Monday, 26 March 2012

All natural homemade chocolate

Eating chocolate in our house is a special luxury and not something we take for granted because of Freddy's allergy to dairy products.

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!
But first a word about chocolate and toddlers.

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 bar of Lindt 70% dark chocolate.  Things had been faily quiet in the house for a few minutes so we looked outside and discovered this....
Thankfully this chocolate does not contain milk so all was fine on the allergy front but of course he had been robbed of his chocolate innocence.

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.
Then they are just ground with the fancy juicer / grinder machine thing that we make 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).
It is simply served in little chunks like this on tiny saucers and although it doesn't look as pretty as a Ferrero Rocher it tastes soooo good!

I have my wonderful Mexican neighbour to thank for showing me this type of chocolate.
So this is made from 2 ingredients; how many are there on a normal bar of chocolate?

This kind of lesson is great for children to see how something can be made from scratch so easily.

18 comments:

  1. Wow, I bet it is good. Great picture of your son :). My 18 month old learnt to say chocolate this week :D

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    1. haha! you'll be hearing that word regularly now!

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  2. What a great photo of Freddy at 1.5! Noah had milk allergy until about 14 months but it was not so severe and thankfully he outgrew it. Is Freddy likely to outgrow his allergy also?

    Shion tried chocolate for the first time yesterday {15 months} when my Aunt bought him a kinder surprise and I gave them half each. Such joy! And such a mess even with that tiny amount!

    Making own chocolate sounds fun- I am sure you have to make a lot of things from scratch in order to work around Freddy`s allergies.

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    1. Oh we so hope he will grow out of it. These last few weeks have been bad for him and we are not sure why but are thinking perhaps there is another allergy that we do not yet know about :(

      I hope you got some good snaps of the kinder moment!

      Hugs from France x

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  3. Great photo! You always know when it's quiet the kids are up to something, funnily enough the couple of times it has happened with my son it has involved chocolate too!

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    1. How do they find it? That's what I want to know :)

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  4. where did you get the cacao nibs from? I'd love to have a go at that - did you heat it up and melt the cacao and sugar together?

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    1. I bought them from here: http://www.detoxyourworld.com/ but there are lots of companies selling them online. I would recommend only buying the organic ones because there is definitely a taste difference.
      Good luck making some!

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  5. Mums, it looks tasty to me.

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    1. It really is! Even though it looks a bit 'earthy' :)

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  6. Ahhh, now I am starving but have eaten all the choccy in the house already ;-)

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    1. I know that feeling. When I'm really desperate for sweet stuff I'll just cut out the middle man and eat a few spoonfuls of golden syrup!

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  7. ust popped over from Mumsnet. What an absolutely beautiful blog you. Just lovely. Mich x

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  8. Those cocoa nibs remind me of our recent trip to Hershey. I would love to try this someday. Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday. Have a great weekend!

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  9. I love it! My husband is allergic to cows milk so this is great to know about. :) He loves chocolate. Yummy.

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  10. Love this post! Love the picture of your son. I have recently gone vegan, well not 100 percent because chocolate is something that I really enjoy/crave..trying to work on not eating so much but it's hard! You're right lots of chocolate has traces of dairy in it..boo! I'd love it if you checked out my blog sometime, hopefully you can find some things you like. As I said before I've been trying to go vegan so my blog is turning healthy! :) Thanks for sharing this :)

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  11. The picture of your son is too cute!! I know I am becoming more and more aware of the quality of ingredients. Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you tomorrow =-)
    Beth

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