Ann Reardon

Can you make chocolate from linden tree berries?

A subscriber recently sent me a link to a video where the creator used berries from the Linden tree to make chocolate. They said it “tastes exactly like chocolate”. Which of course means we have to try it.

Cocoa beans are special. They contain the chocolatey flavour, colour and smell of chocolate. They also contain the magical cocoa butter that a fat that is solid at room temperature but melts in your mouth. The only thing that needs to be added to coca beans is sugar for dark chocolate or milk powder plus sugar for milk chocolate. But are there any other seeds that can be used to make used chocolate?

I did some research, bought a chocolate grinder and started experimenting. Watch the video to see the results.

Pumpkin Seeds
555g (19.58 ounces) roasted pumpkin seeds
185g (6.53 ounces) sugar
30g (1.06 ounces) cocoa butter

160g (5.64 ounces) roasted kibble
100g (3.53 ounces) cocoa butter

2/3 cup freeze dried cocoa butter
1/4 cup sugar
All the berries I’d collected and roasted.

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