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1 January, 2019

Homemade Orange Flavored Dark Chocolate

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My customary post for the New Year!

Do you want to make chocolate that is soft, yet does not melt outside the fridge? Yes, it’s possible and is easy too! With fair-trade ingredients, this is the best way to enjoy chocolate without burning a hole in your pocket 😉

This is a cross between a chocolate bark and a fudge. I will just call it chocolate because that truly is what this is!

Here are the main ingredients. Yes, the orange vitality essential oil from Young Living is the star of the show! You can get it here. Orange essential oil has the added benefit of making you happy!

Depending on the kind of cocoa butter used, you may or may not have to grate it. I use a block which can be measured out after grating. It is also available in smaller chunks or pellets.

This picture sums up the steps of combining grated cocoa butter, and other ingredients:

Homemade Orange Flavored Dark Chocolate (GF, vegan)

  • Servings: about 20 pieces
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cup cacao butter

3/4 cup cacao powder (I use fair trade Navitas brand cacao powder)

2/3 cup powdered organic sugar (use coconut sugar if available)

3 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp coconut oil

pinch sea salt

3 drops orange essential oil (use only Young Living vitality)

Optional add ins: chopped dates, cashew pieces, pumpkin seeds


  1. Grate cocoa butter if required and measure out 1 cup into a small vessel
  2. Using a double boiler method, melt the cocoa butter.  I just place the small vessel inside a bigger pot with water that is heated.
  3. Add maple syrup, powdered sugar, sea salt and cacao powder to the cocoa butter and mix
  4. Add coconut oil, 3 drops of Orange essential oil and mix well.  Also add chopped dates for natural sweetness and nuts for texture.
  5. Take off heat and pour into a glass dish lined with parchment paper
  6. Score into pieces with a knife while it is soft
  7. Place in fridge till it solidifies. Carefully break off the pieces and store in an airtight container
  8. Enjoy your homemade dark chocolate with no guilt!

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