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What are your thoughts about making chocolate from cacao powder + cocoa butter + liquid sweetener?

What is the resulting quality of chocolate?
Does it require grinding or conching?
Can you layout or direct me to a basic recipe for ratios of powder-butter-sweetener?


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You need to begin with cocoa liquor, and partially defat it somehow (most use high pressure hydraulic presses).  That resluts in a very hard wheel of mostly cocoa solids that needs to be ground up into a powder.  Adding cocoa butter back sort of defeats the purpose of taking it out in the first place.  adding liquid sweeteners to chocolate is always a hard thing to do.  adding a liquid sweetener to defatted cocoa powder - depending on how defatted it really is - can be much easier (think chocolate syrup)


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