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Chocolate is great on it's own, but chocolate garnishes? Now we're talking!
Making your own chocolate garnishes is a great way to decorate or accent your dessert, and are really easy to make. There are a few different varieties of chocolate garnishing, but I'll be focusing on two of the most common chocolate garnish varieties: piped chocolate and chocolate curls.

Chocolate curls look great sprinkled over anything (ice cream, cake, coffee) and piped chocolate can take almost any shape you can think of, and make great toppers for desserts. Best of all, piped chocolate can be made to match any theme you have with your dessert and can be almost any shape you like, flat or curved!

Enough talk, let's make some chocolate garnishes!
 
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Step 1: Ingredients + equipment

To make your own chocolate garnishes you only need a few things you probably have at home, and of course some chocolate!

ingredients:

  • chocolate wafers (dark, milk, or white)




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equipment:

  • saucepan
  • heatproof mixing bowl
  • icing knife
  • flat baking sheet
  • heatproof spatula
  • wax or parchment paper

Step 2: Temper chocolate

Picture of temper chocolate
Tempering chocolate is a controlled heating of the chocolate which stabilize the fat crystals, this gives the chocolate a shiny finish and has a satisfying *snap* when it's broken. Tempering is easy, and we need to melt our wafers anyway.

Here's the highlights for tempering:
  • set up bain-marie to melt chocolate
    • 118oF (48oC) for dark chocolate
    • 112oF (45oC) for milk or white chocolate
  • once melted, remove from heat. Stir until chocolate has cooled to:
    • 89-90oF (32oC) for dark chocolate
    • 86-88oF (30oC) for milk or white chocolate
Tempering isn't hard, but effort needs to be taken for chocolate perfection. For full details on how to temper chocolate check out the Instructable: how to temper chocolate.
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ChrysN3 years ago
The molecule is: Theobromine.

The dinosaurs look really cool!
mikeasaurus (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks, they were fun to make.

You're right, theobromine is the molecule. Patched!
I am voteing
build523 years ago
I notice the spoon in the back round pretty cool were did you get it
mikeasaurus (author)  build523 years ago
Thanks, I made it!
Yeah I saw that after I posted the comment
Love the dinosaurs! Awesome work! I've also done striped curls by piping alternating lines of white and dark chocolate - looks really cool as well.
mikeasaurus (author)  shesparticular3 years ago
I don't know why I didn't think of that, what a great idea!
instruct393 years ago
tasty!