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Fudge recipes

Started Oct 12 0 Replies

Hello All.  I'm just getting into making fudge and with the exception of Greweling's commercial recipes, I'm having difficulty locating additional recipes.  Any suggestions on good sites / books for…Continue

Using leaves as template for chocolate

Started Sep 19 0 Replies

Hello All.  I've just started making decorative leaves and I'd like to get some feedback on my selection.  I'm using Lemon Leaves (Salal leaves), and have been told that they're non-toxic.  I wash…Continue

Looking for inexpensive ways to stir caramel

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dirke Botsford Sep 12. 5 Replies

Hello All.  We're starting to do a fair amount of caramel business and it's very time consuming stirring a batch of caramel for an hour or so.  I'd love to have the $$$ to buy a Savage melter but…Continue

Thick chocolate while tempering

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Duxbury Jun 18. 7 Replies

Hello All.  I know this is something I should already know (probably have forgotten it a few times over!).  When tempering chocolate using my Delta machine, occasionally it becomes very thick just as…Continue

 

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Brad Churchill and John Duxbury are now friends
Saturday
John Duxbury replied to Sam's discussion Which Chocolate Spray Gun to Purchase?
"The Krebs solutions look very interesting but I'm getting confused on the best model for a small shop, so my volume of spraying isn't that great.  I use colored cocoa butter, colored compound and thinned down chocolate, all at…"
Oct 13
John Duxbury posted a discussion

Fudge recipes

Hello All.  I'm just getting into making fudge and with the exception of Greweling's commercial recipes, I'm having difficulty locating additional recipes.  Any suggestions on good sites / books for commercial fudge recipes?  Thanks, JohnSee More
Oct 12
John Duxbury posted a discussion

Using leaves as template for chocolate

Hello All.  I've just started making decorative leaves and I'd like to get some feedback on my selection.  I'm using Lemon Leaves (Salal leaves), and have been told that they're non-toxic.  I wash and rinse them before covering with chocolate.  When the chocolate dries, I peel away the leaf and have an edible, chocolate leave.  Any one else using Lemon leaves for this process?  I just want to double check with the group for any safety issues that I may not be aware of?  Thanks for the help, JohnSee More
Sep 19
Dirke Botsford replied to John Duxbury's discussion Looking for inexpensive ways to stir caramel
"I cook all the sugars, corn syrups, butters etc together first and bring it up to 240 then add the creams then bring it back up again. Reduces the time by about 20 minutes for me. similar taste to a traditional caramel BUT not exactly the same. "
Sep 12
John Duxbury replied to John Duxbury's discussion Looking for inexpensive ways to stir caramel
"Thanks Larry. I do use sweetened condensed milk and I'll try your other suggestions."
Sep 10
Larry replied to John Duxbury's discussion Looking for inexpensive ways to stir caramel
"Using evaporated milk instead of regular milk would speed the process up because there is less liquid to evaporate. Same with sweetened condensed milk (although the brands of sweetened condensed milk I've checked don't have any protein;…"
Sep 10
John Duxbury replied to John Duxbury's discussion Looking for inexpensive ways to stir caramel
"Thanks Dirke.  I'm finding the same thing.  I just came back from the Philadelphia Candy Show and was talking to Savage Brothers about the same issue.  They don't see any other solution than buying a fairly expensive…"
Sep 9
Dirke Botsford replied to John Duxbury's discussion Looking for inexpensive ways to stir caramel
"I've tried to do the same but gave up, ended up wasting more then we were making. Having the right balance of heat and correct agitation was difficult to achieve. If you find a way I'd love to hear about it. We ended up altering our recipe…"
Sep 8
John Duxbury posted a discussion

Looking for inexpensive ways to stir caramel

Hello All.  We're starting to do a fair amount of caramel business and it's very time consuming stirring a batch of caramel for an hour or so.  I'd love to have the $$$ to buy a Savage melter but that's not in the cards for right now.  Has anyone tried to make / adapt their own stirring equipment, similar in concept to the professional models?  I'm using a 5qt pot to make it now and would like to go up to a 20qt pot.  Thanks for the help, JohnSee More
Sep 4
John Duxbury replied to Olivier L's discussion Hot chocolate transfer tool
"Hello Brad.  Sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong thread: I can't find your original post regarding your Hot Chocolate formula.  Also, I apologize for being "thick" not understanding your process.  Your post went…"
Sep 3
John Duxbury replied to John Duxbury's discussion Cutting jellies in the group Startup Central
"Thanks Dale.  I usually use tempered chocolate for bottoms but what you suggest makes sense.  I'll give it a shot and thanks for the help.  John"
Jul 23
Dale Anderson replied to John Duxbury's discussion Cutting jellies in the group Startup Central
"John, In my experience with jellies and caramels, bottoming is definitely possible and helpful as a smooth surface for dipping. Un-tempered chocolate is best, as it cuts more easily (tempered chocolate will fracture). If you don't lay too thick…"
Jul 23
John Duxbury added a discussion to the group Startup Central
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Cutting jellies

Hello All.  I've been trying to make my own jellies for 2 years with no luck - the pectin formula that I used would never hold the shape.  I just purchased Pectin from Burke Candy and it looks like it's working fine - finally!  My next challenge will be to cut and enrobe them (enrobing by hand).  Will a guitar cut jellies without sticking?  Also, if I bottom the jelly slab will there be any problems cutting with a guitar?  Will bottoming the slab make hand dipping possible?  Thanks for the…See More
Jul 22
John Duxbury replied to John Duxbury's discussion How to remove centers from a guitar - after cutting in the group Startup Central
"Thanks Cheebs.  I'll order the tray from them.  "
Jul 22
cheebs replied to John Duxbury's discussion How to remove centers from a guitar - after cutting in the group Startup Central
Jul 20

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