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Chocolate is made from cocoa beans that grown on cacao teas. The trees grow in very hot climates such as Africa and Southern and Central America.

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Chocolate problems


Too much cheap chocolate has added waxes to replace the cocoa butter. Read the ingredients and stay away from cheap chocolate.

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Fun Facts About Chocolate Tempering


Temperature:
Chocolate is best stored in a dark, dry, cool place, about 13-15 degrees Celsius.
It should not be stored in the fridge nor near strong smelling foods as it will absorb the smell very easily.
If chocolate is wrapped and stored properly it can be kept even for a year.
Regarding the tempering, it is always best to temper chocolate at room temperature (around 20-22 degrees C) .

Water:
Tempering does not go well with water. If you need to temper your chocolate, do not mix it with water. The slightest amount of moisture will cause it to seize.
For this reason you should always make sure that all utensils and the machine are completely dry and that the chocolate isn't more than 10 degrees colder than room temperature. Otherwise condensation will form on the chocolate's surface as soon as it's exposed to the warmer conditions.

Quantities:
If you need to temper large quantities of chocolate (over 700gm) it is best to temper a portion of it, and then substitute some of the tempered chocolate that you use, with melted untempered chocolate.
For example if you use 100cc of tempered chocolate you can then add to the temperer exactly 100cc of melted untempered chocolate and let it blend. In a few seconds the mixture should be fully tempered again. If it does not temper properly, you can press the "melt" button, wait for the cursor to show 43 degrees, and then push "temper", adding more "seed" chocolate.

Viscosity and Texture:
Tempered chocolate should be viscous. The more viscous the better it will cling to a dipped piece, the thicker the coat will be. The more runny the chocolate, the thinner the coating.
In order to adjust viscosity, if the chocolate is too thick you can add small amounts of cocoa butter either by using the method of tempering large quantities of chocolate, or by adding the cocoa butter behind the baffle and go through the cycle again, pressing "melt" and then "temper" and adding "seed" chocolate.

If the normal tempering method doesn't work, try using the Temper 2 option, which includes a slower cooling.

If the chocolate is over-tempered and thick, it could be caused by pieces of cool or solid chocolate in the bowl.
If this happens press "reset", then "melt", wait until the cursor returns to 43 degrees and then press "temper", adding 85gm of solid chocolate behind the baffle, continuing the tempering as usual.

Dipping:
- make sure the piece is completely dry. Dust it with cornflour if you want to be sure of the absence of mousture on its surface.
- make sure the chocolate has the right amount of fat, as too much fat would make the coating too thin and too little fat would make it too thick.
- For a complete coverage of the piece, choose a suitable dipping tool
- make sure you have a ready sheet of unwaxed paper or parchment to set the dipped pieces on.
- allow pieces to set for 24 hours.
- if the dipped piece cracks it means it was probably too cold.

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What is chocolate mud cake? I heard about it from my neighbor and it sounds weird but wonderful.


chocolate mud cake is just a really rich and dense chocolate cake. It's great for people who really like their chocolate and a very rich flavor in their cakes.

Feb 25, 2013 | Cooking

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I live in a hot country, do I need to keep chocolate in the fridge?


Ideally you should keep your chocolate in a cool, dark and dry place so that the chocolate doesn't absorb any external odors. But if chocolate is exposed to hot temperatures it can cause the chocolate to "bloom" which is what causes the gray color you sometimes see on chocolates that have sat around for too long. If you live in a really hot place, you should keep your chocolate in the fridge but in an air-tight container.

Feb 25, 2013 | Cooking

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How do you make edible chocolate cups?


Chocolate cups look hard to make but once you get the hang of it you'll see it's quite easy and looks really stunning if you want to impress with your desserts. Here's a recipe for chocolate cups that are filled with chocolate mousse - I guess you may as well do it in style!!

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/chocolate-mousse-served-in-edible-chocolate-dessert-cups-with-raspberry-sauce-recipe/index.html

Feb 25, 2013 | Cooking

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I love ginger and I think it would go really well with drinking chocolate. Anyone know any recipes they can suggest?


Thorntons make really great chocolates and they sell a ginger hot chocolate that looks amazing.

http://www.thorntons.co.uk/product/Chocolate-Toffee-Fudge/Hot-Chocolate/Ginger-Hot-Chocolate-350g/pc/2198/c/2211/332.uts


If you want to make your own you can try blending some fresh ginger, orange zest and vanilla extract. Then add cocoa powder and mix with milk in the same way you would normally prepare hot chocolate. Add sugar to taste.

Feb 25, 2013 | Wine & Spirits

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Does hot chocolate have caffeine in it? I am looking for alternatives to coffee and tea.


Cocoa solids in chocolate do contain some caffeine so any drink with chocolate in is not going to be caffeine free. But milk chocolate contains a lot less cocoa solids than dark chocolate, so the type of chocolate used to make the drink will significantly alter the amount of caffeine in it.

Feb 25, 2013 | Wine & Spirits

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How do you make iced hot chocolate?


To make a yummy cup of cold 'hot chocolate', take a cup of milk and add in double the recommended amount of chocolate powder (or cocoa and sugar). Stir well and add ice cubes.

If you have time and want a drink that's even more special, you can use chocolate ice cubes in the drink.

To make chocolate ice cubes; Mix the recommended amount of hot chocolate with a cup of milk and freeze in an ice cube tray. When they are solid you can add to the hot chocolate.

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Are there alcoholic drinks with chocolate in? I love chocolate but I don't enjoy drinking so much, so I thought a chocolate alcohol drink might be a solution.


Chocolate liquor is a really popular drink that is alcoholic but easy for most non-drinkers to tolerate because of it's strong chocolate flavor. It's also really good for baking and in chocolate mousse.

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