If you want to be successful at starting a new hobby or a new business, you need the right tools. When dealing with materials that can be finicky, fickle, and feisty, it is important to make the small upfront investment to ensure success.
In no other arena can this be emphasized enough as in the Choconet Chocolates kitchen. Whether you pass the time away making chocolates for profit, yourself or as gifts to others, you can improve the consistency of the results by incorporating the tools listed in this piece.
The Basic Tools For The Basic Chocolate
Stop to think about what makes great chocolate. Is it the creamy texture as it begins dissolving and coating your whole mouth in its sinfully delicious manner? Let’s look at something more basic to all chocolates — its gloss, finish, and overall texture.
To make the point, let’s skip breaking open cocoa pods. Starting with chocolate bricks, chop them apart with a bench scraper tool. It is a tall and long blade usually with a handle the length of the blade. It is used to chop the chocolate into chips and flakes.
At this point, a thermometer one of three tools is necessary: a microwave, a double boiler, or a professional-grade tempering machine. Most people will use a double boiler or a microwave to melt the chipped chocolate.
From there, what you do with the chocolate will determine the addition of other tools. So far, there is a way to build a chocolate tool set one item at a time. Do it by need at first. This will save your money until you are prepared to invest more into chocolate making.
If you absolutely love making (and eating chocolate), and want to share your work with others, consider investing in a chocolate thermometer. No, it is not made out of chocolate!
Such thermometers show the different types of chocolates on the thermometer to take the guesswork out of the process. This is an important tool in particular if you are going to work with many different chocolates, from white chocolate to dark chocolate and cannot yet remember the different temperatures for tempering chocolate.
For one, any kitchen cooking thermometer will do the trick as long as you are aware of what temperature the chocolate melts. This is a good starter thermometer and means you can make chocolate now without having to make any special investments. Some people love making chocolate, and others only enjoying eating it.
Branching Out: Bark And Other Varieties
Once you are certain that chocolate making is for you, you can begin spreading into making other types of chocolate and spreading the word out through a Twitter page. Actually, this is a trick that gives you a fairly easy treat. Melting chocolate and other ingredients, you spread the melted material in layers, and let it cool atop one another and it creates chocolate bark.
For other fun treats, consider investing in chocolate molds. Many people like to play with their food. Adding different food colorings, food such as peppermint or icing, makes it possible to make treats for any occasion. That is the value of the basic chocolate making tools.