Making Your Own Chocolate Chips - a Head to Head Challenge

As I've grown older, my food knowledge has evolved. I've been a label reader for years, but it has taken me a long time to truly understand how the various "ingredients" effect our bodies and which ones to avoid. How scary is it that we even have to think about "avoiding" certain foods because their ingredients aren't good for us. Something is very wrong with that system!

And so....I have embarked on a renewed quest to "make our own" convenience food products. This week, I made chocolate chips for the first time. Next week, I'll be tackling tortillas.

The chocolate chips were surprisingly easy to make, and it was wonderful knowing what ingredients went into them and at what proportions! 

To make these - I melted 3 tablespoons of coconut oil (you could use cocoa butter or butter if you wanted) over a double boiler, then added 2 tablespoons of sugar, 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder, a sprinkle of salt and a splash of vanilla. 

I poured the mixture into silicone hot pads (they make great molds!!)

Then popped them into the freezer for a few minutes. Seriously, it was maybe 2 minutes and they were ready! 

The results:

I really liked them, but they were a bit bitter. They melted in your hands very quickly and were a nice chocolaty indulgence. The texture and consistency was just about right. 

In the future, I will keep the ratio the same 3T oil 8T dry ingredients but I will change the amount of cocoa powder down and add a bit more sugar.

This is all assuming you want to "eat" the chocolate chips (like candy). Actually, I made a few in a gummy bear mold that were awesome!! 

We usually use these for chocolate chip cookies, so I set up a head-to-head test with store bought chips.

I made the batter, then divided it in half. Then I measured out an equal portion of chips.
I baked them on the same pan at the same time so everything would be equal.
The homemade chips "spread" a lot more and did not hold their shape. But they tasted great. I could not tell a difference between the two cookies. 
Clean up was a little different story. The cookies with the homemade chocolate chips left more "oil" or "chocolatiness" behind on the pan. Is this a good or bad thing? It was a little messier to clean up, but I felt good knowing there wasn't random "soy" ingredients in my recipe.
 Absolutely worth making again - and much less expensive than store bought - plus I was aware of all the ingredients!!

Tortillas next....

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