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I'm watching The Sweet Makers on BBC - four British pastry chefs & confectioners recreate Tudor, Georgian, and Victorian sweets with petiod ingredients and equipment. A little British Baking Show, a little Downtown Abbey.
Check it it out for a slice of pastry history.
BBC viewer only available to the U.K., but on this side of the pond where there's a will, there's a way.
Hello! I was wondering if anyone on here has tried using an induction cooktop with confection making (caramels, fondant, marshmallows ect...). My stove has literally three settings, and the low setting still burns sugar and there is no such thing as maintaining any sort of "simmer". I was looking into getting a cooktop and buying some copper sugar pots and mauviel makes this thing that goes inbetween. I would love to hear any input into this idea or your experiences!
After searching this one and other forums I found a number of reasons / solutions for release marks:
1 - mold should be cold and go right away to fridge
2 - mold should be cold and only go to fridge after beginning of crystallization
3 - mold should be heated
4 - because of over crystallization
6 - not professional molds (too much flex)
5 - use cooling tunnel instead of fridge so that mold is cooled gradually
I'm having trouble with release marks, as seen in the photo:
I've tried numbers 1, 2 and 3 above without success, number 4 I'm not sure how to control, number 5 is not the cause as I'm using professional molds and number 6 is not an investment that I can do right now.
Any help would be appreciated!
Hello Fellow Chocolatiers!
I am working on calculated appropriate prices for my handmade chocolates. It's absolutely shocking that after 10 years of making chocolates, I never really dared to delve into the nitty-gritty cost of goods. And when I worked at a chocolate shop that was never a concern placed on my plate.
So, I have attemped (with my horrible lack of excel spreadsheet skills) to figure out my cost of goods (including labor and packaging). Somehow, I must be doing something terribly wrong, as my costs worked out to be about $1.50 to make ONE PIECE. That seems outrageous! Granted, that did include using locally made bean-to-bar chocolate from a small producer. My business-partner-to-be is helping me sort it out (thankful that she and excel have a much better relationship). However, I need some information that is don't have at the moment and thought you guys might be able to help fill in the gaps.
1. For the sake of comparison, with cost of ingredients and labour (no packaging) how much does is cost you to produce one chocolate?
2. For those that make the fairly standard 22.5mm square enrobed chocolates, are you able to tell me how much and individual ganache square weighs pre-enrobing? How about post-enrobing? I know how much my ganache cost, but I don't know how many grams per piece to allot for the enrobed chocolate coating. And I am not in production right now so I can't test it out. If you can share it would be so helpful.
ETA: can anyone tell me the same for one of their molded chocolates?
Obviously there are variables like the height of the ganache and the size of the mould, but at least it would give me an idea.
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