Introduction: Easy No-Mess Chocolate Chunks From Chocolate Bars

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How to make easy to clean up no-mess chocolate chunks from bars of chocolate.  This is for all those chocolate chunk recipes, people who have allergies and can only find chocolate bars (cannot find chocolate chips) and those people who would like to make chocolate chunk cookies out of their favorite chocolate bars.    Also is great for melting chocolate in a double boiler, the smaller the chunks the faster the chocolate melts. 

I have "kid" tested this with a 4 year old and they could break the bar a few times but I ended up doing most of the work.  Thus kids please have an adult help with this activity. 

Step 1: How Many Chocolate Bars?

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Figure out how many chocolate bars are needed for the recipe.

Most chocolate bars I have used are about 3-3.5 oz and recipes will call for 12-16 oz of chocolate chips.  So to replace chips one for one to chunks you will need to break up 4-6 bars.  I have found one to two bars broken up works find in the recipes I make.  (I like them on the lighter side of chocolate.)  I normally add chunks until the batter looks "full" or it looks like I will get 4+ small chunks per small spoon dropped cookie.

Step 2: Materials

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Materials needed:

Chocolate bars*

Plastic bags (gallon freezer bags are less likely to break and will keep this "no-mess")

Large metal spoon**

*Calculated from previous step.

**Plastic will not work well due to the plastic absorbing the force.

Step 3: Freeze the Chocolate

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The chocolate bars need to be frozen (over night).  The bars will not break well into little pieces if not frozen through.

Step 4: Put Into Bag

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Unwrap the chocolate bar and put into a freezer bag large enough to hold the whole bar.  (Picture shows half a bar so the bag would fit in the pictures)

Do not decide to save the bag and go on to the next step with the chocolate in the silver wrapping.  The silver wrapping will break apart and throw chocolate chunks all over and the size of the chunks will be very inconsistent due to no viability through the wrapping. 

Step 5: Breaking the Bars

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Start smacking the bars with the back of the spoon.  The chocolate bar will start to break into smaller and smaller pieces.  

Try to smack the bar in the middle of the area that needs breaking. 

If the bar starts to dent or mush then refreeze. 

I like my chunks smaller then chocolate chips so I break the pieces more then if some liked large chocolate chunks. 

The smaller chunks melt better in recipes, like double boilers.

Step 6: Add to Recipe

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Once the chunks are the desired size add to recipe.

Comments

lynmiller (author)2015-01-08

No more knives! We can't buy chocolate chips at all here in Ukraine, and I've tried breaking chocolate bars, but never froze them before. Bingo! Why didn't I think of that?! Thanks for not being afraid to sound silly, 'cause this will help us alot.

lemonie (author)2012-02-20

Am I to understand that "How to obtain Chocolate Chunks From Chocolate Bars?" is answered by "Break the chocolate bars into pieces."?

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Amyscrazycrafts (author)lemonie2012-02-20

It may sound like a silly instructable but when you have food allergies and cannot find "safe" chocolate chips and have been craving a chocolate chip cookie for weeks and end up with chocolate sprinkled cookies or cookies that are 90% chocolate it is not so silly. It actually takes a bit of practice to break the chocolate up into pretty even chunks. Many of my first tries the chunks were way, way too big (they were most of the cookie) or they were pulverized almost into a chocolate dust. I can easily find "safe" chocolate bars but cannot find "safe" chocolate chips in my small town. So thus this is two years of making a mess trying to break the chocolate bars into chocolate chip like sizes to have a momentary feeling of "normalcy" in life, I thought I would share for others out there who might be having the same problem I had.

lemonie (author)Amyscrazycrafts2012-02-21

Yes, all that detail is where you add the value (put it in the Instructable). You're really showing "No-mess, chocolate chips", a good thing. The title misses that aspect of not having chocolate all over your kitchen (I know that...)

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