Have you ever wondered how to make chocolate? It’s not something that’s ever crossed my mind; whenever I get a chocolate craving, I just pop to the shop and buy some Galaxy. I’ve always assumed chocolate would be one of those foods that’s quite difficult and time-consuming to make and haven’t really given it a second thought.
However, I recently discovered that it’s actually quite easy to make your own chocolate when you know how.
I was invited to review a Raw Chocolate Making Kit by Indigo Herbs, a Glastonbury-based business specialising in natural health products. What better way to round off Chocolate Week (12-18 October 2015) than by making your own chocolate?!
Raw chocolate has considerable health benefits in comparison to standard chocolate because the raw cacao bean is full of phyto-nutrients, but most of this goodness is destroyed when the bean is roasted. In contrast, raw chocolate remains packed with nutrients, minerals and anti-oxidants.
The kit has everything you need to make your own raw chocolates including 100g organic raw cacao butter and 100g cacao powder, 3g raw vanilla powder, 100ml organic raw agave, 25g goji berries, 25g brazil nuts and 20 miniature paper cases.
I had a helping hand in making my chocolates from my 10-year-old niece, Ebs.
The instructions that come with the set are super easy to follow:
- Half-fill a saucepan with water and bring to the boil before balancing a heat-resistant bowl over the top.
- Roughly chop the cacao butter.
3. Place the cacao butter into the bowl, allowing it to melt. You can remove the saucepan from the heat if you like; the butter will melt pretty quickly anyway.
4. While the cacao butter is melting, chop up the goji berries and the brazil nuts.
5. Once the butter has fully melted into liquid, stir in the vanilla powder. As you can see, Ebs enjoyed helping me with this!
6. Then add the cacao powder, stirring until all of the lumps have dissolved.
7. Stir in the agave syrup until well combined; the chocolate mixture should now be looking smooth and silky.
8. Finally, add the chopped goji berries and Brazil nuts and mix well (if you like, you can set some aside for decoration).
9. Carefully spoon the mixture into a chocolate mould or ice cube tray (if decorating with nuts and berries, place a small amount in the mould/tray beforehand).
10. Place the mould/tray into the freezer for 15 minutes to set.
11. Remove from the freezer, pop the chocolates out of the tray/mould and place each one into a paper case. The chocolates are now ready to eat, although if you’ve made them as a gift for someone, you could put them into a presentation box.
I was really impressed with how professional the chocolates looked once I’d finished making them, especially considering how quick and easy it was. They will keep for up to 12 weeks if you seal them and keep them refrigerated (that’s if you don’t end up scoffing them all by then!)
However, I wasn’t very keen on the taste of the chocolates. Raw chocolate is fairly rich and bitter; like dark chocolate, but more intense. I much prefer eating white chocolate and milk chocolate, so I don’t think I’ll be eating too many of these and they were too bitter for Ebs so I’ll probably give them to my Dad, who loves dark chocolate!
Indigo Herbs’ Raw Chocolate Making Set would make a great Xmas present for a chocolate lover – especially a dark chocolate lover! It normally retails at £19.99, but Indigo Herbs are currently offering 10% off all gift sets and so for a limited time only, it costs just £17.99.
Do you know how to make chocolate? Have you ever made your own and what recipe did you follow?
Indigo Herbs provided me with a complimentary Raw Chocolate Making Set for the purpose of this review; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review.