Friday, July 31, 2015

Salted Dark Chocolate (recipe too)

"Sinfully Delicious Salted Dark Chocolate"

This recipe was written by Amy Kelso of Backat the Ranch. Easy, tasty chocolate that is good for you!  We use Organic, Fair Trade cocoa powder from Frontier.  =)

This makes a great healthy candy, but be careful how you store it.  Coconut oil melts around 72°F!
  • 1 cup Coconut Oil  (We use the ratio of 1:2 Cocoa Butter 2 -1/4 oz & then Coconut Oil up to 7 oz total) 
  • 1 cup organic cocoa powder (3 & 1/4 oz)  (I just realized that I was accidentally using 1/2c! Well--it was good like that, but I'll have to try the whole amount next time, lol!)
  • 1/2 cup raw, local honey (5-6oz)
  • 1 tsp. natural vanilla extract
  • 2 Generous pinch of organic coconut sugar (or 1T Sucanat)
  • 2 Pinch of sea salt =)
    Optional: 1c rice cereal/broken pretzels/granola & 1-2c chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc.
    (This week, I added 1 cup of Hemp seeds & 1 cup of Rice "crispies". Tasty and easy to bite.)
  1. Melt coconut oil & honey in sauce pan over low heat. (We found that you have to heat it till it starts to bubble a bit- otherwise it will not harden properly.)
  2. Add cocoa powder, blend well.
  3. Stir in a pinch of coconut sugar and sea salt.
  4. Remove from heat.  (this is when you would add the optional crunchy stuff)
  5. Line a shallow baking dish with parchment paper.
  6. Pour chocolate mix onto paper lined dish.
  7. Refrigerate (or freeze) until chocolate solidifies.
  8. Cut into squares or break into bite sized pieces.
  9. Store in refrigerator. (or freezer)
My Note:
Another way we like it is: individual chocolates: place whole nuts in mini muffin wrappers (or silicone), and add the runny chocolate to them. If you use silicone molds, you must make sure that they are completely frozen before popping them out. =)

Notes I collected from the original blog post:
"You can adjust the amount of honey and coconut sugar to suit your personal taste.  I like mine a little less sweet and will often cut the amount of honey in half."

"Experience has shown me (experience and some helpful comments from my readers) that this chocolate will be an oooey gooey honey-fied mess if not spread thinly enough… so word to the wise."

"If you like, you can save your sea salt ’til the final step.  Sprinkling sea salt on top of your cooling chocolate adds to the visual appeal."

Happy Eating!

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