How to Make Perfect Chocolate Chips in the Easiest Ways!
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The chocolate chips are far more versatile than we give it credit for. When you want something special for dessert, look no further than your pantry!
Sweetened Homemade Chocolate Chips Recipe
3 oz cocoa butter
2 oz unsweetened chocolate chopped
½ cup powdered Swerve Sweetener sifted
2/3 cup cocoa powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt the cocoa butter and chocolate together until smooth.
Stir in the sifted powdered erythritol, then stir in the cocoa powder, until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour into chocolate molds or spread in an 8x8 pan lined with parchment paper.
Refrigerate until set, then remove from the molds or chop into small chunks.
Sugar-Free Homemade Chocolate Chips Recipe
Making sugar-free chocolate chips is surprisingly easy and takes only simple 5 ingredients. Make these homemade chocolate chips for a great low-carb and dairy-free option! Great in all your keto cookies, cakes, and sweet treats. Instructional video included.
4 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup cocoa or cacao powder
vanilla stevia to taste OR 1/4 cup raw agave, honey, or pure maple syrup
Gently melt the oil if not already liquid. Stir in the sweetener. Stir in the cocoa. If using stevia, add a little extra melted coconut oil if the mixture is too thick.
Pour into a parchment-lined Tupperware container or candy molds. Freeze until firm. Break into small chip-sized pieces, or pop out of the candy molds. Store in the freezer.
Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips For Baking:
While the above raw version is fantastic for using in no-bake treats or eating by the handful, if you want a version that you can bake with or that has the option of being oil-free, simply melt a bar of unsweetened chocolate and sweeten to taste with your favorite sweetener of choice.
You can add a tsp of oil for smoother results, but it's not required. Pour into a parchment-lined container or candy molds, and freeze until firm. Then break into small pieces or pop out of the molds.
This version needs no refrigeration and can be used anywhere you'd use store-bought chocolate chips.
Tips for homemade chocolate chips
1. Melt the cocoa butter and unsweetened chocolate in a double boiler. If they are over direct heat, they are more likely to seize.
2. Use quality unsweetened chocolate such as Ghirardelli or Scharffenberger. Cheap baker's chocolate tends to seize more and will have a grittier texture.
3. Sift your powdered sweetener and your cocoa powder to get out all the lumps.
4. Use chocolate chip molds, silicone trivets, or any chocolate mold to shape your chocolate. Be sure to refrigerate until completely firm. After that, they won’t need to stay in the freezer or the fridge
Creative Things You Can Do With Chocolate Chips:
Melt them for dipping or coating fruits and desserts
If you have chocolate baking chips at home, you’re just a few steps away from chocolate fondue! Heat chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl, 30 seconds at a time, mixing in between. Then dip a dessert of your choice or use it as a pretty drizzle. You can cool your creation in the fridge, but letting it cool on the counter will result in a shinier coating.
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If your sauce is too thick, don’t reheat it! That will just make the chocolate harder. Instead, add a couple of drops of oil and mix. Just make sure it’s something with a neutral taste, like canola oil.
Make a ganache for drip cakes or cupcakes
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Takes your cakes to the next level with a chocolate ganache shell! The easiest way to make an impressive drip cake is to start with some chocolate chips.
In a double boiler, stir your chips until melted. (We melt these on the stove instead of the microwave.) Then add a touch of heavy cream, butter, or coconut oil. This is what makes it a creamy ganache, so it’s sliceable like the rest of your cake.
Top off ice cream, desserts, and popcorn for the ultimate movie or party snack
Movies and snacks just go together! Top off your popcorn with a delicious drizzle. Or dip TWIZZLERS Twists into melted chocolate chips and coat with fun add-ons like sprinkles, nuts or crushed candy. It’s another way to make movie night at home even more special.
Pour them straight from the bag to take your desserts up a notch
Mini chips are both a delicious and adorable way to add personality to your cakes and cupcakes. Sprinkle them on, cover every inch, or spell out a sweet message. And with varieties like peanut butter, white creme, butterscotch, sea salt caramel and cinnamon chips, the possibilities are endless!
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