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  1. DJ Silverchild

    Question on Using Guitar Cutter - Chablon

    I am definitely referring to Gianduja. Their dark gianduja is too firm to cut with a guitar.
  2. DJ Silverchild

    collapsed chocolate shells?

    I'm having the exact same problem and I know it's a combination of the shells being too thin and the filling drying out. It only became an issue when I switched to molds with small cavities and reformulated my ganache. My espresso went from a 22 gram cavity to 9. and the best flavor balance is 5 grams of chocolate and 4 grams of filling. The sides and bottom are fine, the top caves. How long it takes to cave depends on the filling. I also wonder if the original poster and I are making fillings that just aren't meant for molded truffles. Some of what I'm doing is altering a firm ganache, and I recently retooled my recipe to see if I could get a longer shelf life (and it worked, my AW value was about 6.8) but my new formula is definitely drying out and I need to reformulate it again.. I'll try more glucose but I didn't like the flavor when I did that. Would invert sugar be better? My rule of thumb has been glucose in molded truffles, invert sugar in any that gets enrobed or dipped. I definitely won't use sorbitol.
  3. DJ Silverchild

    Question on Using Guitar Cutter - Chablon

    I had the same problem cutting through Valrhona Gianduja actually. There's a whole thread about my disaster. I ended up just molding it.
  4. DJ Silverchild

    Chocolate Bar Boxes

    Can I get some personal recommendations for companies from people who have had chocolate bar boxes printed? Google keeps pointing me to either companies that don't make boxes, or images of other companies chocolates. I'm using a stock box right now but I don't like the window it has. It's 4.75x2x3/8in. Here's a link: http://www.chocolat-chocolat.com/home/packages/c378155631/p17716241.html
  5. Holy cow! Thank you.
  6. DJ Silverchild

    Legal issues with alcohol in ganaches

    That's ridiculous and I bet you're lawyer will take care of it. It should be the % of alcohol itself in the entire recipe. Good luck and I'll keep an eye out for updates.
  7. Can I get a link for some of those flow-wrappers? We don't have to do that yet here but I'm sure it's coming.
  8. DJ Silverchild

    Legal issues with alcohol in ganaches

    I don't know if this helps but when I ran into the same issue, I included the shell weight in my calculations and BOOM I got under the threshold.
  9. Thank you! Pastry Girl: Thank you for that link!! Tri2Cook: I feel that the silica is good for the pate de fruits but I don't put it in with chocolate. Yes I need to get more out of my staff...which are my friends and that's probably part of the issue but I know there's a better way.
  10. Good Afternoon! I am looking for a solution to my packaging labor cost and productivity problems. I'm not sure I'm using the proper terminology so please be patient. I need to use child resistant barrier bags (link below) for small truffles, pate de fruit, and even bars. We have to sticker both sides, 4-8 pieces and a silica packet are placed inside, and they need to be heat sealed. My staff seems to be able to do a bag in a minute and a half (I know, right?). Because I want to package the food right away, I need to bag 500 for 2 hours of hours at the end of the day with minimal labor. Or maybe I do all the bagging on one day a week but that'd have to produce 1000+ bags in 8 hours and my current method is 25 hours of straight labor. I literally have no idea where to begin. https://www.clearbags.com/3-5-8-x-5-gold-backed-metallized-hanging-zipper-barrier-bags-100-pieces-hzbb4cg.html
  11. DJ Silverchild

    Tempering machine suggestions needed

    Thank you everyone for your advice. Now I just need to choose a model of stand alone vibrator and am wondering if anyone has experience with these models: TCF has two: https://www.tcfsales.com/products/1224-chocolate-vibration-table-with-grid/ https://www.tcfsales.com/products/251-chocolate-vibration-table-with-grid/ and I found this one as well. https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Stainless-steel-Electric-chocolate-vibration-table_60430093953.html?spm=a2700.7724857.normalList.14.4c869912IdoSJi
  12. Before and after. Thank you so much everyone!!
  13. I have a Chocovision Delta and use seed normally.
  14. will the wafers being in it screw that up?