How to make chocolate – Product review: Raw Chocolate Making Kit by Indigo Herbs

A single raw chocolate with goji berries and brazil nuts

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?!

Indigo Herb's Raw Chocolate Making Set

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.

A collection of ingredients used in making raw chocolate

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:

  1. Half-fill a saucepan with water and bring to the boil before balancing a heat-resistant bowl over the top.
  2. Roughly chop the cacao butter.

Chopping up cacao butter with a knife

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.

Melted cacao butter in a bowl

4. While the cacao butter is melting, chop up the goji berries and the brazil nuts.

Chopped goji berries

Chopping up 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!

Adding the vanilla powder to the melted butter

6. Then add the cacao powder, stirring until all of the lumps have dissolved.

Adding cacao powder

The mixture used to make chocolate; after the cacao powder has been added

7. Stir in the agave syrup until well combined; the chocolate mixture should now be looking smooth and silky.

Adding agave syrup in the chocolate-making process

The chocolate mixture after the agave has been added

8. Finally, add the chopped goji berries and Brazil nuts and mix well (if you like, you can set some aside for decoration). 

Stirring in the goji berries and Brazil nuts

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). 

Transferring the chocolate mixture into the moulds

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. 

A box of chocolates

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.

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35 Comments

  1. October 18, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    I have never tried making chocolate before so this would be a first for me. How does raw chocolate taste like?

    • October 18, 2015 / 12:44 pm

      It’s much more intense and bitter than standard chocolate – like dark chocolate, but really strong!

  2. October 18, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    wow theses look tasty, going to try and make theses with my son. Thanks for sharing x

    • October 18, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      No problem 🙂 They are really fun to make, Ebs loved helping me 🙂

  3. Hannah
    October 18, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    I’ve never made chocolate, it does look like great fun x

    • October 22, 2015 / 8:01 pm

      Me neither until now 🙂 It was pretty fun!

  4. October 18, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    This sounds a lovely kit, and I think it would make a great Christmas present too!

  5. October 19, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    I have made chocolate truffles before, making chocolate is a fun process as you completely control the final product and can add in your favorite ingredients, I like lots of rum in mine! Great instructional post!

  6. October 19, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    This kit looks real fun nad perfect way to get kids involved in baking.

  7. October 20, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    I had no idea it was this simple to make chocolate! I don’t like bitter chocolate either though so probably wouldn’t enjoy the taste of this :/

  8. October 20, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    Not too sure I would have made any chocolate, i’d have been taste testing every stage 😉 x

  9. October 20, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    wow £17.99 for all those ingredients, what a bargain! i know what people will be getting for christmas this year!

  10. October 20, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Oh this looks amazing, and I know my older daughter would love this especially! I don’t know if they’d actually like to eat it though!

    • October 22, 2015 / 7:39 pm

      Yes, my niece wasn’t keen on it to be honest, it’s too bitter for kids.

  11. October 20, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    mmmm these looks great! I’m loving your zebra knife – where did you get it? x

    • October 22, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Hehe, it’s my mum’s! My cookery photos are never this clear because my kitchen is pretty dark, so I made a point of doing this at my mum’s, haha! I will ask her where she got it from.

  12. October 20, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Wow, it’s easier to make chocolate than I thought. Plus it looks like a lot of fun! However, I’m not keen on the sound of the finished product. Think I’ll stick to Cadburys for now.

    • October 22, 2015 / 7:34 pm

      I have to be honest, if this kit came in a white or milk chocolate version I’d be rushing out to buy it for Xmas gifts, but I’m just not into dark chocolate and it was fairly bitter.

  13. October 20, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    I love making chocolate, they are great as presents, I’ll definitely check this out 🙂

    • October 22, 2015 / 7:58 pm

      Definitely worth a look 🙂 I’d be very happy to receive one of these sets as a gift.

  14. October 20, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    This looks quite interesting. I love chocolate so I will be giving this a go definitely.

  15. Emma
    October 20, 2015 / 11:47 pm

    Well done on giving this a go. I think that if I had to make my own chocolate then I would eat far less of it and my waistline would appreciate it a lot

    • October 22, 2015 / 7:57 pm

      Hehehe, me too, these are so strong I only needed to eat just one to kill my chocolate cravings too.

  16. October 21, 2015 / 2:47 am

    This kit actually looks really fun to use. My hubby and I are always on the look out for different things to do and this would make a great day in date! xxx

  17. October 21, 2015 / 7:56 am

    This looks like great fun – I love dark chocolate, it’s always my first choice so this would be great for me!

  18. Lorraine
    October 21, 2015 / 10:31 am

    So…I’ll just be adding this onto my Christmas wish list…I love dark chocolate!!! Thought white chocolate is just as amazing.

  19. October 21, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Oh my god that is amazing, how cool to get to make chocolate home! Love this idea. x

  20. October 21, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    What a fab looking kit! I’d love to try this with my girls!

  21. October 21, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    That looks brilliant. I didn’t think you could make chocolate at home. You’ve made it look so easy. That’s a great way of being creative too. The perfect gift!

    • October 22, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      It would be a lovely gift, my whole family agreed on that. I was really surprised by how easy it was to do. I just wish I liked dark chocolate.

  22. October 22, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Oh this looks great – my youngest daughter adores chocolate – she would love this. Great present idea 🙂 Kaz x

    • October 28, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      It’s a great idea for both kids and adults alike 🙂 My niece really enjoyed helping me to make these chocolates.

  23. October 22, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Noway! This is so cool.
    Looks a bit complicated – Knowing my luck, I’ll get something wrong.
    Love the little cutie helper 😀
    Charlotte x

    • October 28, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      It was surprisingly easy, I definitely recommend giving it a go 🙂

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