Chocolate Veil


  • Cocoa Nib Stock
  • Water 600 g 1 lb 5.12 oz 66.67%
  • Cocoa nibs 300 g 10.58 oz 33.33%
  • Liquid Cocoa Base
  • Cocoa Nib Stock 500 g 1 lb 1.64 oz 78.13%
  • Cocoa powder 50 g 1.76 oz 7.81%
  • Sugar 90 g 3.17 oz 14.06%
  • Chocolate Veil
  • Liquid Cocoa Base 450 g 15.87 oz 99.08%
  • Gellan gum, low acyl 4 g .15 oz .92%


  1. For the cocoa nib stock: Bring the water to a boil and pour it onto the cocoa nibs. Cover with plastic wrap and let the nibs steep for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain the nibs out using a fine-mesh sieve and then strain the liquid through cheesecloth.
  3. Using an ice water bath, cool the liquid down to make the liquid cocoa base.
  4. For the liquid cocoa base: Combine the cocoa nib stock, cocoa powder, and sugar and mix well using a handheld blender. Pass through a fine-mesh sieve.
  5. For the chocolate veil: Have 3 flat, square plastic trays measuring 30cm/12 × 30cm/12 in available; there will be 4 orders that come out of each tray. Fill each tray with hot water; the intention is to keep the tray hot so when the chocolate veil comes in contact with the tray, it will not set too quickly. Have a bowl close by to empty the water out when needed.
  6. Pour the cold liquid cocoa base into a small sauce pot and whisk in the gellan gum.
  7. Bring it to a boil and let it boil for 5 seconds. Skim the surface of any scum.
  8. Empty the first tray of its hot water and dry it quickly. Pour one-third of the cocoa liquid into the tray and move it around to distribute the liquid in a thin, even layer.
  9. Do the same with the remaining trays and chocolate mixture. Allow the gel to set at room temperature, and then transfer it to a refrigerator.
  10. Trim the borders away using a ruler and a paring knife (about 5 mm/.25 in from the rim of the tray). Cut out 4 squares from each tray measuring 12.5 cm/5 in by 2.5 cm/5 in; you will have 12 squares, which is 2 more than you need. Keep the trays covered with plastic wrap during service, making sure the plastic does not come in contact with the veil. Discard after 2 days.