Definitely how you handle the chocolate ages a difference. You want warm it slowly and only til it all melts. I've taken chocolate out temper by handling it badly. Then it won't set up right and the texture gets grainy and it really blooms! I used one of the Wilson warming pots working with a friend once and I didn't like it. It was definitely too hot for the chocolate I had. I did much better slowly warming in the microwave 30 sec at a time on half power. Stir in between. And at the end,...
Hi MRios, Since cocoa butter comes in irregularly-sized solid chunks, weighing is the best way to get the right amount. The recipe will forgive you for slight variations in weight (say, if your kitchen scale isn't super precise) but I'm afraid I don't have a volume measurement for the cocoa butter--and that could change depending on how finely you chop it. If you don't have a kitchen scale, maybe you could borrow one? (And just use a bowl or waxed paper to prevent possible CC from the scale?
Thank you so much! That helps a lot, I'll see if I can find one at Walmart or Michael's so I can get a candy thermometer, too. My niece has dairy, egg, nut allergies so I'm really excited to make her some goodies for Christmas this year! Thanks again!
@MRios26 , did you ever find a candy thermometer? Don't forget to check it first by bringing water to boil and seeing what temperature it registers at boiling. You can figure out how much it's off by adding or subtracting that figure from 212 - water's boiling point.
@MRios26 One caveat to @K8sMom2002 's comment about the temperature water boils--this temp depends on elevation. I bake in the Mile High City, water boils a whole 10 degrees cooler up here due to less atmospheric pressure above me. If you aren't near the coasts and want to check your thermometer, google the water boiling point at your elevation first before assuming your thermometer is wrong.
How soon in advance of Easter do you recommend making these? Thanks so much for the instructions. Can't wait to try it our for my 3 yr-old. He told me he can't wait to see what bunny comes for Easter when we passed the chocolate bunnies in the supermarket. So the pressure is on for me to deliver.
Hi Amy, I would probably make them a week or two before Easter--more like two if you think you might need to melt a few down and try again. But make sure you plan enough time that your kiddo will be unable to stumble upon you in the kitchen. The younger they are (the bunnies, not your child), the less likely they are to bloom if you overheated your chocolate, so no need to start now unless you want to make a lot or eat all the evidence But you can go to your local hobby store or cake/candy...
Ever since the white kosher for Passover chips I used to buy were labeled for shared lines I have been bummed about missing white chocolate for my daughter. This is a great and timely and well done post with step by step instructions and explanations and pictures! Thanks so much. It could have come from my other favorite site "cooking for engineers". And I mean that as a compliment!
Cool! My chocolate coins started melting when the boys handled them (prob b/c i added coconut oil). Will follow these melting instructions instead! Any idea on how to make a stuffed bunny? My boys love Sneaky Chef No Nut Butter - would like to fill their bunny w/ that. Thanks.
I've made filled chocolates before. It's best with a deeper mold like an egg. What you do is fill the mold with melted chocolate and let it sit for a minute. Then pour out the unset chocolate. This will leave a "shell" of chocolate in the mold. Add your filling (I'd use the nut butter, powdered sugar mixture from something like Buckeyes http://www.kidswithfoodallergi...name=Mock%20Buckeyes ). Don't add too much filling. Tap the mold gently to settle things. Then cover with melted chocolate.
Hi @makadela ! I hope you have fun with this! I was going to suggest making a hollow bunny as per instructions above, poking a hole in the bottom to pipe in a filling, and then covering the hole with more melted chocolate. @Kathy P 's idea will probably work better, but this might work for sophisticated shapes. We'd love to hear how it works, and see what you create! Don't forget you can add pictures in the comments!
Thank you @Gloria ! I'm the daughter of an Engineer and I'm likely raising an Engineer, so I get what you're talking about. I definitely have an experimental mind I hope you enjoy and yes, we'd love to see your creations!
Wow KFA, Wonderful work, it looks yum. I really loved this. My kids would love to make these. Last week, bought some organic dark chocolates on Sarah’s birthday. Next time would love cooking out this at home.
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