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How To Make White Chocolate With 3 Ingredients

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I love chocolate in all forms. There is a full category here dedicated to All Things Chocolate. If you are a chocolate lover you have come to the right place! In this recipe, you will learn how to make white chocolate with 3 ingredients.

The process on how to make white chocolate is very similar to this homemade milk chocolate recipe. Making white chocolate at home is fun, although it doesn’t taste exactly like storebought white chocolate. Even though the ingredients are similar, commercially produced chocolate is made with special equipment that creates silky smooth chocolate. I will touch on that more below.

I just want to point out if you are expecting your homemade white chocolate to taste exactly like storebought you will be a bit disappointed. But, it will still be good! It is super easy to do, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Is white chocolate really chocolate?

Stack of homemade white chocolate on a cutting board.

There is a bit of debate out there among chocolate purists and other people that say white chocolate isn’t chocolate. So I need to clear the air.

White chocolate is not actually/technically chocolate. But we call it white chocolate just like we call hamburgers, hamburgers, even though they don’t have ham in them. Or French Fries French Fries, even though they don’t come from France, etc. So let’s not get hung up on the language, etc. What you call something doesn’t change the way you make it, or how it tastes. Call it whatever you want. White chocolate, candy, tasty white bar, etc.

White chocolate classification is actually just a candy. 🙂 It is made up of three main parts, fat, in this case, cocoa/cacao butter, which comes from cacao beans, sugar, and whole milk powder. However, some companies swap out the cocoa butter with palm oil. Vanilla is sometimes added as well.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s make this easy white chocolate recipe.

Step 1: Gather the tools and ingredients

Sugar, milk powder, and cocoa butter in bowls on top of a cutting board.

In order to make white chocolate at home you need just a handful of ingredients, 3 to be exact:

  • Cocao butter – This is the main ingredient. There are some subsitutes that you can try, like refined coconut oil, and clarified butter/ghee. Regular butter will not work very well, nor will other oils like canola or vegetable oil. They just don’t react the same as cocao butter. Plus cocao butter is what is really in white chocolate. It also needs to be food grade. It should say “full culinary use” on the packaging or something along those lines.
  • Whole Milk Powder – Don’t use liquid milk, it won’t work and it will ruin it.
  • Sugar – Traditionally normal granulated sugar is used. Confectioner’s sugar/Powdered sugar will work, but confenctioner’s sugar has cornstarch in it, and we really don’t want that, however it will still work. Try and find powdered sugar without cornstarch if you want to use powdered sugar.

NOTE: Buy the cocoa butter and whole milk powder at www.olivenation.com and use the code MATT20 and get 20% off every order.

Bars of white chocolate on a wooden cutting board.

Tools:

  • Food processor, high-speed blender, or spice/coffee grinder, a mortar, and pestle will work too.
  • Spatula
  • Pot with a bowl (pyrex or metal)
  • Water for double boiler method
  • Candy bar pan or mold
  • Chocolate Melanger, for really really smooth chocolate like you, find at the store.

Step 2: How to make white chocolate at home

Milk powder and sugar in food processor.

Begin by placing the milk powder and sugar in a food processor, high powdered blender, spice grinder, etc. Blend until you get a fine powder.

*The more you blend it the finer the powder and the less gritty/grainy your white chocolate will be.

This goes back to my point made at the beginning of this post. It is really hard to make homemade chocolate as smooth as storebought unless you have the proper equipment.

grounded up milk powder and sugar in a food processor.

*TIP: If you can find powdered sugar without the added cornstarch use that. But if all you have is confectioner’s sugar with the cornstarch, you can still use that. Actual chocolate doesn’t have cornstarch in it, but it will still work okay. Otherwise, just use the granulated sugar, and grind it with the milk powder.

Chocolate factories, bakeries, chocolate shops, that make chocolate have a commercial chocolate melanger, which has a large metal drum and stone grinding wheels on the inside, which turns and grinds the chocolate for a few days, and that is what makes it super smooth.

You can pick up a home chocolate melanger, which is much cheaper but still expensive, and you will get the same results. This would be good if you wanted to start a chocolate business out of your home. Which would be pretty awesome if you started your own homemade chocolate business.

If you have one of those chocolate melangers you don’t even need to use the food processor. You just add the melted cocoa butter to the melanger along with the sugar and milk powder and let it run for a few days, pretty simple.

Step 3: Melt the cocoa butter

Cocoa butter in glass bowls on a wooden cutting board.

Now it is time to melt the cocoa/cacao butter.

You may be able to find cocoa/cacao at your local grocery store or a specialty store, like Sprouts, Whole Foods, etc. If you can’t find it there, I get mine from www.olivenation.com. If you buy from them use the code MATT20 and get 20% off every order. You can get the whole milk powder from there as well. And so many other amazing products.

The cocoa butter may look like the little yellow discs or like big chunks, it just depends on where you buy it.

Cocoa butter discs in a pyrex bowl on top of a small pot on a stovetop burner.

Place the cocoa butter in a pyrex or metal bowl and set it on top of a small pot with about an inch of water in it. Set the burner to medium. As the water heats up, the steam will warm the bowl which will gently melt the cacao butter. This is called the double-boiler method.

Melted cocoa butter in a bowl on a stovetop.

When the cocoa butter is melted it will look like cooking oil or rendered down lard, etc. That is because it is fat similar to those other products, only this fat comes from a cacao bean.

TIP: You can also melt it in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Use bursts of 30 seconds stirring in between until melted.

Step 4: Finish the white chocolate recipe

Pouring melted cocoa butter in a food processor.

Once the cacao butter is melted pour it into the food processor or blender. Don’t do this step with a spice grinder.

Now blend for 15 to 30 seconds or even a little longer. If you were using a melanger, this is where you would let it run for a few days to get that silky smooth texture.

Blended white chocolate in a food processor.

NOTE: If you used a spice grinder to grind up the milk powder and sugar, just whisk that into the melted cocoa powder while it is on the stovetop. Like I show in the milk chocolate recipe.

Pouring melted white chocolate into molds.

If you look closely you can tell that even this white chocolate is a little gritty/grainy.

Once again, if you are expecting homemade white chocolate to be as silky smooth as storebought, you will be disappointed, so expect it to be a little gritty/grainy unless you have a melanger. But you can reduce that grittiness by grinding that milk powder and sugar into as fine as powder as possible.

Now pour the white chocolate evenly into your candy bar or chocolate mold. Depending on how thick you want each bar. You don’t have to use bar-shaped molds either, you can use whatever shape molds that you have on hand. The silicone molds work great.

Hand holding a homemade white chocolate bar.

Give the mold a few taps on the counter to level it and release any air bubbles that might be in the chocolate.

Then place in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes to set.

Hand holding two pieces of white chocolate

Remove the homemade white chocolate from the mold and serve!

Enjoy!

How do I store homemade white chocolate? How long does it last?

Store the chocolate in a plastic bag or an airtight container in the pantry or someplace cool. As long as your house isn’t too warm inside, it can be stored at room temperature with no problem. You don’t have issues with it melting at room temp as you might with untempered milk chocolate or dark chocolate. It will last several weeks. You can freeze it as well if you like for even longer storage.

Can I use normal milk?

No don’t use normal liquid milk, it won’t work, there is too much moisture/water in milk. Only use whole milk powder.

Can I use regular butter instead of cocoa butter?

No. Regular butter will not work well at all for homemade white chocolate. Suitable substitutes for cocoa butter are refined coconut oil and something like clarified butter/ghee will work. But this recipe is so easy to make, feel free to experiment on your own with other fats instead of cocoa butter.

Why is my homemade white chocolate gritty or grainy tasting?

That is the issue of making homemade chocolate. Unless you have the proper equipment you can’t really get around that. You can try grinding up the milk powder and sugar even finer, which will help. Or if you really want to make a lot of it or plan on making lots of homemade chocolate regardless of the type, you may consider picking up a chocolate melanger.

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How to Make White Chocolate With 3 Ingredients

Learn how to make homemade white chocolate with just 3 ingredients! Making chocolate at home is so fun and easy to do. Let's get started!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Cooling Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Candy, Dessert, Ingredient
Cuisine: American, European, French, Worldwide
Keyword: easy, smooth, sweet
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Food processor, high-speed blender, or spice/coffee grinder, a mortar, and pestle will work too.
  • Spatula
  • Pot with a bowl (pyrex or metal)
  • Water for double boiler method
  • Candy bar pan or mold
  • Chocolate Melanger, for really really smooth chocolate like you, find at the store.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter food-grade
  • 1/2 cup whole milk powder
  • 1/2 cup fine granulated sugar or confectioner’s/powdered sugar preferably without cornstarch added. But it is okay to use it with the cornstarch.

Instructions

  • Place the milk powder and sugar in a food processer, high-speed blender, coffee/spice grinder, etc. Grind for a minute or two.
  • Place the cacao butter in a pyrex or metal bowl on top of a pot with about 1 inch of water. The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Use medium heat to heat up the water. Stir the cacao butter as it melts.
  • Add the melted cacao butter to the food processor or blender (not spice grinder/coffee grinder) with the finely ground milk powder and sugar. Blend for 15 to 30 seconds. The white chocolate is ready.
  • Pour white chocolate into some sort of mold. Tap the mold to release any air bubbles. Cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chocolate from the mold and serve. Enjoy!

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How to Make White Chocolate | Homemade White Chocolate Recipe 3 Ingredients

Notes

Tip: Buy the cocoa butter and whole milk powder at www.olivenation.com and use the code MATT20 and get 20% off every order.
Note: Homemade chocolate just won’t turn out as smooth as storebought, unless you use a chocolate melanger. So if it has a gritty/grainy taste, that is the reason. You can try grinding the milk powder and sugar even finer, which will help.
Note: Just use an equal amount of each ingredient, or just slightly less sugar like 5% less.
TIP: If you can find powdered sugar without the added cornstarch use that. But if all you have is confectioner’s sugar with the cornstarch, you can still use that. Actual chocolate doesn’t have cornstarch in it, but it will still work okay. Otherwise, just use the granulated sugar, and grind it with the milk powder.
TIP: You can also melt the cocoa butter in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Use bursts of 30 seconds stirring in between until melted.
NOTE: If you used a spice grinder to grind up the milk powder and sugar, just whisk that into the melted cocoa powder while it is on the stovetop.
TIP: Store at room temperature in a ziplock bag, or an airtight container. Can be frozen as well.
List of nutritional facts for homemade white chocolate

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6 Comments

  1. My husband is lactose intolerant. Is there a substitute for the milk powder?

  2. Andrea Thueson

    5 stars
    I had no idea you could make homemade white chocolate! Such a fun thing to try and it turned out so good!

  3. 5 stars
    I had no idea you could do this! Thank you!

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