Make your own dark chocolates Natural Nigerian

Who loves chocolate? Yeah, that's what I thought. Almost everyone does.

​However, for those of us trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle, we find that we can't indulge guilt - free because of the ingredients in a chocolate bar. The ingredient list below is for a bar that is quite popular in Nigeria. Not terrible but definitely not  a healthy bar. 

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Ingredients Declaration: MILK CHOCOLATE(SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), PEANUTS, CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, PALM OIL, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, SALT, EGG WHITES, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

​So, what is the way out? Make yours of course, and control what goes into it. 

The recipe I am going to share with you is easy to prep for, requires just 3 ingredients and can be made in a short period of time. Best of all, you can get the kids involved. It's summer and I know that a lot of parents are running out of ideas to keep the kiddies occupied. You are welcome :)​

Ingredients for making your own dark chocolates Natural Nigerian

​What are our three ingredients? Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Powder, Honey. That is it. I particularly like this mix because it yields a hardish chocolate which is good for our temperate region weather.

This way, your chocolate will not melt the instant you take it out of the freezer. If you live in a colder place, you can go with half and half of cocoa butter and virgin coconut oil.

You can do that in Nigeria as well, don't get me wrong. Just know that your chocolate will be softer. 

So let's talk tools. I would have given you the measurements in cups and tablespoons but Cocoa Butter is not that easy to manipulate in its solid state so it is best to weigh things​ out. This will also help you if you want to scale things up or down. 

​You need to gather - A Spatula, Kitchen Scales, Heat Safe container (I used a Pyrex jug) and silicone molds

Tools for making your own dark chocolates Natural Nigerian

The Cocoa Butter is melted in  a water bath. Don't pop it into a microwave to melt it.

Not only may this lead it to your cocoa butter burning but will definitely lead to the reduction of the nutrients. A gentle water bath is a better way of melting butters.

Cocoa Powder and Cocoa Butter Make your own dark chocolates Natural Nigerian

Once it is melted, put the cocoa powder and honey in and mix. It mixes very very easily. This step takes less than a minute. 

You can adjust the quantity of honey to suit you. ​I do not like mine sweet at all so I only use a little bit. 

Want a variation? You can add nuts and even dried fruits at this stage. You can also be like @eyiyemiolivia and add some dried yellow pepper for a kick. I split my recipe in half and added desiccated coconut. 

Coconut. Make your own dark chocolates Natural Nigerian

Just mix it all in as you did the honey and cocoa butter. ​

Pour into molds and refrigerate/freeze. I find that when I use just cocoa butter, this can be ready within 5 minutes. With silicon molds, these pop right out. 

Make your own dark chocolates Natural Nigerian

Don't forget to let your little elves lick what is left in the bowl....memories are made that way​ 🙂

Make your own dark chocolates Natural Nigerian

Enjoy your guilt free dessert. Remember, eat just a little of this, the fact that it is "healthy" does not make it free of calories. 

NN DIY Friday: Easy, Three Ingredient Dark Chocolate

NN DIY Friday: Easy, Three Ingredient Dark Chocolate

Ingredients

  • Cocoa Butter 250g
  • Cocoa Powder 250g
  • Honey (adjust to taste, I use about 100 - 120g)
  • *Optional - Groundnut, Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Coconut e.t.c

Instructions

  1. Place Cocoa Butter in a Heat Safe Container
  2. Melt Cocoa Butter properly in a water bath until it turns to oil
  3. Take out of water bath
  4. Put Cocoa Powder and Honey into the melted cocoa butter
  5. Mix properly with a spatula or spoon.
  6. Pour into molds.
  7. Freeze.
  8. Un-mold and serve.
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19 Comments

Nedoux

Hello NN,

I really love DIY-ing because it builds self-sufficiency, and when it comes to food-ish DIYs, one is sure of the quality of the components.

Thank you for sharing this, I know I will try this out as I am quite curious about the taste of honey sweetened chocolate.

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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Natural Nigerian

You hit the nail on the head, Nedoux! Went by your blog earlier. Going back for a more in-depth look.

Have a wonderful weekend. Please let me know how you like the honey sweetened chocolate.

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amina

Thanks for sharing have alway wanted making home made chocolate,will try this .but how do I get d cocoa butter is it sold in shop any other alternative for d cocoa butter.

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Natural Nigerian

Hi Amina,

Glad this is useful to you. You can buy Cocoa Butter and Cocoa Powder in our online store by following the links in the posts. Our online store is here: naturalnigerian.com/ahia

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Priscilla

Awesome post. Please where can I get home silicone molds and pyrex jug? Thanks

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Iyeh

Natural Nigerian when you say place the cocoa butter in a water bath should it be warm water or room temperature? Thank you.

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Natural Nigerian

Hi Iyeh, it should be on the boil. The water bath is typically a pot of water that is boiling with your cocoa butter (in a heat safe jar over container) placed inside it.

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