Who loves chocolate? *raises hand* I love chocolate too, but I worry sometimes about the things that go into regular dairy or dark chocolate bars. Wouldn’t it be great then if you could actually make chocolate that is good for you? Well as it’s National Chocolate Week I thought I’d show you my recent foray into chocolate making. Enter Choc Chick Kit*…
Imagine healthy chocolate, chocolate that actually does you good rather than makes you feel guilty. This Starter Kit has all the ingredients you need to make 3 chocolate bars or 35 individual raw chocolates, which I opted to do.
Raw cacao (or cocoa) has over 300 nutritional properties, is very high in antioxidants and magnesium which is 3 x higher in antioxidants than green tea! Cacao had been considered a super food since Aztec and Mayan times, and those guys knew what they were talking about. So put that cup of green tea down and eat Choc Chick chocolate instead! All the cacao ingredients are organic, ethically sourced and minimally processed to retain all the goodness. I’m even convincing myself here…
Anyway to make these delicious chocolates you warm the raw organic cacao butter over a pan of water on a low heat, until it is completely melted then remove from the heat but keep the bowl over the hot water. Then you add 6 tablespoons of the organic cacao powder, using level spoonfuls for a lighter taste and slightly heaped for a darker taste. Sweeten the chocolate with 3-4 tablespoons of Sweet Freedom (I’ve talked about my love for this 100% fruit extract sweetener before), and I added some vanilla extract for depth of flavour.
Mix it all together well with a whisk, then spoon the warm runny mixture (I used a spouted jug for ease) into the supplied cases or your own chocolate moulds if you have them, but ice cube trays will do! You could add some nuts, fruits or cereal if you like.
Then you put the cases into the freezer for 20 minutes to set quickly or in the fridge for 2 hours and then enjoy! They last up to 10 days in the freezer or 3-5 days in the fridge but trust me they will not last that long!
The chocolate is rich and silky and despite it being labelled ‘healthy’ chocolate it tastes so amazing! These are great for vegetarians and vegans, people who are dairy, soya or gluten intolerant, and would be amazing for kids because there is no processed sugar, additives or preservatives.
The leftover cacao powder can be used to make truffles, hot chocolate and even ChocTails! It comes with a mini recipe book for you to express your chocolate creativity. It’s so simple to make, I don’t understand why more people don’t make chocolate themselves, but maybe that’s because they haven’t got a Choc Chick Kit! I absolutely loved it.
What do you think of this kit? Would you make your own chocolate?