Essential Oils and Homemade Dark Chocolate

Well, I’m back in Portland after a wonderful trip back home in Michigan to see my family. It was relaxing, wintery and great all around. It’s weird how I go back home and it feels like I never left. I told my mom it felt like I was back on a college break, especially since Jesse wasn’t with me. Anyone else experience this when they go back to their hometown?

The Sunday after my return back to Portland, I hosted an intro to essential oils class led by Arsy of Rubies & Radishes and Katja of The Savory Lotus. It was so nice to finally meet these ladies in person! We had an intimate group for the class, which was nice. We forgot about it being the Superbowl, so had some no-snows and late cancels, but it was all okay. Meanwhile, if any of you are interested in learning more about essential oils, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can also check out my post about getting started with essential oils. I’m also available to lead classes for any of you in the Portland area!

Left to right: me, Arsy and Katja
Left to right: me, Arsy and Katja

Anyway, for the class, I made a batch of homemade dark chocolate flavored with peppermint essential oil. I can’t take credit for the recipe since Katja gave it to me, but I did want to share my experience in making it. You can find the recipe on Katja’s blog HERE. If you make a peppermint variety like I did, use 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Please make sure you’re using high quality oils though!

This was my first experience working with cocoa butter and I was quite impressed. It is a little pricy, but fun to work with and makes totally legit chocolates! I only needed half a block (from a 1 lb package) for the recipe and it yielded a lot of chocolate, so in the end, it was probably a pretty decent deal. I was initially surprised when I took the cocoa butter out of the package because it looked like a HUGE bar of soap and was super solid. I had fun having people guess what it was on my Facebook page! For the record, I used this brand.

My big block of cocoa butter.
My big block of cocoa butter.

I poured my chocolate into a parchment paper-lined 9×9 pan since I didn’t have any molds. After it set, I lifted the chocolate out of the pan and chopped it into bite-sized squares. Perfecto!

homemade dark chocolate

Have any of you worked with cocoa butter before? What did you make with it?

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3 thoughts on “Essential Oils and Homemade Dark Chocolate

  1. mommab February 5, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Where do you buy cocoa butter? Enjoyed our time together while home!

    • paleoinpdx February 5, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      I bought it at New Seasons here in Portland, but you can find it on Amazon. I linked to it above the cocoa butter picture (click on the words, “this brand”). I enjoyed our time too! xoxo

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