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21Nov

So what do you do when you get some time to relax? For the consumate blogger it’s a chance to catch up on some blog planning and get baking in the kitchen.

This afternoon I made chocolate for the first time ever. It’s dead easy. You need cocoa butter, cocoa powder, some sweetener (I used Sweet Freedom which is a fruit and carob sweetener) and vanilla essence or any flavouring you prefer.

Here’s how you do it and it’s so easy so don’t be put off.

I used a ChockChick chocolate making kit from Holland and Barrett but you could buy the ingredients separately to make your own chocolate heaven.

Homemade #dairyfree #soyafree #nutfree #glutenfree chocolate from ChocChick

Homemade #dairyfree #soyafree #nutfree #glutenfree chocolate from ChokChick

What you’ll need to make your own home-made chocolate

  • Sauceapan of water
  • Bowl to create a bain marie (or a pyrex jug if you have one that will fit over a pan)
  • Spatula
  • Balloon whisk
  • Tablespooon and teaspoon measuring spoons
  • Small paper cases, ice cube tray or shaped moulds
  • Baking tray that will fit into the freezer

Ingredients for making chocolate

The Choc Chick kit has everything in included, but in case you can’t find one, here’s what you’ll need.

  • 100g of cocoa butter
  • 5-6 level tablespoons of cocoa powder (add more for darker chocolate)
  • 4 tablespoons of Sweet Freedom
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence (or other flavour if you prefer e.g. orange)

Now we’ve got everything ready, let’s cook!

How to make home-made totally freefrom chocolate

Cacoa butter melting over a bain marie - ChocChick chocolate making

Cacoa butter melting over a bain marie – ChocChick chocolate making

  • Melt the cocoa butter over a low heat in a bain marie (this is basically a bowl, suspended over a pan of simmering water)
  • Turn off the heat but keep the pan on the warm hob
  • Once it’s completely melted, add the cocoa powder and sweet freedom and mix with the balloon whisk
  • Add vanilla essence or other flavour if you prefer (optional)
  • Spoon the melted chocolate into the paper cases or whatever you’re making your chocolate shapes into. I laid out the paper cases (which come with the kit) onto a small baking tray to allow easy freezing) This is the messy bit, well I made a right mess…
  • You could add some seeds, dessicated coconut or other flavours. Sprinkle some into the bottom of the cases before spooning in the chocolate
  • Put the chocolates into the freezer to set for about 20 mins – I couldn’t wait that long…

AND EAT!

PS. Don’t forget to lick the bowl!

These are perfect for anyone who is allergic to nuts, milk or soya. It is possible to buy nut free chocolate, my favourites so far are nut free chocolate from Plamil, but they are not easy to find in supermarkets if you also need dairy and soya free chocolate.

Holland and Barrett do sell Plamil but often only the plain flavour and not the rum and raisin I love so much. You can buy direct from Plamil or try one of the other many online shopping sites like Goodness Direct.

I am looking forward to trying some Ombar nut free raw chocolate soon so watch out for a blog from them.

However, for the pure fun of making them and having complete control over what flavour you make, creating your own chocolate treats is a fantastic idea. These chocolates from ChocChick taste amazing. The ingredients are just pure organic raw cacao butter and powder so there are no allergens in there at all.

The Choc Chick raw chocolate making kit comes with ideas for making truffles, chocolate drinks etc. You’ll have some cocoa powder left for this, so make sure you have cinnamon and some dairy free milk for a ex.tra chocolate filled treat

  

Ruth

An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website http://whatallergy.com/ and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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