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
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
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
Step 4: Cleave the Gem Along the Lattice
Step 5: Transsubstantiation
Step 6: On the Beach at Cannes
Step 7: And Back to Edmonton
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
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.