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I am wondering if anyone out there can give me some advice on tempering raw chocolate.  Is there a 'best' way to do this?  WHich items can I use with the greatest success?


Raw cacao butter, cacao powder, cacao paste?


Sweeteners would likely be raw agave and/or raw coconut nectar.  I could use some raw cane sugar if needed.  Also not opposed to using coconut sugar, although not raw it is highly nutritious.


I would also be using some raw sunflower lecithin, vanilla beans and/or extract.  possibly some carob powder. 


I've read lots of posts on this site and they have helped but not completely answered my questions to where I feel confident.


Any help would be appreciated.  I currently make and sell raw refrigerated chocolate and its great but want to also produce something that is shelf stable.



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there are a few bars and truffles I have tried that are raw and are actually tempered and very good.  Most though leave alot to be desired like you said. 


I dont know much about conching but I hear it drives up the temperature and is hard for the person who does not have industrial equipment.  I would have to read up on it though.


Where theres a will theres a way!

Have a look at these they are even hobby sized. I may be getting confused mysef but i think a melangeur is basically a conche.


To work it appears the cacao liquor must be molten i.e. > 36 degrees C but presumably if you had a spot IR thermometer you to just switch the machine off if its getting too hot.


I'd also assume if you can modify the gearing you could in principle do a REALLY slow grind where the friction heat generated was mostly lost during the grind. I have also seen AC motor speed control where you could presumably lower the grind speed as you desire.


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