Ask the Alchemist #176

Level: Apprentice Reading time: 10 min i want to make chocolate peanut butter.  So can i use such grinder I can make in 2 steps namely 1 grind peanuts with cocoa powder and sugar in grinder then for proper and smooth consistency like nutella grind in such stone grinder You can use the Spectra 11 […]

Ask the Alchemist #174

Level: Apprentice Reading time: 10 min I am struggling making my 70% chocolate with only two ingredients.  It seems like what I should do but it is really thick and hard to work with.   It blooms really badly. What am I doing wrong? Why are you not adding a little cocoa butter? I mostly keep […]

Ask the Alchemist #172

Level: Apprentice/Alchemist Reading time: 13 min How do I sweeten my chocolate with honey? Sit back.  It’s story time. For years now I have not had an answer to this question.  Or at least I didn’t have an encouraging answer.  The best I could say was that you could not just pour it into your […]

Ask the Alchemist #170

Level: Novice Reading time: 10 min I’ve tried to make “just add hot water” drinking chocolate.  However I’m having two problems: When I add hot water, the chocolate has to be stirred A LOT to get it to mix and even then, there’s tiny blobs of it left in the bottom of the mug.   […]

Ask the Alchemist #168

Level: Novice Reading time: 5-15 min (depending on how you follow maths) I have a batch of 75% chocolate running.  70% cocoa nibs, 5% cocoa butter, the rest sugar.  I want to make it 80% by adding cocoa butter.  I started with 85 oz of nibs.  Can I just add the same amount of cocoa […]

Ask the Alchemist #154

Now that you have a cocoa butter press, have you experimented with different ways of making chocolate (to improve flavor/texture/etc…)?  While I realize that “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”…. My mind is now spinning with thoughts of things that could be done during the process… pressing butter out of the liqueur before […]

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