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On Friday 7th July falls one of our favourite dates in the calendar: it’s World Chocolate Day! What a great excuse to take a load off and indulge in some sweet treats. But what if we told you that we could enhance your chocolate experience even farther?
Here at Fresh Skin, we’re huge fans of making our own chocolate at home. Using ingredients such as cacao butter, cashews and avocado, you can create some delicious raw chocolate in the comfort of your own kitchen. It’s such a fun experience and so gratifying to indulge in chocolate crafted by your own fair hands. Plus it’s a great process to share with kids and show them that chocolate can be so much more than the stuff they find on the local shop’s shelves.
By combining the delicious tastes and aromas of essential oils with the sweet notes of chocolate, you can create some truly astonishing bars. Which make great gifts – if you can bear to part with them…
Peppermint chocolate bark
One of our favourite things to make is chocolate bark. These little broken-up shards of chunky chocolate are great with a mid-morning cup of tea, and adding a dose of peppermint makes them even more uplifting. Simply add a couple of drops of peppermint oil to the chocolate when it’s melted (don’t use extract as this can cause the mixture to harden). At Christmas, you can add a festive twist to your chocolate bark by sprinkling it with crushed candy canes for a little extra mintiness and fancy colour.
Chocolate orange brownies
Gooey chocolate brownies have got to be one of the best chocolatey treats we know of. Adding a couple of drops of orange essential oil is a great way to take the taste to the next level and appeal to lovers of the mighty Terry’s Chocolate Orange! Simply switch out orange zest or extract by adding a couple of drops of orange essential oil to the batter instead.
Lemongrass and ginger chocolate bar
Make your own delicious zesty homemade chocolate bars to store in the fridge, so there’s always a treat to be found at the end of a busy day. You don’t need any fancy chocolate moulds to make your own bars – we like to use small cream cheese pots to make rectangular chocolate bars at home. Try combining a few drops of lemongrass essential oil with a touch of ginger essential oil for a great balance of zing and warmth.
Most essential oil bottles come with a safety warning that they shouldn’t be ingested, but it is safe to use them in cooking if you don’t use too much and follow any recipe instructions. You also need to make sure that you only use high-quality, pure essential oils in your cooking and exercise caution when you’re cooking for children, the elderly and pregnant women. Happy chocolate crafting and happy World Chocolate Day!