At first glance, the tool is small and unremarkable, resembling a miniature rake or pitchfork with its wooden handle and metal prongs. Lightweight, but very sturdy, it seems useful and easy to handle, but based on appearances alone, it is hard to figure out what it is for.
The tool in question is a chocolate chipper,Â pictured above with some chipped-up chocolate that makes its purpose far more obvious than merely seeing a display of these at a kitchen supply store. It is useful for chipping away at many things – including ice and packs of sausages that stick together when you freeze them, even though you only want to cook one at a time – but its primary purpose is for chocolate. The chipper is easier to handle than a knife and far less likely to slip in your hand. Simply press it straight down into the chocolate and the prongs crack it into perfect chocolate chunks.
I use mine frequently when I am making chocolate chunk cookies and other similar baked goods, but I also use it to coarsely chop chocolate before melting it in the microwave or a double boiler, as the smaller pieces help the chocolate melt more quickly and move evenly.
cybeleSeptember 14, 2007
When I worked in a bakery I LOVED this tool. I’ve never quite rationalized buying it for home us, I just have a screwdriver I bought for the purpose.
LisaSeptember 14, 2007
THAT is exactly the tool I need!! Since Poland is a land of no chocolate chips and I’m a serious baker, I find myself chopping chocolate often, and not enjoying doing it. Next time I’m in the States I’m definitely looking out for one of these!! Thanks for showing us!!
Coffee & VanillaSeptember 14, 2007
It looks like very useful tool, I would not have to buy any more chocolate chips for my muffins.
Greetings from London, Margot
T. MartinSeptember 14, 2007
Where did you get your chipper and exactly what brand is it?
Paula from Only CookwareSeptember 15, 2007
That’s a brilliant little gadget. I would never have figured out what it was though.