Midnight Valentine Chocolates

Midnight Valentine Chocolates

Homemade chocolates are easy and fun to make. Oh, and empowering too! Commercial chocolates are often overloaded with trans fats, refined sugar, and poor quality dairy. That’s a good enough reason to make your own, right? In this recipe we’ve combined our cacao paste and cacao butter to make a deliciously smooth and silky finished product. Cacao paste is made by slowly grinding cacao nibs at low temperatures, resulting in a warm and smooth liquid cacao which is then set. This month we’re loving these spooky and glittery Halloween chocolates, using charcoal for the midnight effect and orange as a flavouring. Give them a try and let us know what you think!
MAKES

25 small chocolates

PREPARATION TIME

15 minutes plus freezing time

DIFFICULTY

Easy

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Ingredients

200g Cacao Paste, melted
100g Cacao Butter, melted
¼ C coconut oil, melted
¼ C honey or maple syrup
2 tsp activated charcoal powder
2 drops orange essential oil

Method

Step 1:

Gently melt the cacao paste, cacao butter, and coconut oil using 2 pots, bain-marie style, with just-boiled water in the bottom pot.

Step 2:

Add the honey*, charcoal and essential oil and mix well to combine.

Step 3:

Transfer the melted ingredients into a spout like-jug for easy pouring. Make sure the chocolate moulds are on a hard flat surface that can easily be transferred to the freezer. Fill (but don’t overfill) the chocolate moulds.

Step 4:

Set in the freezer.

Step 5:

Celebrate the fact that you just made your own homemade chocolates!

Step 6:

Note:

These chocolates taste sweeter once frozen. Resist the urge to add too much honey to your melted chocolate mix.

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