Homemade Sustainably-Sourced Chocolates. Easy To Make and Delicious.

I stopped buying those cheap, junky chocolate Easter eggs from the dollar stores a few years ago. They are probably made in China, and definitely not all natural or sustainably-sourced. When my kids get treats, I like them to be at least made with safe ingredients. Even better, from reliable sources that aren’t damaging both the natural environment and the people who are growing and processing the cocoa beans.
Last year I bought sustainably-sourced chocolate bars, broke them into squares, and wrapped them in aluminum foil. This worked fine… but was kind of boring. This year, I made my own. It turned out to be a fun, rewarding experience, and was simple enough to have the children help out!

I made several different recipes, but found these two to be the best:

The recipe by Wellness Mama is made with sustainably-sourced cocoa butter and cocoa powder, raw honey and vanilla. Nothing more, nothing less. The recipe by Cupcake Project can also use sustainably-sourced, organic ingredients. One of the batches of chocolates I subbed 3/4 of the powdered sugar for raw honey and it turned out really well. In another batch I added a tbsp. of cashew butter to the white chocolate recipe for a nutty treat. If you can’t find organic powdered sugar you can make it yourself from this recipe from Whole New Mom using certified organic cane sugar and arrowroot powder to avoid the typical GMO sugar and GMO corn starch.

 


Both provided easy-to-follow instructions, used ingredients that can be sourced sustainably, and created a delicious product that I’ll be working with in the future! Think… dark chocolate with sea salt and butterscotch… white chocolate hazelnut… the possibilities are now endless! And what great gifts they would make!

If you make some, please let me know how they turned out, and if you varied the ingredients with great success! Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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  1. Good morning! I came across you site a couple months back, and have really enjoyed cruising around it. We’re definitely on the same page in terms of health and wellness, and I too am a stay at home mama, who decided to forgo my career (in Finance) when my daughter was born. Anyways, I just noticed that you’re from a small town outside of Vancouver…well so am I, and I ALSO have a health/wellness blog that I just started a few months ago. Looks like we have a few things in common! I’m just getting started with my blog and would love some more exposure–I’m wondering (hoping) you’d like to do a guest post on my blog, and vice versa? I’ve never asked anyone this before, but seeing as how we’re basically neighbors and have similar views, it’s worth a shot :) Check out my blog and me know what you think :) http://www.modernhippiehousewife.com

    I love what you’re doing and I hope you have a great day….sun just came out :)

    Carly

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