SuperNaturalChocCo

Hey all. I've been gone from this community for a few years now. We went thru a name change and now I'm back!
So we make a lot of hot chocolate & drinking chocolate in our store. This requires grating our 70% chocolate. We are using a kitchenaid mixer with a shredder attachment which recently broke. I am looking for a better system but cant find anything. Does anyone have an idea of how I can upgrade to something that could output shavings quicker and more efficiently? Thanks so much!

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DiscoverChoc
DiscoverChoc

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Do you temper your chocolate? If so - why? Untempered chocolate is a lot easier to work with (grind/grate) than tempered chocolate for this application. Companies like Robot Coupe make vegetable graters that can be used at very low speed (don't want the chocolate to melt), or commercial cheese graters.

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SuperNaturalChocCo
SuperNaturalChocCo

We have used tempered and also untempered chocolate. Both have pro's and cons that we've found. And thanks I will check out Robot Coupe. I bought a commercial cheese grater. It did a great job at first. We stopped when it started melting and came back the next day. It melted right away the next day probably due to the thin layer of melted chocolate on the grating drum. There is no way to take drum off and completely wash it. We will try again...another chocolate maker said they freeze their chocolate first so we will try that next.

DiscoverChoc
DiscoverChoc

Editor

Freezing chocolate is a good option. Also – look into seeing if you can change the speed of the grating drum using a variable frequency drive. The slower the drum the less heat is generated.

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potomacchocolate
potomacchocolate

This question has come up many times on the various chocolate forums over the past several years. Generally, people just chop the chocolate in a food processor or vertical cutter mixer. This produces a granular chocolate that melts pretty easily.

Another option is a chocolate shaving machine. This is what I'd like to upgrade to at some point. I've seen them from Prefemac (over $4k) as well as some knock offs available on Ebay and Alibaba that ($800-$1500).



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