Make Your Own Chocolate Bar From Scratch – It’s Easier Than You Might Think

Homemade Chocolate Bar

9200A Blender, Chocolates | 26th October 2015 | By

Making raw chocolate bars is a relatively simple process, it just requires a bit of melting and stirring. I have made a few versions of this type of chocolate, but I’d never thought about trying to make my own “real chocolate bar” – until now. It’s a lot easier than you might think.

Liskeard Library

Libraries are wonderful places. The last time I visited our local library, I ended up browsing through a copy of the very interesting Groundnut Cookbook. It wasn’t long before I came across a recipe for a Dark Chocolate Bar: cue double take, *ding*, really? Wow! I’d kind of assumed one needed all sorts of complicated equipment to make bean to bar chocolate at home, but it seems not. This I just had to try.

Bean-to-Bar

Of course I went my own way as usual. The method used in the book required a lot of “conching” by hand in a pestle and mortar. Blow that! I wanted to see if my trusty Optimum 9200A Next Generation blender was up to the job. Turned out it was, even though getting it to grind and meld the chocolate required a bit of experimentation. This super fast blender can get hot very quickly and I didn’t want to burn the chocolate.

The main difficulty I experienced was having only fifty grams of cocoa nibs in the house. This meant adapting the quantities given in the recipe and more importantly, it wasn’t quite enough for the blades to reach properly; I had to do several quick bursts of blending, followed by scraping out the chocolate mixture from the bottom. A hundred grams or more would have worked much better. It also wasn’t enough to fill my chocolate mould, so I ended up with a three quarters bars rather than a full one.

Made From Scratch Chocolate Bar

Homemade Chocolate Bar

Okay, the end result wasn’t the most sophisticated chocolate I’ve ever eaten, the texture was in fact quite grainy, but hey, I’d made my very own chocolate bar from scratch. I couldn’t resist doing a few jigs around the house; I was, just a little bit excited. It had a nice shine to it, an excellent snap and it tasted really rather nice. It was so good in fact, I had a hard time not demolishing the whole thing immediately. I did manage to save some for CT’s return later in the day, however. He gave it the thumbs up, broadly hinting I should devote myself to this latest bean-to-bar pastime.

Where Did it All Come From?

The fabulous golden ticket chocolate mould came from the lovely Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial a few years ago and it’s my absolute favourite. The Groundnut Cookbook by Duval Timothy, Jacob Fodio Todd and Folayemi Brown is full of intriguing recipes from all over Africa. You can find out more about the wonders of the Optimum 9200A Next Generation by reading my original review.

Dark Chocolate Bar – The Recipe

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Homemade Chocolate Bar
Dark Chocolate Bar
Prep Time
14 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Setting Time
1 hr
Total Time
15 mins
 
A dark chocolate bar made in a high speed blender with cocoa nibs and cocoa butter.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Keywords: cacao butter, cacao nibs, chocolate
Servings: 1 75g bar
Author: Choclette
Ingredients
  • 50 g cocoa nibs
  • 15 g demerara sugar
  • pinch Himalayan pink rock salt or salt of choice
  • 10 g cocoa butter
Instructions
  1. Place the cocoa nibs, sugar and salt in a powerful blender (I used my Froothie Optimum 9200A Next Generation) and pulse until a fine powder has formed.
  2. Add the cocoa butter and blend on medium for 30 second bursts, being careful to not overheat the chocolate, which can get easily burnt. You may need to scrape the mixture up from the bottom in between bursts.
  3. Keep going until the mixture has formed a smooth and shiny paste. Ideally you want a pourable liquid, but I didn't get that.
  4. Scrape out (or pour) into a chocolate mould, or suitable sized tin. Press with a back of a spoon to ensure an even layer.
  5. Leave for an hour or so in a cool place to set. Unmould and dance a little jig of joy.

Recipe Notes

Doubling the quantities would make the process easier.

You may want to add a little more sugar if you like your chocolate sweet.

Adapted from The Groundnut Cookbook

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46 Comments

  1. Jacqueline Meldrum

    26th October 2015 at 7:23 am

    Yay!!! Well done! I had to stop by for a read.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Jac, I am still feeling ridiculously excited about this.

      Reply
  2. Tracy

    26th October 2015 at 8:44 am

    AMAZING! I have a feeling if I tried it, it wouldn’t go so well. I need to get myself one of those moulds and then give it a go though.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Well I must say I rather surprised myself. I wasn’t at all sure it would work Tracy.

      Reply
  3. Janice

    26th October 2015 at 1:33 pm

    So impressed. Keep at it, you will be running your own chocolate shop in no time!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Well it does make it seem slightly less of an impossibility Janice 😉

      Reply
  4. Kavey

    26th October 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Lovely, would never have thought to use my froothie like this!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 6:17 pm

      No, I wasn’t too sure about it either, but thought it was worth a go. So glad I did 🙂

      Reply
  5. Liz Posmyk (Good Things)

    26th October 2015 at 9:51 pm

    How very clever! I’d be doing a jig too. Love the mould that Celia sent you xx

    Reply
    • Choclette

      27th October 2015 at 7:31 am

      Thanks Liz, I’m still feeling rather amazed. Celia’s mould is really special and I was really pleased to be able to use it in this first Tin and Thyme bean to bar.

      Reply
  6. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    26th October 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I was so impressed when I saw this on your Instagram, it look so professional!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      27th October 2015 at 7:32 am

      Thanks Jemma, I’m still on a bit of a high 🙂

      Reply
  7. celia

    26th October 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Love it! So glad you’re still using the mould! Hope you’re well, hon! xxx

    Reply
    • Choclette

      27th October 2015 at 7:33 am

      Thank you Celia. I was so excited by this, I really wanted you to see it. I wasn’t at all sure I could pull it off. And I was so pleased to have such a special mould for my first ever bean to bar chocolate 🙂

      Reply
  8. Lisa

    27th October 2015 at 10:03 am

    I watched Willie Harcourt-Cooze on that program where he makes chocolate and it looked so complicated, but I suppose he was or is making it on a scale to sell it to the masses. I never thought of making just one bar to enjoy at home! It looks great, definitely a dancing moment!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      27th October 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Lisa. I thought it would be a lot more complicated that it was, but to be fair, my bar is not the smoothest I’ve ever eaten 😉

      Reply
  9. Roz Goodgame

    27th October 2015 at 6:38 pm

    this looks brill- so professional!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      27th October 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks Roz, I can’t quite bring myself to finish it off as I want to prove I really did it.

      Reply
  10. Kacie

    27th October 2015 at 9:52 pm

    This looks delicious. I had a go at making my own raw chocolates recently using a kit that was sent to me to review on my blog; I was surprised at how easy it is. I love the mould, too!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th October 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Yes, raw chocolate is quite easy, but even this wasn’t too difficult.

      Reply
  11. Camilla

    27th October 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Gorgeous, I’d love to try this, I just need a high powered blender now I suppose! Where did you get Cocoa butter from?

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th October 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks Camilla. I got mine from a health food shop – most good ones should stock it.

      Reply
  12. Emily

    28th October 2015 at 11:59 am

    Amazing! Looks like such a neat mould too. And I really want that cup and saucer x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th October 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks Emily. The cup and saucer was a complete fluke charity find a few years ago – what luck 🙂

      Reply
  13. shobha

    28th October 2015 at 2:47 pm

    This is awesome.. kids will be so happy.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th October 2015 at 6:39 pm

      I think it might be a bit too dark for children Shobha, it’s more of an adult’s chocolate.

      Reply
  14. Jessica {Swanky Recipes}

    28th October 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Love the idea of making your own chocolate. This would make for an awesome gift for the holidays coming up!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th October 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks Jessica, that’s just what I was thinking 🙂

      Reply
  15. Trish

    28th October 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I love that chocolate mold! I’ve tried a few times to make my own chocolate, but have never gotten it quite right. Nicely done!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks Trish. I must say I wasn’t at all sure it would work. I love that mould too 🙂

      Reply
  16. Priya

    29th October 2015 at 4:00 am

    wow this looks good..

    Reply
  17. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    29th October 2015 at 7:09 am

    If I start making these I will not stop. Looks fab Choclette.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Sounds like I’d better get you on to it then Bintu – always happy to take any excess 😉

      Reply
  18. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    29th October 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Well done! Definitely worth a jig (or three!!)… Looks perfect even if it was a little grainy….. But who cares? It was all yours!!!!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Exactly kate and if anyone dares to mind a little graininess come Christmas, Santa won’t be the only one whose upset 😉

      Reply
  19. Janie

    30th October 2015 at 8:47 am

    Love everything about this post, from CT’s response to that adorable mould – it’s so cute! I would never have thought to make a bar of chocolate from scratch, might send this recipe to Jonny (the dedicated chocoholic in this house!) 😀
    Janie x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Ah thanks Janie. As you can imagine I was super excited by this. Still am. I can’t bring myself to eat the last bit, so I can show off to anyone who happens to drop by 😉

      Reply
  20. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    30th October 2015 at 4:11 pm

    How exciting! I had no idea how you make chocolate but I have a big bag of cacao nibs in my cupboard! Must get a Froothie I think 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Well you know where to get one from if you do go down that route Lucy 😉

      Reply
  21. Fiona @ London-Unattached

    30th October 2015 at 4:42 pm

    what a great idea. Where did you get the cocoa nibs from? It sounds like the sort of thing I might try at home too!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 5:10 pm

      I got them from a health food shop Fiona, any worth it’s salt will stock them.

      Reply
  22. Nayna Kanabar

    27th November 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Chocolate made from scratch that’s impressive indeed.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th November 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks Nayna, I was super excited about it 🙂

      Reply
  23. shaheen

    9th December 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Yes, I love it too. I’ve made some raw choc from scratch, but not a bar – very impressive. I have some Cacao nibs in the kitchen, I have plans what to do with them – just never seem to get round to cutting open the packets.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th December 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks Shaheen. I know the, too many exciting things to do and just not enough time to do them in.

      Reply

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