Chocolate has a bunch of shit in it.
You can change this.
- 1 cup coconut oil (I buy mine in bulk here)
- 1 1/2 cups raw cacao (I also buy mine here)
- maple syrup or raw honey to taste (maybe 1/4 cup-ish)
- a dash of pink salt
Combine everything in a double broiler and stir until all the ingredients have melted together. The mixture will look glossy, like a pretty pony. It shouldn't get too hot -- test by dipping a finger in to taste it. And then again just to make sure.
Once you've created the base, get your Willy Wonka on. Add spices, herbs, essential oils:
- peppermint oil...
Add things! Or don't. It is pure and delicious in its unadulterated state.
Next, give the chocolate a good final stir. Liquid sweeteners like honey or maple syrup tend to sink to the bottom.
Pour the chocolate into molds (ice-cube trays are great) or onto a baking sheet. This is a great time to put beautiful things on top:
- shredded coconut
- rose petals
- entire roses
- more spices
- more salt
- crystallized ginger
- dried cherries
- peanut butter / nut butter of choice*
- maple cream...
Put your molds or baking sheet into the freezer. Hope your baking sheet fits in your freezer. Leave in for about an hour or so, until the chocolate is set. The chocolate will slide pretty easily out if the molds (just turn upside down and bang) and you can cut it into pieces off the baking sheet. Transfer to a sealed container and leave in the fridge. It will get a little melty at room temperature.
*If pouring chocolate into molds experiment with making a chocolate peanut butter cup situation. One option is to pour a base of chocolate in the mold, freeze it, remove from the freezer, add peanut butter, then pour reserved chocolate on top and refreeze. If that sounds too involved, just start with chocolate, add peanut butter, then add more chocolate. It's all going to the same place eventually.