Dark Chocolate Buttons! A delectable chocolate treat that’s unbelievably easy to make and incredibly delicious to eat. Package them in adorable jars or boxes adorned with pretty bows for a heartfelt, edible gift.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- A Great Gift – Delicious chocolate buttons make great year-round gifts. Think Christmas, Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, or a thoughtful thank you. Just pop them in a jar, box, or bag tied with ribbon, and you’ve got an affordable present that’s quick to make but will also mean the world.
- Customizable – There are so many topping options you can make each chocolate button unique. Choose your favorites!
- Quick and Easy – There really couldn’t be a simpler recipe.
- Naturally Portion-Controlled – Each Dark Chocolate Button is the perfect size to satisfy a chocolate craving without overindulging. But, if you’re concerned about eating them all in one go, make small batches and store them in the freezer, out of sight.
The base recipe for Dark Chocolate Buttons is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, and nut-free. Some of the optional toppings in this recipe are unsuitable for vegans and those with a nut allergy. Always check product labels for allergen information!
The base recipe for these Dark Chocolate Buttons contains just two ingredients. The toppings, however, can be as simple or elaborate as you like.
- Dark Chocolate: The star of the show and the only ingredient you really need to make Dark Chocolate Buttons! I’m using Hu Simple Dark Chocolate. It’s a quality dark chocolate with 70% cocoa and contains only three real food ingredients: organic cocoa mass, organic unrefined coconut sugar, and organic cocoa butter. You can apply the code FOODGEEK at the checkout for a 15% discount. But you can use your favorite brand.
- Coconut Oil: Gives the chocolate less of a snap when it sets.
I love to switch up the toppings on each button. Some have just one topping, some two, and some have all of the ingredients listed below. That way, you can never get bored with a batch. However, use what you love and what’s in your pantry.
- Dried Rose Petals: A luxurious topping with a floral, subtly sweet flavor.
- Mixed Tree Nuts: I’m using a combination of pistachios, hazelnuts, and almonds, roughly chopped so they adhere to the chocolate.
- Unsweetened Dried Fruit: A fruity mix of cranberries, apricots, and raisins adds a natural sweetness to tame the bitter notes of the dark chocolate.
- Unsweetened Toasted Coconut: Chocolate and coconut are best friends!
- Bee Pollen: For sweetness and a satisfying crunch. Omit bee pollen if you’re vegan.
- Sea Salt Flakes: A little bit of Maldon salt brings out all the flavors.
Below, you’ll find visual step-by-step instructions that show how easy it is to make Dark Chocolate Buttons. Remember, exact ingredients and detailed instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. ⇩
Step 1: Break the dark chocolate into pieces and place in a bowl. Add the coconut oil.
Step 2: Place the bowl over a small saucepan of gently simmering water. Don’t let the bowl touch the water.
Step 3: Stir every now and again until the chocolate has melted and lusciously smooth.
Step 4: Using a teaspoon, pour the chocolate onto a prepared baking sheet. Use the bottom of the spoon to spread into rounds. Then, add your toppings. Set aside to set.
Step 5: Once the chocolate has set, peel the chocolates off the baking parchment and enjoy!
- Nut Butter
- Seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds)
- Freeze-Dried Fruits (strawberries, raspberries)
- Melted Chocolate of a contrasting color to your buttons
- Chocolate Sprinkles (from chopped-up chocolate bars, chocolate flakes, chips, or chunks)
- Candied Walnuts
- Puffed Rice
- Cocoa Powder
- Cacao Nibs
- Milk Chocolate Buttons: While I’m using quality dark chocolate for its flavor and nutritional value, you could use milk chocolate if you prefer.
- Hot Chocolate: Melt a few plain Dark Chocolate Buttons in your milk of choice to make a super-delicious hot chocolate drink.
- Flavor Variations: For a unique flavor, add a couple of drops of oil-based flavoring (or food-grade essential oils) to your melted chocolate. The flavorings must be oil-based, or the chocolate will seize and turn lumpy. Oil-based flavors include mint, orange, hazelnut, and ginger.
Using a bain-marie: To prevent scorching the chocolate, always ensure the bowl of chocolate doesn’t touch the water in the saucepan. The heat should be low, and the water should be gently simmering. Don’t let the water boil.
Avoid seizing. When chocolate becomes gritty, the sugars have separated from the fat. Chocolate seizes at high temperatures or when it comes into contact with water. Adding a little oil can sometimes rescue chocolate seized from high heat. However, if the chocolate is burnt or seizes from added liquids, it’s best to start from scratch.
Room Temperature: Store your Dark Chocolate Buttons in a sealed container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks. Keep them away from direct sunlight, moisture, and humidity to maintain their quality.
Refrigerate: For a firmer texture, store the buttons in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
Freeze: For long-term storage, freeze the buttons for up to 2 months. You can eat them straight from the freezer, but for the best flavor and texture, let them thaw at room temperature.
Always check for freshness!
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants that help protect your cells from damage. Eating dark chocolate in moderation has been linked to improved cardiovascular health by improving blood flow, lowering blood pressure, and reducing LDL cholesterol levels. Studies suggest dark chocolate may even support brain function by boosting your memory, and reducing mood swings thanks to the release of feel-good chemicals [Source].
Enjoy dark chocolate buttons in moderation as part of a varied and balanced diet.
Yes. Heating chocolate in the microwave is quicker than on the stovetop, but there is more risk of the chocolate burning or seizing. The trick is to go slow. Place your chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and heat it in 30-second bursts. After each 30-second interval, stir the chocolate. Keep going until the chocolate has melted.
Yes! However, chocolate chips can often contain stabilizers like soya lecithin to help them maintain their shape, which can affect how they melt. Ideally, use high-quality dark chocolate chips and monitor them closely as you melt them.
Absolutely! The health benefits of dark chocolate are entirely dependent on the quality of cocoa beans, which is why it’s important to buy quality dark chocolate, with minimal processing and contains at least 70% cocoa solids.
Cocoa beans contain cocoa butter, proteins, minerals (zinc, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, and magnesium), and significant amounts of antioxidants, which in combination have the potential to [Source]:
> Enhance cognitive function
> Improve mood and anxiety
> Boost the immune system
> Provide anti-inflammatory effects
> Regulate blood sugar, lowering the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
> Support healthy blood pressure
> Contribute to healthy cholesterol levels
> Promote weight loss and reduce the risk of obesity
Amazing right? But remember, dark chocolate is high in fat and contains sugar, so should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
Giant Dark Chocolate Buttons with Healthy Sprinkles
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- Saucepan & Heat-Proof Bowl (Bain-Marie), to melt the chocolate
- Baking Sheet, lined with parchment paper (baking paper)
- Teaspoon, for equally sized buttons
- 4 oz (120 grams) vegan dark chocolate
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil
- dried rose petals, toasted coconut, dried fruit, mixed nuts, sea salt flakes, bee pollen
- Preparation: Gather and prepare your ingredients and toppings. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Fill a small saucepan with 2 inches of water and place it on the stovetop over low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer.
- Melt Chocolate: Break the dark chocolate into small pieces and put them in a heatproof bowl that's larger than your saucepan. Add the coconut oil. Place the bowl onto the pan, making sure it doesn't touch the simmering water. Stir regularly so the chocolate melts evenly. Once melted, remove the chocolate from the heat, set aside, and allow to cool slightly. This ensures the chocolate isn't too runny to create the buttons.
- Create Buttons: Using a teaspoon, slowly drizzle a blob of the melted chocolate onto your lined baking sheet. Use the bottom of the teaspoon to spread the chocolate into rounds.
- Toppings: While the chocolate rounds are still wet, sprinkle your favorite toppings onto each. You can use the same toppings on each button or vary them so each has a different flavor combo.
- Cool: Allow your Dark Chocolate Buttons to cool completely to ensure they harden properly. Once set, gently lift them off the baking parchment and store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
Nutrition Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. For accuracy, we recommend you calculate using the exact ingredients and brands you used.