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Spraying Chocolate: Equipment, Materials, and Techniques
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I have been looking for self-sealing plastic bags like Soma uses for chocolate bars. Interested in a rectangle vs. the squares Soma is using. Have not found anything at Gleurp or Nashville Wraps (but I may be using the wrong search terms). Anyone know where to find these bags (in a variety of sizes) that have a flap with a bit of adhesive on the end for sealing the package?
Any other chocolate bar packaging ideas that don't require going custom?
Do you ever end up with ganache that reminds you of extra-heavy mayo? I was winging it today, testing batches that set up ok but grainy, then weirldy flexible. The 60% i usually use is 39% cocoa butter, but in this batch I used 72%, which is 45% fat. I also made some other changes but was trying to keep a similar ratio of liquid to chocolate. The 72% ganache is far thicker than the 60% ever is - it probably needs more cream or a splash of booze, right? Arg, I should know this!
I got annoyed and left the slab out to do whatever it will overnight - cross your fingers that it is either use-able or save-able tomorrow!
I'm making truffles for a wholesale customer who will be distributing them to their guests on a daily basis. I've been working on my recipes for quite a while, and have some good recipes for a number of flavors. Since the customer base is pretty varied, I'm not adding any alcohol to the ganache centers. The customer is pleased, but has asked me to expand my flavors to a few that they suggested.
I've been working on a mint center with a white chocolate ganache and am infusing the cream with fresh mint leaves. No matter how much mint I add, the mint taste is not pronounced enough. I've also infused the mint leaves in the cream for up to 6 hours before adding the cream to the chocolate, without pleasing results.
I've also been playing around with a fresh ginger ganache and am interested in lemongrass and other natural flavorings. Since I don't know if the customer will be pleased with the end result, I'd rather not buy the flavored compounds (I've used the mint flavor compound in a previous job) to enhance the flavor until I get a better result using the fresh ingredients.
Do you have some advice for using natural herbs and spices to flavor ganache without using extracts, alcohol, or compounds?
I know this question gets asked frequently, and I've done my research, but I can't believe that I can't find a less expensive option for packaging to hold 2 truffle-sized bonbons. The two options I liked (from Nashville Wraps and BoxandWrap) come to over $1.60 each when factoring in shipping. There is no way to price them at that cost. Am I missing some options out there?
I know the gold standard for storing molded chocolate bon bons is to vacuum-pack lightly, then freeze. Any suggestions for an overly-enthusiastic home chocolatier with an abundance of inventory and no vacuum sealer? My local coffe shop is selling my wares, but not as quickly as I've been producing them!
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