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How do you properly cut chocolate?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 11, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I get those big dark chocolate bars that are formed into a nice grid of squares... until I try to snap or cut them apart and it just all cracks & breaks apart and makes a mess of squares, triangles, other odd shapes of varying sizes, shards & shavings. How do you properly cut dark chocolate bars into the actual squares that they are made into?

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Yes, the hot sharp knife works perfectly, in my experience. I've done this even with big, thick 99% bars like the Scharffen Berger.

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on February 11, 2012
at 11:26 PM

With your teeth? While growling? Works for me...

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 10:34 PM

LOL! oops, I already ate all the little pieces, maybe next time.

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 09:04 PM

The good thing is that little broken pieces of chocolate have no calories. ;o)

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on February 11, 2012
at 05:17 PM

I wedge the tips of fingers on both hands into the ridges and lean against the bar, using my weight. Hmm, easier to do than to explain.

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:43 PM

I've tried a sharp chef knife and it all just cracks. I've not tried a hot knife though, thanks.

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:42 PM

lol, you should! I actually searched on youtube to no avail.

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Thanks, I'll try that next time.

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:39 PM

.... LOL @ Tim!

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:32 PM

I'm pretty sure all chocolate bars are single servings, the squares are just to make for better grip as one consumes the entire thing!

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:46 PM

I used to cut chocolate for part of my job (no really) and it is always a bit messy with a knife, you always lose little bits off the edges. I snap the chocolate while it is IN the foil, just feel out the grid lines, and snap the rows off. Once you have the rows, just open the foil and you can easily snap the individual pieces.

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Thanks, I'll try that next time.

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on February 11, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Is this what happened to you? If so, please box it up all the chocolate pieces and send it to me. Go out and buy another bar and try again.

If the same thing happens with the next bar, repeat the process above. ;-)

how-do-you-properly-cut-chocolate?

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 10:34 PM

LOL! oops, I already ate all the little pieces, maybe next time.

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:45 PM

I eat the Lindt 90% cacao and it breaks best when I flip it over and snap it from the back towards the groove. I snap off 2 squares which is the width of the bar, then snap that piece in half if I only want one square. Want me to post a vid on Youtube? Kidding...

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:42 PM

lol, you should! I actually searched on youtube to no avail.

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Put it in the fridge for a time, and then whack it across the table.

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:24 PM

You may use a hot and sharp knife. If it's really sharp, it doesn't even need to be hot, I guess :)

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:43 PM

I've tried a sharp chef knife and it all just cracks. I've not tried a hot knife though, thanks.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on February 13, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Yes, the hot sharp knife works perfectly, in my experience. I've done this even with big, thick 99% bars like the Scharffen Berger.

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on March 09, 2013
at 07:44 PM

...I should have your problems...

:-D

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on March 09, 2013
at 05:18 PM

just cut the dark chocolate into squares in the rapper

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on February 11, 2012
at 11:14 PM

I just break the rows/squares apart and if it breaks messily I just keep straightening the crooked parts until it is perfect or gone, whichever comes first.

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:40 PM

usually I just slam the back of the crease (back of bar) on the corner of my table or counter to get the one cube. Otherwise I use a large fairly sharp knife and cut through. If it is the medium to small ones I can usually snap them two across then splid the two cubes. If you are really hungry and the whole bar is yours... just snap a bite off with your teeth ;)

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Ha! I hate it when I try to break off a square or two of really dark chocolate only to get 2.5 fragmented pieces. I just eat them all though :-) Easiest way is to use a really sharp knife if you're looking to get really precise cuts.

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on February 11, 2012
at 09:04 PM

The good thing is that little broken pieces of chocolate have no calories. ;o)

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