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Raw Candy Coating Chocolate

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A few years ago my husband and I took a chocolatier class for three months.  We had way to much fun with it.  One thing I/we learned about working with chocolate is that is it messy and that doesn’t change between cooked or raw chocolate.  It’s all darn messy.  But it is finger licking good so clean up is a pleasurable experience.   Finding the right recipe for raw chocolate is easy but finding one that hardeners and looks wonderful as a candy / cookie coating is a bit more challenging.  I went through 3 recipes yesterday till I found this winner.  This chocolate recipe is inspired by  Cafe Gratitude’s Sweet Gratitude book.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cocoa butter
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup sweetener; agave, yacon, maple syrup (not raw)
  • 1 tsp soy lecithin (helps with smoothness, optional)
  • seeds from one vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla liquid

Preparation:

Ensure all utensils and the bowl are dry before the ingredients are added as water can cause the mix to separate.

  1. Melt the cacao butter.  There are several ways in doing this.  You can make small shavings of it into a bowl with a vegetable  peeler and place it in the dehydrator at 115F, you can use a double boiler at a low temperature, or you can set the bowl of cacao butter in a bowl of hot water.
  2. Place all ingredients in your high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into molds that you are using immediately.  The chocolate will firm up fairly quickly as the cacao butter returns to room temperature.
  4. If you have any left overs it’s best to store in the fridge for freshness.

To see how I made the Truffles in the picture above, please visit raw-minty-chocolate-truffles.

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11 thoughts on “Raw Candy Coating Chocolate

  1. Idkk ? says:

    Helped ! :D

  2. Mici says:

    Do you have a white chocolate recipe?

    • amie-sue says:

      Mici, use cacao butter that is white/cream in color and don’t add the cacao powder. That is the only way I know of doing it.

  3. Lorrie Davcev says:

    Hi Amie Sue
    I just love your recipes and your beautifully artistic website. Makes me feel warm and cozy.
    I was wondering if you had a good raw recipe for Almond Butter Cups (a version of the Peanut Butter Cup Candy). I have been looking for one that is good. A health food store had a delicious one that couldn’t give out the recipe. The ingredients were all raw: Almond Butter, Coconut Oil, Cacao Powder, Agave Nectar, Vanilla Bean and Sea Salt.
    Thank you so much
    You are a raw delight
    Lorrie

  4. Moriah says:

    Is it soy lecithin granules or soy lecithin liquid? Or does it not matter? =)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Moriah, you can use either one, if you use granulas, be sure to grind it down to a powder first. Have a blessed day, amie sue

  5. Karen says:

    Can you use sunflower lecithin instead? Thanks!

    • amie-sue says:

      I am sorry that I didn’t get to you sooner Karen. Somehow I missed this. You should be able to use the sunflower lecithin but I haven’t tried it. I need to order some and then I will. Have a great evening, amie sue

  6. Priscilla says:

    I tried making half this recipe last night since I didn’t want to waste any of it, and it just turned into a powdery mess. I double checked the ingredients to ensure they were correct, and everything was. I don’t know if perhaps the cocoa butter wasn’t hot enough? I also tried microwaving the mixture to reheat it but it still didn’t smooth out. I added almond milk which made it a weird creaminess. But something was amiss. Any suggestions?!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Priscilla,

      Did the chocolate turn into a globule mass? Correct term, seize? This has happened to me and there is no turning back… it tends to happen when moisture gets into it. I have never been able to save it when it happens so. But it still tastes good, so when it happened, I spread it out on a cookie sheet and froze it, then broke it into chunks and used in granolas. Basically, any recipes where looks don’t matter. Sorry this happened to you… chocolate can be an art form. I want to spend more time on it myself too so I can share more in detail.

      Have a great day, amie sue

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