In August, when I was reading about the ethics of the cocoa industry and how chocolate is produced, I wondered whether it would be possible to make chocolate myself using cocoa powder, sugar and oil. This way, I would be able to make my own chocolate exactly how I wanted it: vegan, fair-trade and refined-sugar free with lots of desiccated coconut and ground almonds. I managed to find some tips on the internet (I can’t remember where) and started making my own chocolate. The finished product is slightly different to the chocolate we buy in supermarkets, but I think it actually tastes a million times better. It needs to be kept in the fridge and the sugar crystals don’t properly dissolve, making the finished product crunchy and ‘raw’ tasting (which I love). Making your own chocolate is not as cheap as the cheapest ready-made option, but it means that you have complete control over what you are eating. If you’re vegan, avoiding palm oil, refined sugar or cocoa that isn’t fair trade, this is a great way to keep enjoying chocolate. Even if you’re none of the above, this chocolate is easy to make and absolutely delicious.
If you use fair-trade organic cocoa and organic virgin coconut oil, but white sugar, it will cost you approximately £1.80 to make 140g of chocolate. A 100g bar of fair-trade, organic Green & Black’s dark chocolate is £2, so I think we’re winning!
60g coconut oil
40g unsweetened fair-trade cocoa powder
40g sugar (I used unrefined rapadura brown sugar)
1TB desiccated coconut/ground almonds/chopped dried cranberries/anything you can think of (optional)
melt the coconut oil over a water bath
stir in the cocoa powder, sugar and any extra ingredients
pour into plastic moulds and let it cool, then store in the fridge to set