Several years ago, someone wrote in asking me for chocolate candy recipes that can be made without buying chocolate as your base.
I'm assuming that she didn't want to go to the trouble of extracting the cocoa herself from the beans of the cocoa tree, so I guess she was asking about recipes that start with cocoa powder and/or cocoa butter.
Honestly, the process of making chocolate candy from the beans is fascinating. If you're interested, you can read more about the history and origins of chocolate.
There used to be a very cool video illustrating the full process at Chicago's Museum of Science and History website. It was gone the last time I checked, but I wouldn't be surprised if you could find something similar on Youtube.
Chocolate is basically a combination of cocoa solids, cocoa butter, sugar, dairy, and vanilla. The ratio of each ingredient determines whether you end up with milk or dark chocolate in its varying degree of intensity.
Below are a couple of chocolate candy recipes using cocoa powder as the cocoa solid choice to build upon. That's the most readily available cocoa solid. You can use raw organic cacoa if you want the healthiest and most beneficial of the options. It doesn't have additives and is actually good for you.
*** Please note that the chocolate recipe above does not create a chocolate candy like that of a candy bar. I have yet to locate a simple recipe that does that from scratch. If you've got one, please share it with me using the form below, and I'll add it to the list.
Here's a fun tip: Making homemade chocolate candy together is a great bonding experience that you can share with your children. You can use it to help them with their math skills (measuring) and science skills (chemistry), as well as a time of laughter and talking. You can even use your creations as a gift to bless someone going through a difficult time or an elderly shut-in. This will also help you teach your children to have a heart of service toward others. Have fun!
Do you have any tried and true homemade chocolate candy recipes? PLEASE, please be so kind as to divulge them to the rest of us chocoholics. We just can't get enough!!!