SWEET55 is finally introducing the Rolls Royce of Chocolate Making.
The gadget that we lovingly refer to as the Rolls Royce of chocolate making has arrived in the New World. We can only be referring to our brand new chocolate enrobing machine, and our excitement over its arrival could not be bigger.
We always knew we would get here, but it took three years of perseverance. When we say perseverance, we mean something along the lines of dipping thousands of chocolate ganache pieces - by hand. Not only is it a time-intensive process, but it can be a lonely task. There were days when, just for fun, I found myself in a chocolate-dipping contest with my alter ego. Time and space disappeared, leaving me completely focused on dipping more quickly and creating more perfectly enrobed chocolates every time. If repetition has a meditative quality, dipping 900 chocolates per day might as well be the road to nirvana.
There is a rhythmic quality to the process: load ganache onto three-pronged fork, throw it head-first into couverture, load it back onto fork, dip it, remove it through series of quick upward motions, transport it to edge of chocolate warmer, tap it to eliminate excess chocolate, transfer it onto silicon paper to dry, and repeat. It takes about 20 to 30 seconds to enrobe a single piece before the cycle starts again.
Today, on October 21 of 2015, I am happy to announce that our new chocolate machine - by far the fanciest addition ever to grace our kitchen - will simplify, quicken, and perfect our enrobing process. Will we miss hand-dipping our chocolates? We're not sure about that, but we might miss our daily meditation.