Does anyone out there have any actual practical experience of milling chocolate, milk or plain ?
An interesting proposition has just come my way involving the production of edible prototypes of corporate merchandise.
I'm not interested in hypothetical views or opinions about the mess it will make of the mill.
I'm not really that stupid ! I'd already thought of that one....
pretty cool!.....how about making the molds and pouring the chocolate... that sounds like a hit
I won't have time to mill a master and make the mould, I'll only have a few hours from being given the details to handing over a plate of finished chocolates.
Food grade silicone rubber is available but it takes too long to set.
That's why I'm thinking of working direct in the chocolate, maybe using a soft flame to 'polish' the surface like I sometimes do with wax ?
yeah I've made easter bunnies before from moulds - you spray the mould with this food grade release spray before you pour (which i think is mostly vegetable oil anyway)
the thing with chocolate is you need it all at the right temp to melt, and again at the right temp not to melt if you are milling it direct? also darker choc is harder.
Trust me when I say the last thing I want it to do is melt ! Melting chocolate and a high speed revolving cutter would result in EVERYTHING getting a coating of chocolate, including me !
I'm thinking more of Chilling the chocolate first ?
why not mill the mold in hard wax make 6-8 pieces on one mold..not sure of the melting temp of chocolate but use a low melt temp one...the green wax melts around 380 i think.... that sounds like a winner or use your logo and make chocolates for your store....i did see a chocolate printer on utube
rock hard frozen chocolate would be good however you may want to figure out some way of keeping it cool whilst milling - as frozen choc will do what any meltable food will - melt from the outside in - facing a challenge of keeping moving parts cold enough so the friction generated doesn't melt the outer layer of the chocolate.
I saw the chocolate printer on tv and in a magazine recently, very poor quality though. It can printer readable letters about 30mm high but any smaller and it just looks like a pile of squirrel ***t !
I think Khayreyah might be on the right track ?
I have Propane, Oxygen and Helium in my store, I'm sure I can get hold of some kind of refrigerating gas that won't poison the chocolates.