sugar and vanilla) but like dark chocolate. So I tried to create them from cocoa butter. I added 60 g of cocoa butter, 17g ...
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How to make creamy hot chocolate

I am trying to make thick hot chocolate. At first I used cocoa powder and cornstarch as the thickener, bringing the milk + cocoa powder + sugar mixture to a boil. It worked but it always tasted burnt (...
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Tempered chocolate spheres in advance?

I'm having a birthday party this weekend, and therefore I need to make some food for my guests. For dessert I want to make a chocolate sphere with some kind of stuff inside, and then pour it with ...
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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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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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What makes molten chocolate so much more filling?

I love chocolate. (I'm sure I'm not the only one). Today I made some cookies, which I dipped in molten chocolate (basically dark chocolate + a bit of butter, molten au-bain-marie) and I had a bit left ...
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Substitution for hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles for bread)

I live in Spain but I am Dutch. Does anyone know a substitution for "hagelslag" (chocolate sprinkles to put on bread) for making boterhammen (open-faced sandwiches)?
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What should the results of my chocolate soufflé be like?

Should chocolate soufflés in their entirety have the same texture and solidity as its somewhat firm outer shell through out its body(excuse my redundancy)? I made soufflés for my girlfriend and I ...
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Shelf Stable “Ganache”

I'm baking something that I might end up sending on a very long trip. For this I would want to make ganache, but it may be in transit for as long as 10 days so I don't want to use cream. If I do ...
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What to use for chocolate flavouring?

I've been making chocolate sponge using some Swiss hot chocolate - because I happened to have that in the cupboard. But now I've run out. So I need to go out and buy something. So is drinking ...
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Is it possible to make homemade yogurt using chocolate milk?

Making yogurt from a small quantity of live culture yogurt can be gussied up using cinnamon by adding the spice to the milk prior to boiling it. Is it possible to make chocolate flavoured yogurt ...
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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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Why do I need to melt butter with chocolate?

When I bake with chocolate, especially for cakes and brownies, the recipes always say to melt butter along with the chocolate. Why is this? Would melting them separately cause some sort of problem?
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How can I add an orange flavour without using orange?

My girlfriend has recently found out she has a number of allergies and her favourite thing to eat at Christmas time is a Terry's chocolate orange with popping candy... I would like to re create this ...
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Dissolving xylitol in a raw, home-made chocolate

I was doing a home-made, raw chocolate, made of: raw cocoa powder raw cocoa butter xylitol, substituting sugar The problem was that xylitol was not dissolving well in the butter. One could feel ...
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Why did my chocolate tempering fail?

I just tried today to temper dark chocolate for the second time. I used about a pound of Toll House dark chocolate chips. If the quality of that chocolate is my problem, that would help me a lot. My ...
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Vibrancy of chocolate sauce

dessert chefs, I make chocolate sauce for my drinks. My recipe is, in order, 1x unsweetened bakers chocolate (whole bar, chopped), 3x water, heat, 2.5x brown sugar, dash of salt, vanilla, strain. ...
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My cocoa powder is not dark. Is it still dutch processed?

I bought whole foods "baking cocoa". On the back in the ingredients section it says "processes with alkali." Then, just above the bar code it says "dutch-processed cocoa". Also, it actually smells ...
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What is on top of this and how do you make it?

Chocolate fondant picture on yelp. As you can see this is a picture of a chocolate fondant. However what is on top of it? I have seen this many times.
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What is the highest melting temperature of chocolate? [duplicate]

A pure chocolate bar will always melt at 33 Celsius, as several of my books assure me. But an answer to another question claims that there are chocolates with a higher melting point. What kind of ...
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How to make chocolate mousse that will set?

I have experimented with chocolate mousse lately. I use a recipe I think is taken from Ferran Adria. It consists of 120 mL cream 125g 60%+ chocolate 4 egg whites I heat the cream, and pour it over ...
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How to convert normal sponge to chocolate sponge

I have a recipe for a normal Victoria sponge. I also have a huge box of Swiss hot chocolate powder. (The kind you sprinkle onto hot milk to make drinking chocolate.) Is drinking chocolate a good way ...
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Why do my homemade chocolate bars start to melt as soon as I take them out of the fridge?

I used this recipe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOIN-7zay6g) w/out corn syrup and honey comb bars to make a chocolate bar. The problem is that as soon as I take out a bar from fridge to eat the bar ...
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Can one use chocolate fèves/callets/nibs for tempering?

I usually buy Valrhona chocolate in blocks, but at this moment only the fèves/callets/nibs are available to me. Is it possible to temper these nibs or are they further processed beyond what is in the ...
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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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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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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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How to prevent a baker's chocolate mixture from resolidifying so that it can be used in beverages?

Is it possible to directly melt baker's chocolate (sliced from bar form), mix with sugar, then add an a sort of "inverting" chemical to prevent it for resolidifying? I currently work with baker's ...