Chocolate weekend

25 Sep

It was crazy, it was stressful, it was chaos but it was fun!

As I mentioned in my first post, we are making chocolates now.  With very little experience we need to learn quickly. Once per month hubby and I have agreed to make a batch of packaged chocolates.  We decided to start with chocolate bars as we thought that would be an easy option.  So the order was 42 boxes, 6 bars per box, all different flavours.  Also, each bar needs to be individually wrapped.  Yikes.
Here we go.  Dark chocolate anyone?.

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75% of the chocolate is added to the tempering machine.  Anyone who has ever hand tempered large quantities of chocolate would immediately fall in love with this machine — I did.  i think I will name her 😉

ImageThe chocolate is slowly melted and brought up in temperature, the remaining 25% of the chocolate is added to seed the chocolate, bringing down the temperature and then the temperature is increased slightly again.  It takes about one hour.  We did this 7 times this weekend.  Add flavour etc. and pour into molds.  Then we wait.

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These bars had nuts in them and every time I scraped the excess off the mold it ‘caught’ on the nuts in the bars and pulled too much chocolate out of the bars.  So I left it as messy as I could and cut the excess off the bars when they were set.
Now, we wait.  It took longer then I expected partially because my kitchen was too warm but mostly because I lack patience.  Not a good trait in a chocolatier (I have not yet earned that title lol).  These are the ‘release marks’ caused by my lack of patience.

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So we had to redo this batch and we learned to wait.  I also did short time periods in the fridge to help speed things up.

Finally it was wrapping and packaging.  Image

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we recruited an extra little helper near the end.  This is my daughter dusting chocolate bars 🙂  she is three and was very serious about cleaning off every chocolate crumb lol.

Image Next month we are doing filled chocolates and I want to have some fun with fall flavours.  What do you think of dark chocolate and pumpkin???

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One Response to “Chocolate weekend”

  1. j9photoblog October 3, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    LOVE the photo of your little worker!! 🙂 And…I can only imagine HOW detail-oriented she was!!

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