Quick Fact: People who make candies and those who make chocolates are called by different names. A person who makes candies is called a confectioner, while a person who makes chocolates is a chocolatier.
Whether you are an aspiring confectioner or a chocolatier, or even if you’re just someone who wants to learn how to make candies and chocolates out of love for the sweet treat, it is always nice to educate yourself about the different methods and tricks which are involved in the making of candies and chocolates. If you’re just starting, then the following tips will be of great help. On the other hand, if you’re into making candies and chocolates for some time now, you may want to read them still – even the pros need to stay caught up on the latest tips and tricks in the industry.
Read and Understand
Before you start cooking or even purchasing the ingredients, you may want to read about how to make candy or chocolate. By doing so, you will gain a better understanding of the ingredients and materials that you will use. You can read about the different types of sugar, the different types of creams, the importance of using quality baker’s chocolate like Peter’s chocolate versus cheap chocolate, the difference between butter and margarine in relation to making candy and chocolate and other important stuff. The internet is overflowing with such information and written in fanciful ways so that you won’t get bored of reading such helpful tips.
Assemble
The first thing that you’ll have to do is to assemble all the ingredients, tools and equipments that you will need in making candies and chocolates. This will keep you from having to look for and reach for whatever tool is needed while in the middle of cooking. Keep in mind that when cooking candies and chocolates, try your best to get the ingredients mentioned in the recipe. Do not alter or substitute the ingredients with another (for example, substituting confectioner’s sugar with caster sugar, or substituting butter with margarine) because this will have affect the quality and taste of the candy or chocolate you’re making.
Follow the Instructions
This is very important. You should always read the instructions carefully, including the right amounts of ingredients to use for a particular type of candy or chocolate. A good advice to remember is this: read twice, measure once. This is very important because once the candy or chocolate hardens it will be difficult to adjust the taste. It is also important to take note of the temperature requirements, and make the necessary adjustments if necessary (for example, candies concentrate faster in places with high altitudes, thus requiring lower cooking temperatures and faster cooking time).
Storage
Once you’re done making candies and chocolates, you can either eat them or store them. Now, storing your chocolates and candies are pretty different from the way you would store commercial chocolates which have preservatives in them. When storing homemade candies and chocolates, you’ll need to keep them in a cool and dry place. This is important because if they are exposed to high temperatures, the cocoa butter will rise and cause the chocolate to have an unpleasant grayish color.