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What is chocolate bloom?

Chocolate Bloom

Imagine that you pull an unopened bar of your favorite chocolate out of the pantry, eager to take a bite, only to discover a whitish film discoloring the surface of your treat. This is a common occurrence and brings up many questions. What is the white layer? Is the chocolate still safe to eat? Can I still bake with it? The whitish layer is what ... Read More »

What does it mean to temper chocolate?

Tempered chocolates

Tempering is a word that means improving the consistency, durability or hardness of a substance by heating and cooling it. Many substances, including metals, are tempered but the most important one might be chocolate. Tempered chocolate is very glossy, has a firm finish and melts smoothly at around body temperature. It is chocolate at its very best, and tempered chocolate is what most good quality ... Read More »

Chocolate Macarons with Vanilla Buttercream Filling

Chocolate Macarons with Cream Cheese Filling

Macarons are one of my favorite treats to make for special occasions, and they should be one of yours, too. These little french cookies are made with thin meringue shells that have a crisp and chewy texture and they are sandwiched together with flavorful fillings. They’re small, sweet and beautiful to look at. The cookies have a reputation of being difficult to make, largely because ... Read More »

Hint of Mint Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Walnuts

Mint Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Walnuts

Mint and chocolate is a winning combination, but mint can be a tricky ingredient to work with. This is because it has such a strong flavor that it can easily overwhelm the other elements in a recipe. One solution is to cut back slightly on the mint and to pair it with other strong flavors – like dark chocolate or cocoa – so that you ... Read More »

Homemade Rocky Road Ice Cream

Homemade Rocky Road Ice Cream

Rocky Road ice cream is a flavor with a great story behind it. It was created in March of 1929 by ice cream makers Joseph Edy and William Dreyer, who put marshmallows and walnuts into chocolate ice cream. After the big Stock Market Crash in December of 1929 (which started the Great Depression), the partners gave the flavor it’s current name – Rocky Road – ... Read More »

What is ganache?

Bowl o' chocolate

Ganache is a word that gets tossed around a lot in cookbooks and on dessert menus, and while it is easy to figure out that it has something to do with chocolate, what makes this particular kind of chocolate a ganache is often a little less clear. Ganache is a mixture of melted chocolate and cream that can be used as a glaze for pastries ... Read More »

Giant Chocolate Bar Cake Mold

Giant Chocolate Bar Cake Mold

This Giant Chocolate Bar Cake Mold isn’t the first time that I’ve seen a baking pan that looks like a giant block of chocolate, but it is still a great look for a pan and a fun idea for chocolate lovers. Unlike previous chocolate bar pans I’ve seen, this one is silicone. Silicone bakeware is known for its nonstick properties, virtually guaranteeing that your cake ... Read More »

Classic Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate cream pie is a pie for chocolate lovers. Most chocolate cream pies have a pudding-like chocolate filling that is made on the stovetop and poured into a prebaked pie crust. The pies are easy to make, but are subject to a huge amount of variation. Some actually are filled with pudding, rendering them very difficult to slice and making the crusts soggy. Some are ... Read More »

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