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Chocolate soil (crumbs)

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Serves 6

this is a garnish we use in the restaurant kitchen in the UK...use it to top ice-cream, mix it with natural yogurt and enjoy

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  • 70 g plain cooking chocolate
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water


    1. heat the sugar and water in a pan.
    2. cut the Plain chocolate into small pellets about the size of a finger nail.
    3. when the sugar reaches 130 degrees celsius / 266 fahrenheit.
    4. note: if you haven't got thermometer wait until all sugar dissolved and starting to change medium brown colour.
    5. then take off the heat.
    6. get a whisk, add the chocolate bits and stir with the whisk.
    7. make sure all the sugar coats the chocolate and stir for about 2 minutes.
    8. empty out the mixture to a container.
    9. pour hot water into the pan with the whisk and boil until the mixture starts to dissolve. it makes it easier to clean.
    10. you can add different chocolate flavours if you like and spices.

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18th Aug, 2018
Love this recipe- have now used it many times, very easy.
26th Aug, 2017
works perfectly every time. make sure you use a proper sugar thermometer and follow the steps correctly then vigorously whisk in the chocolate. ive found it keeps for a week fine airtight, but it never usually lasts that long.
24th Mar, 2016
Update: well, soil it ain't! Mine ended up as lumps of chocolate, not crumby at all. I think it needs to be spread thinly as it cools. There's far too much sugar in my opinon and would benefit from a dark/milk chocolate mix instead of all dark.
24th Mar, 2016
This is a very good recipe, always use this one now. Can use any sort of chocolate :) Highly Recommend!!
24th Mar, 2016
I've just made this, after whisking it looked like thick chocolate sauce. I'm not sure if it will turn to crumbs eventually. I wasn't sure where to keep it, so I've put it in the fridge and can see that the sugar seems to have crystallised somewhat. Could do with a little more description of what it should look like. Anyway, hoping for 'crumbs' once it's cooled!
24th Mar, 2016
Hi there, it will turn to crumb pretty much straight away. Make sure its at 130 degrees before adding the chocolate then straight off the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Whisk till its like crumbs. I would send a picture of mine but don't think I'm able to on here:)
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