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Updated on April 21, 2013


Imagine making your own chocolate... Well, the good news is that you can but be warned; it can be a messy business and you're unlikely to be mass producing large bars of Dairy Milk the first time you try. However, I'm sure you'll have immense fun eating all the misshapes.

Obviously unless you have some experience in the field you'll have to start out small; so just aim for pure chocolate to start with. You can progress to more advanced stuff later if you wish.

Start with raw cocoa beans, which can be found at online sites. A good one which I have used before is

The beans need to be roasted by spreading them in a single layer on a baking tray, and leaving them in the oven for approximately 30 minutes at 400ºF. Allow them to cool, and then peel off the husks, which is extremely tedious but can be avoided by buying ready skinned beans. These are obtainable from the site listed above.

The roasted beans now need to be broken up. Spread them out on a tea towel, place another over top and bang them with a heavy rolling pin. You could also use a pestle and mortar. Once you have pieces, put them in a clean coffeee or pepper mill and grind them. A hand grinder is better because if the bits get too small they will liquefy. Grind to the point where you can put them into the pestle and mortar again for the final grinding.

Eventually you will end up with a somewhat of a mushy consistency.

Transfer to a dish and heat it up in a pan of water. Then grind a little more in the mortar. It should have now be fairly smooth. At this stage you can add a drop of orange, ginger or peppermint oil if desired. Then add sugar at a rate of half a cup of sugar per pound of cocoa beans, I'd advise adding the sugar gradually and tasting as you go as everyone's taste is different. Pour into moulds, leave in a cool place to set (not the fridge though) and et voila you have your very own handmade pure chocolate!

And you'll never guess what? Dark chocolate can actually help with weight loss. So now you have no excuse.

A slightly automated method of chocolate making

Tempering for all you purists out there

© Susan Bailey 2008 All Rights Reserved


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      JOTHI 3 years ago


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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      You're welcome Alicia.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is interesting and useful, Sue. I make chocolate desserts with cocoa, but I've never thought of making my own chocolate before. Thank you very much for the helpful instructions!

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      muskan 6 years ago

      when i was making it i was enjoying my self.

      it was amazing my family love it

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      vaishali 6 years ago

      i luv chocolates so muchhhhhhhhhh!*

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      srimathi 6 years ago

      i just love chocolates i want the world to be chocolate world


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      shiny juliet 6 years ago

      for me choclate is the fantastic and tastiest snack in the world.i love to eat choclates than anything.especially dark choclates.

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      bushra farid 6 years ago

      i love chocolate .......................

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      Ryan and Chloe 6 years ago

      chocolate is the best

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      aditi 7 years ago

      I love it

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      monica 7 years ago

      if someone would ask me what is ur favourite eatable thing? i would say it is chocol8.


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      saradhalakshmi 7 years ago

      chocolates are delicious

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      silky 7 years ago


      i love chocolates very much

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      shweta 7 years ago


      I JUST LOVE CHOCOLATES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      pratiksha 8 years ago

      its awsome to known that dark chocolate is not only tasty but also reduces weight.let me see what's the magic

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      shrishti 8 years ago

      i just luv chocol8 it feels like heaven ..............

      i swrrrrrrrr



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      Susan Bailey 8 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Thanks John, already mentioned Indigo herbs above.

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      John 8 years ago

      I have found intructions on how to make raw chocolate at Indigo Herbs enjpy!

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      anuradha 8 years ago

      this is a very useful site. lovely chocos are discussed in this .....

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      Jaideep Singh 8 years ago

      Thanks a lot for the information...

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      Susan Bailey 8 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Thanks for the info Jen. Shame Google Adsense banned me for reasons best known to them.

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      jenblacksheep 8 years ago from England

      Hi! Great hub. I thought you'd like to know (maybe you already do) that this hub is third in a Google search on how to make chocolate at home. I don't know anything about how to make chocolate and this was very informative! :D

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      Susan Bailey 8 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Thanks for that endorsement John. Much appreciated

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      John 8 years ago


      yes I would like to add that we get raw chocolate supplies from and there service and products has always been excellent. The prices at Indigo Herbs are quite a bit cheaper than detox you world. We use Indigo Herbs there raw cacao butter is excellent. Hope this helps. John.

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      Susan Bailey 8 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Andrew, it won't work with ordinary cocoa powder because it isn't high fat enough. The grinding of the beans is an important part as it gets them to the correct consistency for chocolate making. If the powder you are referring to is Cacao Theobroma then you could try but you would also need cocoa butter. This is sold as a superfood supplement. The result will be bitter though. Supplies and instructions can be found on this website. If you are in the UK you can get ready roasted and skinned beans from this site Good luck!

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      andrew 8 years ago

      if i already have the powder what do i do?

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      cell 8 years ago

      i love!!!!!! chocolate but i can't get coco beans to make it awwwwwwwww!!!!!!! i have cravings aaaahhhhh!!!! lol

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Dark chocolat and weight loss in a same sentence and as a possitive, I've enjoyed your hub

      regards Zsuzsy


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