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About Chocolate Making Adventures

From cocoa bean to mouth-watering treats...

Make your own chocolate at home.

Most recipes for homemade chocolate involve buying it from the shop then melting it. But what if it’s actual chocolate itself that you want to make?

Thanks to the recent widespread availability of cocoa beans and cocoa butter, chocolate-making has never been easier. You can create it on an ordinary kitchen stove.

Learn to make different kinds of chocolate, then mould it into bars, sweets and even build with chocolate bricks, as you follow Rosen’s quest to become a home chocolatier.

100 pages packed with recipes and tips by chocolate enthusiast Rosen Trevithick and featuring beautiful photographs by Claire Wilson of Live, Life, Explore.


Ingredients for Chocolate Making

Select a recipe


Cocoa Butters

Raw Cocoa Butter (Regular)

Raw Cocoa Butter (Regular)

Tasty, raw cocoa butter for dark or milk chocolate. Available in a variety of sizes.
Raw Cocoa Butter (Deodourised)

Raw Cocoa Butter (Deodourised)

Mild, raw cocoa butter for white chocolate. Available in a variety of sizes.

Cocoa Powders

Roasted Cocoa Powder

Roasted Cocoa Powder

Roasted cocoa butter has a richer flavour than raw.

    Available from:
  • Most corner stores
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon

Cocoa Beans, Nibs and Liquors

Raw Cocoa Beans

Raw Cocoa Beans

Raw cocoa beans. Extract the nibs and turn into cocoa liquor.

Cocoa Nibs

Cocoa Nibs

Raw cocoa nibs. Roast and crush to make cocoa liquor.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon

Cocoa Liquor

Cocoa Liquor

Add cocoa liquor to chocolate as a less-processed alternative to cocoa powder.

Coconut Butters

Coconut Butter

Coconut Butter

Raw coconut butter. Ideal for vegan chocolate and carob, or for blending with cocoa butter in regular chocolate.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon

Sweeteners

Honey

Honey

Clear honey is best for chocolate making, as it's smooth.

    Available from:
  • Most corner stores
  • Most supermarkets
Agave Nectar

Agave Nectar

Natural sweetener. Ideal honey substitute.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon

Golden Icing Sugar

Golden Icing Sugar

Unrefined cane sugar. Richer flavour than regular icing sugar.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon
Icing Sugar

Icing Sugar

Traditional, refined cane icing sugar.

    Available from:
  • Most corner stores
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon

Fondant Icing Sugar

Fondant Icing Sugar

Cane sugar mixed with dried glucose syrup. Ideal for making fondant centres.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets

Milk Products

Instant Milk Powder

Instant Milk Powder

Milk powder that included lecithin - an additive that helps the powder combine.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon
Sweetened, condensed milk

Sweetened, condensed milk

Sweet, creamy product made from cow's milk.

    Available from:
  • Most corner stores
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon

Organic Whole Milk Powder

Organic Whole Milk Powder

Exceptionally fine milk powder. No lecithin.

Clotted Cream

Clotted Cream

Thick and delicious, Cornish clotted cream.

    Available from:
  • Most corner stores
  • Most supermarkets

Butter

Butter

Dairy butter. Useful for making fillings for chocolate. Salted preferable, but unsalted will also work, if you prefer.

    Available from:
  • Most corner stores
  • Most supermarkets

Flavourings

Vanilla Pods

Vanilla Pods

Moist Madagascan vanilla pods. Extract the seeds to flavour chocolate.

Vanilla Paste

Vanilla Paste

100% vanilla paste. No alcohol. No water. Just the seeds.


Orange Oil

Orange Oil

Alcohol-and-water-free orange flavouring for chocolate.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil

Alcohol-and-water-free peppermint flavouring for chocolate.


Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil

Alcohol-and-water-free orange flavouring for chocolate.

Colourings

Yellow Food Colouring

Yellow Food Colouring

Food colouring can either be bought or made. Look for natural varieties where possible.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets

Fruits

Strawberry Flakes

Strawberry Flakes

Tasty pieces of dried strawberry.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon
Blackberries

Blackberries

Fresh seasonal fruit.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets

Strawberries

Strawberries

Fresh, summer fruit. Ideal for making chocolate fillings.

    Available from:
  • Most corner stores
  • Most supermarkets
Oranges

Oranges

Fresh oranges.

    Available from:
  • Most corner stores
  • Most supermarkets

Mango

Mango

Juicy tropical fruit of a gentle yellowy colour.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets

Nuts and Nut Products

Cashew Nuts

Cashew Nuts

Raw cashew nuts. Crush them to make cashew butter.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon
Cashew Butter

Cashew Butter

Natural product made from cashews and sunflower oil. Use for making vegan chocolate.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon

Pistachios

Pistachios

Raw, shelled pistachios, ideal for making praline.

    Available from:
  • Most supermarkets
  • Amazon

Other Foods

Roasted Carob Powder

Roasted Carob Powder

Ideal for making chocolate substitutes.

Smarties

Smarties

Colourful, sugar-coated chocolate beans.

Moulds

4-Bar Silicone Moulds

4-Bar Silicone Moulds

Silicone mould, perfect for making simple or gourmet chocolate bars.

6-Bar Silicone Moulds

6-Bar Silicone Moulds

Silicone mould, perfect for making tea-break-sized chocolate bars.


Deep 6-Bar Silicone Moulds

Deep 6-Bar Silicone Moulds

Tray of six deep moulds. Ideal for filled and layer chocolate.

Tiny-Bar Moulds

Tiny-Bar Moulds

Really small bars, suitable for making miniatures.


Chocolate Dome Silicone Moulds

Chocolate Dome Silicone Moulds

Dome-shaped moulds suitable for simple, filled chocolates.

Fluted Chocolate Moulds

Fluted Chocolate Moulds

Attractive chocolate moulds with fluted edge. Suitable for filling.

Equipment

Melting Pot

Melting Pot

Stainless steel pot for melting chocolate.

Presentation

Cake Pop Bags

Cake Pop Bags

Clear plastic bags ideal for presenting up to 100g cocoa butter, nibs or liquor.

Small Hamper

Small Hamper

A small hamper, ideal for presenting 6-8 ingredients.


Large Hamper (Brown)

Large Hamper (Brown)

Large hamper. Ideal for packaging 12-15 ingredients.

Large Hamper (White)

Large Hamper (White)

Large hamper. Ideal for packaging 12-15 ingredients.


Gold Curling Ribbon

Gold Curling Ribbon

Curling, metalic ribbon. Ideal for presenting bags of cocoa butter, nibs or liquor.

Reference

Chocolate Making Adventures

Chocolate Making Adventures

Cookbook that teaches how to make chocolate at home.