So just trying and testing on chocolate molds that I purchased. Melted and cured, then placed into the glowforge. I think a better quality of chocolate is a must. Did 3 test with engraving and score and the last just engraving. Idea’s for accents for baby shower or honestly anything. The possibility are endless with this machine.
Chocolate can be such a pain sometimes, if you didn’t do it before after you melt the chocolate to the right temp you can then add in some unmelted chocolate and stir it in to act as a seed to help it crystallize properly. Pretty cool project, Does the laser give the chocolate a strange taste?
I just purchase Chocolate chips from hobby lobby and bought a mold. Let the chocolate cur 24 hours and did the 3 test. Starting from 17 up to 40 in power to get the final result. The 3rd photo with out the score. Without any melting. No bad taste. I’d say next time buy a better quality of chocolate
Hey folks! Surprise Pastry Chef visit… Because of the chemistry of chocolate, a laser is -always- going to create spotting and dulling in real chocolate because an increase above 92F is unavoidable. So in reality, a high quality chocolate is the opposite of what you want. What you want is a higher quality self-tempering (glaze) chocolate which is the equivalent of Candy Melts, but professionally many more delicious and better options are available. I happen to have some very high quality chocolate glaze on-hand, and my GF just arrived today, so I will see if I can mold some things and make the attempt at what you’re doing here so I can offer better insight.
I was able to bang out a quick test using professional grade chocolate glaze, and it holds up to the process beautifully… no spotting.
I just melted and molded these discs last night and let them sit in the mold at room temp. Despite what’s all over the internet, chocolate hates refrigeration - and chocolate chips are meant not to set again. Product choice will be everything in making this work well.