Raw chocolate, conching, roasted beans and experiments….

It seems to be generally known I don’t promote raw chocolate.  It’s not that I don’t approve of it (although I have some issues about it), it more that I just don’t really care for it and even more so, just don’t ‘get it’.  Although they are not my words, there is an article that […]

The Ultra Melanger

Update: After a few final tests this weekend, I have finished up the review and photos. Pluses and minuses, but overall a good product. So what is the same? They have 110 V, 1/4 hp motors They refine in about the same time. They look a lot a like. The bowl is not dishwasher safe. […]

Chocolate Making 101

My dear partner Penelope put this together, noting that so far there is not one single page outlining the entire chocolate making procedure start to finish.  Well, now there is. Chocolate Making at Home 101 It won’t give you everything you need in detail (hence the ‘101’) but gives a great overview.  For all the […]

Melangers are in

The newest shipment of Melangers have arrived in port. They are available and we are taking orders but they won’t ship until next week sometime due to back logs. And for those paying attention, Santha has requested that they be referred to as Spectra now. It’s the same item. And look for more information about […]

Some musings

For some reason, there have been a few spats of difficulties lately with too thick or thin chocolate in the Melangers. One person reported only being able to get 4 lbs of chocolate into the Melanger before it spun itself out. The culprit was 3 times the cocoa butter the recipe called for. I don’t […]

12th Night, tortes and the aztecs

How’s that for a title? I celebrated 12th night last night (secular form actually) and for dessert I prepared a fresh Tabasco (bean of course) based flourless torte – just to die for.   I thought I would share both parts. 69% Dark Tabasco chocolate – 6.25 lbs 5 lbs of Tabasco cocoa 5 oz  Natural […]

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