Packaged chocolate chips (Nestle) contain the following: semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin, natural flavors), which includes milk and soy ingredients (1). Natural flavours can be anything that began as something natural, regardless of how much chemical processing it has gone through(2). Don’t you want to know what that “natural flavour you’re eating really is?
Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips are dairy free, containing brown sugar, cocoa mass, and cocoa butter.
Made Good brand is the best option besides making your own because the ingredients are all organic: organic cane sugar, organic cocoa mass, organic cocoa butter and organic vanilla.
So you can buy relatively healthy chocolate chips, but it’s fun to make your own, and you can really impress people who think that chocolate chips have to be made in a factory somewhere. And instead of using cocoa powder, I recommend raw cacao to retain some extra nutrients.
You can buy real chocolate chips molds on Amazon or do what I did and get a couple of silicon trivets, also on Amazon. They’re much less expensive.
Or you can simply spread the chocolate out on parchment and chop it once it has solidified.
These chocolate chips should be stored in the fridge or freezer.
- 3 tbsp cacao butter
- 6 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Heat small amount of water in a pot and place chopped cacao butter in a glass mixing bowl on top of the pot, like a double-boiler.
- Keep heat on low to medium until the cacao butter melts. Be sure no drops of water touch the cacao butter.
- While the cacao butter is melting, sift cacao powder and arrowroot powder together to remove any clumps from the cacao.
- Remove melted cacao butter from heat.
- Stir in dry ingredients and maple syrup.
- Spread the chocolate on parchment paper or pour into mold and place in freezer until solid, approx. 30 minutes.
- Once it is solid, chop chocolate into small pieces or release chocolate chips from mold by pulling gently on diagonal corners to loosen chips.