mommyle Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:18pm
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My Modeling chocolate is a bit hard and brittle (2 other batches turned out perfectly the same day!!!). Should I just be melting it down and adding more corn syrup???

PLEASE help me!!! icon_cry.gif

TIA

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mommyle Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 5:23am
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PLEASE, PLEASE!!!! Help!!!! I still haven't touched it. I've been waiting on your help1!!

SeriousCakes Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 2:12pm
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I haven't had this problem so I'm not sure what should be done...

suzylynn58 Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 2:32pm
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Could you try popping it in the microwave for a few seconds? I usually soften fondant in there for 15 to 30 seconds on 10% or 20% power. Just watch it carefully and test it before picking it up.

HTH,
Susan

LisaR64 Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 2:36pm
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First I would try putting in the microwave for just a few seconds to soften it up enough to roll out. My candy clay is always hard, but it softens as I kneed (or microwave) it. If it still isn't soft after trying the microwave, then I would semi-melt it and add more corn syrup.

mommyle Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 4:19pm
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Thank you all!!! I'll be working with it later today, and I'll try that!
Thanks again!!!

MYCHEFTX Posted 17 Feb 2009 , 8:45pm
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Hummm...I belive the problem is that the fat is separtating from the chocolate . When this happends it dries out and becomes briddle. This usually happens when you aggitae the chocolate too soon before it gets a full resting period. Of coarse this when you use real chocolate. If you are try letting it rest 24hrs. Then cut into chunks and microwave a few seconds to soften and knead into a smooth mass and its ready to use!

Chef Cindy icon_biggrin.gif

gerripje Posted 17 Feb 2009 , 9:09pm
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At the risk of sounding really dumb, what is modelling chocolate? Is it just regular chocolate with corn syrup like candy clay? I got a really good deal on some Bernard...I mean Barry Calebaut chocolate at my grocery store, so if you need really good quality, I've got some now!

tracycakes Posted 17 Feb 2009 , 9:14pm
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When I make modelling chocolate, it gets pretty hard but as I knead it, it softens right up. The first time I used modelling chocolate, it was supplied by Bronwen Weber in a class. It was really cold that morning and it took forever to get it warmed up. YOu can microwave but only a little or it will get too soft.

mommyle Posted 17 Feb 2009 , 9:31pm

Thanks guys! I ended up using it as poop. I was able to soften it in the micro and mold it. Otherwise it was too dry and crumbly. But try convincing someone to eat chocolate poop. Most of them gag. It's really funny!!!!

sweets77 Posted 26 Feb 2011 , 7:58am

I mixed my dry modeling chocolate with mmf. I used equal amounts and it turned out great!

Hannelie Posted 7 Mar 2011 , 6:51am

Hi, my chocolate moddeling paste becomes very sticky and too soft to work with. What can I do?

hannahcalhoon Posted 11 Dec 2012 , 10:04pm

ASo I let mine set up and it's to the point where when I try to mess with it it breaks off! Should I soften it and then try to knead it? Or should I soften it and add corn syrup?? Please help I need the answer SOON like by tonight! Help me please :)

costumeczar Posted 12 Dec 2012 , 3:53am
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Originally Posted by hannahcalhoon 

So I let mine set up and it's to the point where when I try to mess with it it breaks off! Should I soften it and then try to knead it? Or should I soften it and add corn syrup?? Please help I need the answer SOON like by tonight! Help me please icon_smile.gif

Break off a piece and knead it, the warmth of your hands should soften it up. If it wo't come together you can try to add a little shortening to it while you knead it.

flourconfections Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 9:44pm

I'm sure it's too late for your emergency. However, Lauren Kitchens did 2 youtube videos on "how to" and "how NOT to" make modeling chocolate... Which may help with the diagnosis, so to speak.

 

I'm not sure if I can link straight to youtube... You can find it in google, just try; lauren kitchens modeling chocolate youtube.

 

Hope this helps.

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