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Mar 16, 2007 09:22 PM

Two Chocolate Questions

Does anybody have a foolproof, easy method to make chocolate curls?

If you make chocolate decorations, eg. bands or curls and they lose their shine because of refrigeration, is there any way to bring back the nice, glossy, high-shine appearance?

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  1. As far as the gloss I'm stuck, but to curl I just freeze the chocolate for 30 minutes or so and the use my vegetable peeler, makes great curls every time.

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    1. re: othervoice

      Thanks for your reply. I've been heating the chocolate in the microwave and not getting nice curls. I'll try going the other way and use your freezing tip.

    2. heres how we always got the shine back on ganache-covered things at the restaurant: right before or at plating time we would just run a torch (literally one of those big, propane-fueled torches youve prob seen on some tv show or they prob sell at home depot) across the surface . now, yes, it gets a little difficult to handle because you are literally melting a littlebit of that surface layer and so youll leave fingerprints,etc in it. but, there is a comfy midpoint achieved by torching like i said and just waiting for a couple seconds so itll firm up a wee bit but retain that nice shine. you prob donthave the torch, right? just wanted to let you know how the 'professionals' do it.

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      1. re: ben61820

        Thanks for the tip. I'd tried using a light bulb held close to the chocolate but it was tedious moving it around and had little effect. Hadn't thought of the torch for this but will try it, we use it often for creme brulee and browning meringues.

      2. ever tried a hair dryer ? less heat than a torch but similar principle.

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        1. re: foodwich

          Good idea!! I should buy a cheap one for food purposes.

          1. re: foodwich

            I'm picturing chocolate curls blown all over the place. Any way to keep them still?

            I don't know about the chocolate curls but if you temper the chocolate before you make the curls, it should be glossy.

            1. re: chowser

              just guessing but im thinking that not many hounds can temper chocolate.

          2. Hair dryer may have too much air. Try a heat gun, you can get one at Home Depot.