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Homemade Chocolate Ms

Sep 30, 2015 02:33PM ● By Alexa Peduzzi

Hello again, North Hills Monthly readers!

My name is Alexa Peduzzi, and I’m a 20-something Pittsburgher who runs, a food blog dedicated to classic recipes made healthy. Whole foods are my passion, as I believe that I simply operate better when I am fueling my body with natural foods that come straight from the source—the earth! While I am not a nutritionist or doctor, it doesn't take a licensed, registered dietitian to be able to feel the powerful difference that whole foods can make in one's diet.

Oh, October, how I love thee.

Not only is it apple season, the time of beautiful red and orange trees, and the middle of the pumpkin craze, but it's also the month of one of my favorite holidays as a child:  Halloween!

I, like most kids, adored Halloween. A holiday dedicated to the consumption of sugar, chocolate and all things decadent? Um, sign me up. Sign me up

I always scoped out the houses that were giving out those king-sized candy bars because, of course, I couldn't possibly have enough candy without those giant bars in my bag. This was because I was obsessed with chocolate as a kid. My bag was filled to the brim with every kind of chocolate imaginable: milk, dark, white...I would never discriminate against that creamy, dreamy goodness!

When I was feeling particularly chocolately, I would always reach for those slightly crunchy, downright divine M&Ms. I didn't want chocolate peanut butter, chocolate mint, or chocolate caramel; I simply wanted that unadorned chocolate fix. Nothing quite satisfied me like those tiny, pure chocolate indulgences. I'd eat fistfuls at a time without even breaking a sweat.

I still get these chocolate pangs from time-to-time, so I decided I would take it upon myself to try and re-create this addictive treat. And by golly, in the name of Halloween and all that’s chocolate, I've done just that. Allow me to introduce you to my Chocolate Ms: the creamy, healthier, just-as-addictive homemade version of that classic chocolate candy.

First, we'll need some coconut butter. If you're unfamiliar with coconut butter, think of it this way: coconuts are to coconut butter as peanuts are to peanut butter! Coconut butter is super rich, ultra-creamy, and filled with healthy fats, making it the perfect base upon which to concoct our final treat. Add some cocoa powder and honey to the mix, and you'll have a chocolate filling nearly identical to the actual thing.

For that beautiful chocolate coating, I chose to use my perfect four-ingredient, refined sugar-free chocolate recipe. A simple mixture of coconut oilcocoa powdermaple syrup and pure vanilla extract is the delicious start to a truly out-of-this-world homemade chocolate experience. Feel free to use melted chocolate chips for this step, as I believe it will deliver even more of that classic snappy bite that the original candy has. Just be sure to thin your chocolate chips with a little bit of oil to create your luscious chocolate coating.

Now, who's ready to try this healthier Halloween candy? This holiday will never be the same once you try one of my homemade Chocolate Ms. The taste and texture are so close to the actual thing, it's almost spooky!

Homemade Chocolate Ms



1/4 cup melted coconut butter

1 tsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. honey or maple syrup

Chocolate Coating (or just use melted chocolate chips thinned with a little bit of oil):

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup

splash vanilla extract

The Letter 'M':

melted coconut butter


Prepare the filling:  Add coconut butter, cocoa powder, and honey to a small bowl and mix until combined. The mixture will seize, but that's OK. Place in the fridge to chill 5 minutes.

After it’s chilled, portion out 1/4 tsp.-sized portions of the mixture, roll them into a ball, and place them on a piece of parchment paper. Return balls to the fridge to set, about 1 hour.

When the filling is chilled, make the chocolate coating: Melt coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave (about 20 seconds). Add cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Set aside.

Assemble your Homemade Ms: Dip each filling ball into the chocolate coating. Place them back on the parchment paper in the fridge to set. Dip an additional time if desired. Store in the fridge.

Draw the M: Spoon melted coconut butter in a plastic bag. Snip off one of the corners of the bag, and carefully draw Ms on your candy. Then enjoy!