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  • Has anyone actually made chocolate?

    Has anybody successfully made chocolate? Any tips/tricks? Pictures? Recipes?

    I see a few different ways of doing so, but I am *notoriously* sketchy in the kitchen. New recipe? You bet I'll burn it.
    Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

    Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
    Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
    Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
    F/23/5'9"

    26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

  • #2
    I have, but it was long ago. I mixed cocoa powder with melted coconut oil, but today I'd use melted cocoa butter as I have some nut allergies and react to too much coconut. Pour into a bowl or pan and chill until set. There are recipes out there. It doesn't seem to be something one can burn as you simply microwave the fat to melt, stir and chill.

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    • #3
      It depends on what you mean by chocolate. I routinely make 'hot chocolate' for the kids by mixing sugar, cocoa and cream/milk with boilign water.
      Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

      Griff's cholesterol primer
      5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
      Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
      TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
      bloodorchid is always right

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      • #4
        To really make chocolate, one would grind peeled cocoa beans under gentle heat for hours in a process called "conching", perhaps adding flavoring, a touch of sweetening, and a bit more cocoa butter to create the perfect mouth feel and flavor. That's why they make chocolate factories, to do that for us.

        Personally I don't see what people have against cocoa butter. Coconut oil patties flavored with dry cocoa are not "chocolate".

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        • #5
          I don't have a problem with cocoa butter (or coconut).

          I have a problem with soy lecithin, as I am allergic to soy. My chocolate options are fairly limited, being either cheap Hershey's syrup (aka chocolate flavored sugar) or expensive bars of chocolate that don't have soy.

          I would like to open my options and am open to hearing all recipes and tips, coconut and cocoa butter included.
          Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

          Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
          Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
          Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
          F/23/5'9"

          26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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          • #6
            4 tablespoons cocoa powder
            1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
            1 tablespoon honey
            vanilla and salt

            This is the ratio I like. Mix and pop in the fridge. I like to use silicone molds and make fillings.
            This batch I made with pecans

            2013-02-27 002.jpg

            My favorite filling is raspberry: blend raspberries (frozen is fine, just make sure there is no sugar added) and strain the seeds. Then head in a pan with some honey until it thickens a bit. You could fill them with anything you like, though: almond butter, blueberries, shredded coconut, etc.
            Is it weird in here, or is it just me?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kathleen View Post
              I don't have a problem with cocoa butter (or coconut).

              I have a problem with soy lecithin, as I am allergic to soy. My chocolate options are fairly limited, being either cheap Hershey's syrup (aka chocolate flavored sugar) or expensive bars of chocolate that don't have soy.

              I would like to open my options and am open to hearing all recipes and tips, coconut and cocoa butter included.
              You can probably find unsweetened chocolate without soy lecithin and melt it with some cocoa butter, adding sweetening of choice to taste. It doesn't need to be refrigerated to keep it solid. Doing so gives the chocolate an amazing texture. It is just as dark but richer. I have done this with 90% chocolate, which didn't need sweetening.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ombat View Post
                4 tablespoons cocoa powder
                1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
                1 tablespoon honey
                vanilla and salt

                This is the ratio I like. Mix and pop in the fridge. I like to use silicone molds and make fillings.
                This batch I made with pecans

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                My favorite filling is raspberry: blend raspberries (frozen is fine, just make sure there is no sugar added) and strain the seeds. Then head in a pan with some honey until it thickens a bit. You could fill them with anything you like, though: almond butter, blueberries, shredded coconut, etc.
                Thanks for this recipe, just tried it with the ice tray. Purchased some sea salt (I love the dark chocolate bars with sea salt in them!) and used that as my salt and filler. I think I did a little too much salt, and not enough honey (only put in about half a tablespoon, should follow directions, argh!) but it's still quite a treat. The batch I made seems very rich, intense flavors. Better than the sugary tasting bars available at the store. What a treat, only needed on 'ice cube' chocolate--only filled the ice things about half full, so they have the same shape as those Dove chocolate treats.

                Wish you could taste it through the computer . Can't wait to try it with different things, I'm thinking Agave nectar next time. Super simple, all I needed to do was microwave the coconut oil and stir in ingredients.
                Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

                Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
                Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
                Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
                F/23/5'9"

                26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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                • #9
                  That recipe sounds awesome, definitely going to try it!
                  Thanks Ombat!

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                  • #10
                    Just melt your chocolates again and add more honey if you need it. I found some nice soft silicon chocolate molds on eBay, all kinds of shapes.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kathleen View Post
                      Thanks for this recipe, just tried it with the ice tray. Purchased some sea salt (I love the dark chocolate bars with sea salt in them!) and used that as my salt and filler. I think I did a little too much salt, and not enough honey (only put in about half a tablespoon, should follow directions, argh!) but it's still quite a treat. The batch I made seems very rich, intense flavors. Better than the sugary tasting bars available at the store. What a treat, only needed on 'ice cube' chocolate--only filled the ice things about half full, so they have the same shape as those Dove chocolate treats.

                      Wish you could taste it through the computer . Can't wait to try it with different things, I'm thinking Agave nectar next time. Super simple, all I needed to do was microwave the coconut oil and stir in ingredients.
                      Awesome! Yes, they are very rich. Sometimes I only need a bite... but then I take a few more anyway

                      It's a shame technology isn't that advanced... But if you really want me to taste them, you can send me as many of your chocolates as you like! I wouldn't mind passing along my mailing address.... Haha, kidding, kidding... (or am I..?)
                      Is it weird in here, or is it just me?

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                      • #12
                        Did much better with batch #2 (yes, already ate batch #1....)

                        This time with organic agave nectar in place of honey *and* I went to the store and purchased 24 silicone candy trays:

                        (with sea salt to flavor, too, but not quite as much as last time)




                        These came out just right!
                        Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

                        Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
                        Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
                        Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
                        F/23/5'9"

                        26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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                        • #13
                          Those look delicious!!

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                          • #14
                            I made a batch a couple of days ago and it came out nicely.
                            I used double boiler method (bowl over the pot with water) to melt the following ingredients together:
                            40g coconut butter,
                            40g cocoa butter,
                            20g clarified butter,
                            6 tablespoons of cocoa powder,
                            and 1 tblspn of honey.

                            it's bitter but I like bitter chocolate. and I was hoping the bitterness would be too much for my partner to handle but no, he loves the coconut hint in it and in 3 days all most of these little chokies are gone.
                            some vanilla extract would be nice but I didn't have any at the time.

                            picture was taken at night so quality isn't great:
                            chocolat_zps1b14ca33.jpg

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