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Dog Chocolate Help

by Cheryl
(North Yorkshire, UK)

Hello, Just want to say a massive thank you for
putting this website together. It has been a great help for a beginner like me! I
have learned a lot and will still be learning!

I am also trying to make some dog
chocolates (not with our chocolate!) but am having difficulty getting them to
set. Would you be able to help me?

I have tried a few different ways but
nothing has worked yet and am at the foot of a very big wall! Any help would be
very much appreciated and I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks

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Thank you for the inquiry and the nice words about our site.

I think I can help. Dog chocolate, as you know is not chocolate at all. It is usually made form a compound coating and then usually one that contains carob. Compound coatings are made from palm kernel oil, not cocoa butter like chocolate is. Palm kernel oil is used because it is a fat that is stable at room temperature but melts easily and does not require tempering like the cocoa butter in chocolates does. This is good news because that makes it easy to use.

What you want to do is melt some compound coating based carob chips in a candy melter, double boiler, or even the microwave. You will notice that it usually is a bit stiff so you will want to add some coating flow crystals which are basically additional fat that really does wonders in turning your melted chips into a silky product.

Then pour that mixture into any chocolate mold you desire. As the coating returns to room temperature, it will again firm up and in a matter of hours, you have dog safe chocolate!

An alternative is if you want to just coat something and want it to dry hard where it will not melt, you can use a powdered frosting. We recommend Fido's Frosting products. But, powdered frostings are only meant to coat things. They cannot be used in a mold and will not make pieces of chocolate. This is because since they are not based on fat, they need to air dry so the moisture in them evaporates. So you have to place your product on a cooling rack for air to get to all sides.

Thank you for the inquiry.


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