As a family we eat what Freddy can eat so if something contains milk it's a no go. This is easy for many things but do you know how hard it is to find chocolate which does not contain (or have traces of) milk?
Well, we decided to take matters into our own hands and make our own chocolate from scratch!
Freddy had never tasted chocolate for the first 18 months of his life because we just didn't think it was necessary (and also his allergies), so he had no idea what he was missing.....until one day he found my *ahem* emergency
So with the damage done we relaxed our chocolate policy and allow it on very special occasions - hence our interest in making it from scratch.
To make it we bought raw cacao nibs. They look like chocolate but taste disgusting - imagine 150% dark chocolate.
our marmalade with, until they form into a smooth paste.
Then sugar is added to sweeten the bitter chocolate. We added organic cane sugar crystals (about a 50 / 50 mixture).
I have my wonderful Mexican neighbour to thank for showing me this type of chocolate.
This kind of lesson is great for children to see how something can be made from scratch so easily.