Cherries and Chocolate!
[donotprint] Two of favorite things are cherries and chocolate. I love cherry anything including cherry jello. And I can eat about anything covered in chocolate except bugs!
Last year our cherry trees didn’t produce at all. This year it looks like we will have enough for several cobblers and to add some 2-cup bags to the freezer.
Cherries on one of our trees
Now to the chocolate. Dave’s been wanting to make a chocolate soap. Well, it didn’t take any arm twisting to get me to put together a soap formula involving chocolate.
Coconut Oil (25%) 225 grams
Olive Oil (30%) 270 grams
Palm Oil (30%) 270 grmas
Cocoa Butter (10%) 90 grams
Castor Oil (5%) 45 grams
Distilled Water – 342 grams
Lye – 124 grams
1/2 ounce baking chocolate chopped
2 tablespoons of ground chocolate beans
This makes 4 lbs or 10 bars. As with any recipe you get off of the Internet, please run this through one of the lye calculators. This calculator is my favorite.
Please refer to cold process instructions here. We added the chopped baking chocolate to the oils. The ground chocolate beans were added to trace.
Yum! It smells like chocolate already, but will smell even better once it’s cured. Now to wait four weeks or not!