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Why doesn’t a Cadbury’s Flake melt in the microwave?

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Try as you might, they won't melt.

Asked by: John Locke, Preston


Although Flake is made from milk chocolate, the manufacturing process gives it a different arrangement of fat and cocoa solids, so the melting fat isn’t able to lubricate the cocoa particles to the point where they can flow. In a bain marie, a Flake will never melt. In the microwave, it eventually just burns.


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