There used to be a show on the Food Network called Chocolate with Jacques Torres. It was one of my favorites. Sadly it is no longer on the Food Network. Jacques used to make these elaborate sculptures each week out of chocolate. He made Chess Sets, ballet dancers, you name it he made it out of chocolate. He is a photograph of one of his sculptures.
It has become very clear to me that I am not Jacques Torres…
Since I just shared my candied orange peel recipe the other day and since I had commented on how good they would be if dipped in chocolate I decided to give it a try.
Disclaimer: I have actually had candied orange peel dipped in chocolate before, they were magnificent.
However actually achieving this rare accomplishment is altogether different.
How hard could it be I thought.
After melting the chocolate down and dipping the orange peel in I watched as the chocolate began to pool out in giant puddles on the parchment paper.
This can’t be right I thought!
I had marginal success after letting the chocolate cool for nearly an hour in the refrigerator and then trying again.
Finally after a few tries I decided to dust them immediately in a mixture of equal parts coco powder and powdered sugar and transfer to the refrigerator to cool.
This technique worked a bit better, however after 30 minute in the refrigeration the chocolate still was not what I would call firm.
Dipped in chocolate in my book is always a good thing, however if your planning to give this a try you either really have to know what your doing or use a different kind of chocolate specifically for candy making that will harden completely!
So Candied Orange Peel make great gifts, and the dipped in chocolate part was really good
picture me and skoots1mom standing at the stove dipping candied orange peel into the warm shinny sweet wonderful chocolate and then not even waiting for it to cool and just eating it right then and there oh my goodness it was really really good and all but it never really hardened completely so packaging it for gift giving would be extremely problematic.
And yes that swipe across the top of the bowl is from my finger!
Robin A.K.A a long lost relative of Willy Wonka (NOT!)