Homemade Chocolate - Tools You Need To Make Your Own Chocolate At Home


Some books and magazines about candy making will say that you need to have a lot of
special equipment in order to make chocolate at home but that’s not necessarily true.
There are really only five tools that you have to have in order to make great chocolate at
home and you probably already have at least some of them in your kitchen. They are:
1. Candy thermometer – Some chocolate candy does need to be heated to a certain
temperature in order to be safe to eat, and some types of chocolate need to be heated
to a certain temperature in order to be liquid enough to pour and set properly in a mold
so it’s a good idea to have at least one candy thermometer on hand.
2. Mixing bowls – You will go through mixing bowls like crazy when you are making
chocolate, especially if you are mixing other ingredients into a chocolate base. To save
money on mixing bowls go to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army store. Charity shops
like that usually have kitchen and house wares sections where you can find great deals
on glass and stainless steel mixing bowls. You can also look for mixing bowls at garage
and yard sales.
3. Pots and pans -If you are using pre-made chocolate base you can heat that base in
a microwave until it’s liquid enough to work with but you will need saucepans to mix in
other ingredients and bring the chocolate to the correct temperature. Just like mixing
bowls you can often find mismatched pots and pans at charity stores and garage sales.
You can also use two pans to make your own double boiler when a chocolate recipe
calls for you to use a double boiler.
4. Molds – Once you have your chocolate blended just the way you want it and have
added any extras that you want to add into the chocolate you’re going to need
something to pour that chocolate into so that you can make chocolate candies. It’s
always good idea to have a wide variety of chocolate molds that are clean and ready to
go.
5. Candy Coloring – If you want to really decorate your handmade chocolates and
make them fun shapes and colors you will need to use special candy coloring. Normal
food coloring won’t color chocolate. To get the colors to show on the chocolate it’s
necessary to have special food coloring that is made for candy and chocolate. You can
find candy coloring at any craft supply store or candy supply store.
These are just a few of the supplies that you might need to make chocolate but if you
have these supplies always on hand then you shouldn’t have any trouble making
delicious homemade chocolates at any time. If you are going to make a special type of
chocolate or you want to use a special recipe then you might need specialized
equipment but in general you can get by just using these pieces of equipment and what
you already have in your kitchen.

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