Dave gave me a Mayan Magic Chocolate Making Kit from The Chocolution this past Christmas. He may know me too well. I finally used it this weekend to make a tiny batch of Mayan chocolates with cayenne pepper.
I boiled a tiny pot of water and put a ceramic bowl on top to form an arguably hazardous double boiler. Once the water came to a boil, I turned off the heat and emptied a bag of raw chocolate and chunks of cocoa butter into the bowl. As the chocolate slowly melted into sweet lava, I impatiently prodded it with a fork.
With the chocolate completely liquefied, I squeezed a bag of agave nectar into the bowl and mixed the concoction together. I made a split second decision to spice it up with some cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
As I stirred in the towering pile of spices, I realized that the chocolate was changing phase, solidifying into what looked like brownie batter. I could hardly complain about that. I tried turning the heat on low again, but the ball remained defiantly dough-like. I mushed balls of warm, doughy chocolate into the tiny cups, flattening the tops with a spoon to make them look a little more presentable.
Presentation aside, the chocolates turned out delicious and I think this is surely a sign for me to become a chocolatier for the blind. When it comes to chocolate, it’s the taste that counts most anyways.