How To Make White Chocolate

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A simple DIY for how to make white chocolate at home using just three ingredients! This homemade white chocolate can be made with or without dairy too!

white chocolate bar

I’ve never been a massive fan of store-bought white chocolate, with results ranging from super sickly-sweet, to waxy. Because of that, I hadn’t put much thought into making my own – until I recently learned How To Make Powdered Milk At Home. Now, here I am with a simple, 3-ingredient, white chocolate recipe for you that I personally think is SO much better than store-bought.

Three bars of white chocolate with different toppings - pistachios, puffed rice, edible dried flowers with pink salt

What really made me want to make white chocolate originally is because of how versatile it is. We know that dark and milk chocolate can be flavored in tons of different ways (and you can see my dark chocolate & milk chocolate recipes here too). But I’ve always thought of white chocolate as the king of customization.

white milk and dark chocolate bars on cutting board

However, when I first started looking at making this ingredient at home, I came across recipes that were loaded with tons of sugar, and that’s not what I wanted. Indeed, I am still using powdered sugar, but it’s a small quantity. Furthermore, the type of sweetener that you use is up to you: coconut sugar, monk fruit powder, or even sugar-free options like powdered erythritol. 

The resulting white chocolate that I’ve made is creamy and buttery. Perfect for a treat and to add to a variety of dishes! Including grating over desserts, as part of an oatmeal bowl, for a snack, melted and drizzled over dessert, etc.

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What is white chocolate & what is white chocolate made of?

I suppose in a way these two questions are linked, so I thought I’d answer them both in a single section. It may or may not surprise you to find out that white chocolate isn’t chocolate at all. Legally, all ‘chocolate’ must contain cocoa solids – and white chocolate does not.

Instead, white chocolate is largely made up of cocoa butter, lecithin, powdered milk, sugar (and lots of it), and sometimes vanilla. Meanwhile, some brands and various vegan chocolates often swap out cocoa butter altogether with hydrogenated oils (hence the waxiness) and fats, including palm oil (eep!) as well as tons of sugar.

holding white chocolate bar

So, what is cocoa butter?

Well, it’s the edible fat (basically like the vegetable oil) from the cocoa bean rather than the ‘solids’, which are what is needed to define a ‘chocolate’ product. I know it’s all a bit weird – so let me break it down a bit more for you.

Chocolate all begins with a cocoa pod, which, when ripe, is harvested for its seeds. The seeds are then treated (fermented) and dried to begin roasting. When the shells are removed, that’s where we get cacao nibs. Those nibs are then broken down into ‘chocolate liquor.’ 

This liquor is then separated into the cocoa solids (which are turned into yummy chocolate products like cocoa powder and chocolate) and the cocoa butter (the fat). Cocoa butter itself doesn’t have much of a chocolate flavor at all – but is often added to chocolate for providing that good ‘mouth feel’ we want.

In fact, if you want to learn about how to make chocolate from bean to bar, I’ve done that recently too!

raw cacao butter

P.S. when items are named ‘cacao,’ rather than cocoa, these are more natural and less processed. So you may even be able to make raw white chocolate using cacao butter instead of cocoa butter. 

How to make white chocolate

Making this homemade white chocolate is fairly easy. Best of all, it is just a few simple steps and three key white chocolate ingredients.

Check towards the bottom of the post for ways on how to flavor the white chocolate and several flavor variations. 

Ingredients for white chocolate
  • Cacao butter (or cocoa butter) Make sure to use food-grade cacao butter. 
  • Dry milk powder – I use homemade milk powder. For vegan white chocolate, you can use coconut milk powder or soy milk powder. I have also seen methods using cashew butter in place of dry powder, though this isn’t something that I’ve tried. DON’T use liquid ‘milk’ for this recipe or the chocolate will likely seize and/or won’t chill solid.
  • Sweetener – use your favorite powdered sugar: coconut sugar, cane sugar, monk fruit powder, etc. If you only have granulated sugar, you can make your own powdered sugar. You can also use a sugar-free alternative such as powdered erythritol. AVOID liquid sweetener though, like maple, which can cause the chocolate to seize.
  • (Optional) Vanilla – I often like to add vanilla to my bade white chocolate recipe. You can use vanilla straight from the pod, vanilla powder (or even vanilla extract – though there is a small risk of the chocolate seizing. It’s best to use an oil-based flavoring if possible.)

You’ll also need the equipment to use a double boiler method for melting the cacao butter and chocolate mold. This recipe is enough for 1 bar using the silicone mold photographed below. Feel free to adapt the mold to your liking – however, avoid hard (non-flexible) chocolate molds unless you plan to temper the chocolate

tools for making dark chocolate

Use a silicone spatula too or other non-wooden spoon (to avoid the porous material leeching water into the white chocolate and causing it to seize). 

Topping Ideas

Topping ideas for white chocolate

There are hundreds of ways to flavor and top homemade white chocolate. Here are just a few of my most recent experiments.

  • Salt – I like using pink salt
  • Puffed rice or puffed quinoa
  • Chopped nuts – I love adding pistachios but you can add your favorite nut or combination of nuts
  • Dried edible flowers

The Method

Step 1: Melt the cacao butter

If you have a large piece of cocoa butter, begin by chopping it down to smaller chunks. You can have uneven chunks but the smaller, more even pieces will melt faster and more evenly.

Set up a double boiler by placing a heatproof bowl over a pan of water. Make sure that the water isn’t touching the bottom of the bowl and set over medium-low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer – don’t boil as this increases the risk of scorching and water getting into your chocolate, which may cause it to seize.

Add the cacao/cocoa butter to the bowl, and it will melt without scorching or reaching temperatures that are too high. Stir or whisk* the butter often during this process to ensure even melting.

*It’s best to use silicone spatula or whisks for this, rather than wooden spoons. Wood may hold moisture and affect the chocolate.

Step 2: Add the remaining Ingredients

Once melted, add the powdered sugar to the bowl. It’s best to sift this into the bowl if you think it may have some lumps, as this can affect the final texture of the chocolate. Stir well to dissolve the sugar dissolves.

Then add the milk powder. Again, you can sift it into the bowl to avoid any lumps.

Collage of making white chocolate steps

Turn off the heat before removing the bowl from the pan.

Step 3: Grind the chocolate

Next, to make extra smooth white chocolate and avoid grainy texture, I recommend pouring the mix into a food processor/blender and blending for 2-3 minutes. Now you are ready to move to the next step.

Collage of blending white chocolate steps

Alternatively, if you have a chocolate grinder (chocolate melanger), you can let it run for several hours (or overnight) to grind the chocolate. This will grind the particles within the chocolate into tiny tiny microparticles until they are no longer discernible by the human tongue – like commercial chocolate.

If you want to add any additional flavorings, then it’s usually best to do this once the heat is off. You can also sprinkle ‘toppings’ directly into your chocolate molds.

White chocolate with different toppings

Step 4: Mold the white chocolate

Pour the white chocolate into your mold(s) of choice and place it in the freezer to set. This should only take 20-30 minutes, and then they can be transferred to the fridge (or kept in the freezer).

I prefer setting it in the fridge for about 2 hours.

white milk chocolate liquid in a mold

How To Store

Because this homemade white chocolate is untempered, I keep mine stored in the fridge. It will last for two weeks in the fridge. Alternatively, keep them stored in the freezer for 2-3 months (if they last that long!).

How to flavor white chocolate

Once you have the base white chocolate recipe sorted then you’re finally able to start experimenting. There are just a few rules when it comes to flavoring white chocolate, otherwise, you have tons of options!

First, avoid all water-based ingredients – this includes water-based coloring and flavorings. These can cause the chocolate to seize. This can be the case with alcohol-based flavorings too (like vanilla extract), though I’ve had some luck with the extract before.

I recommend using oil-based flavorings – also referred to as ‘chocolate flavoring’ or ‘candy flavoring’. Alternatively, you can also use powdered ingredients including spices (cinnamon, ginger, etc.) as well as freeze-dried fruit powder, etc.

As is the case with all chocolate, you can also mix in or top the homemade white chocolate with tons of different ingredients including crushed biscuits and sweets, freeze-dried fruits, coffee beans, etc.

white milk chocolate set in a mold

White Chocolate Flavor Variations

Here are just a few flavor variations to get you started with your experimentations. Whether you want to make vegan white chocolate, sugar-free white chocolate, etc. There are ways to adapt this recipe to your liking. 

  • Raspberry rose: sprinkle freeze-dried raspberry into the mold optionally with some edible rose petals then flavor the white chocolate with rose and raspberry flavorings (optionally with some freeze-dried raspberry powder in the chocolate for a pink bar)
  • Eton Mess: add crushed meringue, freeze-dried strawberry, and optionally some pink sprinkles or pink pearls to the bottom or top of the chocolate mold. Optionally swirl some strawberry-flavored chocolate into the plain white chocolate (more a marbled effect).
  • Oreo Slab: add ground oreo biscuits (filling not included) to the melted chocolate mixture and top with some crushed whole Oreos and optionally some chocolate balls/pearls.
  • Peppermint: add a few drops of peppermint oil flavoring to the chocolate and top with some crushed peppermint candies.
  • Orange raspberry: Add some finely diced candied orange (dried- not in liquid) to the white chocolate bar along with freeze-dried raspberry pieces.

You can also easily top the white chocolate bars with all sorts of crushed/ chopped candy bars and commercial candy/chocolate/biscuits, etc.

white chocolate bar taken out from a mold

Further Notes & Variations

  • Some cocoa butter is sold with cosmetic uses in mind and may not be food-safe. Be sure to buy food-safe cocoa butter for this recipe
  • This white chocolate recipe sets very solid. However, as it is untempered chocolate, it is best stored within the fridge. 
  • If you don’t want to blend the chocolate mixture then it’s VERY important to sift the dry powders into the melted cacao butter. 
  • To temper the white chocolate, use one of these chocolate tempering methods. Once tempered you can use the chocolate for truffles and bonbons and even store it at room temperature. 
  • Reduce the amount of milk powder used for a less ‘rich’ white chocolate. 
  • If, at any point, your chocolate seizes then slowly add a little additional cacao butter or vegetable shortening (1tsp at a time) and it should help bring it back together.

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How To Make White Chocolate

5 from 49 votes
By: Samira
A simple DIY for how to make white chocolate at home using just three ingredients!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

  • 1.4 ounces cacao butter 
  • 1.4 ounces milk powder (for vegan white chocolate use powdered coconut milk or soy milk)
  • 0.7 ounces white powdered sugar 

Instructions 

  • If you have a large piece of cocoa butter, chop it into smaller pieces. You can have it in uneven chunks, and I'll often do it this way, but the smaller, more even pieces will melt faster and more evenly.
    Cacao butter
  • Set up a double boiler by placing a heat-proof bowl over a pan of water. Make sure that the water isn't touching the bottom of the bowl and set over medium-low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer – don't boil as this increases the risk of scorching and water getting into your chocolate which may cause it to seize.
    Cacao beans in a double boiler
  • Add the cocoa butter to the bowl to melt without scorching or reaching temperatures that are too high. Stir or whisk* the cocoa butter often during this process to ensure even melting.
    Melted cacao butter
  • Once melted, add the powdered sugar and stir well to dissolve it.
    Melted cacao butter with sugar
  • Then add the milk powder and stir to incorporate.
    Melted cacao butter with milk powder
  • Transfer the melted whited chocolate to a blender/food processor and blend to make the mixture smooth.**
    Alternatively, if you have a chocolate grinder ( chocolate melanger), you can let it run for several hours to grind the chocolate. This will grind the particles within the chocolate into tiny tiny microparticles until they are no longer discernible by the human tongue – like commercial chocolate.
    smooth white chocolate
  • Pour the mixture into the mould/s of your choice and leave in the fridge or freezer to set. You can then transfer the chocolate to an airtight container in the fridge (or keep it in the freezer).
    White chocolate in a molk

Video

Notes

*It’s best to use plastic/silicone or whisks for this, rather than wooden spoons, as wood may hold moisture and affect the chocolate. 
** If you want to add any additional flavorings then it’s usually best to do this once the heat is off. You can also sprinkle ‘toppings’ directly into your chocolate molds. 
How To Store:
Because of the fact that this homemade white chocolate is untempered, I keep mine stored in the fridge. It will last for 2 weeks in the fridge. Alternatively, keep them stored in the freezer for a few months (if they last that long!).
Further Notes & Variations
  • Some cocoa butter is sold with cosmetic uses in mind and may not be food-safe. Be sure to buy food-safe cocoa butter for this recipe
  • This white chocolate recipe sets very solid. However, as it is untempered chocolate, it is best stored within the fridge. 
  • If you don’t want to blend the chocolate mixture then it’s VERY important to sift the dry powders into the melted cacao butter. 
  • To temper the white chocolate, use one of these chocolate tempering methods. Once tempered you can use the chocolate for truffles and bonbons and even store it at room temperature. 
  • Reduce the amount of milk powder used for less “rich” white chocolate. 
  • If, at any point, your chocolate seizes then slowly add a little additional cacao butter or vegetable shortening (1tsp at a time) and it should help bring it back together.
Course: Dessert, DIYs, Snack
Cuisine: European
Freezer friendly: 3 Months
Shelf life: 2 Weeks

Nutrition

Serving: 1Piece, Calories: 93kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 72mg, Potassium: 88mg, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 227IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 60mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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106 Comments

  1. Jeani says:

    Try grinding the milk powder in a coffee/herb grinder before adding. I found it helps prevent gritty chocolate.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thanks for the tip, Jeani. Blending the milk powder will help, indeed.

  2. Karen says:

    Would this harden up like a coating? I’d like to coat freeze-dried berries. I can’t wait to try your recipe for other things, too! Seems simple and free from a bunch of junk. Thank you!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Karen,
      Yes, the white chocolate will harden. I recommend placing the coated berries in the fridge for a few minutes to help the chocolate harden faster.

  3. Lola says:

    5 stars
    It was very easy to make, and the directions were clear. I tried it with coconut milk powder, which turned out well, although the coconut flavour was a little more pronounced than I expected. Roasted nuts are a good addition; the result was delicious. Thank you for the notes and explanations; it always helps to know why it should be done a certain way.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Lola. Glad you liked the recipe 🙂

  4. bianca says:

    5 stars
    Can, I use honey instead of powder sugar and vanilla extract for the white chocolate?

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Bianca,
      it’s best to use powdered sweeteners as the chocolate is more likely to seize when using liquid sweeteners (like honey). The same goes for the vanilla extract – I recommend using powdered vanilla or, if you can find, an alcohol-based one, so it doesn’t cause the chocolate to seize. I hope this helps.

  5. Robin says:

    Hello.
    Can we add cream cheese or Mascarpone to the white chocolate before or after tempering it? i just want to have a chocolate with cheese in it.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Robin,
      Any additives should be added after tempering, when you are ready to mold/shape the chocolate.

  6. Mari says:

    Hi! I made this exactly to the recipe by weight, but it was dried/chalky, not smooth, in the double boiler. I added more cocoa butter at that point, but not sure what went wrong. Thoughts?

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Mari,
      I recommend blending the chocolate after the ingredients are mixed – that allows it to become smoother. I hope this helps.

  7. Rebecca says:

    Hi, do you think Protein Powder would work in place of milk powder?

    Thanks.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Rebecca,
      The end result won’t be the same – to make white chocolate you need milk powder. I hope this helps.

      1. Debbie says:

        Could this be used to make chocolate chips? I’m thinking out it in a Piping bag and squeeze out dots of it, set and then freeze separately and then when frozen put in bags?

      2. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Debbie,
        That sounds great – yes, squeeze out dots, you can then harden them in the fridge or freezer. 🙂

  8. Betty says:

    5 stars
    I’m here to say thank u so much for this recipe. I made a dairy free sugar free version of both the white and milk tonight using powdered stevia and coconut milk powder. I’ve been on a very restrictive diet, and the white chocolate is the most indulgent sweet treat I’ve had in ages. The stevia didn’t work as well with the milk chocolate, but was v tasty with this. I added pink salt and vanilla. They both came out pretty granular since I didn’t blend, but I believe that was a quality of coconut milk powder itself, which recommends blending it into beverages. Still v tasty. I’m going to try raw cashew next instead of doing milk powder which should reduce the granular texture. 🙂

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Betty,
      Thank you so much for your comment. So happy you adjusted the recipe to what works for you! 🙂

  9. Eric says:

    5 stars
    Your recipe proportions are FANTASTIC and spot on, in my opinion!! Thanks so much for sharing. Your technique to use a double boiler is also really good.

    Beforehand, I put my powdered milk through a high powered blender for several minutes which led to super fine milk powder (that was an effort to reclaim) but was worth it.

    I just had my 1st piece and I am stunned at how delicious homemade white chocolate is!! Absolutely stunned!! I thought I didn’t like white choc that much but man on man.. this stuff is really really good!!

    You can tell I didn’t use a choc melanger (as they are an expensive mostly single use machine, IMO), but once this white choc starts to melt immediately on your tongue, you are blown away by its amazing fresh and fantastic taste — at least it did for me . This really made my day.!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment and your tips, Eric! So happy you are enjoying the chocolate 🙂

      1. Emma says:

        Thanks for this recipe, I have 2 questions for ya. Do you think this would work using peanut butter powder instead of milk powder to make white chocolate peanut butter candies? Also, if I want to make a white chocolate mousse or ganache, would I have to prepare this first and re-melt, or could I just proceed while it’s liquid? Looking forward to experimenting but would be curious to see your thoughts!

      2. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Emma,
        1. It won’t have the same creamy end result if you replace the milk powder. Perhaps you can add some crushed peanuts instead for flavor? If you give it a try with peanut butter powder, let me know how it goes.
        2. I haven’t tried using this for ganache or chocolate mousse, but I’d imagine you can use it while it’s in a liquid form.