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White Chocolate Ganache...what kind/brand do you use??

post #1 of 44
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I know there's a lot of thread out there about how to make it, and I've got the recipe. I made it the other night with white chocolate chips (Nestle), and it was ok, maybe a bit grainy. I was just wondering if there is a preferred white chocolate that everyone uses....chips, melts, bar? What brand do you like?

I don't really have the time or $$ to experiment much. I using a 3:1 ratio.

Also wondering do you whip or just stir before spreading on the cake, the stuff I made was too think to crumb coat with, so I had to whip it a bit.

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post #2 of 44
I use E. Guittard chocolate. any couveture chocolate will give you better results.
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Originally Posted by dchockeyguy

I use E. Guittard chocolate. any couveture chocolate will give you better results.



Do you mind my asking what is couveture chocolate? I have heard of it but not sure what it is.
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post #4 of 44
You can buy the candy melts at Michael or AC Moore. They are very reasonable, melt smooth - not necessarily a gourmet quality, but it will work.
post #5 of 44
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Originally Posted by msulli10

You can buy the candy melts at Michael or AC Moore. They are very reasonable, melt smooth - not necessarily a gourmet quality, but it will work.



But they're NOT chocolate. I use Baker's White Chocolate squares. I also use them in my fondant. I bought the Hershey's Premier White Chips but they're about like using candy melts.
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post #6 of 44
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Well the store was a disappointment. They had Guittard, but not in white. No white in the Bakers chocolate either. The only one they had was Ghiradelli bars in white (has cocoa butter in it, but no idea how much) and two kinds of white chips (you're right! no cocoa butter in those.)

Sooo 4oz of Ghiradelli at $3.99 a bar or 11 oz of white choc. chips at $3.59 a bag......hmmmm..... well I bought some of both. This is a family cake at a "family rate" so I'm not really all excited about spending $40 on chocolate.

Thanks for your help guys. I guess I better look into buying it online...any fav sources? When I was a kid they used to sell broken blocks of the stuff at Safeway, but I don't see it anymore.
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post #7 of 44
mamawrobin you said you use chocolate in fondant & what do you use it for or does it become like clay. Just curious?
post #8 of 44
Yep, sad but true. I can't afford "real" white chocolate like Bakers so my family and friends will have to settle for Nestle or Ghiradelli chips. No one's complained yet icon_smile.gif
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post #9 of 44
I found this site - everything you wanted to know about ganache. http://www.baking911.com/chocolate/ganache_truffles.htm
post #10 of 44
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msulli10 the link didn't post?
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post #11 of 44
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Originally Posted by Jeep_girl816

Yep, sad but true. I can't afford "real" white chocolate like Bakers so my family and friends will have to settle for Nestle or Ghiradelli chips. No one's complained yet icon_smile.gif



Ghirardelli is real, so you have been giving your family the good stuff! It's Nestle, Hershey's, candy melts, and store brand white chocolate that is flavoring, hydro oils, etc. But, I think they are ok to use in a pinch!
post #12 of 44
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Originally Posted by Jeep_girl816

Yep, sad but true. I can't afford "real" white chocolate like Bakers so my family and friends will have to settle for Nestle or Ghiradelli chips. No one's complained yet icon_smile.gif



Ghirardelli is real, so you have been giving your family the good stuff! It's Nestle, Hershey's, candy melts, and store brand white chocolate that is flavoring, hydro oils, etc. But, I think they are ok to use in a pinch!
post #13 of 44
If you have a Trader Joe's near you, they usually sell broken blocks of Ghiradelli white chocolate that is reasonably priced.
post #14 of 44
there is a website that sells chocolate for the chocolate fountains and other uses it is call the chocolate savant and they r not to high on price! hope it helps!!!
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post #15 of 44
Sorry for the double post. Trader Joe's also has real white chocolate chips that are their brand, which are good. I prefer to chop up a bar for ganache, but you can make them w/chips. I find the ganache to not be as smooth when made w/ chips tho.
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