4 Easy Steps to Make Chocolate at Home

Chocolate: it’s healthy, it’s delicious, and it’s versatile in so many ways. You can eat it for an afternoon snack yourself, include it as filling in pastry, or add with other types of other confectioneries or even fruit for an extra-sweet treat.

All things chocolate come from the cacao tree’s fruit, which is a pod shaped like a football. Inside this pod are cacao seeds, which are much more valuable than the fruit itself.

Chocolate is also surprisingly easy to make at home, without the need for any fancy kitchen tools or equipment. All you need are the following ingredients:

  • Cocoa powder (2 tablespoons)
  • Sugar (1/2 cup)
  • Flour (1/4 cup)
  • Water (1 cup)
  • Butter (3/4 cup)
  • Milk (2/3 cup)
  • Powdered sugar (1/4 cup)

Once you have your ingredients, you’re set to makeyour own chocolate!

Instructions on Making Home-Made Chocolate

1. Mix the cocoa powder and butter in a processor (or do it manually in a container) until the resulting mixture reaches a paste-like consistency. Once done, add ¼ cup of water to a pan. Place the bowl on top of the water.

2. Place the mixture in the bowl and heat the water. Once the mixture reaches your desired temperature, remove the bowl from the pan and mix it again until it smoothens.  

3. Add sugar, flour, and milk to the cocoa-powder-and-butter mixture and continue to mix to ensure that lumps or air pockets do not form. (Make sure that the milk is at room temperature when you do this.)

4. Once the mixture appears smooth and uniform, pourthe mix into molds and place them in the fridge to harden for about thirtyminutes. Ta-da! You now have your very own batch of home-made chocolate.

What Goes With Chocolate

While chocolate is quite amazing on its own, it works even better when paired with other types of foods that make for the perfect afternoon snack.

Here are a few things that you can do with chocolate for an added twist to your favorite sweet treat:

  • Fruit in chocolate ganache – Because fresh strawberries and bananas paired with chocolate is never boring. If you have a more daring palate, you can even experiment with other fruits such as cherries, grapes, and even pineapple chunks.
  • Chocolate-caramel slice – With caramel and nuts, you can take it one step further by layering them on top of one another and letting them bake in the oven. Pair it with your favorite warm drink, sit back, and relax.
  • Chocolate-chip cookies – Harden your chocolate batch back into chips and add them to your batch of cookie dough. You can even play around with your chocolate recipe to give your cookies an extra kick.