Tempering Chocolate in the Microwave

chocolate covered bear paws
chocolate covered bear paws
Even with tempered chocolate, it seems to get everywhere.

Do you ever melt chocolate to coat something, perhaps caramel, or to use it to dip other items (say, sugar cookies), and are disappointed in how it doesn’t seem to harden? Instead of a hard shell, it stays soft and messy, melting onto your fingers as soon as your touch it. Well, if you’re like us, you’ve researched the matter, and found that your chocolate wasn’t in “temper.” And, you probably found difficult instructions on how to temper chocolate. We know we did. We’ve even tried it and told you about it. But, in that post, someone mentioned an easy way to temper chocolate. Really easy. So easy, it seemed as if it wasn’t true. However, we tried it, and found that it’s really easy to have perfectly tempered chocolate without double boilers, thermometers, or immersion blenders. Really!

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Mini-Muffins

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mini muffins
Mexican Hot Chocolate Mini muffins
Mexican hot chocolate in a mini muffin!

The day before we went up to the Grand Canyon, we volunteered at our downtown walk, Meet Me at Maynards. It’s a lot of fun, and we really like helping out, because it encourages people to get out and see downtown Tucson. When we volunteer, we like to bring just a little something for our fellow volunteers. We know we don’t have to, by any means, but we think it’s a nice thing to do, and it gets us to try new recipes.

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Betterfingers, or Homemade Butterfingers®

home made butterfingers®
home made butterfingers®
Butterfingers®? No! Betterfingers!

We call these Betterfingers because we think anything you make at home is bound to be better. For one thing, it’s fresher; for another, you control the quality of the ingredients and choose the best you can afford, while manufacturers choose the cheapest they can get away with. So, how exactly do you make these Betterfingers? Read on.

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Our Favorite Turtle Sundaes

our favorite turtle sundae
our favorite turtle sundae
The key to delicious sundaes is to use the best possible ingredients.

You remember that, yesterday, we posted how to make a Delicious Super-Easy Hot Fudge. Well, we made that with this sundae in mind. We don’t have ice cream sundaes all that often, so, when we do, we try to go all out, and make the best we can. To us, that means making everything from scratch. It’s more effort, but, we believe it’s worth it.

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Delicious Super-Easy Hot Fudge

Delicious Super-Easy Hot Fudge
Delicious Super-Easy Hot Fudge
Super easy! Super chocolatey!

We’ve heard tales that some people buy hot fudge. In a store. We really don’t believe it. It’s just to easy to make delicious, 100% scratched, hot fudge in a few minutes at home that will beat anything on the supermarket shelves, so why would buy it? Don’t believe us? Well, give us just a few minutes of your time, and we’ll show you.

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Chocolate Crinkles

chocolate crinkles cooling
chocolate crinkles cooling
You can see why they’re called Chocolate Crinkles.

It might seem as if it’s cookie week here at Scratchin’ Central. In a way, it is. As we mentioned on Monday, we were the snack chefs for children attending Vacation Bible School. All kids like cookies, so we made up three kinds: the standard chocolate chip cookie, The Best Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies, and, these, Chocolate Crinkles. While these are from an old recipe, they might be new to you, so try them out.

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Egg-Less Chocolate Ice Cream (Philadelphia-Style)

philadelphia style chocolate ice cream
philadelphia style chocolate ice cream
Very, very, chocolate!

We need ice cream! Not for us, exactly, although we’ll be having a taste or two, but for a small luncheon that we put together. We decided on chocolate ice cream; in particular, an egg-less, or Philadelphia-style, ice cream. We’d tried vanilla in this style with great success, so we figured chocolate would be just as easy. Wrong!

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