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Caramel manufacturing equipment

I am looking for used caramel equipment. In particular, I would like to buy a portable agitator like the one Savage Brothers sells (Firemixer-14) and some sort of caramel double twist wrapping and cutting machine. Also if anyone knows of a good wax paper supplier or knows of anyone that can print a logo directly on wax paper--I'd love to hear from you. I'm also interest in new packaging ideas, so if you know of anyone please contact me.Thanks in advance for any…See More
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"For 'KoffieTCacao' magazine # 13 I wrote a review about the Zotter Labooko Peru Criollo 80%. Unfortunately the batch (best before 20 Sep 2015), I tasted blind, was not as good as other batches I tried later. The bars on the picture are…"
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Recommendations for visiting San Blas and finding cacao?

Started by Hazel Lee in Travels & Adventures. Last reply by TalamancaOrganicaCacao&Chocolate 9 hours ago. 1 Reply

I studied a little about the Kuna Indians and the effect of their cacao drink on cardiovascular health at university. I have decided to visit San Blas this Christmas as part of a 4 week trip. Although there seems to be a lot of info on the studies…Continue

Tags: panama, cacao, health, yala, indians

Another Chocolate Lovers Blog

Started by Dalton Chakma in Allow Me to Introduce Myself yesterday. 0 Replies

Hi, I have started a blog all about chocolate & chocolate lovers. You are all welcome to my blog. And have a nice marry christmas.http://www.chocolatelover.info/Continue

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about chocolate making

Started by Shekhar Halder in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Dalton Chakma yesterday. 2 Replies

I want to learn about chocolate making in practical (from been to bar) is it possible in India. Friends please help mein this connection. It will be great for me if i am allowed to work in a production line which belongs to any one of our members in…Continue

More toffee questions...

Started by Daniel Herskovic in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by Nicole on Monday. 2 Replies

I have been making quite a bit of toffee this holiday season and I certainly don't know everything when it comes to making this treat. I have been trying to achieve a tender texture that does not stick to one's teeth. I'm still on that searchThere…Continue

How to make bacon and chocolate shelf stable?

Started by Daniel Herskovic in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by Lana on Monday. 3 Replies

I know we have all seen a lot of bacon and chocolate together in the past few years. Does anyone know how to make the bacon shelf stable when combined in a chocolate confection? Does the bacon need to be candied first? I greatly look forward to…Continue

Winnower needed!! Help

Started by TalamancaOrganicaCacao&Chocolate in Tasting Notes. Last reply by TalamancaOrganicaCacao&Chocolate Dec 19. 2 Replies

We are cacao farmers and chocolate makers working 4 kilos at a time. We hand winnow and we would like to either build a winnower (electric) ourselves as we are in Costa Rica or buy one. Any recommendations or pictures or designs are very much…Continue

Cocoatown ECGC-12SLTA Issues

Started by Evan Langendorf in Tech Help. Last reply by Evan Langendorf Dec 19. 13 Replies

Hello Chocolatelifers!We have now been working with the cocoatown unit for about 8 months and as production increased we have recently run into some problems. I am wondering if these are common and if they have been experienced by anyone else or if…Continue

Cocoatown Melanger - ECGC-12SLTA - Leaking Chocolate - Epoxy Glue Fail

Started by CASE in Tech Help. Last reply by TalamancaOrganicaCacao&Chocolate Dec 19. 3 Replies

Early this morning I discovered the machine rotating in a pool of chocolate at the base of the machine. After thorough cleaning, I discovered the plastic ring glued into the center of the granite base was turning freely. It appears the epoxy seal…Continue

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adding cocoa butter when tempering

Started by Julie Lu in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by TalamancaOrganicaCacao&Chocolate Dec 19. 11 Replies

Hello: I am new to chocolate and just read that it's possible to add cocoa butter when tempering to  make the chocolate more shiny and improve taste. Can anyone comment on whether this is a good idea? I would like to know before starting to do this…Continue

Damage to Chocolate - Low Temperature Exposure?

Started by baumgrenze in Tasting Notes. Last reply by baumgrenze Dec 19. 2 Replies

Does anyone know if storing dark chocolate at temperatures near freezing (35-45 F) can damage it so that it becomes very difficult to retemper?I can see this happening when chocolate is shipped by truck (perhaps even colder this time of year) or by…Continue

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Root Chocolate - Roasting Cocoa Beans with the Behmor 1600 PLUS

Posted by Landen Zernickow on December 15, 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

This weekend we took our cocoa bean roasting to the next level: we christened our newest tool, the …

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Root Chocolate - Thanksgiving Chocolate Tasting

Posted by Landen Zernickow on December 11, 2014 at 7:40pm 0 Comments

Last weekend, we were thankful to have Richard’s parents in town to celebrate Thanksgiving. For the occasion, we hosted a true blind chocolate tasting adventure. We pulled out Eagranie Yuh’s The Chocolate Tasting Kit (Tasting Kits) , Richard conducted a dramatic reading of the…

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Root Chocolate - Marketing or Education

Posted by Landen Zernickow on December 8, 2014 at 5:42pm 0 Comments

Occasionally, while I sit at a Vietnamese restaurant, cautiously eating my standard Pho, I can’t help giggle to myself as Richard sweats and guzzles water to counteract the powerful sensations coming from his inevitably extra spicy dish. Similarly, I pass on the japapeños in Mexican cuisine and the Sriracha at Thai places. A coworker’s kid only eats food that is white and my cousins, while growing up, ate solely …

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Root Chocolate - To cocoa butter or not to cocoa butter?

Posted by Landen Zernickow on December 6, 2014 at 10:34pm 0 Comments

To cocoa butter or not to cocoa butter?

That is the question...

We did an experiment to provide an answer to this time old question (ok, sure, we’re borrowing from Shakespeare). For this experiment, we used our favorite Madagascar beans. I think we’re now about halfway done with the giant bucket!

Let’s post some hypotheses about the two batches...

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