Healthy Homemade Chocolate

Homemade Chocolate Recipe Healthy easy and delicious Healthy Homemade Chocolate

With some recent news touting the health benefits of chocolate, it is important to remember that not all chocolate is created equal. Most store bought chocolate brands contain sugar or high fructose corn syrup and use soy lecithin as an emulsifier (here’s why we avoid soy).

There are some good brands out there, but they are pricey and use many of the same ingredients as homemade versions (usually with sugar instead of honey though)!

In search of a GAPS friendly (and paleo, primal, etc.) healthy chocolate, I realized I’d have to make my own. This homemade version is smooth and delicious, and you can completely avoid the artificial ingredients. Organic homemade chocolate is also a good source of magnesium, and can be really healthy in moderation.

In the picture above, I used these silicone heart molds to make bite size chocolates (great gift idea!) and a mini loaf pan for the bar sizes. You can even find a mold specifically in a chocolate bar shape if you want to be really authentic!

I’m putting little jars of the homemade heart chocolates in my gift baskets for friends this Christmas, and also using them as healthy stocking stuffers on St. Nicholas Day at our house. Here is the basic recipe, but you can add mint or orange extract to taste, a teaspoon of brewed espresso, or some chopped almonds for a specialty taste.

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Healthy Homemade Chocolate
 
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A simple and delicious homemade chocolate that is GAPS, paleo and primal approved (and definitely kid approved!)
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6+
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Instructions
  1. Melt cocoa butter in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a small pan with an inch of water (make sure water isn't touching bowl) over medium heat.
  2. When cocoa butter is completely melted, remove from heat and add cocoa powder, honey, vanilla and other flavor extracts. If using a solid raw honey like Tropical Traditions, melt with the cocoa butter.
  3. Make sure all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth. At this point, make sure that no water or liquid gets in to the chocolate as it can cause the texture to get mealy! Be careful even with wet hands or a drop of water in the mold! [Note: I've also just melted all of this on very low heat in a small pan and not had a problem with it, but this isn't as reliable as the double boiler method]
  4. Pour the chocolate in to molds or onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a glass pan to harden.
  5. Let harden for several hours at room temperature until hardened and remove from molds. You can also stick in the fridge to harden more quickly. Will store for over a week at room temperature or can be kept refrigerated for longer.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
You can also use coconut oil in place of the cocoa butter which will produce a very healthy chocolate, but it will not be as thick or creamy (but still very good!) If you use coconut oil, I recommend hardening in the fridge and storing in the fridge. This is one easy way to add coconut oil and magnesium to your daily diet!

 Have you ever made chocolate at home? Would you try? How would you flavor it? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Jessica says

    Just made this with coconut oil and added a little bit of salt. OMGSH. I think Ghiradelli just got a booted to the door!

    • Carla says

      Made it before seeing adding the sea salt…also with coconut oil (on hand). Yum, can’t wait until it firms up to try. Thank u so much for the recipe. I used organic raw cocoa.

      • Sherri says

        I stumbled across your web-site some time ago, and have made and shared this chocolate to rave reviews. I make it with coconut oil and honey, dressed up with pecan pieces and cayenne pepper. I need to try a sprinkle of sea salt too!
        One question: no matter how much I try to stir as I pour, I end up with my first chocolates tasting totally bittersweet and the last ones are overly sweet, because the honey settles — any advice anyone?
        Store-bought chocolate holds no charm for me, now that I’ve had these! :)

  2. Bonny Sommert Rambarran says

    Make my own all the time . .. . love to add peppermint to it. or orange. almost always add coconut cocao nibs as well. always add stevia though as the sweetener.

      • Diana says

        Raw honey does not feed candida. Just add it after the coconut oil has melted, as heat destroys the therapeutic properties of honey.

        • Sheryl says

          I’ve made this twice using raw honey as my sweetener. Both times, all of the raw honey “sank” to the bottom of my glass dish as the chocolate cooled and hardened. It left me with an unsweetened chocolate bar with sticky honey at the bottom. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas?

  3. Mary says

    This looks really good but I wonder if the heat kills the good nutrients and enzymes. I know it kills the enzymes in the honey.

      • Madsholvik says

        You do not need to warm it more than putting some hot water in the sink and melt the coconut butter and the rest in a bowl thst you put into the sink.

    • says

      Did you add the honey in while heating or after? Depending on the honey, it may need to be heated in to the mix when the cocoa butter is mixed. You should be able to re-melt it to fix..

      • Joy says

        This recipe looks fabulous! And, I just tried it, and my raw honey would not play nice. I used organic ev coconut oil plus raw honey and the dutch cocoa you recommended. Once the honey and coconut oil melted I added the cocoa. It was smooth for about 10 seconds then turned into a honey & chocolate gooey mess with brown liquid coconut oil – totally separated. It would not melt again. Very strange! I’ll try it again with different honey. :-)

  4. Tim Hibbetts says

    I understand that “Dutched” cocoa has about 60% of its antioxidants worked out of it in the process. I’ve been regularly using the following recipe with great success:

    1 tsp coconut oil
    2 tsp cocoa powder
    xylitol to taste
    a little vanilla (a little less than 1/2 tsp)
    some shredded coconut for consistency, structure, and taste

    I use a tiny glass bowel that came as a four-pack of yogurt, microwave the oil for about 20 seconds. While the remainder is melting, I get out a small plastic plate, then stir in the other ingredients. Once thoroughly mixed, I’ll spread it out on the plate, covering it with wax paper in order to get it really thin. With wax paper still on top, I’ll pop it in the freezer for about 20 minutes or so and voila!, a delectable treat.

  5. Jody Courtney says

    You celebrate St. Nick’s Day! I have in the past purchased chocolate letters for my kids for St. Nick’s Day and I’m glad to have a good chocolate alternative. I even bought some letter molds from Amazon a couple years ago and now I can try this chocolate recipe. Thank you!

  6. Jody Courtney says

    As you might guess, I’m browsing the recipe section of your blog. I just finished tasting my chocolate (with chopped almonds) and it is AMAZING! I didn’t have coco butter so I used coconut oil instead. It turned out terrific. Storing it in the frig. Thank you so much!

  7. Cindi says

    I made the recipe and was puzzled by the flavor. It smelled like good chocolate and had an ‘aftertaste’ of chocolate. It had a good texture. But there was an overall lack of flavor! Major bummer! Both because I was looking forward to yummy chocolate and also because I spent $26 on a brick of cacao butter at Whole Foods! So that is $13++ down the drain. (Unless I can remelt it and add more chocolate?)

    FYI: I used half of a 16 oz brick of cacao butter (since 8 oz is a cup), but it seemed like more than a measuring cup’s worth. Do you think I used too much cacao butter? The cocoa I used was Penzey’s Natural High Fat Cocoa Powder and I used 1/2 cup of raw honey.

    Any suggestions are appreciated!

    • says

      I would guess it was too much cocoa butter… you could definitely re-melt and add more chocolate. The 1 cup I measured was of small wafers/grated size not by weight, so I’m guessing that was the difference. If I can, I’ll try to measure the weight for future reference, but I would really guess that was what the difference was. Warmly
      katie

      • Cindi says

        Thanks, Katie! I will try less cocoa butter next time and try remelting this batch and adding more chocolate. Where do you get your cocoa butter, from the link in your article?

          • Peg OBrien says

            If you could weigh a cup of your wafers, that would be very helpful. The kind I have is more lumpy chunky as well and although the displacement method of measuring would work, if there are any air bubbles in the chunks it would still be off.

    • says

      It should… you could probably thin with heavy cream if needed to keep it smooth enough. I haven’t kept it warm, but when it first melts, the texture is definitely great for fondue.

  8. says

    This is honestly the best tasting chocolate I’ve ever had. Most chocolate I’ve had has a salty aftertaste or just a general taste of not quite right (my mom says I’m picky). But this? No complaints at all! I think that’s the difference between using sugar/high fructose corn syrup and using honey, the honey just seems to round out the flavor perfectly.

  9. Missy says

    This was yummy! Now I want to make some to use in my fallen chocolate souffle cake, but math is not my thing. Can anyone help me with how much you would need to make to equal an 8 oz. box of semi-sweet baking chocolate?

  10. Raina M says

    Just tried this recipe with the kids and it was great! I love the rich chocolate flavor. We will definetely be making chocolate for Valentine’s day.

  11. says

    I have struggled for years to make Easter candy for my daughters without cain sugar, corn, dairy and soy, the allergies at my house. Every year I curse as I fight with different ideas. I have usually gotten gritty, thickly textured results. Once I tried melting to sugar and then adding the chocolate and wound up with something I called chocolate bark, long twisted hard strands, the kids liked it though. I did not feel like spending a lot on the cocoa butter and I had unsweetened chocolate bars so I just melted them and added honey, poured them into the mold and Voila! Tasty, smooth bunnies!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  12. devan says

    how much chocolate exactly does this recipe make? it says 6+ people, but im looking to give one small piece of chocolate to around 30 people

  13. Penny says

    I followed the recipe exactly and they are delectable! I got 20 one tablespoon sized truffles. (I may have left some extra for cleaning out the bowl ;) )
    I want to try so many variations. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Mark says

      AS with anything diabetic, moderation, but being with honey, it is a much healthier option than processed sugar. I am diabetic, I also make my own choccy,. but never eat many bits in a row :)

    • Susan says

      She mentions in her article to be extra careful about not getting even a drop of water in it as water causes it to be mealy. Could that be the problem?

  14. elizaveta borukhova says

    Hey Katie, can you share and clarify for me-about raw chocolate and roasted beans chocolate(powder)
    I would like to make my own chocolate, but not sure where to get raw chocolate powder, I know in raw chocolate the temp. not recommended to be above 45 degrees when heated. I’ve read that heating cocoa beans above 100 degrees reduces antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients of cocoa?!
    am I missing some info? little confused :)
    thank you in advance

  15. Tara says

    Thank you for this recipe! I just made a batch using 1/2 Dutch Cocoa and 1/2 Raw Cacao powder. My daughter licked the mixing bowl clean.Next time, we’ll try adding raisins or nuts for variety.

  16. Michelle says

    Help! I made this but I did not use raw honey. It was awful!, my question is related to the coconut oil. It there a way to make the chocolate without the coconut flavor and stil use the oil?

  17. Blanche says

    I made this last night and added some orange extract…. OMG! :)) I think it’s the best chocolate I ever tasted! I bought one more mold today and I think I’ll be making little Christmas chocolate gifts. I just have to get the consistency, it softened a little on room temperature, so I’ll be adding more cocoa next time. Thanks for a great recipe!

  18. Trisha Samseli says

    I am going to make this on the weekend. It was a sign…as my daughter handed me a jar of organic raw coconut butter and didn’t know what to do with it. I am very excited as I follow a paleo eating plan and am very particular about my chocolate. I rarely eat anything store bought. This will be fun!

  19. Sudipa Palit says

    hello…this seems so delicious…i too would like to try this out at home…but could you help me out with anything else that i can use in place of cocoa butter here? its not very easily available where i live. so it would be a great help if you could suggest something in place of the cocoa butter. thank u. :)

  20. Cindy says

    Is the cocoa butter used in the chocolate the same cocoa butter that is used in the skin care products? I’m new to this and I wasn’t sure if there was two grades of cocoa butter, one for eating and one for skin care. Is there a specific kind that I should look for?

  21. KJ Daniels says

    I am so glad I found this recipe! Thank you! I am going to try using coconut sugar for the swettener. I am also going to try making milk chocolate and white chocolate.

  22. KJ Daniels says

    Okay so I made the batch with coconut sugar. Total flop! Really gritty even though the taste is very deep and really good. The second batch I tried to make the milk chocolate putting in 1 cup cocoa powder and then 1 cup dried milk powder. I used raw honey to sweeten it this time. However, the second batch flopped too! It just a really lumpy batter that tastes great but I don’t know what to do with it. Any thoughts on how to make milk chocolate? Thanks.

  23. David Austin says

    (1) dissolve: 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/4 cup lecithin, sweetener (I use a combination of sweeteners), vanilla
    (2) dissolve 1 cup cocoa powder in 1 cup coconut oil
    (3) mix the above to a super creamy emulsion, pour into molds

    Coat molded pieces with cocoa butter to make room-temp stable truffles. Incredible.

  24. Robin Smith says

    I am on your newsletter and email list. Now I must insist to be put on your Christmas list! My little heart is popping right out its’ mold just imagining the taste of this optimal chocolate.

  25. kristi says

    Could you tell me the calories and nutrition facts with this one. How could I make it low cal could I use splenda?

  26. Heidy says

    Just found this while searching for a recipe on making chocolate with cocoa (I wanted to make chocolate bars). I have been making something similar to this for awhile with cocoa, butter or coconut oil, half&half, a pinch of salt and stevia (I just add it all by eye and taste). I add pumpkin and sunflower seeds, nuts, chia seeds, whatever I have on hand. I just started to add a bit of cayenne since I love the Kind bars with dark chocolate and chili. Anyway this sounds fabulous and love the health aspect of it. I will try cocoa butter!

    • Angie says

      The flavor will be slightly different, but it makes less difference in something like this than it would in baking. I use raw cacao powder to make chocolate.

  27. Paulina says

    Made this tonight. OMG, this chocolate was to die for! Made with cocoa butter I bought on Amazon.com and regular honey I keep in the cupboards. Worked perfectly. I couldn’t believe how easy it was and how smooth the chocolates turned out! Now I have many ideas of things to add (nuts, flavors, etc). I added pecans to some of them and those were my absolute favorite. I’m in trouble now, diet-wise :)

  28. Alyssa says

    Thanks for this post! I saw someone else already asked this but I was wondering if maple syrup could be subbed for honey and if there might be some suggestions on what could be used instead of cocoa powder. Maybe a chocolate liqueur? I cannot eat cocoa powder or honey right now due to fructose malabsorption and haven’t been successful with any of my coconut oil chocolate attempts in the kitchen. So excited to see one with cocoa butter! I’ve been buying the Equal Exchange chocolate bars that use organic cocoa butter, organic raw cane sugar and ground vanilla beans and NO soy lecithin. :)

  29. says

    Hi, just curious why you are using Dutch process cocoa instead of a less processed cocoa powder? I have been tinkering with a similar recipe of my own, but using a non-Dutched powder. It is slightly harder to incorporate it smoothly, but it contains many more antioxidants and is not processed with alkali like the Dutch powder.

  30. DR says

    I made these and they were super smooth…until a few days later when they turned grainy and mealy. I used maple syrup instead of honey and melted in the microwave.
    What could be the problem and is there a way to fix it?

  31. Stacey says

    Is it possible to use coconut sugar in place of honey or stevia? If so how much would I use? Since it is a granular consistency I was not sure if the coconut sugar would work.

  32. Rebecca says

    I have 2 questions:
    1. When it says one cup cocao butter, is it one cup of grated cocao butter packed or something else?

    2. What is the consistency of the mixed ingredients. The consistency of mine was more like a cake/bread batter. REALLY thick. Is this correct? If not what do I do?

    Thanks!

  33. Sandy says

    I would really appreciate the measurements in weight. Depending on what form of an ingredient you have, it can make a huge difference. I’ve found that weighing dry ingredients is much more accurate than trying to measure them, especially if it’s a chunky item. My cocoa butter is in wafers, so not really sure how much that would be. I made the recipe, hoping my guess work on the cocoa butter would be okay. The chocolate tastes really good, but was a little grainy. If anyone ever weighs this recipe out, I would really be interested.

  34. Yoli says

    Hi Katie, I made this chocolate last night. I used the cocoa butter wafers from Mountain Rose Herbs. I measured it in a glass measuring cup. I used the Cocoa that you used. I added roasted almonds. I came out pretty good but was a little soft. Do I need to add more cocoa butter? Also, is the German Cocoa raw? If not, is it still healthy?

    Thanks so much,

    Yoli

  35. Abbie says

    Hi! I’m sure this is a silly question, but will this work to use as chocolate chips in cookies if I just chop the chocolate into chunks? Thank you!

  36. demi says

    i want to make this with cocoa paste(liquor) that i buy bulk here.will i use same amount of paste as in powder and will i use cocoa butter too?thanks

  37. Jory Cannon says

    This was amazing! I bought some paleo chocolate at a local natural foods store, and, while it was tasty, it was $5 for a tiny little bag. I figured I could make it at home. I found your recipe, ordered cocoa butter from Amazon, and got busy. I used 3/4 cup of the cocoa butter, and 1/4 cup of coconut oil just to get some of its benefits. It is delicious–smooth and intensely chocolately. I added toasted almonds to one batch, dried cherries to another, and sea salt to another. I’m so glad I saved all my old chocolate molds from 20 years ago!

  38. Angie says

    I’ve been playing with this a little bit and think the following is a good starting point for anybody who needs weight measurements (my cocoa butter was in a 1 pound lump, so I had to break it into chunks to use) and doesn’t mind mixing fats together. I like this ratio of coconut oil to cocoa butter because it softens the taste up while still maintaining the creamy texture. It still has to be kept cool, though.

    2 oz coconut oil
    4 oz cocoa butter
    4 oz cocoa powder
    2 tsp vanilla (yes, I know, this isn’t by weight ;))
    6 oz honey

  39. S KAUR says

    Would it be possible/advisable to use Shea butter (raw, organic unrefined) instead of coco butter? How would this affect taste/texture?

  40. Cassie says

    I know this is not related to this recipe but i didn’t know where else to ask this. I love tootsie rolls. And since I am starting this new grain free diet and cutting out processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup. I found this recipe for tootsie rolls but it has stuff that i can no longer eat. I was wondering if their was any substitute for the powdered sugar, milk powder, and corn syrup…….
    2 tablespoons butter (29g), softened
    1/2 cup (40g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    3 cups (360g) confectioners’ sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3/4 cup (85g) dry milk powder
    1/2 (120mL) cup white corn syrup

  41. Tammy says

    Love this recipe; however I’m struggling with getting it right. I’ve ruined 3 out of 6 batches which is painful, luckily the 1st batch was perfect so I’m still trying. I’m using the exact recipe listed and same brand of ingredients in each of my 6 batches with the exception of the cocoa butter measurement being off slightly each time due to the chunks and me estimating a cup. Using double boiler method. I’m using a chocolate funnel and pouring into the heart shaped molds so need it to be thin enough to pour. The 1st ruined batch was too thick (I chopped the cocoa butter to try to get an even cup, so used more that time) so I tried to heat it again in the double boiler and within seconds it turned thick and mealy. I was careful not to get any water in it. With other ruined batches I tried to put a little coconut oil in or more honey & vanilla… nothing worked; thick and mealy. I then read the post about melting the cocoa butter and honey together and thought this would be the trick, no luck. My mom then sent me some information about not burning chocolate, which I didn’t even consider an issue with using a double boiler (with an inch of water in bottom) over medium heat, so I put the double boiler on low heat, then transferred the melted cocoa butter to a new bowl and put in the other ingredients. This last batch was still slightly thick to easily fill the molds with my funnel. How can I make this a little more runny without fully substituting the coconut oil for the cocoa butter? I’m thinking of trying 1/2 c cocoa butter and 1/2 c coconut oil or 3/4 c cocoa butter and 1/4 c coconut oil. Would that help? Any other hints? I’d like it fill the molds without me having to shake and drop them a few times to evenly fill the tiny cups.

  42. stacey says

    We’ve been making our own chocolate for a couple of years and I wanted to share because we sneak a couple of other healthy ingredients into it that you might appreciate, Katie.
    1/2 c. coconut oil, melted on very low heat (doesn’t take long)
    1 c. cocoa powder
    2 T. honey (or Grade B maple syrup-would provide some more B-vitamins)
    1 squirt of liquid stevia (I get ours from SwansonVitamins.com)
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 capful of liquid trace minerals
    2 T. of Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (or their kosher gelatin, although the green can dissolves better)
    Optional – cacao nibs, peppermint extract or mix in nuts/dried fruits
    We pour it into a shallow tray and freeze it. We keep it cold since the coconut oil would melt at room temp.
    I hope you like this since it includes the extra minerals and gelatin. :)

  43. Marion Burke says

    So I’m really excited about making my own chocolate and to try this recipe. My question is about the texture/consistency of the final product. Does this recipe produce a soft, fudgy chocolate or something hard that will have some “snap” when broken? I’m really looking for the second deal as I want to use the chocolate I make to coat things, like truffles. Thanks for any responses!!

  44. Jennifer Meybaum says

    When I use coconut oil, the bars melt quickly? What could I use to make more of a bar that will keep for a gift without melting quickly? Would it be the cocoa butter?
    Also, what do you think the calorie count is for your recipe?

  45. Yarrow says

    Anyone have any idea on a weight for the amount of cocoa butter to use? Ours melted when it first got warm here and has solidified into a large block.

  46. Jennifer Meybaum says

    What can I use in this recipe to make it more shelf stable? With the coconut oil, the chocolate bar starts melting as soon as I take it out of the fridge.

  47. Mark Kenwright says

    Does anyone know what are the carb, calories, fat content of the above recipe?

    I normally make it with

    3 cups of coconut oil
    1.5 cups of coco powder
    0.5 cups of honey
    some crushed nuts

    I also pour into an ice cube mould to set (ideal sizes for snacks/portions!

    cheers mark

  48. Laurence says

    Thank you so much, easy, easy recipe and the result is a super smooth moorish chocolate.

    After reading the honey issues some we’re having I omitted it and added whole roasted hazelnuts and juicy sultanas and I’m now enjoying a delightful fruit & nut chocolate treat.

    I used a stand mixer with beater attachments to combine the cocoa & coconut oil and feel confident to add the honey next time around, albeit just 1/3 to 1/2 the suggested amount for a less sweet option.

  49. Bernadette says

    I have made this with honey and I use coconut oil.It does NOT set right.The honey likes to settle on the bottom and then is sticky…. I think I will will just stick to raw sugar. you can also add 2 teaspoons of milk…I melt the sugar in the heated milk then add to oil.

  50. lindsay says

    i made this for the first time today… it turned out fine, everything mixed well. other than subbing some coconut oil for part of the cocoa butter (6 Tbsp coconut oil and 10 Tbsp cocoa butter), i followed the recipe exactly. it set well, nothing separated and it smells delicious. however, it’s incredibly strong, almost bitter. it doesn’t taste like it smells, that’s for sure. i’m disappointed! without wasting ingredients by experimenting too much, i’m wondering if adding more honey would do the trick, or woulf it compromise the texture/setting? any ideas? thanks in advance! :)

  51. Myss says

    Hello all.
    I just made this recipe and the chocolate turned out great.
    To the people having trouble with the mixture separating…just add 3/4 teaspoon arrowroot power at the same time you add the cocoa.
    The arrowroot power/starch is gluten free and it binds everything together. If you want to put in milk try condensed coconut milk….a few tablespoons.
    Hope that works for you. I also set mine in the fridge.
    Thanks for a great recipe.

  52. mads leonard holvik says

    Good stuff!
    Coconut butter you make yourself by putting shredded coconut in the food processor until it has become liquid.

  53. sara says

    hello! this looks lovely! If I use the cocoa butter you recommend, it looks like it comes as a block, is it liquid? Or would you grate it and then measure out a cup? thanks – making some for my husbands stocking. We are on GAPS and this would be our first intro to chocolate. :)

  54. Tammy says

    I think the cocoa butter link on the recipe is wrong now, it takes you to the cocoa butter vs. cocoa butter wafer page.

  55. Brad says

    Do you prefer the dutch processed cocoa over natrual and why? The alkali process removes some of the benefits of cocoa associated with the flavanols. The higher the PH, the less the flavenols. I would rather use natural cocoa, but would like your take on the subject.

  56. June says

    I used coconut oil instead of cocoa butter. The raw honey sank to the bottom, when the chocolate set in the fridge. I made sure to stir it thoroughly. What can I do differently?

    I do like the healthy chocolate with coconut oil and raw honey, but wish the honey didn’t sink to the bottom.

  57. Jessica says

    Looking for ways to make the coconut oil version more self stable. I know parrifin wax is often used in some chocolate not sure how healthy that is. Any idea of a wax that might be healthy to add and help stabilize the chocolate? Does arrow root help? Thanks for any in put.

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