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What is the shelf life of toffee and how should it be stored

Started this discussion. Last reply by david smith Jul 2. 7 Replies

I am starting to think about adding toffee to our product line. I learned that Enstroms Toffee is actually considered a dairy product and requires refrigeration. I am wondering how others store…Continue

Is it necessary to cap truffle shells before enrobing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sebastian Jun 4. 1 Reply

Hi there,I'm going to make some truffles for a special project and thought I would try out some truffle shells. I plan on filling them and then sending them through our enrober. I am wondering if it…Continue

Where can I find a lab that does AW testing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sebastian Feb 13. 1 Reply

I would like to have the water activity ,  or the AW, of my chocolate products tested. Do you know where I can find a lab that does this? I live in Wisconsin so anywhere in the Midwest would be…Continue

How to preserve chocolate sauce and caramel sauce safely?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sebastian Jul 5, 2013. 5 Replies

I am interested in preserving homemade chocolate sauce as well as caramel sauce. Both of these items contain dairy products. I have been researching preserving techniques and I see that both…Continue

 

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Daniel Herskovic replied to Krista's discussion Salesperson
"This is a really good question and I too would love to hear from other members, especially those with sales experience. I wonder what kind of arrangement sales people are looking for? If sales people are open to commission only what percentage makes…"
Jul 15
david smith replied to Daniel Herskovic's discussion What is the shelf life of toffee and how should it be stored
"Daniel, My business is making Toffee. I have been doing it for about 10 years. Almost without fail, all Toffee is made by the same recipe other than sometimes people add corn syrup (I don't). Enstroms makes so much Toffee, they HAVE to keep it…"
Jul 2
Daniel Herskovic replied to Daniel Herskovic's discussion What is the shelf life of toffee and how should it be stored
"Thanks a lot Andy! I actually just got done reading your thread from a few years ago. It sounds like you really went through a lot to make toffee work for your business. I read in your thread that you were looking to simply break up slabs of…"
Jun 29
Sebastian replied to Daniel Herskovic's discussion What is the shelf life of toffee and how should it be stored
"If you ever need a toffee tester...  8-)  they say it's impossible for someone to just have one potato chip. I disagree. it's impossible to have just one piece of toffee - that stuff kills me, but oh how i love it! generally…"
Jun 23
Andy Ciordia replied to Daniel Herskovic's discussion What is the shelf life of toffee and how should it be stored
"I'm boggled by this. I spent a good 4 months working on toffee--much of that trial and tribulation can be found here. In the past year I've probably made a few tons of toffee and most of that was by hand. Now we have a firekettle (which is…"
Jun 23
Sebastian replied to Daniel Herskovic's discussion What is the shelf life of toffee and how should it be stored
"Not sure i've got a technical answer for you mate... i've consumed more toffee than your average bear, and i don't think i've ever had a rancid one.  I'm sure it can happen, i've just never seen it.  …"
Jun 22
Daniel Herskovic replied to Daniel Herskovic's discussion What is the shelf life of toffee and how should it be stored
"Thanks Sebastian for your reply! Your input is always very insightful. In the case of Enstrom Toffee, there is apparently so much butter in their recipe that they require their sealed boxes to be stored in refrigeration or a freezer.  The issue…"
Jun 22
Sebastian replied to Daniel Herskovic's discussion What is the shelf life of toffee and how should it be stored
"Well, all toffee contains milk products, so by definition it contains dairy.  The real question(s) are ones of water activity (is there sufficient free water in your formulation to support microbiological growth - typically toffee formulations…"
Jun 22
Daniel Herskovic posted a discussion

What is the shelf life of toffee and how should it be stored

I am starting to think about adding toffee to our product line. I learned that Enstroms Toffee is actually considered a dairy product and requires refrigeration. I am wondering how others store toffee. I plan on sealing the bags of toffee, but I know that most retailers that we work with will not have available fridge or freezer space. I've certainly seen other brands of toffee displayed and sold at room temperature. How can one determine if toffee is safe to store at room temperature? if it is…See More
Jun 22
Daniel Herskovic replied to Lisa N's discussion WANTED: Looking for Enrober in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"I own the Perfect Enro 6 and I wrote a detailed post a while back http://www.thechocolatelife.com/forum/topics/what-s-your-dream-machine . Scroll down and you will see it. All the machines you are looking at seem really good. The Dedy is more…"
Jun 16
Sebastian replied to Daniel Herskovic's discussion Is it necessary to cap truffle shells before enrobing?
"Necessary?  No. Beneficial?  Yes.  The purpose of the cap is to prevent the filling from either leaking out and fouling your tempered chocolate, or to slow down the rate of migration of the (normally) softer/incompatible fat with that…"
Jun 4
Daniel Herskovic posted a discussion

Is it necessary to cap truffle shells before enrobing?

Hi there,I'm going to make some truffles for a special project and thought I would try out some truffle shells. I plan on filling them and then sending them through our enrober. I am wondering if it is necessary to cap them prior to enrobing? Thanks for your input!See More
Jun 4
Daniel Herskovic replied to Glenn Knowles's discussion Chocovision Skimmer/Dispenser and Enrober - Looking for Hear Your Experiences
"He Glenn, My enrober is definitely my most important piece of equipment. I have the Perfect 6 inch enrober. I have never seen the Chocovision enrober in action. I don't understand how it releases the chocolate. Most enrobers have a paper take…"
May 29
Daniel Herskovic replied to Corey Meyer's discussion Chocolate in Montreal
"I would head straight to Christophe Morel! I have never been to his shop; however, I have studied with him. He is one of the best chocolatiers in North America for sure!"
May 27
Daniel Herskovic replied to Malena Lopez-Maggi's discussion Summer shipping tips & tricks?
"We sell our chocolate bars wholesale to stores across the country. Shipping costs are a sensitive issue for a lot of stores. I've ordered excellent shipping containers from a company specializing in warm weather shipping materials. The…"
May 25
Daniel Herskovic replied to Nicole heisey's discussion adding liquor to caramel
"What about Caramels using Beer? These days it is popular to flavor caramel with beer. To create a caramel candy, When should one add the beer to the recipe? Should one reduce it separately and cook the alcohol off first?  I create a…"
May 24

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Most memorable chocolate experience:
Haveing my Mayana Chocolate Declared "Best Chocolate" by the Chicago Reader's "Best of Chicago 2010" issue
My favorite chocolate is:
I especially like Twix!

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