Where to buy tempered chocolate?
I am looking for chocolate buttons that are already tempered to make chocolate decoration for cakes without the tedious process. I went to St Lawerance market. The bulk stores have chocolate buttons and bars, but non of the staffs can tell me whether these are tempered or not. Do you know where I can find tempered chocolate in downtown?
Thank you very much!
Hi Tree, You cannot buy pre tempered chocolate buttons and expect to remelt them and for them to remain tempered. Once you melt them you lose the temper and the process has to be done again. In some of the cake decorating stores, they sell chocolate pastilles (buttons) that you can melt and retemper easily in the microwave. It has been a really long time since I did it but I think it is two thirds melted and then one third stirred in cold until melted. Some times it doesn't work! Nancy's Sweets or Creative Cutters in Richmond Hill should sell the chocolate. You don't want to buy those wilton buttons that are not real chocolate. You won't find the chocolate at the Bulk Barn. Good Luck!!
Marbiegreen is absolutely right. One more piece of info that might help in your tempering endevours: as long as the chocolate does not exceed 34C , it will not lose its temper, so if you melt it very carefully and stir in some cold chocolate until it melts, then the chocolate should remain tempered. Staying below 34C is the tricky part!
If you do not want to temper, then buy the compound coating stuff. It tastes like wax but if it is decoration only perhaps that won't matter.