Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

December 17, 2013

Chef Kimberly shared some chocolate dipping tips on ABC4 this morning. What is the oddest thing you’ve ever eaten that was dipped in chocolate? Watch Chef Kimberly’s tips on ABC4 and follow her instructions below for your own chocolate dipping experimenting.

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Click the image to watch on ABC4

In medium saucepan slowly heat, 2/3 of chocolate coins, or small chocolate pieces cut from a bar. Stir consistency with wooden spoon or silicone spatula.  This should be done very slowly and on very low heat until chocolate reaches temperature listed below:

DARK CHOCOLATE: 120F/49C
MILK CHOCOLATE: 116F/47C
WHITE CHOCOLATE: 114F/45C 

Still stirring continuously, slowly add the remaining third (the seed) of the chocolate to the melted batch. Remember to carefully watch the temperature. The new chocolate will help slowly lower the melted chocolates temperature.

You are stirring the chocolate to reach the temperatures list below:  

DARK CHOCOLATE: 84F/29C
MILK CHOCOLATE: 81F/27C
WHITE CHOCOLATE: 79F/26C 

To finish the tempering process, the chocolate now needs to be raised to the dipping temperature listed below.

DARK CHOCOLATE: 89F-90F/32C
MILK CHOCOLATE: 86F-87F/30C
WHITE CHOCOLATE: 82F-83F/28C

Now increase the temperature of the chocolate, return pan to stove top on very low heat.To be safe, it is best to remove the pan from the cook top when the temperature is two degrees away from the desired working temperature of the chocolate. The carry over heating with allow chocolate to continue heating to desired tempter.

To test the chocolate, dip the tip of a clean, dry knife in the bowl and allow it to stand for a couple of minutes. Chocolate should be shiny free of blooming.

Fun items to dip in chocolate:  Garnish dipped chocolate with:
Strawberries   White Chocolate drizzle
Apples   Specialty Sugars
Pears   Himalayan Sea Salt or Black Lava Salt
Apricots   Chili Pepper Powder
Orange slices   Crystallized Ginger
Bananas   Shaved chocolate pieces
Star fruit slices   Holiday Sparkles
Cinnamon bears   Silver sprinkles
Pretzel and Pretzel rods   Andes mint pieces
Cupcake pops   Crushed Candy Cane
Marshmallows    
Oreos    
Harmons Gingerbread Cookies    
Harmons Sugar Cookies    
Carmel Squares