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There are many reasons to make your own chocolate. But one of the most obvious is that you know what has gone into the recipe. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t like eating anything made with ingredients that I can’t pronounce.
This is an easy four-ingredient recipe that is best prepared with the aid of a double boiler. The image shown is currently Amazon’s best selling double boiler. At the time of this writing, it is selling for less than $10. But it is not necessary to purchase a double boiler to make this recipe. If you don’t have one, you can still make this delicious chocolate with the makeshift double boiler that I will explain.
This recipe is made with common healthy ingredients that make it the right treat for almost any occasion. NOTE: You will need to set some of this candy aside for yourself, because it will disappear quickly once your family has tasted it.
LIST OF INGREDIENTS
- 3/4 cup (140 g) organic cocoa butter. You can substitute coconut oil if you prefer.
- 3/4 cup (80 g) organic cocoa powder.
- ¼ cup (30 g) organic milk powder, soymilk powder, almond milk powder, or rice milk powder. NOTE: Do not use liquid milk. Its excess moisture leaves the chocolate with a runny texture.
- 1 cup (100 g) organic confectioner’s sugar, 1 cup (240 mL) agave syrup, or 1–2 teaspoons (4.9–9.9 mL) liquid stevia.
- Optional: Organic Sea Salt to taste.
This recipe will make about 12 oz (340 g) of chocolate. You may have noticed that I prefer to use organic ingredients whenever possible.
MAKESHIFT DOUBLE BOILER
This will require a pot and a mixing bowl that will set on the opening of the pot without setting in the post entirely. Steps are as follows:
- Fill pot about halfway with water and warm on medium heat.
- Set mixing bowl over opening on pot.
- Be sure that water is hot, but not boiling.
- You will combine your ingredients in the bowl while it is being heated by the pot of hot water.
- Melt ¾ cup (140 g) of organic cocoa butter in the heated mixing bowl. Do not scorch.
- Slowly add ¾ cup (80 g) of cocoa powder, stirring with a whisk or metal spoon to keep from clumping until all cocoa powder is completely dissolved.
- Thoroughly stir the mixture while slowly adding ¼ cup of milk powder and 1 cup (100 g) of confectioner’s sugar. Make sure the last of your dry ingredients are fully incorporated. You should notice the chocolate beginning to take on a lighter, more delicate color after adding the milk powder.
- Remove the bowl from the heat. Stir the chocolate mixture until it thickens by folding the chocolate over on itself repeatedly from the bottom of the bowl. When you’re finished, it should be smooth, creamy, and free of lumps. Don’t worry if your chocolate is still somewhat thin at this point. It will continue to thicken as it sets up.
- At this time, you can mix in other items like nuts, mint, or dried fruit to taste.
- Spread chocolate mixture, about ½” thick, onto a non-stick baking mat or sheet of parchment paper or pour mixture into a decorative mold. If using a mold or greased ice cube tray, tap the bottom a few times to get rid of any bubbles that may have formed while pouring the warm mixture.
- Let your chocolate harden in the refrigerator for 1 hour to set up before breaking it into pieces or removing the individual chocolates from their molds.
- Store in a covered container in a cool, dry place. Your chocolate should keep for about 1 year.
I have added links to good quality ingredients that can be used for this recipe.
SUGGESTED KEY INGREDIENTS
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The above recipe has been modified from the following source:
WikiHow Staff. “How to Make Chocolate.” WikiHow. 04 May 2019. <https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Chocolate>