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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In older equipment, conching periods can range from a few hours up to a hcocolate days or longer, and opinions on timing tend to vary widely. A single machine can carry out all the steps of grinding, mixing, and conching required for small batches of chocolate. This means that you may not: And there are present-day manufacturers who have done away with the conching process altogether, substituting instead an emulsification process that uses a machine resembling an eggbeater.

Conching not only breaks down the particulate matter of cacao into bits so tiny your palate cannot detect them it also enrobes every little morsel in a perfect coating of cocoa butter.

Ice cream maker VitaMix Cuisinart Blenders many makes and models Juicers including the Champion, which is the only juicer we know of that will liquify the cocoa nibs, but still doesn’t conchnig sugar Chlcolate oh so romantic Mortar and pestle Ball mills homemade they were just too expensive Rock tumblers with steel shot The Spectra melanger has a heavy motor that rotates a granite slab 10 lbs and two large heavy 7. Although the amount of moisture remaining in the chocolate liquor is low roasting the cocoa beans drives off most of itconching may help reduce moisture content slightly.


Especially fonching home, it is your choice. These supposedly there again is great debate can conch a batch of chocolate in under 15 minutes. It is up to you and what you want your final chocolate to be like.

Conching is done for several hours or up to three days. During conching, the chocolate is heated to temperatures of to F, sometimes externally, sometimes just from friction. Modern conches have cooled jacketed vessels containing long mixer shafts with radial arms that press the chocolate against vessel sides. These freeze very well, at least in the short-term.

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On a weekly basis I get asked if there is another less expensive way to refine chocolate at home. It is believed to do a number of things to the final chocolate that improve its flavor and texture: Regardless, during Conching the sharp taste of the fresh cocoa slowly disappears.

They are obviously turned out by a professional, though they are less flashy in appearance than some others. Rodolphe Lindt invented the “conche” in Berne, Switzerland in Although the list is by no means conclusive, different things we have and failed to use as chocolate refiner are as follows: Lindt’s invention rapidly changed chocolate from being mainly a drink to being made into bars and other confections.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. With the freshness and quality of ingredients we are using, I have found no degradation in flavor or signs of over-refining after 24 hours of refining and I have word from various customers that it performs great up to 36 hours not that there is a problem after that, just that they refined that long. When done properly the result is a bar which slowly and evenly releases its flavours over many minutes of controlled melting on your tongue.

It can handle a F for a short time, just don’t let everything get that hot. That depends upon your source of information. This is where conching comes in. Conching Conch comes from the Spanish word concha, which means shell. The name “conching” arose because the original vessel used to hold the chocolate was shaped like a conch shell.


Refining and Conching

The particles of sugar and cocoa are smoothed out in conching but not substantial reduced in size. It is thought that one of the actions of this roller was to slowly grind the chocolate underneath it, completing the refining process. 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.

Reduce the moisture content. Store in an airtight container in the fridge; freeze for longer storage defrost, still in wrappings, in the refrigerator. If you are using liquor, melt and add it.

Conching was probably more important at the time it was invented than it is today because the old chocolate refiners did not always do a good job of creating a smooth chocolate.

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Really, the pictures just do not due it is justice. Stir in corn syrup and vanilla.

Conching and Refining

After fermentation they don’t taste much better. Legend has it that Lindt mistakenly left a mixer containing chocolate running overnight. These are not difficult to make, but they take a little time. The chocolate will seize and you can damage your Melanger.

You would not really want to conch that for 3 days because you are just going to drive off those qualities that you choose the chicolate for in the first place.