Hand-dipped chocolates are a cross between a truffle and a molded chocolate. Like truffles, the fillings are made first and then the shells are applied. Hand-dipped pieces are generally square or rectangular, like many molded ones, and are able to accommodate a wide variety of fillings.

Traditionally, hand-dipped chocolates were plain brown on the outside and often decorated with textures or pieces of candied fruit or nuts. This would also be a clue as to what the inside might be. Modern hand-dipped chocolates are bright with colored patterns and logos, which are adhered to the chocolates via the use of transfer sheets and colored cocoa butter. Chocolatiers have realized that consumers first eat with their ...

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