Have you ever wanted to make your own chocolate? I never did, being quite satisfied with the chocolate others make that I can buy, but when I came across this kit from Verve, Inc, makers of GleeGum and DIY candy kits, I had to try it, out of civic duty and curiosity, and well.... chocolate!
First, a caveat. I suck at this sort of thing. I don't really cook, and the baking I do is mostly from mixes, and I'm barely competent with those. The only thing I make from scratch is chocolate chip cookies using The Joy of Cooking's recipe, and doubling the chips and using dark brown sugar. They ain't pretty, but they are tasty, and full of chocolate, as I use mini chips to pack more in per cookie. But, I digress.
|Make Your Own Chocolate from Scratch Kit|
First up, was melting the cocoa butter, which was included in the kit. In fact, everything you need is in the kit other than the kitchenware and things you want to add to the chocolate, such as marshmallows and/or nuts, none of which I bothered with, though I did toss one blue M&M into one of the chocolate cups.
I've taken photos of the process. I also had an assistant. Ugly Doll Wage stepped up to give me a hand. This is a rather long post for this blog because, well, the photos! I had a lot of fun doing this, but I'll admit that stopping every few minutes to take photos probably threw off the timing of some steps, which might've affected how the chocolate came out, although, as you'll find out at the end of this long post, it came out quite tasty!
|Chocolate Making Ingredients|
|Wage Shows the Melted Butter|
|Wage Prepares to Add the Cocoa Powder|
|Wage Stirs in the Cocoa Powder|
|Wage Dumps in the Confectioner's Sugar|
Heating the concoction is the next step, but for only a very short time. In the microwave, that meant on High for no more than 10 seconds. The idea here is to remove moisture and make the chocolate smoother. I'm not sure how much that worked on my lumpy mixture.
|Wage with the Blended Chocolate Concoction|
You can also add a bit of vanilla. I didn't. At this time, the instructions suggest readying your little paper cups by adding to them anything you want in your chocolate: nuts, fruit bits, tiny marshmallows (the cups really are small), jelly beans, whatever.
|Wage Adds the Starter Crystals|
|Close-Up of the Starter Crystals|
|Wage Filling a Paper Cup with Chocolate Mixture|
|Chocolate Ready to Cool|
|Wage with a Finished Piece of Chocolate|
|Close-Up of a Handmade Piece of Chocolate. Please Ignore the Lumps!|
There's a video that pretty much is the instructions brought to life.
Conclusion: If you want to make your own chocolate, this kit's for you! Anyone more competent in the kitchen should have no trouble with this kit.