OK so my mother use to work making hand dipped chocolate and wanted to do it for Christmas for the family. However, she has expressed frustration with what is available for tempering chocolate. A small tempering machine that only does a pound and a half of chocolate cost between 400 and 500 dollars and she simply could not justify spending that much when she may only make chocolates once a year. On top of that when she makes some, she wants to make a lot. A pound and a half of chocolate at a time isn't enough.
She's expressed frustration with crock-pots and pans because of how difficult it is to maintain a constant temperature. So I came up with this to give to her as a Christmas gift. She got her present early so I could get mine and I am rather pleased at how it turned out.
I know it doesn't look like much, but it holds the chocolate at a pretty constant temperature. Only drops like one degree every 5 to 10 minutes. If it drops to far just flip it on for a few seconds and the chocolate's temperature is right back where it was.
I used a push button switch for this that sits on the floor so that it can be turned on and off with your foot. Cause lets face it when your hands are covered with chocolate you don't want to be flipping a switch.
In the picture the chocolate has set over night and hardened up. I will try to get another picture of it actually in use.
Step 1: Items Needed
Bucket with Lid
Stainless Steel Bowl with a lip (smaller in diameter than bucket)
Items I purchased at Home Depot:
Heat Shield insulation
Adhesive (I like the spray on kind works fantastic for this)
Low profile light socket (You may need to purchase small bolts and nuts to attach)
100 Watt Bulb
Push button switch
Drill with bits
Screw Drivers (phillips and slot)
Sharpie or other marker
Wire cutter with stripper (I just used a knife - but do as I say not as I do)