Now that mushroom supplements are so popular, consumers are discovering innovative ways to use them, including the likes of mushroom chocolate. But, as it turns out, infusing chocolate with mushroom extract might be something practiced for hundreds of years.
The combination of mushrooms and chocolate may date all the way back to the Aztecs. Notably, the Aztecs were using dried magic mushrooms that contained psilocybin, a psychoactive compound that can cause a high. They called these mushrooms teonanacátl, meaning "flesh of the gods."
While our mushroom chocolate recipe will not give you doses of magic mushrooms, it is an excellent way to incorporate healthy fungi into your diet. Functional mushroom extracts have a wide variety of benefits, which is why they have become popular in the form of capsules and other products. However, it can be more fun to snack on mushrooms in the form of delicious chocolates.
This brief guide explains everything you need to know about mushroom chocolate and how to make it, so keep reading for the full low-down.
Mushroom Chocolate Effects
The effects of mushroom chocolate can vary depending on how you make it. Each mushroom species has its own list of advantages. Common functional mushrooms include reishi, turkey tail, lion's mane, and cordyceps, among others. Many of them don’t have a great flavor on their own but can easily be added to recipes to make them more delicious. It allows consumers to reap the health benefits without the unpleasant taste.
So, what are these benefits?
Functional mushrooms in general contain an array of antioxidants and polysaccharides. These compounds can have anti-inflammatory effects on the body, which may help strengthen the immune system. While the specific benefits vary between species, in general, mushrooms make excellent daily supplements due to the health benefits they can offer.
The major advantage of mushroom chocolate is that it blends the benefits of mushrooms and cacao. Most people don't think of chocolate as healthy, but dark chocolate with a high cacao content is actually very nutritious. It contains plenty of antioxidants and nutrients. When consumed in moderation, chocolate can be good for you.
If you want to experience the mushroom chocolate benefits for yourself, read the mushroom chocolate recipe below and give it a try.
What Does Mushroom Chocolate Taste Like?
If you're worried that mushroom extract could ruin the taste of your favorite chocolate, don't panic. Mushroom chocolate tastes exactly like any normal chocolate, making it the perfect snack.
You can make it using milk, dark, or light chocolate, so no matter your preference, it's possible to make a mushroom-infused version.
So, if you have a favorite brand of chocolate, feel free to use it in the recipe below. That way, you'll enjoy the mouth-watering, comforting flavors of sweet chocolate every time you dig into this tasty snack. If you feel like it, you can even invent a blended chocolate mixture to use up the last of a couple of bars or formulate a brand new taste sensation.
Once you've nailed the basics, it's also easy to switch it up and make exciting variations. Try a fruit and nut bar with raisins and hazelnuts, or opt for mini marshmallows for an even sweeter dessert.
How to Make Mushroom Chocolate
The best part about this mushroom chocolate recipe is that you barely need anything to make it. There are no mixing bowls required, and you can make the bar your own by adding other ingredients to make a huge variety of chocolate recipes.
Before beginning, you may wish to work out how many grams of dried mushrooms you need to match your typical daily dose. If you use dried mushrooms, grind them into a fine powder before beginning. Alternatively, purchase ready-made mushroom powder online from a high-quality source.
|Recipe Instructions||Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil, then stir in the mushroom powder and other ingredients. Pour the mixture into chocolate molds and allow to cool completely before eating.|
|Recipe Yield||1 bar|
|Suitable For Diet||Vegetarian|
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 12 oz chocolate chips or a chocolate bar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp mushroom powder (reishi, chaga, cordyceps, etc.)
- 1 tbsp cacao butter or hot chocolate mix (optional)
- ¼ cup honey/agave (optional)
- Prepare a homemade double boiler by filling a small saucepan halfway with water and resting a heatproof glass bowl on top; the bowl's bottom should not touch the water. Simmer the water over medium heat, then add the coconut oil and chocolate. If using your favorite chocolate bar, cut it into small pieces before beginning.
- Melt the chocolate gently, stirring occasionally to facilitate it, until it reaches a runny consistency.
- Remove the bowl and pan from the heat source (you can take the bowl out now) and stir in the mushroom powder, vanilla extract and the cacao and honey if using. If you're using other dry ingredients like nuts and sprinkles, stir them in now, too. Make sure to mix as thoroughly as possible.
- Pour the chocolate into molds, or to make a bar, tip out onto a baking tray and smooth out with a palette knife.
- Place in the fridge. Wait until the chocolate has cooled and hardened completely before eating.
Final Thoughts About Mushroom Chocolate Recipe
Mushroom chocolate is undoubtedly one of the best ways to enjoy mushroom supplements. The chocolate masks the taste of the mushrooms, and it also makes it easier to remember to take the supplement. After all, you're more likely to look forward to snacking on chocolate than taking a capsule.
It's also possible, of course, to mix and match with your mushroom supplement routine. The VidaCap store is full of high-quality mushroom capsules and powders, giving you the option to take mushrooms in a way that suits your lifestyle.
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Audrey has worked as a registered dietitian for 6 years. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2014 she began an internship with the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and was hired as an Outpatient Dietitian following graduation. She started her career counseling a variety of patients with different health concerns and disease states. After a few years into practice, she found her passion was working in cancer care, and has spent the last 4 years specializing in oncology nutrition.
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