For Christmas last year I came across a raw chocolate making kit online and knew immediately that I wanted to have a go at making my own chocolates. As I was Christmas shopping at the time I couldn’t really justify getting one for myself and so did the next best thing. I got one for someone I knew well: My sister.
Anyway, having bought my sister the present I wanted, I imagined I’d just have to wait till another birthday or Christmas to get someone to get me one so I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to review a Raw Chocolate Making Kit Gift Set from Indigo Herbs. My birthday had come early!
The kit came in a box with all the ingredient individually wrapped – cacao butter, vanilla powder, cacao powder, agave syrup, brazil nuts and gogi berries. The few times I’d had gogi berries in the past I wasn’t impressed so I did consider just swapping them for raisins but then decided I should stick to the recipe as it came. I was actually pleased I had. Once in the chocolate, the gogi berries were a little bit soft and chewy, almost caramelly.
The chocolate was very easy to make. You just melt the cacao butter and then stirr in the rest of the ingredients one by one. I used some silicone heart-shaped moulds to put the chocolates in to set. It was the first time I’d used them so I didn’t get a perfect finish. There were a couple of air holes but they still looked pretty impressive for homemade chocolates. They impressed my lovely husband anyway. I had some chocolate leftover that wouldn’t fit in the moulds so I just dolloped it on a baking tray covering in cling film and put it in the freezer to set. These ones certainly didn’t look as impressive but still tasted just as good.
I was worried that the chocolates might not be sweet enough as they had no sugar in and I hadn’t used agave syrup before. I needn’t have worried. They were lovely and definitely didn’t lack sweetness. It’s also nice to be able to eat chocolate and not feel guilty. The raw cacao bean hasn’t been roasted so apparently the chocolate retains more of the nutrients, minerals and anti-oxidants than a traditional chocolate bar.
So, would I recommend this kit from Indigo Herbs? Well, I loved making the chocolates and if I hadn’t already given my sister a raw chocolate making kit, this is definitely the one I’d give her. I would definitely buy it again.