Bloom "stripes" on dipped chocolates

Or M
@or-m
07/09/14 06:51:34AM
19 posts

Hello,

I have a frustrating problem. I temper chocolate using the cold bath method (I heat to 45c, cool to 28, then heat to 31). Then I test the temper. The test looks fine. I make the "foot" of the ganache center and it looks fine.

Then I dip the centers, and when it cools I see "stripes" of bloom on all of the chocolates.

While working I always keep the chocolate above 28c and below 32c.

What may be the problem? Any advice will be appreciated.

Image attached.

Thanks!

Or

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updated by @or-m: 04/16/15 07:09:56PM
Andrea B
@andrea-bauer
07/09/14 10:43:30AM
92 posts
What is the temp of your center? That should be at room temp or it will throw your chocolate out of temper. The other thing that comes to mind is to continually stir the chocolate you are working with so the temperature is consistent throughout the mass while you are dipping.Andrea
Or M
@or-m
07/09/14 10:48:11AM
19 posts

Yes the centers are at room temperature.

I stir the chocolate while I dip but notcontinually, only something like every 3-4 minutes.

Can it be the problem?

Or M
@or-m
07/09/14 03:10:49PM
19 posts

Hi Ruth, your reply is empty...

Ruth Atkinson Kendrick
@ruth-atkinson-kendrick
07/09/14 04:48:17PM
194 posts
You may have other issues, but you are not stirring enough.
Or M
@or-m
07/13/14 06:47:48AM
19 posts

Thank you Lana and everyone.

These are great tips.

Victor Antonio Padilla Prado
@victor-antonio-padilla-prado
07/14/14 12:10:03PM
15 posts

How about your room temp? I once got bloom when chocolate didn't cristalize fast enough. (room was too hot)

Or M
@or-m
07/15/14 07:18:56AM
19 posts

The room is pretty hot... When I temper I turn on the AC (25c) but then I let it sit for the night and the temp is 28-29c.

Can it create bloom?

Victor Antonio Padilla Prado
@victor-antonio-padilla-prado
07/15/14 09:15:12AM
15 posts

I would leave the AC at least until it cristalizes, it seems way too hot for me, I work at approx 21C.

Even after that and even if you succeed in making them look OK, you will need to store them in a cooler place, AFAIK chocolate continues it's cristalizing process for days and if you leave them in a place that is too hot they could lose snap.

Or M
@or-m
07/15/14 11:28:40AM
19 posts

If leaving the AC on is not an option for now, is it okay to put it immediately in the refrigerator? (my refrigerator is set at the highest temp 8c) Or it may harm the temper?

Victor Antonio Padilla Prado
@victor-antonio-padilla-prado
07/15/14 01:34:01PM
15 posts

Refrigerator is a humid place, I think it COULD hurt (but in a totally different way*), depending on how long you leave them there but could help you test if it is indeed the hot room what is breaking the temper or is something else. Try leaving them there for just some minutes.

*Too much humidity can produce sugar bloom but it would look completely different. So as a test to see if it is indeed the room temperature, it could work.

Or M
@or-m
07/16/14 01:46:29AM
19 posts

Thanks Victor!

Daniela Vasquez
@daniela-vasquez
07/28/14 11:03:08AM
58 posts

Maybe you have to re-check you tempering curve, go a degree lower or higher and do temper tests all the time, it could also be your room temp as mentioned above. They look beautiful though :) I love the patterns bloom creates.

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