Introduction: Ramen Crunch Chocolate Bars

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.

Comments

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Crash2108 made it!(author)2006-08-25

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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elxia made it!(author)2010-05-22

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

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Kaiven made it!(author)2007-10-24

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

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Fantastic made it!(author)2006-10-07

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.

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Vertigo666 made it!(author)2007-02-11

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

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elxia made it!(author)2010-05-22

lucky you get the good stuff

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knex_mepalm made it!(author)2010-04-06

I concur.  

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mutaku817 made it!(author)2007-07-29

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

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Vertigo666 made it!(author)2007-07-29

Did I say that?

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mutaku817 made it!(author)2009-04-12

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

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mutaku817 made it!(author)2007-07-31

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

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abnor made it!(author)2008-07-03

YEA! damn americans

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Vertigo666 made it!(author)2007-07-31

oh ok then

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Kaiven made it!(author)2007-10-24

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

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Vertigo666 made it!(author)2007-10-25

Who doesn't? bulgogi?

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Kaiven made it!(author)2007-10-25

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

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Vertigo666 made it!(author)2007-10-25

Large pieces?

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Kaiven made it!(author)2007-10-26

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).

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mutaku817 made it!(author)2007-10-24

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

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Kaiven made it!(author)2007-10-24

SPICY, pickled cabbage :P

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surroundsound5000 made it!(author)2009-03-22

I'm concerned about the lack of security and proper procedures that should be in place to combat the very real threat of chocolate terrorism. Where is the police escort for that truck? It's a terrorising waiting to happen.

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ClayOgre made it!(author)2008-12-22

...and people think I am weird for putting peanut butter in my ramen...or refried beans (haven't done that one in a while...)

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sires6 made it!(author)2008-05-31

Can you defrost the freezer and get more in there?

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abnor made it!(author)2008-07-03

i was thinking the same thing.

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HamatoKameko made it!(author)2008-06-24

I had to live off Maruchan Chicken Flavor Ramen for a week straight with literally nothing else to eat, when I was about 18 and had just moved out on my own. It took me three or four years before I could ever stand to touch the stuff again, and even then I still can't stand Maruchan. I buy the .60-cent Sapporo Ichiban instead. Better quality and flavor and worth the extra expense. Just seeing this picture of the packet makes me nauseous, but the promise of a chocolaty treat (which would make the ten-cent maruchan acceptable ;) ) make up for it. Great instructable!

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ItsTheHobbs made it!(author)2008-06-02

mmmmmmmmmmmm........ that looks amazing. Hmmm...... I need to find alot of chocolate and try this. Or, the next fondue party I go to, bring a gigantic box of broken up ramen...... Or, crush the ramen, and pour the little bits of it in a mold with chocolate, Or.... have chocolate bits and crushed ramen, in a baggie, and make it a snack for little ones..... The possibilities are limitless, I have like, 5 more ideas, but don't want to type them now.... I have dibs on chocolate and ramen instructable.

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JimDorp made it!(author)2008-04-08

I would love to see some pictures of the inside of the factory.

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Full+Frontal+Graphic made it!(author)2008-03-22

chocolate and smiles... you see them together a lot, don't you?

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sconniebabe made it!(author)2008-02-06

you know, this is the same as mini haystacks. (maybe it's just a northern cultural thing, idk) a haystack is a handfull of raw chow mein noodles, you pour melted chocolate over it, and let it harden. This means the fridge, or freezer... well, we can just stick 'em outside or in the garage. But whatever, they're delish!

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spinach_dip made it!(author)2006-07-22

wow, you need to thaw out that freezer oh and you need a few more shots of Marion A small squeeze of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce on the non-chocolate ramen will prevent scurvy. I would hope the MIT crowd could figure that out

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Tobita made it!(author)2007-11-18

lol, no need for me cuz i make my own chili sauce with tomatoes, chilies(duh), and lemon juice.

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johnnythewonderfly made it!(author)2007-09-02

Is this chicken flavored crunchy chocolate?!?!?!

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Kaiven made it!(author)2007-10-24

no, you addd the chicken flavor(it's a packet) as the noodles cook. Since they aren't cooking them, they don't need the chicken powder packets.

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chatterbox14730 made it!(author)2007-06-14

no offense, but it looks nasty

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mgayoub made it!(author)2007-04-25

Genius.

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porkdemon made it!(author)2006-11-12

oh my rainbow suspenders, naruto would love this.

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Wonderland42 made it!(author)2006-08-21

Yknow, Ideally tempered chocolate hardens really quickly, and doesnt need any sort refrigeration to harden it. Thassa good thing about tempering. Gives the chocolate a nice *snap*. Untempered chocolate is always mooshy. When you buy chocolate it is tempered. A way to melt dark chocolate without 'breaking' it is to melt it in the microwave. If you melt it in short bursts, like 15 seconds at a time, then stir, all the while checking to make sure it doesnt go above 90(Try and stay between 86 and 89 if you want nice nice chocolate), your chocolate will stay tempered. Once the chocolate is mostly melty just keep stirring it, dont microwave it more. It will keep melting. The same will work with Milk and White chocolate, but they shouldn't go higher than 89. Never let your chocolate, of any kind, go above 110, because then you really would have to pour it onto a marble slab and temper it that way..

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naught101 made it!(author)2006-08-21
you for got the ingredients:

  • two minute noodles - CHECK
  • large bowl - CHECK
  • freezer - CHECK
  • thousands of litres of melted chocolate in a heated truck - damn, now where did I put that? I know it's around here somewhere. perhaps it fell down the back of the couch again...
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SizzleBacon_12341 made it!(author)2006-07-23

YUM

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manimawesome made it!(author)2006-07-23

you are my GOD.

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Scurl%21 made it!(author)2006-07-22

i have exactly the same metal bowl with the floppy tag handle thingy on it....i love that thing....

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saites2001 made it!(author)2006-07-22

Very nice project. I wasn't sure if there was a way to improve ramen, but you have found it!

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