Homemade Dark Chocolate Chips

Homemade Dark Chocolate Chips, a comfy blanket and a girly movie–sounds good to me!

I love the taste and texture of these chocolate chips, but have not used these in baking yet. I have read that homemade chocolate chips do not make for very pretty chocolate chip cookies–but they should taste good! (Plus, you can avoid the soy and refined sugar that you find in store-bought chocolate chips.) Depending on whether you use raw cacao or cocoa, they should cost about $1.50-$2.00 a batch. One batch makes 3/4 cup of chips…so, it is still cheaper to go buy Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Chips at Wal-Mart, but this way you can avoid the soy and the refined sugar.

EDIT: (8-12-11) I have tried them in cookies now–they worked great! They aren’t quite as “pretty” because they aren’t that perfect “chip” shape — but they do taste good!

Homemade Dark Chocolate Chips

Yield: 3/4 cup chips

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. arrowroot
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
1. Bring 1/2 inch of water in the bottom pan of a double-boiler to a simmer. Place top pan of double-boiler on simmering water and melt oil, cocoa, honey, and arrowroot in it. Cook two minutes more after it is all melted.  Remove from heat.
2. Add vanilla. Stir.
3. Lift off top pan of double-boiler and carefully wipe off any condensation or water on the bottom of it. (You want to be sure no water gets into the chocolate or it may seize.)
4. Pour into small pan lined with parchment paper. (I used a bread pan and it didn’t even cover the entire bottom of the pan.)
5. Put in fridge for 2 or more hours.
6. Cut into little squares (or big ones for a candy bar treat!) and store in airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

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