A crowd pleaser all year round but with its warming flavour profile, chocolate really comes into its own in the colder months - nothing quite beats being tucked up with a hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire!
Many cultures around the world have a rich history with the cocoa bean, and it has been used for religious rituals, medicine and even as a currency.
In Mexico, chocolate has found itself at the heart of ancient traditions and legends - according to Aztec legend the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl stole chocolate from the gods to share with humanity.
Now, at Rassa we’re all about getting hands on when it comes to learning new skills, so you can follow our seven steps below to have a go at creating your own chocolate at home from bean to bar!
Note: you can get hold of fresh cocoa pods online on sites like Etsy or if you’re in the UK you can try Rare Exotics and My Exotic Fruit.
Switching up the method:
Of course you can enjoy the chocolate as it is in its delicious bar form, but it’ll also be tasty melted into a luxurious hot chocolate with spices and maybe even a splash of baileys.
If you decide to stop at the stage where the cocoa bean is in the form of nibs, there are also plenty of ways you can get creative: