I'm looking to make chocolate with two ingredients only(and a bit of salt also) however all the recipes seem to have a few ingredients listed.

  1. Is it possible to make it with cocoa butter and cocoa powder only or are there minimum other ingredients required to get it to form properly?

  2. Cannot it be done with cocoa powder and any one other ingredient?

  3. When a chocolate says 70% dark chocolate, does it mean 70% of it is cocoa powder and the other is to make it solid? What is the maximum percentage of cocoa powder I can add to ensure the chocolate still forms properly?

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    Before you worry about your particular variant, you might want to look at whether you can even make chocolate at home at all: cooking.stackexchange.com/a/66948/1672
    – Cascabel
    May 2, 2017 at 16:41
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    Why two ingredients only? Rather than focusing on an arbitrary number of ingredients, perhaps tell us what ingredients you are attempting to avoid?
    – Catija
    May 2, 2017 at 20:08

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As discussed in the answer to Making dark chocolate at home (and additional detail on Is it possible to sweeten chocolate without making it gritty?), making chocolate at home is basically not feasible. You need specialized equipment, because chocolate is not just a mixture of cocoa and other things, it's been ground and mixed in an extremely time-consuming and specific way.

Setting that rather large issue aside...

Sure, chocolate can be made with only cocoa solids and cocoa butter. It's called unsweetened chocolate, and people usually only use it for baking, since it's pretty bitter on its own. The core ingredients are normally cocoa (solids/butter) and sugar. After that, it's mostly about flavor: milk for milk chocolate, salt, maybe even vanilla, and so on. All that can be omitted, but without the sugar, it won't be what most people think of as chocolate for eating.

The percentage is the amount that's from cocoa, whether solids or butter. Unsweetened chocolate with nothing added is 100%, and 70% dark is likely close to 30% sugar (maybe a bit less if other things have been added). I believe that unsweetened chocolate is usually something like 50-55% cocoa butter and 45-50% solids, so I guess that's about the maximum to retain a normal texture if there's nothing else going on.

But again, unless you've got some serious chocolate manufacturing investment plans, all you can do with that information at home is use it to pick what you buy.

  • did you mean all you need is cocoa butter and in my case salt. Do you not need the cocoa powder too? May 3, 2017 at 23:35
  • No, as the answer says, chocolate contains cocoa butter and cocoa solids (most likely not originally in the form of powder, though it does ultimately get ground as part of the process).
    – Cascabel
    May 4, 2017 at 0:19

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