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#541 hac

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:48 AM

i hate this, ive been drooling for awhile now fro mthe pictures in this thread and ive tried my own for the past couple of days. thing is i cant get colored cocoa butter here! i did have some success coloring it on my own using food dye that has titanium dioxide as base but its never really that strong. it would still have some sort of transparency in it. i folded the coliring into the butter and let it dry a bit then started using it. any other suggestions? im almost ashamed to post my pics. oh and poly molds here are crap and hard to find plus not very many designs and cost sooo much!
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:22 PM

I can't see it being overly expensive to order from Chef Rubber or even from places such as Home Chocolate Factory in England. I order from companies in Europe even though i am in North America. You can purchase the powder to mix in wht cocoa butter to keep shipping costs lower. Chef Rubber has an amazing collection of colours.

#543 Kerry Beal

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 06:24 PM

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The picture doesn't do justice to how shiny and sparkly these are. I had someone over yesterday to learn how to temper in the thermomix and since she has a side business making chocolates and makes a lot of hearts - I dragged out some little heart molds and decorated them up with the atomizer I found at the pottery supply place.

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The atomizer.


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Some fish we made with the tempered milk chocolate using some fairly heavy plastic molds that I picked up in a store at the Pacific Mall in Scarborough. The molds are made for custard or jelly I think.

#544 cakemuse

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:04 AM

Hi Kerry -
Does this atomizer work like the small one that folds in half? I ask because I used to use that one in print making but moisture definitely came out as well as what I was spraying. Because of this moisture, I thought it might cause problems with cocoa butter sprayed on chocolate. Did this occur for you? Thanks for sharing your wealth of information!
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#545 Sue Casey

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:41 PM

They look great Kerry. Tempering with a Thermomix - that sounds interesting.

#546 Kerry Beal

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 02:58 PM

Hi Kerry -
Does this atomizer work like the small one that folds in half? I ask because I used to use that one in print making but moisture definitely came out as well as what I was spraying. Because of this moisture, I thought it might cause problems with cocoa butter sprayed on chocolate. Did this occur for you? Thanks for sharing your wealth of information!

I didn't have any issue with moisture - only with having enough breath! The tube you breath in is longer than the little folding ones so I suspect that helps.

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#547 mostlylana

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 03:09 PM

You breathe into it - whoa! That would take a lot of breath. I wonder if there's a way to hook it up to a compressor on low PSI? I'm sure some sort of tubing would work...

Kerry, thanks so much for sharing your clever ideas. The hearts and the fish are amazing! By the way, you can see the shine of the hearts in the container under the fish. Nice!

#548 Kerry Beal

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 03:23 PM

You breathe into it - whoa! That would take a lot of breath. I wonder if there's a way to hook it up to a compressor on low PSI? I'm sure some sort of tubing would work...

Kerry, thanks so much for sharing your clever ideas. The hearts and the fish are amazing! By the way, you can see the shine of the hearts in the container under the fish. Nice!

In doing some research I see some people do hook it up to a compressor. That would get you less splatter and more spray I suspect.

#549 mostlylana

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 05:12 PM

I had to post this right away. I had a Eureka!

I have been experimenting with Easter Eggs and have been trying to get that mirror shine to my eggs. I reread this entire thread the other night as one attempt after the other seemed to be failing. I was getting shine but not mirror. I don't have my spray gun set up so all of my attempts were by hand. I polished the molds first, I rubber a thin layer of cocoa butter on (with my finger and with cotton wool - tried it tempered and just melted), I painted on a layer of cocoa butter thinned chocolate, I painted on a layer of regular chocolate, I painted on 2 and 3 layers of chocolate - no mirror. I took heart when I read that a few people got better results from clean molds - so I washed my molds. No mirror.

The one result that became obvious was that painting a layer of chocolate in the mold first helped greatly with release marks. Because these egg molds have no design in them at all, release marks were an issue. Painting a layer first virtually eliminated them.

While working on another egg experiment with piping, I noticed that the piping definitely had the mirror shine to it. I tried to think of what I had done differently and the only thing I could think of was I had piped in the lines the day before...

I was now onto experiment number ??(something in the double digits!) so I didn't hold my breath. I painted 3 egg molds - 1 with 1 layer of tempered dark, 1 with 2 layers and 1 with 3 layers - and let them set at cool room temp. over night.

Today I filled the molds and became the human spinning machine (they're double molds). After setting them in the fridge I let them come to room temp. before unmolding. Holy sparkles!!! All 3 are shining like crazy!!

I don't think regular molding would be so fussy but double molding seems to come with an additional set of issues due to latent heat. Normally, I let my molds set at cool room temp. before putting them in the fridge. I can't do that with double molds. They need to have a fan and cool temperature or they will be out of temper inside the egg (I make the egg walls fairly thick so they're not fragile). I guess this latent heat was affecting the shine as well. If I paint on a layer of chocolate when shell molding, I can fill and dump the mold right after the painted layer has set and get a lovely shine. I'm just thrilled that I've figured it out with double molding!

Wanted to share the victory. :smile:

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 05:21 PM

Today I filled the molds and became the human spinning machine (they're double molds). After setting them in the fridge I let them come to room temp. before unmolding. Holy sparkles!!! All 3 are shining like crazy!!

Wanted to share the victory. :smile:

Lovely victory. Photos, please!!! :wub:
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 06:30 PM

I so wanted to post photos but I have a new computer you see... :wink: I couldn't figure how to get my photos on the computer, and then I couldn't figure how to shrink them without my photoshop program. And then, I gave up. Think sunglasses! So shiny!!

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 06:38 PM

but I have a new computer you see... :wink:

Say no more, say no more. (shades of Monty Python). All is understood. And the chocolates are more important than the photos. Keep up the good work...but I do want to see what they looked like.
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#553 Truffle Guy

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 09:46 PM

I can't believe how long it has been since I've been online...too busy. Anyway, I have a very fond memory of this thread as it is where my chocolate life really began some years ago. It seems such a long time ago that I was working in my kitchen trying to figure out how to actually temper chocolate and mesmerized by the beauty of a shiny painted bon bon. I just started appearing on HSN last month which is something I never imagined when I posted my first message on eGullet. I owe this website a great deal and I'm glad to see people still are poking around this thread.

Anyway, we do various sizes of Easter Eggs and do the human spinning as well but one way we found to combat the latent heat is to do multiple layers of thin chocolate before filling the shell, clamping and spinning. We use a heavy brush and after painting the egg, brush 4-5 thin layers of chocolate in the mold. This allows for good crystalization and then when we do add the chocolate that will finally create the finished egg, we have a good solid base that is crystallized. You just have to work very clean so you don't have edges.

I hope you can post the egg pictures....I'd love to see them. Bill

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 11:17 PM

I've been using this method for several years now, and I use a "special" brush...

it's a silicone bbq brush, small, about 1 1/2" wide. Works O.K., but the "bonuses" are that I can never loose bristles, and to clean, I load it up with ohocolate, let it harden, and pull the whole thing off!

I also have an even older and more simple "airbrush", a.k.a a "mouth atomizer". Bought it over 20 ears ago and it is nothing moe than a fat tube hinged to a thin tube at a 90 degree angle. Insert the thin tube into coloured cocoa butter, blow on the fat tube, and there's your airbrush.

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:27 AM


Anyway, we do various sizes of Easter Eggs and do the human spinning as well but one way we found to combat the latent heat is to do multiple layers of thin chocolate before filling the shell, clamping and spinning. We use a heavy brush and after painting the egg, brush 4-5 thin layers of chocolate in the mold.


Congrats on the HSN shows. That's awesome! Thanks for posting your egg method. You are absolutely right on about putting down a layer of chocolate that will be well crystallized first. What a difference that makes. I've been having success with 2 layers of chocolate. I make sure that the end result is opaque - so fairly thick layers. When I add chocolate and spin, I first spin for not quite a minute at room temp. and then hold the mold in front of a fan and continue spinning for approx. 4 minutes. I find this long but the results are great. How long do you spin for? Oh, and then it goes in the fridge to set.

I've been using this method for several years now, and I use a "special" brush...
it's a silicone bbq brush, small, about 1 1/2" wide. Works O.K., but the "bonuses" are that I can never loose bristles, and to clean, I load it up with ohocolate, let it harden, and pull the whole thing off!


I am definitely going to try that! I can see the brush wouldn't be as good for putting down chocolate but what great benefits. Right now I'm trying a foam brush. I can 'squeeze' the chocolate out. I don't prefer it to a regular pastry brush though. Anyone else have clever brush ideas?

#556 Truffle Guy

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 02:15 PM

A minute sounds about right for spinning but we don't leave it at room temperature. We use clips on the molds and put it in the refigerator and then about every minute, we rotate the mold so any liquid chocolate will flow to a new area. We rotate the egg about 4 times so it has a chance to get a good flow of the chocolate. We are in Florida so by this time of year, heat is already a problem hence using the refigerator. Time to get started on our end, I can't believe Easter is already coming up on us.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 07:23 PM

I've been using this method for several years now, and I use a "special" brush...

it's a silicone bbq brush, small, about 1 1/2" wide. Works O.K., but the "bonuses" are that I can never loose bristles, and to clean, I load it up with ohocolate, let it harden, and pull the whole thing off!


Edward, I have to say a big thank you for this tip. I LOVE using the silicone brush! As you say, it's OK for performance but clean up is SOOO easy. Easy clean up always gets top marks with me! And I like the mini 'aero bar' you get when you pull the set chocolate off the brush :smile:
Thanks again for sharing...

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 01:45 AM

First attempt at using luster dust after reading all this thread :)
I used three different colours- gold, bronze and copper. In one mold, I went over each cavity with some melted cocoa butter, and then sprinkled the luster dust with a small brush, on the other I sprinkled the dust straight on (to see if there was any difference). By the time I got to releasing the chocolates from the molds, I had forgotten which mold was which, but I did see the chocolates from one mold were definitely shinier than the other. By that time I had 2 theories:
1. The shinier ones were from the mold with cocoa butter, and were shinier because of the cocoa butter
2. The opaque ones were from the mold with cocoa butter, and I had put in too much cocoa butter that made them less shiny...

hmm... what to do.. finally, after close inspection, I saw that the shiny ones had some thick residues of cocoa butter in some of the corners- yey! no need to do the whole experiment again :biggrin:

Anyway here is a picture of the shinier ones- bronze, copper, gold from left to right.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 06:32 AM

Lovely work!!!
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 05:44 PM

First the good:

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Ginger rum. Mixed gold luster dust with cocoa butter and painted it in part of the mold. Sort of interesting effect, with how much shinier the part with the cocoa butter is, like gloss and matte finishes on the same piece.

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Cherry-chambord. Colored cocoa butter painted in with a brush.

The bad: I made these 2 weeks ago, and today the cherry chambord above were about half imploded in the tops, similar to some previous imploding I had on another flavor

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Hazelnut, collapsed.

The first time this happened with the hazelnut, I thought the shells were just too thin. Now that it has happened again, and also with another flavor, I clearly need to change how I make them.

The ganaches this has happened with are softer cream ganaches. I am thinking that the centers are drying and contracting and pulling on the shell until it goes concave.

Should I agitate my ganache once cool to induce crystallization? Should I not use cream ganache, only butter? Or simply change the formulas?

#561 Kerry Beal

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:15 PM

First the good:

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Ginger rum. Mixed gold luster dust with cocoa butter and painted it in part of the mold. Sort of interesting effect, with how much shinier the part with the cocoa butter is, like gloss and matte finishes on the same piece.

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Cherry-chambord. Colored cocoa butter painted in with a brush.

The bad: I made these 2 weeks ago, and today the cherry chambord above were about half imploded in the tops, similar to some previous imploding I had on another flavor

IMG_0191.JPG

Hazelnut, collapsed.

The first time this happened with the hazelnut, I thought the shells were just too thin. Now that it has happened again, and also with another flavor, I clearly need to change how I make them.

The ganaches this has happened with are softer cream ganaches. I am thinking that the centers are drying and contracting and pulling on the shell until it goes concave.

Should I agitate my ganache once cool to induce crystallization? Should I not use cream ganache, only butter? Or simply change the formulas?

Trying to recall what Wybauw had said about the ganaches that make this happen - I think it related to trying to get your aW level to something closer to the hydration level they were stored at so that water wasn't leaving the ganache.

Here's what I could find from my shelf life notes -


You want to create a balance in the relative humidity so that the filling doesn’t gain or lose water to it’s surroundings. This can be accomplished by replacing 50% of the sugar with glucose or dextrose. Or by adding to the total moisture quantity 10% sorbitol, or 10% glycerine, or 50% glucose or 15% alcohol (refers to 100% ethanol).
The ideal center has the same relative humidity as its surroundings so it neither gives
off water and dries, hardens and crystallizes or absorbs water and increases it’s aW.

Ideally a ganache left to crust overnight will somewhat stabilize with it’s environment.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 04:32 PM

If it's nut filled centers you're having problems with the softening issue in, the problem is most likely due to fat migration. Nut fats and cocoa butter don't mix, and the fat migration is caused by the cocoa butter entering the center as well as some oil migrating from the center towards the cocoa butter. Better to use a milk chocolate shell as some dairy fat helps mitigate this problem.
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Posted 10 November 2011 - 11:52 AM

So I've read through this thread probably 5 or 6 times in the past few years, and most of the comments have been really helpful, but I don't remember if this question was asked specifically so I'm gonna go out on a limb and ask it and hopefully won't get heckled by everyone for asking something that's already been asked :wink:

I recently got the half dome molds that Norman Love uses with most of his chocolates to create that beautiful cocoa butter shine. I picked up some colored cocoa butter from Chef Rubber, and decided to try the swirl technique that's talked about at the beginning of this thread. I did the white first, then the green, making sure to chill each one before doing the next and let the mold come back to room temp before adding the dark chocolate. The chocolate was in temper when I filled the molds, but I noticed right away that they weren't releasing like they should, when the other mold I filled was releasing just fine. I filled the chocolates, capped them, and they still weren't releasing. I put them in the fridge, and only a few came out unscathed, after probably 2-3 hours of fridge time most of them had big chunks of mostly green that stayed in the mold.

I guess the question I'm posing is whether it was because I didn't buff first (felt like I didn't need to since the molds were brand new), the cocoa butter was too thick, or did I get a little over zealous and poured the mold too quickly and it wasn't quite in temper i.e. should I let it sit a minute or two before I start shelling (as the other mold I shelled came out just fine, though it didn't have any colored cocoa butter, it was just a plain dark shell. Note I did hand temper the batch of chocolate, and I do remember giving the molds a quite rinse because the packaging materials it was shipped in was sticking to the molds. So maybe it was a buffing issue? Dang, what a silly mistake! :sad:

The other question is pertaining to a quote made earlier in the thread about molds being like cast iron pans and needing a good seasoning. Since these are brand new molds should I shell them with a chocolate before attempting a colored cocoa butter design to "season" them, or do you all feel that would be unnecessary?

I'm obviously not going to give up trying this, but I was hoping someone would see the error in my ways, as I'm a bit perplexed.

#564 punk patissier

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:35 AM

Greetings everyone, im a baker/pastry chef in london working at tom aikens. Im slowly but surely getting more and more into chocolate work but need some good, reliable sources of information. Im particularly interested methods and techniques(not so much recipes yet) and also learning about chocolate moulding using coloured cocoa butter.
Does anyone know of any good books, websites, videos and names i can check out? Like i said, the whole chocolate moulding and crazy cocoa butter effects really interests me so anything involving that would be much appreciated.
Look forward to hearing from you all very soon. Thanks alot guys

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:44 AM

Hello Stu! And Welcome!

Some great books that have helped me out thus far in my chocolatiering journey are Chocolate and Confections by Peter Greweling and The Art of the Chocolatier by Edward Notter. Both go into the techniques of making chocolate, as well as talking about coloring/airbrushing molds. They also have formulae for chocolates, so you get a 3 in 1 essentially. I would say the other best resource for learning how to working with designs in molds is reading the threads on here (they've been a big help for me) and just experimenting.

I'd also check out Norman Love's website, it doesn't exactly give you a lot of info on techniques (though you can take a class from him if you find yourself in Tampa, FL :wink:), but it does give you an idea of what level you can take your chocolates to and ideas. I love looking at his chocolates, they are stunning!

Anyway, I hope this helps. I would also check out the Pastry and Baking Index that is pinned at the top of the Pastry and Baking page, halfway down the page it has a bunch of useful chocolate threads (if you haven't found that already) or you can link directly to it from here

Good luck!

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:03 AM

The bad: I made these 2 weeks ago, and today the cherry chambord above were about half imploded in the tops, similar to some previous imploding I had on another flavor

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Hazelnut, collapsed.

The first time this happened with the hazelnut, I thought the shells were just too thin. Now that it has happened again, and also with another flavor, I clearly need to change how I make them.

The ganaches this has happened with are softer cream ganaches. I am thinking that the centers are drying and contracting and pulling on the shell until it goes concave.

Should I agitate my ganache once cool to induce crystallization? Should I not use cream ganache, only butter? Or simply change the formulas?


I've also had the "implosion" with that exact same mold. It doesn't happen immediately, but after a couple of weeks. It is my belief that this particular mold casts very thin shells on the sides and as the center dries out, sucks in the sides a bit. If you cast the shells twice, you should get a thicker wall which will eliminate this problem.
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:44 AM




The bad: I made these 2 weeks ago, and today the cherry chambord above were about half imploded in the tops, similar to some previous imploding I had on another flavor

IMG_0191.JPG

Hazelnut, collapsed.

The first time this happened with the hazelnut, I thought the shells were just too thin. Now that it has happened again, and also with another flavor, I clearly need to change how I make them.

The ganaches this has happened with are softer cream ganaches. I am thinking that the centers are drying and contracting and pulling on the shell until it goes concave.

Should I agitate my ganache once cool to induce crystallization? Should I not use cream ganache, only butter? Or simply change the formulas?


I've also had the "implosion" with that exact same mold. It doesn't happen immediately, but after a couple of weeks. It is my belief that this particular mold casts very thin shells on the sides and as the center dries out, sucks in the sides a bit. If you cast the shells twice, you should get a thicker wall which will eliminate this problem.


Interesting. It does look like the sides with the white chocolate stripe did not implode, so I guess the extra layer did add strength there. I haven't been using my smaller molds lately - been making solid bars instead - but will get back to it soon. I spent a few hours yesterday with a local chocolatier who stressed tempering the ganache, although they do only slabbed & enrobed ganache, not filled pieces. She did some on the marble slab and some in the robot coupe with the liquid at only 145F so the chocolate wouldn't overheat. There are a lot of things in cooking that you can fake your way through, but not chocolate :hmmm:

Edited by pastrygirl, 28 November 2011 - 11:45 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:16 PM

Thanks a lot mate. If you can think of any more advice please let me know.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:44 PM

Thanks a lot buddy.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:57 PM

Punk Patissier,

You may find a class at the Callebaut centre in Banbury worth attending website. They run courses aimed at professional level as well as introductory. Some of the courses take place in London.

Valrhona have just published a book which I have not seen yet but could be worth a look Amazon link





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