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Savage Bros. Melter vs. Tempering Machine

Started Sep 5 0 Replies

We are looking at buying some new equipment, but would like to see if we can gather some feedback on a couple of pieces.  Does anyone here use the fully automated tempering machine from Savage?…Continue

hollow chocolate molding

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kerry Mar 23. 5 Replies

In my family's shop a new employee is having trouble with our Easter hollow molds.  Since my father's passing we are on a rapid learning curve since he knew everything and we just followed his…Continue

adding liquor to caramel

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Herskovic May 24. 8 Replies

Has anyone tried adding liquor to a batch of caramel?  I'm thinking of Christmas (can't believe I'm thinking about it already) and adding rum as well as spices for a "hot buttered rum" type caramel.…Continue

chocolate topping formulas for soft serve ice cream

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Feb 4. 1 Reply

Does anyone have an idea on how to make chocolate toppings for soft serve ice cream?  We would like to include a chocolate dip on our menu, and perhaps maple, caramel, vanilla, etc., but we don't…Continue

 

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Savage Bros. Melter vs. Tempering Machine

We are looking at buying some new equipment, but would like to see if we can gather some feedback on a couple of pieces.  Does anyone here use the fully automated tempering machine from Savage?  (maybe there is more than one?)  It's got lots of bells and whistles, such as being able to set it 7 days in advance to have chocolate ready at such-and-such a time.  The more bells and whistles, however, may mean more repairs, etc.  Thanks!See More
Sep 5
Nicole replied to Goran Vjestica's discussion job in confectionery industry
"May I ask where you are, and what your experience is?"
Aug 27
Nicole replied to Tet Kay's discussion How can I sell chocolate online?
"I actually have no answers about selling online, but I do have a thought that has worked for me in my state.  Check your cottage business laws.  I am selling through farmer's markets and at vendor fairs, and I've established a…"
Aug 24
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Aug 24
Daniel Herskovic replied to Nicole'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
Nicole replied to John Duxbury's discussion Milk chocolate changing color
"Not sure if this is in the same category as your problem or not, but I took notice of your post.  I'm using Peter's Broc as well.  For my peanut butter eggs, I'm getting a "marbled" look on only some of the eggs in…"
Apr 10
Kerry replied to Nicole's discussion hollow chocolate molding
"Removing a percentage of the clips early in the cooling can help a lot with cracking."
Mar 23
Clay Gordon replied to Nicole's discussion hollow chocolate molding
"Nicole - Clear photos would help!"
Mar 7
Nicole replied to Hong L's discussion Introduction with a few questions
"Hi Mr. Le, I cannot say that I am a chocolatier like others on this forum, but my family  has been in the chocolate/confectionery business for over 65 years.  To have a custom mold made, you could probably contact Tomric at www.tomric.com.…"
Mar 6
Lee replied to Nicole's discussion hollow chocolate molding
"I'd also find out how he's cooling them. How big is the cooling environment? How cold? How are the molds spaced in the fridge? How long is he cooling for? Heat dispersal in chocolate molds can be very tricky. Knowing where cracks are…"
Mar 6
Nicole replied to Nicole's discussion hollow chocolate molding
"Thank you, Lee, for your response!  Your explanation could be the problem, and if I could inquire a little more, I'd be grateful.  These molds are (big surprise!) bunnies.  When you say uneven cooling, could it be that if our guy…"
Mar 6
Lee replied to Nicole's discussion hollow chocolate molding
"I have no experience with that type of mold but what I do know is thickness won't stop chocolate from cracking. The times I've seen cracking was with very think chocolate, I'm fact. Due to uneven cooling, in that instance. So I'd…"
Mar 6
Nicole posted a discussion

hollow chocolate molding

In my family's shop a new employee is having trouble with our Easter hollow molds.  Since my father's passing we are on a rapid learning curve since he knew everything and we just followed his instructions.Anyway, as we are trying to do the hollow molds, the chocolate is cracking while setting up.  It's is visible from the outside of the mold.  I'm thinking that it's too thin of a shell and/or the viscosity of the chocolate.  We are using Broc 90 (?).  Should we be using 125 for hollow molds?Is…See More
Mar 5
Daniel Herskovic replied to Nicole's discussion adding liquor to caramel
"Thanks very much for this thoughtful response. Now that our weather is very cold and conditions are very dry, I noticed that my caramel is setting up at lower temperatures. I now know why. Thank you for the insight!"
Feb 27
Troy Lapsys replied to Nicole's discussion adding liquor to caramel
"To answer this, I need to clarify where and how I have worked with sugar.  There have been two types of locations: sea-level at reasonable humidity rates (50-100%), and high altitude (5500 ft +) at low humidity rates (less than 15%) and at…"
Feb 25
Daniel Herskovic replied to Nicole's discussion adding liquor to caramel
"what effects does no humidity have on caramel and crystallization?"
Feb 25

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Dark, Milk, White
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Working with my parents and sister during the Christmas holidays
My favorite chocolate is:
Any ganache

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