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Moulds and Chocolate

Filed in Blog, No Category by on 20th November 2016 0 Comments • views: 353
Moulding chocolate is one of the topics we are often asked about when we do 
chocolate demonstrations or workshops.

So firstly - let's talk about the spelling. From the Grammarist website, here
is clarification whether it should be mold or mould! ...

Mold vs. mould

American English has no mould, and British English has no mold. In other words, the word referring to (1) the various funguses that grow on organic matter or (2) a frame for shaping something is spelled the same in both uses, and the spelling depends on the variety of English.

Secondly when making chocolate a mould is any vessel that you can pour chocolate in to and then replicate the shape.

It is possible to use bowls as chocolate moulds and then stick two together to make a giant Christmas bauble.

In order for chocolate to come away from a mould properly it really needs to be tempered … or crystallised. Once the chocolate is tempered then it can be poured into the mould and left for between 20 minutes and a couple of hours to set (depending on the size of chocolate you are making)

Once set the chocolate shrinks enabling it to be tapped out.

Once the chocolate has been released from the mould it is important to then refine it in order to make it look pretty :) – here is a chocolate shoe once released from the mould and put together:

 

And then here is the shoe finished:

 

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Embellishment is key to some products as this enhances them – whereas on some it really isn’t needed.

There is a vast array of materials that can be used to make chocolate moulds – silicon, polycarbonate, PET, metal. Each chocolatier has their own preference of materials.

We prefer to use Polycarbonate but do use others as and when needed as well.

 

Hopefully you’ll have a chance to make some chocolate in mould this christmas – and whatever material you use we do hope that they come out beautifully :)

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The Chocolate Cellar at REX Liverpool

Filed in No Category by on 13th August 2016 0 Comments • views: 365

We are delighted to be working with REX Liverpool – our real hot chocolates, chocolate truffle cake and Rocky Road are available in their new cafe – Tea-Rex!

We will also be running chocolate workshops from here.

In case you haven’t been to REX – It’s a take on a modern department store.

There are fabulous local artists and makers popping up.
It really is a home for local independents and is a friendly place where you can just pop in and browse and not feel awkward.
We think its fabulous – but take a look for yourselves. Rex is on Bold Street in Liverpool – just opposite the exit from Central Station on to Bold Street :)
FORTHCOMING EVENTS:6th August – Liverpool Loves – Pier Head, Liverpool7th August – Port Sunlight Dog Show and Family Fun Day, Port Sunlight8th August – Our hot chocolates, truffle cake and Rocky Road available at REX Liverpool

11th August – the first of our chocolate making workshops at REX Liverpool

13th August – Wirral Farmers Market

27th August – West Kirby Farmers Market

We are also planning Family workshops and Dabble workshops in August and details will be posted very soon.

 

Its all been about workshops for a while!

Filed in No Category by on 24th June 2016 0 Comments • views: 378

We have been mad busy since Christmas with Chocolate Making Workshops. We have had the privelege of running workshops for hen parties, 50th Birthdays, Family Bonding, Team Building and for schools.

We are now taking bookings for the September term for workshops that tie in with the curriculum.

In the meantime, we are getting ready for the St Georges Hall Summer Arts Market which takes place this weekend (25th and 26th June). This is an amazing venue and the artists taking part in the market are so talented! We are delighted to be part of this and are really looking forward to being part of that great buzz! Macaron making and strawberry dipping is going a little crazy here!

We are planning to be at a number of events in Liverpool and on the Wirral – we will post these on our calendar here!

Hope to see you soon :)

 

Workshop dates

Filed in Blog, Event Details, No Category by on 22nd February 2015 0 Comments • views: 878

Hello and we hope that you had a lovely pancake day, a fabulous half term and are looking forward to Spring and Summer … we certainly are!! A big thank you to all who came to our Birthday Celebrations at Wirral Farmers Market and congratulations to the ten Golden Ticket Winners. We’re looking forward to the workshop in April. Dates for our workshops are listed below.

We would also very much appreciate if you would kindly take time to vote for us in the Hotel Indigo Flavours of the Neighbourhood competition. (It just takes 2 clicks) It is a competition to celebrate, showcase, as well as serve the local communities around Hotel Indigo as well as their guests. Our entry is here: Hotel Indigo flavours of the Neighbourhood. 

Workshops

29th March – 11am to 1pm Dabble Workshop

26th April – 11 am to 1pm Dabble Workshop, 2pm to 5pm Creative Workshop

26th July – 11 am to 1pm Dabble Workshop, 2pm to 5pm Creative Workshop

25th October – 11 am to 1pm Dabble Workshop, 2pm to 5pm Creative Workshop

15th November – 11 am to 1pm Dabble Workshop, 2pm to 5pm Creative Workshop

Details of all our workshops can be found here: workshops [http://www.thechocolatecellar.co.uk/workshops]Private workshops can be arranged for 6 or more people

Vouchers for the workshops can be purchased from our online shop

Thank you

Filed in No Category by on 30th September 2014 0 Comments • views: 640

Had to make this one a thank you post … we are very slowly working on updating our website and had an issue with our blog. Huge thank you to Sarah at DSA Media for sorting it out.

Also thank you to both Alyx and Tania who left us in September to continue on to pastures new – we wish them both the very best in their new paths. They will be missed.

And finally … thank you to all of you – we have had a mad month in September and enjoyed it immensely – it has been great seeing you all at the events we’ve been to and being part of so many fabulous projects and events.

Details of future events coming up in our next blog …. we have a few magical ones lined up for Christmas!! (It’s the end of September … think I’m allowed to talk about Christmas now!!)

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