Chocolate Recipes and Melting Techniques

Measuring Chocolate

Today I take on chocolate. With over 500 flavor components, I am hard pressed to find another ingredient that is so versatile. For today's purpose we will be staying within the dessert category, and quick desserts at that. I mean really, who wants to wait for chocolate?

For the sake of everyone who loves to make and eat chocolate, I am including conversion tables at the end of this article. So no matter where you live, US (Imperial) or UK (Metric) these recipes will be easy and quick for you to create.

Okay, since we want chocolate now, we need to get going!

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Know Your Chocolate!

Chocolate comes in a variety of forms, all starting with the cocoa bean. Every brand of chocolate will offer its own twist on flavor depending on how it is used, how the bean is roasted, and how it is processed. Here you discover the differences between four types of chocolate:

  • Unsweetened Chocolate
  • Bittersweet, semisweet, and Sweet Chocolates
  • Milk Chocolate
  • White Chocolate

♥ What is Unsweetened Chocolate

After the cocoa bean is roasted and processed, it is ground to a smooth texture making the purest form of chocolate. This chocolate forms a deep flavor and is found frequently in the All-American brownie. Ghirardelli (my first choice), Baker's and Nestlé are the more popular brands available in the U.S.

How to Properly Melt Chocolate

A Tip on How To Easily Melt chocolate;you can melt your chocolate on the stovetop in a double boiler, but if you use a microwave oven, you virtually eliminate the probability of your chocolate seizing up (becomes course-textured and clumps together). This occurs when steam or water from the double boiler gets into the chocolate. Put the broken bits of chocolate into a microwave- safe dish. Heat on HIGH for 1-2 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking until the chocolate is melted. When using large amounts, continue the process, 1 minute at a time. The chocolate will turn shiny as it melts. Stir it as the chocolate is probably melted even though it appears to have held its shape.

♥ What is Bittersweet, Semisweet, and Sweet Chocolate

Varying from manufacturer to manufacturer, these chocolates have sugar and flavorings added, like vanilla. It's important to use the proper type of chocolate a recipe calls for. Using the wrong type here can make a slight or major taste change in your end product. This chocolate is wonderful to eat as is!

You will find bittersweet chocolates made by a few companies like, Ghirardelli (my first choice), Lindt, Perugina, Tobler, and Valrhona. To find these chocolates turn down the candy or specialty foods isles at the supermarket. Semisweet chocolates are made by Baker's, Hershey's, and Nestlé. The most available form of sweet chocolate (and my recommendation) is Baker's German Sweet Chocolate.

♥ What is Milk Chocolate

Nothing pleases the American pallet as much as this variety of chocolate. Although lately, and with the discovery of the high antioxidant properties, the U.S. chocolate craze is taking in more of the dark chocolate variety than ever before. Milk chocolate is made from chocolate, milk solids, sugar and flavorings. Due to the fact that it has milk solids, it is much more sensitive to heat, so use caution when melting it. Many brands of milk chocolate are on the market, Ghirardelli (my first choice), Dove, Hershey's, Lindt, Nestlé, Perugina and Tobler are among the more popular brands.

♥ What is White Chocolate

This variety is not a true chocolate at all. It is readily called white chocolate but is actually a white confectionery coating. (According to the United States Standards of Identity, true white chocolate has to be made from cocoa butter, a component of the cocoa bean, and is ivory in color). It also contains milk solids, sugar, and flavorings like vanilla. Other confectionery coatings contain vegetable fat instead of cocoa butter and are therefore bright white. Because these confectioners coating contain milk solids, they are more sensitive to heat, so be careful when melting these as well as milk chocolates. The most common makers of these products are Ghirardelli (my first choice), Lindt and Baker's.

♣ Simple Mocha and White Chocolate Candy Recipe

Ingredients for Mocha and White Chocolate Candy

  • 3 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped (Ghirardelli is my choice of chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup heavy (whipping) cream, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped, slivered and toasted almonds
  • 3 ounces coffee-flavored chocolate, coarsely chopped
  1. Using a double boiler, (or microwave; heat chocolate on HIGH for 1-3 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking, until melted) over hot, not simmering, water, melt white chocolate and 2 tablespoons of cream, stirring occasionally until smooth. Stir in nuts. Divide mixture evenly into twelve 2-inch paper baking cups.
  2. Add coffee-flavored chocolate and remaining 2 tablespoons of cream to the double boiler, melt over hot, not simmering, water, stirring occasionally until smooth (or microwave method).
  3. Pour this mixture over the white chocolate mix that is already in the cups. Chill for one hour, or until firm.
  4. Remove the candies from the baking cups and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes prior to serving.

Makes approximately 12 candies

♣ Real Easy Fruit and Nut Chocolate Clusters Recipe

Ingredients for Fruit and Chocolate Clusters

  • 1-1/2 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips (Ghirardelli is my choice of chocolate)
  • 3/4 cup dry-roasted cashew halves (can substitute dry-roasted peanuts)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (can substitute raisins)
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl heat chocolate on HIGH for 1-3 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking, until melted. (or stove top double boiler). Stir in nuts and fruit until completely coated by the chocolate.
  2. Drop large teaspoon sized clusters onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until firm.
  3. Remove the candy from wax paper. Store candies in refrigerator or at a cool room temperature.

Makes approximately 28 candies

♣ Fast Chocolate Fudge Feast Recipe

Ingredients for Chocolate Fudge Feast

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, soften to room temp
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled (Ghirardelli is my choice of chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (any nut will work or you can leave them out)
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  1. Coat lightly an 8-inch square cooking pan with non-stick vegetable cooking spray.
  2. Using a handheld mixer, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese just until smooth.
  3. Beat in melted chips and vanilla. Now using a wooden spoon, stir in the nuts.
  4. Evenly spread batter into the prepared baking pan. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
  5. Cut into 1-inch squares. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Makes approximately 64 candies

♣ Speedy Peanut Butter Brownies

Ingredients for Making Peanut Butter Brownies

  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (Ghirardelli is my choice of chocolate)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 chocolate-covered peanut butter cups (.6 oz. each) or 5 (.8 oz.) cups, coarsely chopped

Brownie Recipe Twist!

To put a twist on this brownie recipe, try substituting snickers bars for the peanut butter cups! ♦

How to Put the Brownie Recipe Together

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and then lightly dust with flour, tapping out the excess.
  2. In a small but heavy saucepan, and over low heat, stir chocolate and peanut butter, until melted. Cool for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the flour and salt. In a large bowl, using a fork, beat together the eggs and sugar. Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until just blended.
  4. Add half of the batter to the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle it evenly with the chopped peanut butter cups. Evenly spread the remainder of the batter to cover the candy.
  5. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes. Cool the brownies in the pan and cut them into squares.

Can make 16 brownies, depending on how large you cut them

♣ Intense Chocolatiest Chocolate Chunk Cookies Ever

Ingredients for Making Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter. @ room temperature
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, @ room temperature
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled (Ghirardelli is my choice of chocolate)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 15 oz bittersweet chocolate, cut into ½ -inch pieces
  • 1 cup broken walnuts or pecans (if desired)

How to Make Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, using a wooden spoon, cream together butter and sugar until combined. One at a time, add the eggs, stirring thoroughly after each egg addition. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour mixture until combined. Stir in chocolate chunks and nuts.
  3. Drop dough in heaping tablespoon fulls (every cookie should measure about 2 tablespoons of dough) onto ungreased baking sheet. Make sure to leave about 2-inches of space between cookies. Bake one sheet at a time, for 16 to 19 minutes. or until cookies are set. Remove baking sheet to a wire cooling rack and cool for 5 minutes. Using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to wire racks and allow to cool completely. Repeat this process until all of the dough is used. When cool, you can store the cookies in an airtight container. These cookies freeze really well.

Makes about 45 cookies,...if you can get them cooked before the dough gets eaten!

How to Melt and Temper Chocolate with a Microwave | 2.41 sec video

♣ COMMONLY USED INGREDIENT CONVERSIONS

VOLUME 
OUNCES
GRAMS 
All-Purpose Flour
All-Purpose Flour
All-Purpose Flour
 1/4 cup
1.1 oz 
31 gm 
1/3 cup
1.5 oz 
42 gm 
1/2 cup
2.2 oz 
63 gm 
1 cup
4.4 oz
125 gm
 
 
 
Granulated Sugar
Granulated Sugar
Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon
.1 oz
4 gm
1 Tablespoon
.4 oz
12 gm
1/4 cup
1.8 oz
50 gm
1/3 cup
2.4 oz
67 gm
1/2 cup
3.5 oz
100 gm
1 cup
7.1 oz
200 gm
 
 
 
Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon
.5 oz
14 gm
1/4 cup
1.9 oz
55 gm
1/3 cup
2.6 oz
73 gm
1/2 cup
3.9 oz
110 gm
1 cup cup
7.8 oz
220 gm
 
 
 
Unsalted Butter
Unsalted Butter
Unsalted Butter
1 tablespoon
.5 oz
14 gm
1/4 cup
2.0 oz
57 gm
1/3 cup
2.6 oz
76 gm
1/2 cup
4.0 oz
113 gm
1 cup
8. oz
227 gm
 
 
 
Nuts
Nuts
Nuts
1/4 cup
1.0 oz
28 gm
1/3 cup
1.3 oz
38 gm
1/2 cup
2.0 oz
57 gm
1 cup
4.0 oz
113 gm

♣ VOLUME CONVERSION

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U.S. Customery   
Approximate Metric conversion   
 
 
1/8 teaspoon 
0.5 ml 
1/4 teaspoon 
1.0 ml 
1/2 teaspoon
2.5 ml
1 teaspoon
5.0 ml
1 Tablespoon
15.0 ml
2 Tablespoons
30.0 ml
3 Tablespoons
45.0 ml
1/4 cup
60.0 ml
1/3 cup
79.0 ml
1/2 cup
118.0 ml
2/3 cup
158.0 ml
3/4 cup
177.0 ml
1 cup
237.0 ml

♣ OVEN TEMPERATURE CONVERSIONS

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FAHRENHEIT   
APPROX. CELSIUS (CENTIGRADE)   
 300°F
150°C 
325°F
160°C 
350 F
175 °C
375°F
190°C
400°F
200°C
425°F
220°C
450°F
230°C

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Comments for "What are the Four Types of Chocolate, Easy Chocolate Recipes, and Melting Techniques" 16 comments

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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

That Grrl~ Sounds like a very critical condition! I wonder if you can have chocolate delivered? Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Cheers~

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That Grrl 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

A good and useful post. I voted it up. But, now I have a real craving for chocolate and not a morsel of chocolate in the house.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Useful hub,thanks for sharing.


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California Author

Kim~ So glad you were able to find your chocolate fix! Enjoy my friend.

K9

Micky~My favorite has to be dark chocolate honeycomb (sea foam chunks)...I simply can't control myself around the stuff. Your pecan chocolate sound devine! Thank you for the read.

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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California Author

Kim~ So glad you were able to find your chocolate fix! Enjoy my friend.

K9

Micky~My favorite has to be dark chocolate honeycomb (sea foam chunks)...I simply can't control myself around the stuff. Your pecan chocolate sounds devine and tempting in its own way! Thank you for the read.

K9


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

You know your chocolate. We have a chocolate shop just blocks away and they sell it by chunks! They put everything one might want in there. My favorites are the pecan and almond! Thanks for the chocolate.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Wow, you complimented my series on your own Hub. I'm honoured. hehe. Thanks. I DID find my chocolate... but not at school. I'm home now where I can have all the chocolate I want!


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California Author

Kim~ Thank you for stopping by. I hope you fnd the perfect chocolate right now! I appreciate your comments. Great new installment on your series of hubs by the way.

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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

What a chocolatey Hub! haha. I love chocolate. As a matter of face, I really want some RIGHT NOW! Hmm... I should take a trip to the vending machine. Great Hub! Very interesting too!


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba

Now I feel so very very hungry, but I have just eaten.


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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

Now I really want chocolate. OMG! This hub is so yummy!


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California Author

prasetio30~Thank you very much for your comments. I think chocolate does improve our moods! Glad you enjoyed the recipes for making some good chocolate munchies. Appreciate you stopping by.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love chocolate very much. Thanks for share many types of chocolate with us. I really enjoy the chocolate recipes. I felt better after eat chocolate, I got back my good mood. Beautiful hub. Vote up.

Prasetio


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California Author

Minnetonka Twin~Thanks for the comments! Chocolate is one of those big things in life that gives it more meaning. Let me knnow how you liked the intense chocolatiest chocolate chunk cookies!

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wavegirl22~Thank very mch for the nice comments! I see a big chocolated bar in our futures, in around 60 days for sure.I had fun learning all of the conversion measuring information,...thanks for the read, it means the world.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Once again K9 comes through with a well researched and thought provoking Hub. Chocolate, does life get any better!

Thumbs up, way to go on your journey with the 60dc2, and at the end of the 60 we are going to celebrate with a bug huge chocolate bar:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Funny, I just ate a really good chocolate candy bar and then saw this hub. Ok, I am definitely bookmarking this. I am especially psyched to make the Intense chocolatiest chocolate chunk cookies. NUMMY HUB.

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