Homemade Chocolate

Homemade Chocolate – version 3

This is a wonderful recipe for chocolate. I made a batch up during the holidays. They come out perfectly beautiful – the picture of mine was after I flung them into a Tupperware in the freezer, so they were a little scratched up.  They were delicious and nice enough to give as gifts.

The Ingredients

  • 4 oz by weight cup cocoa butter
  • 4 oz by weight virgin coconut oil
  • 4 oz by weight) organic cocoa powder
  • ½   – ¾ cup Organic Sugar, Rapadura or Stevia equivalent
  • ¼ – ½ cup raw organic cream

Step 2.
Place cocoa butter and coconut oil in a small, heat safe cup or bowl. Then place the cup or bowl in a shallow pan containing a small amount of warm (not boiling, but nearly) water. Stir the oil and butter occasionally until it’s smooth.  I have a little chocolate double boiler I use.

Step 3.
Measure 4 oz cocoa powder. I have a little scale I use for ingredients (and mailing letters).

Step 4.
Pour the dry ingredients in the bowl with melted oil and butter. Stir continuously until smooth. You can add Vanilla and other flavorings as well

Step 5.
If you want to sweeten your chocolate, use ½ to ¾ cup Organic Sugar or I use Stevia equivalent to that much sugar (varies by brand).  Mix in the cream. I used somewhere between ¼ and ½ of a cup.

Step 6.
Have someone check the quality   Meaning… go ahead and check if the chocolate is sweet enough. You can also add the rest of the additions at this point – like chili/cayenne, dried fruit, nuts etc.

Step 7.

Pour the melted chocolate on a pan / plate / ice cube tray. You can get really pretty chocolate molds at Michaels or any cooking supply store for only a few dollars each. You can also throw some of the additions on top of the chocolate, it looks nice. Place the chocolate for 30 minutes in the freezer or 60 minutes in the refrigerator.

Ideas For Additions

Now, the basics above form the foundation of your recipe.  However, if you want to jazz it up a bit, here are some ideas for what you can add:

Cocoa nibs, Dried berries, Raisins, Chopped Dates, Chili Powder, Curry Powder, Nuts, etc.  Enjoy!

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