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Group Review - Fortunato #4

This is the first in what I hope will be a regular series (at least quarterly) of Group Reviews, a new feature for 2014 here on TheChocolat…

Started by Clay Gordon in Tasting NotesLatest Reply

Weird Flavors and Inclusions in Chocolate

What's the weirdest flavor/inclusion combination you've not only heard of in chocolate but have actually eaten? Inquiring chocolate minds…

Started by Clay Gordon in Tasting NotesLatest Reply

Marañon Chocolate - Cacao Thought to Be Extinct Found in Peru

Nacional. I don't know about you, but when I hear the term Nacional applied to cacao, two words spring immediately to mind: Ecuador Arriba…

Started by Clay Gordon in Chocolate EducationLatest Reply

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melanger necessary?

Wondering if anyone knows if a conching or melanger is necessary to mix cacao powder, butter and sugar, or does it have to be liqeur? [ sic…

Started by beth campbell in Tech Help

28 4 hours ago
Reply by Danny Michlewicz

Spectra 11 wheels barely turning at the 8 hour mark...

Hi TCL friends, I recently bought my first melanger and ran a small test batch and it worked perfectly! So I put a second, 7.8 pound batch…

Started by Mack Ransom in Tech Help

2 22 hours ago
Reply by Mack Ransom

Bloom "stripes" on dipped chocolates

Hello, I have a frustrating problem. I temper chocolate using the cold bath method (I heat to 45c, cool to 28, then heat to 31). Then I te…

Started by Or M in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

14 yesterday
Reply by Daniela Vasquez

Truffles Cracking!

So I've read just about every internet site that I can, and I've tried just about everything, but my truffles just keep cracking. My method…

Started by Trula R in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

2 yesterday
Reply by Daniela Vasquez

Hilliards Little Dipper (not responding)

Hello.... So we have a hilliards little dipper that we do our white chocolate in. Over the past month it has given us a more than generous…

Started by Emily Woloszyn in Tech Help

0 on Friday

Weird Flavors and Inclusions in Chocolate

What's the weirdest flavor/inclusion combination you've not only heard of in chocolate but have actually eaten? Inquiring chocolate minds…

Started by Clay Gordon in Tasting Notes

146 on Friday
Reply by Howard & Hanna Frederick

Adding Cacao Butter

For the last two months, I have been making small batches of chocolate using paste made by two different women cooperatives in the Dominica…

Started by Thomas Forbes in Micro-Batch "Homebrew" Chocolate

10 on Thursday
Reply by Cat Ankerson

Washing Spectra melanger parts in dishwasher under 140F OK per Santha….

Hi, I may be re-inventing the wheel, but I wrote to Santha to ask what was the concern with washing the removable parts of the Spectra in a…

Started by Mack Ransom in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

0 Jul 23

Airbrush

Hi all, I'm trying to buy airbrush to spray cocoa butter into molds. When I looked on line I found the airbrush come with different noodles…

Started by Ismael Neggaz in Where to Buy

3 Jul 23
Reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer

Santha Vs Cocoatown

Hi there, I'm looking to purchase either the Santha Spectra 65 or the Cocoatown ECGC 65 and wanted to see if anyone has experience using b…

Started by Sabrina M in Opinion

0 Jul 23

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