Modelling Chocolate Shelf Life?

Decorating By cazza1 Updated 17 Feb 2013 , 12:07pm by cazza1

cazza1 Posted 7 Feb 2013 , 5:46am
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I know that sugar paste decorations will last for years once set but does anyone know how long modelling chocolate decorations will last for?  Thanks in  advance for any help.

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cazza1 Posted 7 Feb 2013 , 5:47am
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Ohh and can I use cooking chocolate or should I use couveture?  Which will give better results if any.

cazza1 Posted 10 Feb 2013 , 11:36am
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Please, please does anyone know the answer

-K8memphis Posted 10 Feb 2013 , 1:56pm
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they last a long time but they can get that fuzzy look that chocolate gets-- a little bloomy--they kinda dull --get dry looking--waxy--but it takes quite awhile so they have a pretty good shelf life but not as nice as fondant/gum paste


i usually use the 'fake' chocolate made with vegetable oils rather than made with cocoa butter because i mean i'm plying it with corn syrup so the flavor is definitely going sideways anyhow and sometimes i add vanilla powder & stuff to bolster the flavor


hey--so my results in paragraph one ^^^ are based mostly on non-cocoa butter chocolate too


the results are the same within each type of choco


some people have a lot of trouble making this stuff but it is pretty straigh forward if you know what to expect


get your corn syrup/glucose about the same temp as the completely melted choco


when you combine them --work steady--don't go answer the phone--it will seem to seize pretty quickly after just getting them combined--up to that point you're thinking--wow cool this went well--pretty easy--i'll just give this er er agh spoon won't move


and just let it set up


and if it separates you can work the oil back in or pour it off


it's really a work horse product


you can smooth seams with the heat of fingers


so remember it's a temperature based dough--it needs to be all the same temp to perform for you


you got this!

-K8memphis Posted 10 Feb 2013 , 1:59pm
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but if i ever temper choco i use a very informal seeding method


i avoid tempering it


so there's that too

cazza1 Posted 17 Feb 2013 , 12:07pm
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Thanks for the info

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