Making these chocolate chips is not exactly rocket science, but I thought it might be helpful for those who are anything like I was at the beginning of our Strange New Dietary Journey: needing all the help I could get!
My Favorite Brand of Chocolate
My chocolate of choice is Green & Black’s 85% Dark Chocolate Bar (Organic Fair Trade Certified).
Here’s the scoop, directly from Green & Black’s website:
INGREDIENTS: Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Whole Milk Powder *
* Please see FAQ on allergen labeling.
MAY CONTAIN HAZELNUTS, ALMONDS, BRAZIL NUTS, CASHEWS, PISTACHIOS, SOY AND WHEAT.
[YH NOTE: Milk powder, nuts, soy and wheat are not actual ingredients in these bars. The company has to list them on the label because the bars are processed in a facility and on equipment that also processes those ingredients. I personally am not worried about it, but if you are severely allergic to any of those substances, you may want to steer clear.]
And yes, I realize these bars contain sugar.
At the beginning of the aforementioned Journey, I was quite confused when I heard people talking about being sugar-free, but then learned that they used dark chocolate, raw honey, dates and/or molasses, etc.
After two years, much research and reading, and quite a bit of pondering, these are the conclusions I’ve come to for our Yankee Homestead:
- It is almost impossible to be 100% sugar-free in modern society.
- I am unwilling to live without chocolate.
- We (my Yankee Homestead family) eat FAR LESS sugar than we did before, which is a very good thing, and a big improvement.
- I personally have no problem serving dessert often. I like dessert. See #2 & #3.
We use Green & Black’s 85% Dark Chocolate Bars for:
- Dessert: Sometimes we’ll have a few squares after dinner.
- Chocolate chips in recipes calling for chocolate chips. (See below).
- Chocoloate ganache on top of cakes & cupcakes. (See this recipe).
- Fondue: We’ve done real fondue with these bars a few times–super fun! Every once in a while after dinner, we’ll melt a little bit in small dipping bowls (so we can each have our own) and dip bananas or strawberries.
Make Your Own Chocolate Chips:
- Break chocolate bars into squares.
- Place the squares into a food processor (or mini chopper, for smaller amounts).
- Pulse until desired consistency is reached.
- Use in any recipe calling for chocolate chips, or store for future use!