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Are Nestle chocolate chips good for anything besides their chocolate chip cookie recipe?

blkery Apr 29, 2011 09:17 PM

I grew up with said recipe but after trying some better recipes (the Torres/Leite is my favorite) with better chocolate, I don't know what to do with all the Toll House chips in my pantry. They don't melt like real chocolate (frightening) and I have no idea how to use them up outside of cookies. Any ideas?

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    eatswjoy May 20, 2011 06:20 PM

    I used my extra holiday semi-sweet choc chips to make chow's version of Almond Joys:


    I microwaved the chips about 30 sec. at a time, stirring in between until melted and spooned the chocolate over the top of the coconut/almond bars. Yum!

    1. Cheese Boy May 19, 2011 11:02 PM

      Mix confectioner's sugar with ricotta and throw in some chocolate chips or pistachio nuts.

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        goodhealthgourmet May 20, 2011 10:06 AM

        kinda like a quickie cannoli filling without the shell...nice :)

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          Cheese Boy May 20, 2011 01:30 PM

          GHG and chowser, take that filling and layer it into a génoise cake if you like, then drizzle with your favorite rum (or otherwise) if you are so inclined. Flavored rums work pretty well, but you may prefer the more subtle flavors of say a Grand Marnier or Cointreau instead.

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            goodhealthgourmet May 20, 2011 05:51 PM

            appreciate the tip...though i'm never short on uses for sweetened and/or flavored ricotta ;)

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          chowser May 20, 2011 11:29 AM

          I do that and add strawberries and chocolate chips to it. I mix w/ honey.

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          jackattack May 19, 2011 05:29 PM

          Melt 1/4 cup of them in the microwave, add a tablespoon of super premium vanilla ice cream (trader joes or haagen daz works fine)......continue to microwave, 20 seconds at a time, until boiling and starting to pull away from the sides of the mug as you tilt it. Then cool for a few minutes.

          Easy Hot Fudge sauce!

          1. chowser May 19, 2011 03:37 PM

            I microwave them and then dip strawberries in it. But, if you haven't opened the package and don't like them, I'd give them to a shelter/food pantry. They're always in demand.

            1. Levaeria May 19, 2011 02:50 PM

              Mine melt easily in a double boiler. I add 1 tbsp. vegetable shortening for every 1 cup of chocolate chips and make dipped fruit, strawberries mostly. The chocolate hardens nicely in the refrigerator and has a great flavor.

              1. ROCKLES May 19, 2011 02:35 PM

                they melt just fine in a double boiler (or a glass bowl over simmering water) I use them to make frosting, mousse, ganache, etc.

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                  Scirocco May 19, 2011 02:55 PM

                  I agree. I've never had any trouble melting them in a double boiler with cream (or even half and half) for a quick and easy ganache. You can even melt them in the microwave if you're careful (check after 30 seconds, stir, another 30 secs, stir, repeat). I agree they are certainly not the best quality chocolate, but they work fine for some things.

                  Now, white chocolate chips (if you can even call them that) are a totally different beast. I've yelled many an unladylike thing at that semi-melted stupid clumped up mess. guess I'm still a little bitter.. :) I don't use those at all anymore!

                2. goodhealthgourmet Apr 30, 2011 08:40 PM

                  sounds like you don't want to mess around with melting them, so for using the whole chips (i know i'm repeating some - think of them as my +1 vote):
                  - pancakes or waffles
                  - rice krispy treats
                  - granola/granola bars
                  - cornbread/corn muffins
                  - biscotti
                  - brownies

                  or just fold some into ice cream (or even plain yogurt).

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                    shallots Apr 30, 2011 08:20 PM

                    Derby Pie

                    Anitlope has it on his/her list, but it's sort of down in the middle. My tastebuds demand that it get a full reply of its own.

                    Derby Pie is Pecan Pie, but with about a cup of chips spread over the pie crust, then add the rest of the pie. Then baie. Then indulge.

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                      JamesPapa Apr 30, 2011 08:25 PM

                      I'd just exchange them at the grocery store for something less vile. even if you lost or trashed the receipt.
                      no harm done. Just go see a clerk first. don't u know, go in the store though, put em' back on the shelf and do the exchange yourself ;)

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                        Mission Apr 30, 2011 08:42 PM

                        I add about 4-5 chips to my Chili.

                        It gives it a nice complexity.

                        Don't over do it....you do not really want to taste the chocolate.

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                          cioccolata May 18, 2011 04:10 PM

                          I never thought of that. I'll have to try it the next time I make chili...

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                            goodhealthgourmet May 18, 2011 05:30 PM

                            i don't know how i'd feel about semisweet in mine, but a little dark cocoa or bittersweet chocolate kicks ass in chili.

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                              cioccolata May 19, 2011 02:08 PM

                              I have the feeling that after trying this I'll never be able go back (my motto being chocolate can make anything taste better :)). Does the quality of the chocolate really matter? (since as far as I can tell you don't want to add so much that you actually taste it)

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                                goodhealthgourmet May 19, 2011 05:13 PM

                                i approach cooking with chocolate the same way i do cooking with wine - doesn't matter if it's a splash or a cup, a few chips or a large chunk...if i wouldn't enjoy it straight/on its own, it's not going into my recipe.

                                i made that distinction between semisweet and bittersweet (or straight cocoa) because i want to add a pure, earthy, bitter element without the extra sweetness from the sugar in semisweet.

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                      MellieMag Apr 30, 2011 07:58 PM

                      Sorry if this offends, but how many bags of chips do you have and why do you have them if they offend you? I wouldn't buy food I didn't like. These chips you can't abide could be a real treat to other people. Donate them to a food bank. Then go buy what you want. And be thankful that you can buy what you want.

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                        Isolda May 19, 2011 02:44 PM

                        This is a good suggestion for any unopened, non-expired, unwanted treat. Our food pantry collects stuff like choc. chips, cake mixes, and cake decorations (dragees, etc.) to give to parents who want to make a birthday cake for their child. They have a special collection box just for this.

                      2. chefj Apr 30, 2011 01:55 PM

                        Making candles? Just kidding ( - :

                        1. ipsedixit Apr 30, 2011 01:54 PM

                          Mix them into pancake or waffle batter.

                          Add them to bread pudding

                          Use it as part of a graham cracker crust for cheesecake.

                          1. greygarious Apr 30, 2011 01:42 PM

                            Stir them into whipping/heavy cream over low heat until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla to taste. Chill. Whip. Chocolate Mousse.

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                              waver May 21, 2011 09:08 AM

                              Good idea. I wonder if it would work with leftover white chocolate chips?

                            2. Euonymous Apr 30, 2011 01:09 PM

                              I'm about to use mine in this recipe for chocolate, caramel matzoh candy. I first made it several years ago and my kids have asked for it every year since then. A nice way to use up any matzoh leftover after passover.


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                                rabaja Apr 30, 2011 11:38 PM

                                you mean matzo crack? I made it (and am making it again tomorrow) with Valrhona feves. It's over the top good with a good quality chocolate.

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                                  Euonymous May 1, 2011 03:20 PM

                                  That's the stuff! I haven't tried it with a good quality chocolate yet, as I don't normally get to eat any. The kids scarf it down in no time at all and haven't ever complained about the Nestle's chips. So I figure, if it's not broken, don't fix it.

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                                    Pia May 18, 2011 07:23 PM

                                    Similar idea: make cookies for people who don't care. This is what I did with my giant bag of Toll House morsels bought for me (and opened) by a well-meaning relative.

                              2. bagelman01 Apr 30, 2011 04:48 AM

                                we let our kids use them instead of money when they play cards............................

                                That said, they are a poor excuse for chocolate, but my 14 year old uses them in muffins.

                                1. YAYME Apr 30, 2011 04:43 AM

                                  I melt them down and use them as semi-sweet baking chocolate.

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                                    dfrostnh Apr 30, 2011 04:20 AM

                                    If it's the dark chocolate chips (you'll need butterscotch, too) you can make the rice krispy treats. Still a family favorite. The krispy treats are frosted with the chips. They will melt, you just have to do it carefully.

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                                      Scirocco May 19, 2011 02:46 PM

                                      those are one of my guilty pleasures!!! Mmm!

                                    2. Antilope Apr 30, 2011 03:02 AM

                                      Chocolate-chip Souffle


                                      Chocolate-chip Banana Cream Pie


                                      Mud Hen bars


                                      Chocolate Pecan Derby Day Pie


                                      Chocolate Coffee Mousse


                                      Chocolate Fudge



                                      1. Hank Hanover Apr 29, 2011 11:57 PM

                                        I used to eat them out of the package. You could make a poor man's genache. They will eventually melt. Oh I know. You could make chocolate syrup sorta like Hershey's chocolate syrup. Alton Brown has a recipe out there.

                                        You could add a few to hot cocoa every time you have some although summer is approaching.

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                                          Querencia Apr 29, 2011 11:29 PM

                                          Yes, the world's easiest chocolate frosting. In a saucepan put 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup milk, and 1/3 cup butter. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute by the clock. Remove from burner. Dump in 1 cup chocolate chips and whisk until they are melted. Pour over cake or brownies in pan.

                                          1. hambone Apr 29, 2011 09:36 PM

                                            mix them and mini marshmellows in pancake mix for s'more pancakes.

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