Around this time last year I made some homemade white chocolate with the goal of using it to make peppermint bark. I LOVE peppermint bark. It’s one of my favorite holiday treats. But I just didn’t feel good about consuming the white chocolate normally found at grocery stores since it’s typically made with vegetable oils, cow’s milk powder, and refined sugar, none of which are high quality I’m sure. Sure, you can find decent white chocolate chips out there (like this one), but they are hard to find, expensive, and still contain dairy and soy.
So I made my own. And it was delicious! However, I realized that it’s not exactly something that everyone would be able to make. You see, I used colostrum in place of the dry milk powder normally found in white chocolate chips. It worked great as a substitute since it essentially is dry milk powder (just a clean superfood type of version), but most people don’t just have colostrum in their cupboard all the time. And it’s pretty expensive. Plus, it’s still technically dairy. From what I understand, many people who can’t do any dairy can still tolerate colostrum, but I’m sure there are those out there who still can’t tolerate it or who simply choose not to consume any dairy at all. So while it’s a delicious, and highly nutritious, substitute, it’s not practical for most people.
So I decided that this year I would attempt to make a totally dairy free white chocolate with ingredients that were a little more accessible. And guess what? After a few attempts, I succeeded again! This time around I used coconut milk powder which is a lot cheaper, especially if you get it from Thrive Market like I did. And the cocoa butter you use totally matters. I made this a few times with a couple of different cocoa butters and this one definitely made for the best tasting white chocolate. And it’s easy to use too. Just take a sharp knife and shave off what you need. As for the sugar, I found that powdered sugar definitely worked the best. Honey makes for super chewy white chocolate, which isn’t exactly what we are going for. Although it did taste great! You can make your own powdered sugar by blending granulated sugar of some sort (like evaporated cane juice or coconut sugar) until it’s a fine powder. Just make sure you blend it really well or your white chocolate will be grainy.
Once you’ve got all your ingredients ready, this delicious white chocolate comes together in a snap. Then you can use it for all your holiday treat making needs! I’m thinking peppermint bark for sure, plus maybe a white chocolate mocha and some white chocolate macadamia nut cookies or something. Or just eat it on it’s own. It’s so good I’m sure you’ll have a hard time saving it for other uses. Or at least I did…
- Melt cocoa butter in a heat proof bowl over a pot with about 2 inches of boiling water (or in a double boiler if you're fancy like that)
- Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and coconut milk powder until dissolved
- Slice open vanilla bean and scrape insides into white chocolate mixture
- Pour into mold of choice (I used this one) or into parchment lined baking dish
- Let cool in refrigerator until set, about 1 hour
What will you use your white chocolate for? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below. Especially if they’re holiday themed… you know how I love me some Christmas!
In vibrant health,