For Christmas a good friend gave us some homemade chocolate, I don't know about you but I love getting homemade gifts. I first tried this kind of chocolate when I was in Australia and a friend of ours had made it with cocoa butter, which I haven't been able to find anywhere in Vancouver (you can order it online though!) I think the cocoa butter maybe makes it a bit creamer because of the texture of it, but I really don't notice much difference using the oil. It makes for a great, simple, thoughtful gift, and all the ingredients you probably have in your kitchen! Fill up a jar, put a bow on it and just don't forget to keep it refrigerated!
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1. Mix together equal parts (we did 1 cup of each) coconut oil, cocoa powder and sweetener (we used 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup coconut sugar). To start, the coconut oil should be at room temperature, once you add it to pot you can put it on the stove at the slightest heat just until it is liquid, you don't want it to heat up though. Add the cocoa and honey and whisk well until it is all blended together nicely.
Now you can have some fun and customize to your liking! We tried 3 different kinds, first shown is the chili chocolate, we used crushed red pepper flakes. Second we added slivered almonds, goji berries and dried cranberries! For the third one we added tons of coconut flakes and crushed up cashews, I think that one is my favourite!
Pour the liquid chocolate into a pan lined with parchment paper. If you want to make individual chocolates, you can pour them into a tray like this one >> and they would turn out looking so cute! Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes until the chocolate is firm, we cut them into bite sized chunks and then keep it stored in a jar in the fridge.
Enjoy! Let us know if you discover any yummy combinations, I think next time I might try it with some peppermint or maybe one with marshmallows and gummy bears? mmm the combinations are endless!