You Can Make Delicious Chocolate
Do you go catch yourself buying chocolate every time you go to your local grocery store? How about when you fill up gas and run inside to pay. Do you grab at your favorite chocolate bar?
Did you know you can make healthy delicious chocolate at home in about 30 minutes?
In this article, I review my experience on learning how to make chocolate. Making chocolate is exciting because of how easy it is to make at home.
I controlled the process from start to finish and know all the ingredients I use to make the chocolate.
You can control the amount of sugar to use and make different flavors based on what you want.
Why you should make Chocolate
Over the years, you may have heard different studies that say chocolate is health to eat. Chocolate is also an aphrodisiac and it bring couple together. If you know what I mean.
To the fella’s who are reading this right now, have you ever consider making chocolate for the woman or man in your life?
And ladies, the next time you have a get together at the home, consider the fact you can make delicious chocolate at home and your guests will be blown away that you make it.
You can also make chocolate at home next time you are looking for a date night idea.
The Class I Went To
A few years back my wife, surprised me and took me to, The Light Cellar in Calgary, Alberta. It is a natural health food store where they also teach you how to make chocolate, ferment food and tell you how to recognize different plants and herbs in natures.
My wife said this was a surprise and we were going to learn how to make chocolate. I was excited because although I love chocolate I usually do not eat it because most of the store-bought chocolate is not health for you.
The nice thing about attending the chocolate making event was that most people who attended had been to The Light Cellar before.
Chocolate and Some History
Because chocolate is so awesome and most people enjoy it, it has been used to make cookies, muffins, banana bread, ice cream, chocolate covered almonds, brownies and countless other goodies.
When the class began, Malcolm the owner of The Light Cellar, told us about his experience with food and chocolate.
As he told us his story about travel and chocolate, I listened to him from two perspectives. First to learn how to make delicious chocolate. Second, to learn if my wife and I could take what we learned and start a business of our own.
As Malcolm chatted he shared his experience. Driving down rural roads in Costa Rica and seeing rows of Cacao (kaa cow) beans being harvested. Cacao beans the main ingredient used to make chocolate.
As the class went on, Malcolm passed around different items for us to touch, taste and experience. He was teaching the class by using tasty visual aids. The class had the opportunity to taste raw Cacao Butter and Cacao Bean from Ecuador and Bali. These would later be ingredients in the chocolate making process.
He told us the different health benefits of Cacao. How the Cacao bean went from the tree to the bag on your grocery shelf. He explained how the Cacao butter is used in the cosmetic industry and told us how the bean was used as a currency before the Peso was introduced.
Making Chocolate in 30 minutes
As the introductions part of the class come to an end and it was time for us to become the, “Chocolate Alchemist”.
Since you will be making chocolate at home I encourage you to use raw, organic and super foods as your ingredients.
All though we were to make only one type of chocolates, I asked Malcolm if I could borrow one of his molds.
The nice thing about making chocolate at home, is you have the option to incorporate your favorite ingredient into your recipe. You can make the chocolate sweet, bitter, salty, spicy and any other flavor in between.
Having the mold available to me, I started with my base chocolate ingredients. Cacao Butter, Cacao power, Vanilla bean and Lucuma. Lucuma is a sweetener used to replace sugar.
After preparing my base, I poured a small about into the first mold. I then add another ingredient to the base and poured that in to the next mold. I did this a total of 12 times. Each time I mixed a new ingredient I poured the new mix in to the mold.
As I continued to add other items to my chocolate recipe, the taste of my chocolate was becoming more complex. Every time I added a flavor I would taste it, then decided if I needed to add more of the same or add another ingredient before I added that to the mold.
I practiced layering my flavors even further. In one of the molds I poured chocolate only to the half way point. Then I would add and ingredient in the middle and then add a new chocolate layer on top.
I wanted to make my chocolate different than everyone else in the class.
In the middle I added Honey, Cherries, Coconut shreds, Goji Berries, Mulberries, Cinnamon, Rose petals, Ginseng, Chaga, Peppermint extract and of course Cheyenne pepper. I love spice and had to see what spicy chocolate tastes like.
After we had an opportunity to finish up, I found it incredible how easy it was to make delicious chocolate in less than 30 minutes.
The last thing to do was put the modes in the fridge and allow the chocolate to set.
A Little Extra
As Malcolm brought the class back together, he said we had to wait for the chocolate to set. In the meantime, he was going to show the class how easy it was to make homemade Fudge and Almond Milk.
The fudge was awesome and the almond milk he made was fresh. He made it right in front of us and it only took a few minutes.
My wife looked at me and said, “We are making Almond Milk at home from now on. We are not buying that store-bought, packaged, full of preservative stuff anymore.”
During the chocolate making class, I felt like Willy Wonka from the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
If you have an opportunity I would recommend going to your local community health food store and taking a chocolate making class. Then you can also learn how to make it at home.
If you want you can also go on YouTube and learn how to make chocolate.
If you live in Calgary I would recommend checking out, The Light Cellar. I do not make money by promoting The Light Cellar nor am I paid by them. I am saying this based on my personal experience with the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The next time you have a few friends over for chocolate fondue know that you can take an extra few minutes to make the chocolate for the fondue. You do not need that store-bought stuff that maybe full of unhealthy sugar.
After reading my experience on making chocolate will you try to make delicious chocolate at home?
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