Going to the supermarket with my son was almost becoming a nightmare for me. The basket was always full with Chocolate Cream jars, cocoa milk, chocolate bars and chocolate ice-cream. He was crazy about them and I felt bad if I did not abide to his wishes, particularly since the pediatrician told me that for as long as my son was eating properly, then it was okay for him to eat these as well. But as I was browsing the internet seeking for more information on Chocolate Cream I was terrified to find out that it had a massive amount of two ingredients: sugar and palm oil whereas cocoa and nuts were at a minimal level.
This meant that my son was mostly eating palm oil and sugar. Hence I decided to prepare this at home. Ingredients are easy to find and preparation is rather simple. After many attempts some of which were hampered by the process of chopping off almonds, I managed to prepare the perfect cocoa spread. If you have the same problem as me, I can tell you all about how. I usually measure ingredients and portions using my eyes, but at first you might need the following recipe.
80 gr hazelnut
100 ml milk
60 gram brown sugar
100 gram dark chocolate
2 spoons butter
Preheat the oven. Spread the hazelnuts and toast them in the oven for about ten minutes. Then I melt the chocolate in a saucepan over gently simmering milk. I stir until it’s smooth. As soon as hazelnuts have browned I grind the hazelnuts in a food processor. It takes a lot of work to chop them to pieces because children do not like chunks. So to guarantee the perfect paste I pour some brown sugar and then about two spoons of butter. Stir for several minutes and then add the melted chocolate with milk. Continue to stir the mixture. After all of the ingredients are blended well I put the homemade Chocolate Cream in the original jar which I still keep, as a disguise. It takes two or three hours fir the mixture to cool down. I put the jar in the fridge for another three hours and then it’s all done.
I use my homemade Chocolate Cream for ice-cream as well. It is pretty easy. I pour half of the paste in a food processor. I add milk and vanilla and I blend. Afterwards I fill the cups and put them in the freezer. This is who I meet two of the most ordinary demands of my child by providing him a much healthier choice. I’ve been doing the same thing about chips. I use fresh potato and cut them in thin round slices. Combine them with salt and a bit of oil and bake them in a preheated oven to 200C until they’re crisp and golden brown in color. Do not forget. Disguise is important. Children are smarter than we think./AgroWeb.org
*Rezarta Delisula is Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Gazeta Shqiptare working as a journalist since 1998. With 17 years of professional experience, her stories mainly focus on social concerns and environmental issues. Rezarta is also an organic products avid and gardening passionate, largely interested in green lifestyle. She is a contributing writer at agroweb.org.