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Antique HERSHEY CHOCOLATE Granite Cocoa Crusher CONCHE Roller Cradle Mill Stone



Antique HERSHEY CHOCOLATE Granite Cocoa Crusher CONCHE Roller Cradle Mill Stone

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These Could be the COOLEST Industrial Artifacts I have EVER had.A couple of years ago, we had the opportunity to work on a once in a lifetime salvaging job at HERSHEY Chocolate Factory. I can remember as a child going to this place for a tour and the air was SOOOOOOOOOO overwhelming from the scent of Cocoa that I actually got SICK. Of course, at my young age, I had no idea .............. nor did I care ............... That the awesome rollers that you are looking at were the reason for the smell.What you are looking at are parts of a circa 1915 CHOCOLATE CONCHE. I know, I had never heard of one either. A chocolate conche is a huge steel or iron tub about 10 X 12 feet with a corrugated granite bottom and a group of these granite rollers with a matching corrugated profile. Hundreds of pounds of Cocoa butter and cocoa would evenly distribute the cocoa butter in the chocolate and promotes flavor, smoothness and aroma through frictional heat, and begin the process of making delicious CHOCOLATE! Too Cool!This is actually a link to a very similar conche on YouTube to show how they worked: CLICK HERE Rodolphe Lindt invented the "conche" in Switzerland in 1879. It produced chocolate with superior aroma and melting characteristics compared to other processes used at that time. Legend has it that Lindt mistakenly left a mixer containing chocolate running overnight. Though he was initially distraught at the waste of energy and machine wear and tear, he quickly realized he had made a major breakthrough. Before conching was invented, solid chocolate was gritty and not very popular. Lindt's invention rapidly changed chocolate from being mainly a drink to being made into bars and other confections.Lindt's original conche consisted of a granite roller and granite trough; such a configuration is now called a "long conche" and can take more than a day to process a tonne of chocolate. The ends of the trough were shaped to allow the chocolate to be thrown back over the roller at the end of each stroke, increasing the surface area exposed to air. A modern rotary conche can process 3 to 10 tonnes of chocolate in less than 12 hours. Modern conches have cooled jacketed vessels containing long mixer shafts with radial arms that press the chocolate against vessel sides. A single machine can carry out all the steps of grinding, mixing, and conching required for small batches of chocolate. What we are offering is a beautiful yard object, piece of furniture, or anything you can imagine! It will still be around for CENTURIES after we are all dust. This is one of the original granite rollers in the original curved base that fit into the bottom of the HUGE Conche tubs. The rollers and base are made of machined gray Granite. The roller measures 22 1/2" long and is approximately 11 1/2" in diameter. The base measures 24" X 38 . The thickness varies from 7" at the ends to 4 1/2" in the center. The granite roller attach's to a U shaped bracket made of cast iron and then 2 of the rollers with U bracket would normally attach to a cast iron Yoke on top. These rollers and cradle bases have a ton of patina and character, they are not perfect, have a few chips, marks and cool rust stains. Some of the marks and stains can be cleaned up, if you like, or left as is and show off 100 years of patina. I estimate their Weight at about 750 pounds together. How many times have you been in to a restaurant with an Industrial Chic Vibe and wondered what Chemically Soaked atmosphere this old junk came from? These came from CHOCOLATE! You don't have to fear what their former use was. What an ARTIFACT!This is the first time that these have ever been offered on eBay and the supply is VERY LIMITED. DON'T MISS OUT!SHIPPINGFeel free to contact us with any questions you may have.These will be LOCAL PICK UP or FREIGHT ONLY! Due to their weight. For a shipping quote, just send us your zip code and whether the receiving location is a business or residence and has a dock or forklift, or will you need a lift gate truck, we'll get you a quote.Don't forget to check out our store for other Chocolate and Industrial related items. General Shipping Rules Shipping is provided by USPS First Class and Priority for smaller items under 16oz., you may choose at check out. Shipping is provided by USPS Parcel Select , Priority, and FedEx for larger items up to 150lbs., you may choose at check out. Shipping is provided by Freight Carrier on much larger and heavier items over 150lbs. For a quote please provide us your zip code, whether it's a business or residence and, if you have a fork lift or dock or will need a lift gate truck.International shipping is available on all our products, please request a quote. Local pick up is available on most items by scheduling a pickup time, we are located in South Baltimore off Russell St. (295) near the Casino and Stadiums. Ebay restricts sharing our address prior to the sale. Once the sale is complete we will certainly give you our exact address for local pick-up purposes. Shipping fees will be waived or refunded.General shipping rules apply unless listed or noted otherwise. Return/Refund & Feed Back PolicyWe absolutely want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase once it arrives, we ask that you please email us, call us with the number provided with your item on the packing slip/invoice, or if you've misplaced it, you can request our contact information, including number, through the advance search at the top of the page. Our hours of operation for phone contact are Mon-Fri 9am-3pm Eastern Standard Time. Please, before getting upset or leaving negative feedback, call or email us and give us the opportunity to make things right and or issue you a full refund. ContactWhile we love to hear from our customers, eBay policy strictly prohibits sharing contact information prior to the sale. If you have any questions prior to the sale, we ask that you please email us through eBay. Once the sale is complete you can request our contact information, including number, through email or the advance search at the top of the page. If for any reason you are unhappy after your purchase, or after speaking with us, we can easily cancel your sale and refund 100% of your purchase and shipping. We are available by email and phone Mon-Fri 9am-3pm EST. About Us Md Architectural Rescue is a different type of recycling company. We have operated in Baltimore and surrounding areas since 1996. After starting out rescuing fireplace mantles and cast iron door locks from construction dumpsters, we have opened our eyes to may types of waste that are often over looked and fall through the cracks. Our focus is and always will be vintage items of the highest quality. But with our eyes now open we put a lot of effort in bringing you high end collectibles from every industry available and at a very reasonable price. All our items are salvaged and are for the most part American Made. One week we could be in an old School, Brewery, Factory, and the following week at a Shipyard or Power plant, you just never know. Also, one day we may be removing Vintage lighting, the next day Signs and Vintage blueprints and the following day cleaning out a machine shop or high end parts room. We literally have NO idea what we have coming around corner, so make sure you add us to your favorites and check back often.We also run two additional stores. If you are looking for unique and interesting glass pieces, check out our sister site balmerglass by CLICKING HERE.If you are looking for, or are in need of and industrial parts and supplies, check out our other sister site mdindustrialsalvage by CLICKING HERE. And as always, you can check out more of my interesting finds here at mdarchitecturalrescue by CLICKING HERE to check out my store