Ramen Crunch Chocolate Bars

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Introduction: Ramen Crunch Chocolate Bars

About: Tim Anderson is the author of the "Heirloom Technology" column in Make Magazine. He is co-founder of www.zcorp.com, manufacturers of "3D Printer" output devices. His detailed drawings of traditional Pacific...

One of the offices in the building threw away lots of chocolate kisses when they changed their mind about trying to make people happy.
Here Peter Luka and Bayard Wenzel compete to unwrap chocolate kisses during the first attempt to create a Ramen Crunch Bar. We learned a lot and the product showed enough promise for another attempt. A few days went by.

Step 1: Hot Tanker on Terror Alert

Spring never seems to get to Boston until June and it was still May. I went out to walk in some rare sunshine. A heated tanker truck was pumping a thousand gallons of melted chocolate into the Tootsie Roll factory next door. I got two stainless mixing bowls and went back. I asked the truck guy if I could catch some when he unhooked the hose. He said "that's up to them" and pointed at the back door of the factory. I opened the street level door and went in onto a catwalk 40 feet above a maze of steam pipes, tanks, and big clanging machines. A man in white coveralls carrying a big wrench walked by on a lower level. I said "excuse me" but he didn't look or hear. He walked behind some machinery and disappeared. Another man in white appeared at the other end of the level and I shouted louder, but he didn't hear either and continued on his way.

I was at a junction of pipe fittings where the hot hoses came in from the truck. There were some tubs and buckets full of melted chocolate right there, probably from changing hoses from one pipe to another. One tub had light and dark chocolate swirled together. It thought "I bet that stuff won't get thrown in with the rest." I made sure of it by scooping out a quart or so of it with one bowl and setting it in the other so it wouldn't drip on everything.

When I went out the driver was up on top of the tank reaching into a porthole with a long handled squeegee. He was pushing melted chocolate toward the hose fitting at the back of the tank. I asked if I could get a picture of him up on the truck. He said "I'm really not comfortable with that.
We've been having a lot of terrorist problems lately."
me: "chocolate terrorists?"
he: "I'm not saying you're a terrorist, but um....".

I bid him a day without terror and strode off with my bucket of melted goodness.

Step 2: Bucket of Miracles

So there I was back in the anarchist utopia with a quart or two of melted chocolate. woohoo!
The day stretched before me like a highway lined with things to cover with chocolate.

Here's the miraculous pot of goo that has the power to transform ordinary substances to chocolate-covered ones.

Step 3: The Crunch Has Landed

Previous basic research into the properties of dry ramen packs has revealed the proper selection and handling techniques. Maruchan Chicken, the pinnacle of dry noodles. So delicious that MIT students sometimes die from scurvy from eating nothing else.

Step 4: Cleave the Gem Along the Lattice

A whole ramen pack is a little too thick and massive for modern tastes. You can split the pack into two slabs and then a few bar-shaped chunks.

Step 5: Transsubstantiation

The miracle occurs.

Step 6: On the Beach at Cannes

Glistening, bronzed, naked.

Step 7: And Back to Edmonton

Into the fridge or freezer to make it set up. Maybe you'd like to eat it while it's still warm and soft. That's okay also.

There's a process called "tempering" that keeps blotches from appearing on the chocolate later. It involves smearing the chocolate around on a marble stone or substitute so that it's well mixed while it's cooler than 90F degrees. That's what the other pix depict. Go ahead and skip it unless you want your product to look nice after sitting around for a while. It will taste the same.

Step 8: The Critics Rave

Now that's a tasty confection. Marion Dumas is from France, where they are known to care about food. These bars meet with her approval.
She didn't like the chocolate covered sauerkraut. Perhaps we need to test market with the German demographic.
The chocolate covered lentil sprouts were a good combination of very healthy and chocolate. I ate them all myself, so I don't know if anyone else would like them.

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    Does this actually taste good considering last time I ate raw ramen I almost vomited and had a headache for 3 hours?

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    what ramen were you eating?still i had my batch of real ramen and real sushi.i couldnt even eat the sushi .i felt nad as anime fan and sushi lover

    wow. I eat raw ramen all the time...But i'm korean so...

    Considering that ramen is cooked at the factory and that I eat it out of the package, nicely crunched mind you, a couple times a week, this does sound delicious. When I next get my hands on some chocolate I am definitely going to try this.

    American rames is really not that good compared to korean ramen... i would know. I'm Koren.

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    lucky you get the good stuff

    but were american, so respect that and dont think you're the coolest cuz ur korean

    Uhm im sorry i haven't been on Instructables in years, and apparently someone knew my password... and was pestering people with it... Changed now, hopefully won't happen again
    Apologies, promise i wouldn't say anything like that =P

    no, i just felt like sayin something that didnt make much sense sorry you were the victim

    YEA! damn americans

    lol! i'm korean too. I can't spell them right, so tell me if you know what these foods are... odang gimchi gimbab

    oh yes! my dad will grill large pieces, and my mom stir fries small peices :P

    yeah, they are thin like bulgogi, but about 6in. long and 4in. wide. We ussually buy that size and determin whether to cut it up or grill it. My dad is american, and my mom is korean. They met cause my dad was in the army. let's see...I was born in germany, my sister was born in colorado, and my brother was born in korea. I'm the youungest, so after leaving germany, we lived in the mojave(sp?) desert, then moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, then where i live now (confidential).

    i think what you said is gimchi is Kim Chi its like pickled cabbage

    SPICY, pickled cabbage :P