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Real Homemade Chocolate with 3 Ingredients + FAQ

Today, I’m going to show you how to make an unbelievably easy homemade chocolate using just 3 ingredients.  This chocolate is incredibly silky, buttery, and delicious.  It’s truly a little piece of heaven that melts in your mouth.

 

 

This is the cacao butter I used: http://amzn.to/1ERvA5P

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Real Homemade Chocolate with 3 Ingredients + FAQ
 
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Serves: 1 dozen pieces
Ingredients
  • 100 grams cacao butter
  • 40 grams natural unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder
  • 20-25 grams powdered sugar* {depends on how sweet you like it}
  • Optional: pinch of fine salt and instant espresso
  • Other options: fruits, nuts, or extracts.
  • {My favorite add ins are hazelnuts, goji berries, fleur de sel, or cayenne but the possibilities are endless!}
Instructions
  1. Using either the microwave or a double boiler, heat even size pieces of cacao butter low and slow. Heat until it just melts- no more, allowing the residual heat to melt the rest. Let this sit to slightly cool for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Sift the cacao or cocoa powder with the sugar and stir into the cacao butter. Add the salt and espresso, if using.
  3. Pour into molds of choice. Toss in other add ins, if desired.
  4. Allow to set in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
Notes
*You can use any sweetener of your choice. The powdered sugar just makes the chocolate a bit more stable.

Q: What are the benefits of eating chocolate?

A: When eaten in moderation, dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and is even said to protect against cardiovascular disease.  Though, keep in mind that not all chocolates are made equal.  More on that below.

Q: Why make homemade chocolate?

A: Unfortunately today, a very common industry practice is to stuff chocolate with fillers like soy lecithin {which is the sludge leftover after soybean oil is refined} or vegetable fillers. It’s used in place of cocoa or cacao butter simply for the reason that it’s cheap.  A homemade chocolate is made with pure, all natural ingredients without chemicals or alterations and what you’re left with is …just chocolate.

Q: What are the differences between milk, dark, and white chocolate?

A:  Dark chocolate could be considered “the bare essentials,” if you will.  It contains no milk fats whereas milk chocolates do.  There’s a lot of debate on whether white chocolate is even chocolate at all.  It is typically a mix of cocoa butter, milk, and sugar.  Generally chocolate with higher percentages of cacao is better for you.  I personally dig an 85% bar.  But no matter what your personal preference, please choose one that is fair trade.

Q: What is the difference between cacao butter and cocoa butter?

A: They’re very similar but it comes down to how they’re individually processed.  Cacao butter is the cold pressed oil of the cacao bean. Considered a superfood, it’s had less heat applied to it than cocoa butter and is generally more pure with higher antioxidants.  When purchasing cacao butter, look for one that is 100% pure, organic, and raw.  Cocoa butter is from the cacao mass using heat, pressure or alkali salts and is lower in active flavenols.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions!

Love,

Your Squishy Monster

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