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Alcohol in Chocolates

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clay Gordon Nov 16, 2009. 1 Reply

In the contradictory state of Ohio, no alcohol is allowed in confections without a license - and yet they have no provisions to issue licenses to confectioners. But you can add vanilla and other…Continue

 

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Beth Mansfield replied to Laura Trairatnobhas's discussion Why do certain ganaches leak out of molded pralines?
"Your ganaches sound tasty! My experience with that problem is that it happens when the ganache has not had time to crystallize. Try covering the filled mould (for sanitation purposes) and leaving it overnight to set before topping it off.…"
Nov 14, 2012
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"Anybody going to the Fine Chocolate Festival? I'll be there and would love to network with other chocolatiers."
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"Hi Katie, First, congratulations on your order! That's great. . I store my product in a wine cooler at 65 degrees and have not had a problem with shelf life for a week or two. I do not use invertase or other preservatives. I personally draw the…"
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Beth Mansfield replied to Brian Pelletier's discussion Dipping Forks in the group Startup Central
"Brian, Thanks for posting this question. I was just lamenting the demise of my beloved three pronger and, likewise, was unable to locate a suitable replacement without purchasing a complete set. I may note for the group, however, that Pheil and…"
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Are you looking to start a chocolate business? Want to talk to others who've been there or done that - or have you been there and done it and want to share with others? This is the place to discuss it.
Oct 21, 2010
Clay Gordon replied to Beth Mansfield's discussion Alcohol in Chocolates
"This topic is under discussion in another post under the identical title, so this discussion has been consolidated there."
Nov 16, 2009
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Alcohol in Chocolates

In the contradictory state of Ohio, no alcohol is allowed in confections without a license - and yet they have no provisions to issue licenses to confectioners. But you can add vanilla and other flavorings that contain alcohol. The key is it can't be an alcohol meant to be consumed as a drink. Who makes up these rules? How do you label alcohol that's been cooked down to reduce its percentage? And does the flavor suffer? Does anyone have any good flavor alternatives to Cointreau, Brandy, or…See More
Nov 16, 2009
Beth Mansfield replied to rebecca wamsley's discussion Best chocolate school
"Well Linda, Vermont is mighty tempting. But only in the summer. And Jeff, all those toys you have must be a blast, but they would hardly fit in my tiny rental apartment. For the time being my batches are teeny tiny. At least I've gotten to the…"
Oct 28, 2009
Beth Mansfield replied to rebecca wamsley's discussion Best chocolate school
"I have had such a good time reading this forum this afternoon. I'm tinkering with a berry ganache and just decided that the flavor profile isn't right and should start over. Personally, I have been going to the school of hard knocks this…"
Oct 28, 2009

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Most memorable chocolate experience:
I tried to have a chocolate fountain for my daughter's graduation party. It was outside and a cool evening. I wanted really GOOD chocolate, not syrup or oil so I used bittersweet chips and melted them adding just a little oil. Well the 4' rental fountain seized up in the cool air and we ended up taking a heat gun to the fountain to melt the chocolate. It was hysterically funny but everyone loved the chocolate. My kitchen never recovered from the mess!!!
My favorite chocolate is:
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