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Two Questions: White Chocolate and Head Colds

I am trying to melt some white chocolate for coating a truffle and it seems really thick - is there any way to thin it out that won't impact it's setting properly? Also, I have, what is possibly, the world's worst head cold. Any suggestions for a hot toddy (or cold toddy) remedy. Will have to rely on my husbands taste buds for this week's challenge tasting - he's so bummed about that! :)

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asked over 4 years ago
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drbabs

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added over 4 years ago

Hi--I hope you feel better soon. Try a little shortening with the white chocolate. And here are some drinks you might like: http://www.food52.com/recipes...
http://www.food52.com/recipes...

And a link to the hot toddy contest so you can find other recipes:
http://www.food52.com/contests...

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Niknud

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added over 4 years ago

Thanks drbabs! How much shortening would you recommend for approx 8 oz white chocolate?

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drbabs

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added over 4 years ago

I think I'd start with a very small amount--a teaspoon or so, and add as needed till it gets to the consistency you're looking for.

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added over 4 years ago

For the head cold, hot peppers are great. There are mixes with cider vinegar, garlic, cayenne, for instance. Another wonderful remedy when needed, and good soup anytime, is a potent Hot and Sour Soup. When my business had a Thai restaurant move in next door, our employees would go there for the H&S Soup as needed -- always helped! http://www.food52.com/recipes... -- this recipe is for a drink with turmeric and ginger. It you put in hot sauce, it should help the head too.

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creamtea

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added over 4 years ago

No hot toddy recipes (never have had one) but hope you feel better soon! (Been there)

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boulangere

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added over 4 years ago

I love drbabs's suggestion about starting with tiny amounts of shortening added to your white chocolate. May I ask what kind of WC you are using? If the WC medallions purchased at a craft store, they contain large amounts of gloppy fats, which you'll definitely need to thin with some shortening. Use Crisco, not the house brand. Don't use butter - it behaves very differently at room temperature from Crisco. If using Baker's brand, you should actually be ok. It contains a high percentage of cocoa butter.

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Niknud

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added over 4 years ago

Thanks to everyone for the get well wishes (didn't work) and the chocolate thinning tips (they did work). I was using ghiradelli brand white baking chocolate and a tsp of crisco seemed to do the trick. Will definitely give props to drbabs for her help in the recipe. Of course, that may not be a good thing as I can't taste or smell a thing so who knows if my truffle will taste at all good.... Thanks to everyone for the toddy recipes. I ended up going with my gram's: hot lemon tea with honey and brandy. She always caveats it by saying, "And really, dear, the honey and lemon tea are optional." Great lady my gran.

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drbabs

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added over 4 years ago

Thanks for the props! I used to make chocolate covered pretzels all the time (aka period food haha) and that's what worked for me.

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added over 4 years ago

In the good old days, my mom would boil a pot of water, give me a towel, and sit me at the dining room table. She instructed me to breathe in the steam with the towel tented over my head. It usually helped. It's good for a facial, too! ;-)

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added over 4 years ago

You can also put a little lavender and a little mint in the water. One opens up your breathing passages and the other helps with headaches.

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Niknud

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added over 4 years ago

Sounds indulgent. Of course, I immediately picture the two heathens that live in my house running around screaming like banshees and then throw a bowl of steaming hot water into the mix. Perhaps while I'm locked in the bedroom closet? :) Thanks to all for the great suggestions. Right now I'm hopped up on cold medicine and matcha tea and trying to get through the day!

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added over 4 years ago

I may be chiming in a little late here, but here's a hot toddy recipe you might like to try:

http://cocokelley.blogspot...