With Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be a nice idea to try my hand at making chocolate this year. I wanted to be able to make chocolates which I would know exactly what was in them. Knowing that pure, unsweetened chocolate is made up of cacao butter and cacao solids I based my recipe on cacao butter and cacao paste and used honey to sweeten it. Whilst you will struggle to find them in supermarkets or grocers, you can get cacao butter and cacao solids from various online shops such as Nutriseed.
Firstly I melted 50g cacao butter and 100g cacao paste in a bowl over simmering water in a saucepan.
Once this was melted, I mixed in a 50g of honey to sweeten it and a tablespoon of vanilla paste to the molten cacao. I then poured the mixed into 24 petit four cases and then it was over to Freyja to come up with her additions to the chocolates. She decided to make some rocky road inspired ones, by adding a few raisins and mini marshmallows to some. We recently read Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory“, and Freyja declared that she felt like an Oompah Loompah as she made her chocolates. She sand a little Oompah Loompah song as she continued. Whilst she did this, I chopped up some jelly babies (a bit gruesome I know!) and added these in to some others. I then sprinkled popping candy on top.
We left them to set in the fridge for about an hour. We were really pleased with the outcome – they really were delicious. The chocolate was dark and rich, with a chewy sweetness from the raisins and marshmallows in Freyja’s, and then the sweetness, crunch and the “popping” sensation from mine. What I love about making these chocolates is that there is so much scope for being creative, and making chocolates exactly how you would like them.
Disclaimer: I was sent the cacao butter and paste from Nutriseed, but the recipe and thoughts are my own (and Freyja’s).