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How To Make Chocolate Lollipops

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[♫ chimes] [howdini - get yourself a guru] Hello. I am Jacques Torres from Jacques Torres Chocolate for howdini. And today we're going to talk about chocolates--chocolate and kids. First, let's talk about chocolates. Dark chocolate has a lot of good things for your health, and lately we talk a lot about 60 percent, 70 percent, 80 percent--what is that percentage? Basically, what that means is how much of the chocolate from the cacao beans is into that chocolate. This chocolate is a 60 percent cocoa content. Sixty percent of that comes from the cacao beans. The rest is sugar and a little bit of lecithin, perhaps. Sometimes some milk for milk chocolates. So now, I tempered that chocolate, and I'm going to show you how to make lollipops. Kids can do that with you; it's a fun thing. I have some molds that came from a company called Life of the Party. You can find that on the Internet. I put some chocolate batons into those molds. Let me show you a mold a little bit closer, here. This one. So those molds are almost disposable. They are not very expensive. And what we do--we put chocolate in here and the batons in here. We don't put any fat or anything into the mold. [Jacques Torres, Owner, Jacques Torres Chocolate] Chocolate will crystallize and shrink out of the mold naturally, so just keep your mold very clean. That's the most important. So I put the batons like that. The next step is very simple. Take a piping bag, and if you don't want to use a piping bag you can use a spoon. Take the chocolate with a spoon and drop it into the cavity of the lollipops. We go a little bit faster with the piping bag. Put the chocolate into the bag just like that. Then squeeze the top of the bag. And the last thing that you have to do is to put the chocolate into the cavities here. Remember to put a little bit of chocolate on top of the batons just like I do. Remember to temper your chocolate all the time. Otherwise the chocolates will never come out of the molds. Then you have to give the lollipops with the mold. The next step for that is going to be to tap those molds. So take the mold on your hands. By tapping those molds very slowly, like that, the top becomes very smooth. Okay. So now I'm going to put those molds into a rack. And then I'm going to leave them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. So 10 minutes passed, and the chocolates are ready. So the first thing that I want to show you is that when you turn the mold, you will see here a little place where the chocolate didn't retract yet. You see it's a little bit darker. But I know that by pulling the batons here they will retract completely. You see it happening in front of you here. That's it. Now the mold is coming out. So basically what's going on here is that the chocolate crystallized. The chocolates shrink a little bit. And how that happened is when you melt chocolate, the molecules of fat will break down, and then you have to put them back together. Now, remember that you can do different colors. You can put white there. This is a gift. This is a little snowflake. So you can do a lot of different things with it. Then you can put them into a little bag. Put a little ribbon around it. And those are beautiful gifts to give to the family, to the friends of the kids, to the school. And they are pretty fun and easy to make. Eat a lot of chocolates. It's good for you. I am Jacques Torres for howdini. Thank you. [howdini - www.howdini.com] [♫ chimes]

Video Details

Duration: 4 minutes and 23 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Howdini, LLC
Views: 165
Posted by: howdini on Oct 14, 2008

World-famous chocolatier Jacques Torres shares his easy recipe for chocolate lollipops. Try this with your kids. You’ll all have fun, and you can give the lollipops as presents if you don’t eat them first.

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