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How to Make Your Own Organic Chocolate

Updated on March 10, 2014

DIY Chocolate - Why?

If you've gotten on the natural food kick, you have seen how much of a difference eating healthy and naturally can make. Simple choices like organic milk, organic fruits/vegetables, or even foods without high fructose corn syrup or preservatives, they all make a huge difference!

So when I started eating these foods, getting healthy, and paying attention to what I was buying or making for my family, I got more interested in what snack foods I could make naturally that we could all enjoy. Because you don't want to cut out all your vices, right?

I got the following recipe for making some delicious, and natural chocolate from the website, and followed the instructions via a video presented by Premier chocolate maker, John Scharffenberger and approximated the measurements for the written recipe below. John is so great at what he does, and he really has a great recipe here!

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  • 8 tsp cacao nibs, (ex. brand: Dagoba, Navitas)
  • 2 tsp organic sugar, (ex. brand: Banah)
  • 1 pinch chili powder, (optional) brings out the chocolate flavor
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom, (optional) brings out a deep, rich flavor
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon, (optional)

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Roughly 1.5 oz

Getting Started

  1. Pour your cacao nibs and sugar into a coffee grinder. Grind for roughly five minutes until it is the consistency of a fine paste, stopping every minute or so to scrape the sides of grinder of the mixture.
  2. After you have your mixture at the right consistency, take a little sample to see if it is the right sweetness for your tasting. You can add more sugar (or sweetener) if necessary.
  3. Add in any additional spices that you want to use in your chocolate. I've added some different options for different flavors in the ingredient list.
  4. Grind all of your ingredients now, again, for 30-60 seconds.
  5. Place your mixture into a mortar and pestle. Continue your grinding process here of your chocolate mixture until you've reached the point where it's smooth.
  6. From here you can either pour it into molds, or just enjoy how it is! A big thank you to John Scharffenberger for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Another way to make chocolate

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Make Your Chocolate Into A Gift

If you're like me, you enjoy giving gifts that you've made yourself. In this case, if you want to package up your homemade dessert and give it as chocolate gifts, then there are lots of ways to do it!

You can make a little gift basket by filling a basket with your chocolate, dip some pretzels in your chocolate and allow to dry - people love a chocolate pretzel gift. Finish your basket with other little homemade snacks like yummy cookies, organic fruit, or other treats they would enjoy.

There are many ways to serve up delicious chocolate! And really, with a special treat this good, you can't go wrong.

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Mmmm... Chocolate!


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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great recipe Nicole! It looks delicious and pass on the chili powder. Voted up!

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      Jeannie InABottle 

      5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I've never even thought of making my own chocolate before. Thanks for the idea!

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      5 years ago

      @NicoleS I mever knew that you could make organic chocolate. Thanks for the insight! Voted up and sharing

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Oh thank you for this Nicole. The recipe is very easy even kids can enjoy making some on the weekends. Thanks to you too for sharing John Scharffenberger's chocolate recipe.I too am sharing this perfect example of making dessert from scratch. Sweet hugs from me! :=)-Tonette

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      A very useful hub for chocolate lovers. Sharing.

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      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I was very excited to see this Hub. I have 5 pounds of cacao I got from the jungle here in Peru and I've been wondering what I should do with it. Now I know! I can't wait to try this--thanks so much.

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      Elisha Jachetti 

      5 years ago

      I'm definitely going to have to try this out. I loveeee chocolate, but most of the stuff on the market I avoid because it contains dairy and/or soy. This is a great alternative.

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow, this seems like something I'm willing to try. I usually get my chocolate from Sees Candies, but if I can make my own I can keep my stockpile close by. Thank you for sharing.

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      5 years ago from Bangkok

      Hi nicole! Voted in one of your polls and shared to my followers. Great recipe. I'd like to try that one of these days.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Nicole, thanks for sharing such a healthy recipe for dark chocolate. I've bookmarked it for trying later.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      With Christmas coming sooner than you think, making organic chocolate as a gift for people who are particular about what they eat and how it's made might be just the thing!

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      A very good idea to make your own organic chocolate. It wouldn't have occurred to me if I hadn't noticed this hub. Organic chocolate should make chocolate even more healthful than it already is.

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      Aman Thakur 

      6 years ago from India

      This is really an very yummy recipe!!!!!!!!!!

      Being a die hard fan of chocolate I am definitely going to try this. Voted up and useful.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing..this is awesome!

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      What an interesting idea! I would never have thought about making chocolate if you hadn't suggested it and you include some interesting ingredients too. Voted you up, interesting, and will share with my followers!

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      6 years ago from the short journey

      Well this is a very cool recipe! :) Thanks for posting it for us.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I have to try this sometime;-) Voted up!

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great information! I love chocolate!

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      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow...this hub so cute. I love chocolate very much. Thanks for writing and share this recipe. I hope I can make it soon. Rated up and useful!


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      Janice S 

      6 years ago

      Recipe sounds yummy....I love chocolate with a hint of cinnamon. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      This is awesome! I've wanted to make organic/natural chocolate to avoid all the preservatives, etc. so this will come in handy someday! Thank you for sharing, and thanks to John for the awesome recipe!


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