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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The particles of sugar and cocoa are smoothed out in conching but not substantial reduced in size. The importance of this cannot be overstated, as good chocolate should be perfectly smooth on the tongue.

It produced chocolate with superior aroma and melting characteristics compared to other processes used at that time.

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

In the dry phase the material is in powdery form, and the mixing coats the particles with fat. Try the Troika Truffledark chocolate with accents of black teas and citrus. After that, I have found a difference in texture after every hour, with “smooth” chocolate occurring around hours. Search for something else: Stir in pan for a few minutes to cool slightly, then allow to stand at room temperature until cooled completely.

Finally, there are basically two thoughts on conching – low and high shear. We’ll cover these important steps in a future post, but for now we want to focus on what happens next – the grinding and conching that turns them into chocolate. Regular granular sugar works great. A conche is a surface scraping mixer and agitator that evenly distributes cocoa butter within chocolateand may act as a “polisher” of the particles. More modern conches are rotary, with mixing blades that work the mass in a longitudinal motion.


We are working on that and will keep everyone up to date. Only you can answer those questions. Your tongue loses its ability to determine texture and grittiness at around 30 microns. Rendering the roasted, winnowed seeds into chocolate begins with grinding them down into a paste where the fats and solids become one smooth, harmonious whole.

Chocolate conching is basically a process of stirring or mixing the chocolate for an extended period of time. The chocolate will seize and you can damage your Melanger. After about 5 hours you can see most of the grit has been refined away, but you should note that there is not a lot of gloss to the chocolate. I favor substance over style. Defrost them, still in wrappings, in the fridge.

What is Conching? | TheChocPro — The Chocolate Project

The process involves heating and mixing for several hours to several days the ingredients of chocolate – cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar, lecithen and and any “flavoring” such as vanilla or essential oils. Store in an airtight container in the fridge; freeze for longer storage defrost, still in wrappings, in the refrigerator. With the back of a tablespoon, gently push the almonds into the glaze.

Or go for the Mint Julep Truffle, with a center of bourbon-and mint-infused milk chocolate, crowned with candied mint leaves. 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 conchign slightly.


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

The elevated temperature leads to a partially caramelized flavor and in milk chocolate promotes the Maillard reaction. You if want, you can go read some of the History. 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.

In any case, modern rotary conches are changing chocolate manufacturing, because they reduce the length of the conching process significantly and can handle enormous quantities of chocolate at one time in some cases, over 5 tons!

Conching and Refining

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Certain Criollo cocoa beans are chosen because they are bright and fruity. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Yet it remains an arcane mystery to most chocolate lovers. If it does solidify, just turn the oven on chocolte and melt the chocolate.