How To Make Homemade Chocolate From Scratch

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The Best Chocolate Is Always Homemade!

cuts of homemade chocolate

Homemade chocolate is the most delicious treat mom used to make when I was a child. Using simple ingredients and requiring little time and effort, homemade chocolate is easy to make from scratch, and the taste is divine!

The velvety softness and aromas will make you fall in love with it and prefer it over the classical bars, guaranteed!

Mom always saved it for special occasions, Christmas, Easter or birthdays, making it more desirable.

These days, homemade chocolate would make a perfect Valentine’s Day treat or gift, or a unique addition to the special meals you would prepare for your loved ones on this occasion.

I make this sweet treat rarely, but always prefer the scratch version to melting another already-made chocolate or making fudge.

Homemade Chocolate VS Fudge

Fudge might be the closest version to homemade chocolate, but it is not the same thing. The difference is the proportion of sugar used in fudge – way too much for my taste!

When I moved to the UK, I visited a candy shop and witnessed their fudge making. Although the location was picturesque and the fudge business very successful, I lost any interest in the demonstration when the makers emptied an entire sack of white, refined sugar in the massive bowl they used for making fudge.

Anyone who cares the slightest bit about their health knows that refined sugar is a no-no. I will not debate here; there are enough facts easily accessible on the internet to make an informed choice.

I prefer coconut sugar for two main reasons: it is less refined than white sugar, and it is a healthier option than artificial sweeteners!

Besides, I always use it in small quantities. I never liked anything sickening sweet, and I understand that sugar is not a preservative, although there are enough people who believe so!

If you add 2kg of sugar to a kilogram of fruit when you make jam, for instance, it will not preserve it for longer, but will surely make the jam sickeningly sweet!

Likewise, I use reduced sugar quantities in baking; I would rather taste other flavours besides sugar in my cakes!

heart-shaped homemade chocolate

Homemade Chocolate VS Chocolate Bar

Although I love dark chocolate, I am very selective with the brands I choose to buy. A sickly sweet one won’t do!

In time, and with persistent tasting (Oh, I know, I was talking about health barely a minute ago, oops!) I settled mainly with German chocolate producers. And I will always pay a few pence extra for quality than still paying and not enjoying a bar of chocolate!

I want to feel the taste of cacao in my chocolate and distinct flavours, not tons of sugar that would diminish any other savour!

Because I am picky, I make my chocolate the way I fancy, and this offers me a variety of aromas to enjoy.

I love the punch pepper or chilly gives to chocolate just as I enjoy a citrusy flavour or a boozy one. Plus, I relish hazelnuts, dried fruits or nougat crumbs in my chocolate.

It is so easy to adapt the recipe, and creativity is essential!

Who can say making homemade chocolate from scratch is no fun when you are free to experiment all you like?

It might get a bit messy in the process, but this is cooking: you are in your kitchen, not in a pharmaceutical production line! Enjoy the fun part and leave the chores for later! Or even better – persuade someone else to clean up; after all, you’ve already done your bit!

heart shaped chocolate on red bow

Ingredients:

Water

Organic coconut sugar

Organic cacao powder

Powdered milk

Unsalted butter

Flavours to your taste

Roasted hazelnuts (optional)

Method:

In a pan, boil the water with sugar for eight minutes, until it becomes syrupy.

Add the cacao powder, mix well and continue boiling at low temperature for another four minutes. Stir occasionally, so it does not crystalise or stick to the pan.

Remove the pan from the hob, add the powdered milk and mix well.

Depending on the type of powdered milk used, you might want to grind it before if it is too lumpy.

During this step, you will see how the powdered milk quickly absorbs the syrupy composition and thickens. The thickness will balance when you add butter. Keep mixing until all lumps dissolve and the consistency is of thick cream.

Add the butter and mix well. Optionally, add roasted crushed hazelnuts, dried fruits or anything else you might think of that goes well with chocolate.

Add flavours of your choice and feel free to experiment with small bits first to see if you want to go for that specific taste.

My favourite flavours are rum essence with a little dash of ground pepper or orange essence with pepper. The choice is yours!

At this point, the composition should be malleable enough to pour in silicone moulds if you decided to go for special occasion shapes.

If you are going for simple bar shapes, place a parchment paper on a tray, empty the content from the pan and level nicely with a spatula.

Cool in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours, depending on the layer’s thickness. Overnight is better!

If you used shapes, carefully remove your chocolate from the silicone moulds. Otherwise, cut bars of desired thickness and enjoy when you are craving something sweet!

homemade chocolate from scratch

Homemade Chocolate

Make your own chocolate from scratch using the flavours you like. The result is yumminess in a bar and most likely healthier than refined sugar packed commercial version!
5 from 35 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Moulding 4 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Romanian
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 200 ml water
  • 200 g coconut sugar organic
  • 50 g cacao powder organic
  • 200 g powdered milk (extra 30-50 g if needed)
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • flavours of choice
  • 60 g roasted hazelnuts optional

Instructions
 

  • In a pan, boil the water with sugar for 8 minutes, until it becomes syrupy.
  • Add the cacao powder, mix well and continue boiling at low temperature for another 4 minutes. Stir occasionally, so it does not crystalise or stick to the pan.
  • Remove the pan from the hob, add the powdered milk and mix well. Depending on the type of powdered milk used, you might want to grind it before if it is too lumpy.
  • During this step, you will observe that the powdered milk will quickly absorb the syrupy composition and thicken. Keep mixing until all lumps dissolve.
    ingredient mix
  • Add the butter and mix well. Optionally, add roasted crushed hazelnuts.
  • Add whatever flavours you wish. Try with small quantities first to see if you want to go for it. My favourite flavours are rum essence with a little dash of ground pepper or orange essence with pepper. The choice is yours!
  • At this point, the composition should be malleable enough to pour in silicone moulds if you decided to go for special occasion shapes. Larger moulds work better than smaller; the Christmas shapes I tried were not quite successful because of this!
  • If you are going for simple bar shapes, place a parchment paper on a tray, empty the content from the pan and level nicely with a spatula.
  • Cool in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours, depending on the layer's thickness. Overnight is better!
  • If you used shapes, carefully remove your chocolate from the silicone moulds. Otherwise, cut bars of desired thickness and enjoy when you are craving something sweet!

Notes

From these quantities, I obtained approximately 600 g of chocolate. Simple maths say that a 100 g bar contains about 33 g organic, unrefined sugar.  A lot less and better than any bar I bought from the shops!
For a vegan version, skip the butter and use coconut, rice or soy powdered milk as substitutes. I have not tried them, and I do not know how the consistency works.
Homemade chocolate should preferably be stored in the fridge as it contains dairy products. If you use substitutes for a vegan version, then a container and room temperature will do.
Keyword easy dessert, homemade chocolate, treat recipe

The Best Chocolate Is Always Homemade!


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51 Responses

  1. Swathi says:

    5 stars
    I like this homemade chocolate sure it will be more tasty than store bought one.

  2. Lilly says:

    5 stars
    This was so fun to make!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! The whole family loved it!

  4. 5 stars
    This is now among my favourite ones!

  5. Brianna says:

    5 stars
    Easy to make and perfect for gifts!

  6. Amy Liu Dong says:

    5 stars
    I love chocolates, and I am so happy that I can now make this at home. Delicious!

  7. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try it out!

  8. Debra says:

    5 stars
    So much easier to make than I thought….and truly delicious.

  9. Liz says:

    5 stars
    I love the idea of customizing the flavor!

  10. Kyleigh says:

    5 stars
    This was such a great recipe! So easy to follow!

  11. Ksenia says:

    5 stars
    I always wondered how chocolate is made! Thanks for simplifying this

  12. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    I’m making homemade chocolate with coconut oul. But I will give your recipe a try. Sounds quite delicious.

  13. Kristen says:

    5 stars
    We really enjoyed this recipe!

  14. Kay says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe the kids loved it 🙂

  15. AISilva says:

    5 stars
    This recipe looks so good! I can make it in 20 mins no less, even better. Thank you for this great recipe.

  16. Lillian says:

    5 stars
    I’ve never thought to make my own chocolate, sounds easier than I expected! Thank you!

  17. Sue says:

    5 stars
    I love chocolate anything so this is calling my name!!

  18. Nora says:

    5 stars
    I always wanted to make my own chocolate! Thanks for the super easy recipe!

  19. Jennifer | @kitjen_ says:

    5 stars
    This is dangerous because I’m going to be making these all the time 😅 Thank you so much for sharing the best dessert ever, chocolate!

  20. 5 stars
    I was literally dribbling at the mouth reading this lol. Looks soooo yummy defo making it for Valentine’s Day.

  21. This looks so amazing! Can’t wait to try this!!

  22. Divine says:

    This looks so easy to make

  23. Ghanashyam K says:

    5 stars
    The last time I tried making chocolate at home it was a disaster xD might have to try it again after seeing this recipe.

  24. Ana says:

    Hi! Homemade chocolate is very commonly made in my family. Sweet and lovable treat.

  25. Joanna says:

    5 stars
    I will definitely try making it. I wonder if it would be possible to substitute the sugar with stevia for a low carb option?

  26. This chocolate looks delicious. I haven’t tried to make candy in a long time. Thank you for the recipe. I think I should give it a try!

  27. jeannie says:

    5 stars
    Wow! What a great one, I wish I could find plantbased powdered milk to try this recipe. Looks easy and mouth melting too.

  28. 5 stars
    I never knew it was so easy to make your own chocolates! I love the ingredients you used. I will definitely need to try this out.

  29. Black Couture says:

    5 stars
    Yummy!! So excited to try this seeing I could get all the ingredients right here in Eswatini! Thank you for the post and looking forward to creatiev ways to satisfy my sweet tooth haha

  30. Colette says:

    5 stars
    My all-time favorite humankind invention is chocolate. I thank God every day for the person who invented chocolate! 😂 And I am like you; I love German chocolate or any European chocolate.
    I was so happy when I first saw your post, hasn’t even occurred to me that I too can make homemade chocolate so thank you so much for the recipe!

  31. 5 stars
    My daughter has always loved chocolate. I will save this recipe for her to try soon.

  32. I have to give this recipe a try. I didn’t know making your own chocolate could be this easy.

  33. 5 stars
    AAAaaaccckkk I have to try making my own chocolate. This recipe is so cool! The combinations are endless LOL.

  34. Jenny Bhatia says:

    5 stars
    My dad always made fudge during the holidays. And, admittedly, I never minded all that sugar 😎! He made it without a recipe, so I have no idea how to make it. Your recipe looks quite simple, and I think I could do it. Gonna try it out. Looks delicious and fun.

  35. 5 stars
    It never occurred to me to make my own chocolate, but what a brilliant idea – and perfect for making Valentine’s Day goodies! I love that this recipe is versatile also, and I could see adapting it in many ways. What a fun activity.

  36. Emily says:

    5 stars
    OMG, you must have been reading my mind! My man and I were just talking about this and here is your recipe. I can’t wait to try this!

  37. Leah says:

    Oh I want to try this especially because I’m kind of a chocolate snob 😂. I love buying the darkest chocolates on the market because I also don’t want an overly sweet chocolate. I’m excited to try this!

  38. These sound delicious! Most of the time, I find traditional fudge too sweet for my liking, too… I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

  39. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    This looks so good. I never knew homemade chocolate was this easy. Definitely going to try it this weekend.

  40. Alyssa says:

    Nice ive always want to make my own chocolate bery well thought off recipe

  41. 5 stars
    You got me at chocolate! Love this super easy recipe. On my list to try.

  42. 5 stars
    I love the idea of making homemade chocolate! I completely agree about overly sugary desserts. My favorite kind of chocolate is the 86% cacao bars. I would imagine I could make this chocolate and enjoy it just as much!

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