Making Chocolate From Cocoa Powder

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Homemade fudge is easy to make with cocoa powder and some basic baking supplies.
Homemade fudge is easy to make with cocoa powder and some basic baking supplies. (Image: chocolate image by Zbigniew Nowak from Fotolia.com)

Natural, unsweetened cocoa powder is the least processed, most flavorful and healthiest form of chocolate. It has no sugar, no fat and a very bitter taste. Turning cocoa powder into chocolate fudge is a simple process involving the addition of sugar, dairy and flavorings, followed by melting the ingredients either on a stove-top or in the microwave. Its intense chocolate flavor and dark color is also well-suited to cookies and brownies.

Things You'll Need

  • 2/3 cup natural, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tsp. softened butter (hold 1 tsp. in reserve)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 quart microwave-safe glass bowl
  • 1 9-by-9-inch foil pan

Sift together the cocoa powder, sugar and salt, then add them to the butter, milk and vanilla in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Set aside 1 tsp. of butter for later use.

Microwave the fudge mixture on high for two minutes, then stir it. The batter should be a thick liquid so, if necessary, put it back in the microwave for an additional one to two minutes to reach that consistency.

Spread the reserved 1 tsp. of butter evenly in a 9-by-9-inch pan, then pour the batter into the pan.

Refrigerate the fudge for at least 90 minutes before serving it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make variations on plain fudge by mixing nuts, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips or dried fruit into the batter before pouring it into the pan.
  • Because of the differences between natural, unsweetened cocoa and Dutch-processed cocoa, do not substitute one for the other in recipes.
  • The glass bowl will be hot after you microwave it, so use potholders to protect your hands.

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