Tomorrow is Valentines day and nothing says I love you more like…. Home made chocolate. 

This recipe is so easy to make and it’s only three ingredients. And once you make the basic chocolate mixture you can get creative and add your own flavours. It’s pretty much melt, mix and refrigerate!!!

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Making your own chocolate puts you in control of what your eating.

Probably the hardest thing about this recipe is finding a few of the ingredients. I recommend heading straight to your health food store for the cocoa butter and coconut sugar. 

So what is the difference between Cacao and Cocoa??

Through my research I found it hard to find information that is reliable and scientific based. This is very important to me as I only want to report scientific facts. It also doesn’t help that the names cacao and cocoa seem to be used interchangeably. So here are a few facts that I came across in my reading. 

  • Cacao is less processed than cocoa. 
  • Cacao contains more fibre, calories and nutrients than cocoa due to the fact that it is closer to its whole form than cocoa. 
  • Cacao butter is removed from the cacao pods in the heating process and is the fattiest part of the fruit. 
  • Cacao nibs are from inside the cacao beans. They can be roasted or un-roasted. 
  • Cocoa is produced in a similar way to cacao except that it has undergone a heating process at higher temperatures than cacao. 
  • Sugar and milk are common ingredients added to cocoa. 
  • Cocoa also contains fibre but it contains less fat than cacao. 

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Recipe- Homemade Chocolate

(Gluten Free & Dairy Free)

Makes approx. 12 chocolates

  • 50g Cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons Cacao
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut sugar

1. Put cocoa butter in a pan and heat pan over a double boiler or steaming water. Be cautious not to heat the cocoa butter too quickly or it will cook.

2. Once melted add cacao and coconut sugar.

3. Mix well.

Now you have the made the basic chocolate mixture you can get creative with flavours.

Suggested flavours: almonds, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, strawberries, peanut butter or dried fruits.

4. Pour chocolate into mixture mounds and place in freezer for 15 mins. Keep refrigerated.

References

One green planet, ‘Cacao vs. Cocoa: What You Need to Know’,viewed 13 February 2017, <http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/cacao-vs-cocoa-what-you-need-to-know/&gt;.

World cocoa foundation 2017, ‘Cocoa Value Chain:From Farmer to Consumer’, viewed 13 February 2017, <http://www.worldcocoafoundation.org/about-cocoa/cocoa-value-chain/&gt;.