Confessions Of A Baker!!!!!!!

Decorating By Cakerer Updated 22 Oct 2007 , 12:45pm by christielee

Cakerer Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 1:35am
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I feel so stupid stupid stupid. Am I the only person who thought the candy coating labeled ALMOND BARK was actually made from Almonds? I never read the entire package. It actually says 'Make Your Own' in small print with ALMOND BARK in bold print...I always assumed that it was made with almonds so I never bought it because many of my friends have nut allergies! DUHUH! It's cheaper than candy melts - so it is basically the same thing?

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adven68 Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 1:38am
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Me too....I never heard of it before a couple of months ago. I think I know what happenend...the people who label it are stupid.....can't be us, right? icon_lol.gif

marybible Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 1:41pm
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I have to say the label is misleading. But it is pretty much the same thing. I have covered strawberries with it and it tastes great.

CakeBaker Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 1:48pm
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I use Guittard's dipping chocolate. Once you try them, you won't go back to candy melts or almond bark: http://www.chocosphere.com/Html/Products/guittard.html#apeels

chovest Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 1:57pm
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It produces the same quality product for candy making and coating as the candy melts. I tried using it for a modeling chocolate recipe, substituting the chocolate coating (tried the white too) for the candy melts and I didn't get the results I expected. It was my only time trying to make modeling chocolate (have never made again) but after comparing the ingredients of the two there are definite differences. Results may very depending of the usage. For coatings or candies (where you don't want the expense of real chocolate) it is a very cost effective alternative!

missym Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:07pm
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Ok, now I'm confused. What is almond bark and can you buy it at Wal Mart?

OhMyGoodies Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:10pm
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Originally Posted by CakeBaker

I use Guittard's dipping chocolate. Once you try them, you won't go back to candy melts or almond bark: http://www.chocosphere.com/Html/Products/guittard.html#apeels




It says that they aren't certified kosher... doesn't that mean they don't recommend using it for when you're going to consume/eat the item?

CakeBaker Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:13pm
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"not Kosher" only means that the production process wasn't supervised by a Jewish rabbi and Jewish folks wanting to "stay Kosher" hadn't ought to eat 'em

MacsMom Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:14pm
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Originally Posted by missym

..and can you buy it at Wal Mart?




LOL! icon_lol.gif I wanna know, too...

OhMyGoodies Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:17pm
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Oh ok thanks for clearing that up for me icon_smile.gif I never really understood what it meant... guess it showed in my response lol. icon_wink.gif

abreiasmommy Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:24pm
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yes you should be able to buy almond bark at wal-mart

mom2c-m Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:26pm
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Originally Posted by missym

Ok, now I'm confused. What is almond bark and can you buy it at Wal Mart?




Absolutely! It's down the baking aisle. It comes in white and chocolate.

imagine76 Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:26pm
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yep, you can buy it at walmart. there's a big display up right now in the middle of the aisle for holiday baking etc. there's probably some on there. or just in the regular baking aisle.

JulieBee Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:28pm
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Yes, I buy them at WalMart.

Julie

JulieBee Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:28pm
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Yes, I buy it at WalMart.

Julie

valerieInga Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:34pm
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I guess things are different here in Canada. When I first say postings that said to use almond bark I couldn't understand how it was done because to me almond bark is melted chocolate with almonds stirred in then rehardened?cooled. Then you smash it to break it up, and eat. I use some chocolate "buttons" that look like the candy melts that I buy in bulk from Safeway (grocery store). They have white, milk and dark chocolate and actually taste better than the candy melts. I haven't read the ingredients on the cm's but since it says candy I thought they aren't real chocolate but a choc. flavored candy.

diamondjacks Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:44pm
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Only the really rare things you can't buy at Walmart just have to look sometimes!

swingme83 Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:46pm
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i cant find them at my walmart. does everyone have a super walmart or a regular one that buys them there? I haev a regular one, with a small baking isle. Baking on one side, jello, marshellows, pudding and such ont he other side of the isle. Anyone?

pidge Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:50pm
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even the "regular" walmart should carry them in the "holiday section" ... this is wherever or whenever they decide to have a "holiday section" ... it's usually with the sweeten condensed milk ... or with the "holiday" food. A grocery store should carry it more regularly, and a walmart supercenter will always have it.

lionladydi Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 2:55pm
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Originally Posted by mom2c-m

Quote:
Originally Posted by missym

Ok, now I'm confused. What is almond bark and can you buy it at Wal Mart?



Absolutely! It's down the baking aisle. It comes in white and chocolate.




I have also seen strawberry and butterscotch around the holidays. I add some chocolate chips to the chocolate almond bark and it gives it a better flavor but I always use the almond bark to do my peanut clusters and everyone raves about how good they are. They're so darn simple to make that I hate to even tell them how I do it. icon_lol.gif

Diane

lionladydi Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 3:05pm
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Almond Bark (also known as vanilla flavored candy coating) is an artificial chocolate made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter and with coloring and flavors added. It can be found in 1.5 pound packages, in blocks, or in round discs where candy supplies are sold.

The term is also applied to a type of candy consisting of sheets or chunks of semisweet or milk chocolate to which almonds or almond pieces have been added.

Finally found a definition for it in the Wikepedia.

Diane

OhMyGoodies Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 5:15pm
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You can also find it in MOST grocery stores in the baking aisle near the other chocolate like Baker's.... lol

lecrn Posted 10 Oct 2007 , 11:08pm
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Be sure that you try out the Almond Bark before you embark on a large project. I tried them out on some choc. transfers, & didn't like the results. Maybe I got a bad batch?

missym Posted 11 Oct 2007 , 1:29am
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This is such great information. I just never heard of almond bark. I can't wait to try.

indydebi Posted 11 Oct 2007 , 1:39am
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Originally Posted by valerieInga

I guess things are different here in Canada. When I first say postings that said to use almond bark I couldn't understand how it was done because to me almond bark is melted chocolate with almonds stirred in then rehardened?cooled. Then you smash it to break it up, and eat.




That's what I thought it was, too, and I'm in the middle of Indiana!

PricklyPearCakes Posted 11 Oct 2007 , 1:45am
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yes you can buy almond bark at wal mart. I work at a catering place and we use it all the time for chocolate dipped strawberries, bon bons, chocolate fountains, I have even used it in the place of candy melts in a white chocolate cheesecake recipe. It works really well. It is not as expensive as candy melts too!

fabbo Posted 11 Oct 2007 , 1:50am
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I've got it at super Walmart and at my local Aldi's. I didn't have too much luck with chocolate transfers either. It's been fine for dipping.

ac2steachk Posted 11 Oct 2007 , 1:50am
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I use it often, as well. I like dipping pretzels in it and then adding sprinkles or other toppings.

CelebrationsbyLori Posted 11 Oct 2007 , 3:03am
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It does have a good flavor, but even compared to good coating, it's not even close to real chocolate. It's fine for dipping pretzels and making clusters, but I wouldn't recommend trying it in molds, etc. It has a lot more "filler" fats in it, which is why it's so much cheaper than real chocolate or coating. It has it's place but it's not for everything! -Lori

swingme83 Posted 11 Oct 2007 , 5:07am
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ok i must be a real moron (which is possible,e specially with my schedule lately) but i have looked and looked and jsut dont see this. Would someone be so kind as to let me know the kind of packaging to look for. is it a bag liek the wilton melts or is it a box???? icon_sad.gif im really slow today..

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