How do ChocoPan products work differently than fondant?
ChocoPan products are made with real chocolate which has an oil base. This oil base allows for a longer working time, without drying or cracking. Pieces made with ChocoPan will get firm and hold their shape but will not dry out and can easily be reworked. ChocoPan products will adhere to themselves without water or additional adhesives.
What kind of chocolate are ChocoPan products made with?
ChocoPan bright white and colored products are made with a premium white chocolate base while deep brown and black products are made with a premium dark chocolate base.
How do I get ChocoPan products out of the pail?
Turn the pail upside down on your table and press on the bottom of the pail. Modeling chocolate and covering chocolate will be firm when first opened. Use a flat-top spatula to cut pieces out. If the chocolate is too firm to knead, microwave in 5 second intervals. Avoid overworking or excessive heat. Knead pieces until they become smooth.
How do I avoid my piece from melting or sticking?
Work in a cool, dry environment and keep hands cool to avoid overheating the product. To avoid over softening the product while you work: wear disposable gloves, keep hands cool with a cool rag or a bucket of cold water, or put the piece in the refrigerator periodically. You can use a light application of cornstarch on the work surface to eliminate any sticking.
What are the best ways to color and paint on ChocoPan products?
ChocoPan colors can be mixed together, just like fondant. If you prefer to color modeling chocolate, add gel, paste, powder pigment or oil-based food color when kneading. To color covering chocolate, add food color gel or color paste when kneading. Add the colorant to a cupped bit of modeling chocolate. Knead the chocolate until it becomes the color you desire. TIP: Wear disposable gloves to avoid staining your hands.
Both covering chocolate and modeling chocolate can be painted with gel food color or edible confectionery paint. Petal dust can be cut with lemon extract to simulate a drier texture.
Can modeling chocolate be mixed with fondant and gum paste?
It is possible to mix modeling chocolate with both fondant or gum paste. Mixing with gum paste will allow the structure to dry harder but will eliminate the ability to go back to the project and rework. Mixing modeling chocolate with fondant will give you a pliable mixture with a longer working time.