Chocolate conching is not a precisely defined process and there are still elements of skill in producing a good flavoursome chocolate with the right viscosity for. The manufacture of chocolate is done through several processing stages which require maintenance of the liquid state up to the final stage – tempering (turning. The process of conching is unique to the chocolate industry and critical to the production of fine chocolate. Yet it remains an arcane mystery to.

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A conche is a surface scraping mixer and agitator that concching distributes cocoa butter within chocolateand may act as a “polisher” of the particles. Remove from heat; stir until melted and smooth.

My own belief is that conching was originally a necessity for better-quality chocolate. Although the amount comching moisture remaining in the chocolate liquor is low roasting the cocoa beans drives off most of itconching may help reduce moisture content slightly.

Sometimes conching and refining can happen at the same time, but they do not have to and often you do not want them to.

So, how do you use the Melanger? Under about 10 microns the chocolate can get gummy.

What is Chocolate Conching?

But I want you to understand that they are two separate processes with two different goals in mind. After that, I have found a difference in texture after every hour, with “smooth” chocolate occurring around hours. When pan bottom is only slightly warm, add to melted chocolate mixture the sugar, salt, and vanilla.


With your hand and fingers, move marshmallows as necessary so they form a single layer all over the top of the brownie layer, right to the edge of the pan.

Conching: Crucial Step in Chocolate’s Flavor and Texture?

In theory, at least, conching accomplishes this via friction. The chocolate passes through three phases during conching.

Seasonal specialties, as well, but order early; this is a small business. Products Sally Recommends Conching: The Spectra melanger has a heavy motor that rotates a granite slab 10 lbs and two large heavy 7. Because not everyone agrees that conching is required for a good-quality product. But, unlike those others, Wen Chocolates have genuine, and genuinely delicious, flavor. Round off the particulates within the chocolate through the use of friction. After fermentation they don’t taste much better.

Is the conching process just a long-term scam of enormous proportions? It is that simple. Once chocolate liquor is produced from the cacao nibs, more cocoa butter must be added back to it to produce couverture or other chocolate meant to be eaten as is. Conching redistributes the substances from the dry cocoa that create flavor into the fat phase. After refining for 10 hours, at 1 hour increments, there was no noticeable grit left from the sugar. Right now, to the best of my knowledge, the Melanger is it for small scale lbs.

We are working on that and will keep everyone up to date. This is the chocolate as it just went into the Santha. The high shear causes the volatile components to be quickly liberate from the cocoa mass. I favor substance over style. Concning is not very well conchinng and is the subject of much urban myth even within the chocolate industry. Handmade Chocolates, Lillie Belle Farms. Share this article with a friend: In a two quart, nonaluminum, heavy-bottom saucepan, combine butter slices and both chocolates.


You can add your pre-heated sugar at this point too.

What is Conching? | TheChocPro — The Chocolate Project

Join us in today’s blog as we delve deeper into the wonders of the conche Air movement through the conche removes some moisture and volatile substances, which may give an acidic note to the flavor. Lindt’s invention rapidly changed chocolate from being mainly a drink to being made into bars and other confections. The flavour of freshly ground beans can be very intense though, even verging on the bizarre and the texture straight from the melangeur will always be slightly gritty and very slow to melt.

This process can last for many hours, or conchnig days depending on the result the chocolate maker is looking for.

Consequently, she is a home cook, not a chef. Place the almonds into the foil-lined pan and set aside. Conching may also reduce the size of particles in the chocolate mass or alternatively, simply smooth the particles out. Given that chocolate contains at least a few hundred flavor components, not all of which are known or understood well, he may have a point.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the pasty phase more of the particles are coated with the fats from the cocoa.