Can You Make Semi-sweet Chocolate From Usweetened?


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Patricia Devereux Profile
If you are using powdered cocoa, you can make the equivalent of one square of unsweetened chocolate by combining 3 tablespoons of cocoa and one tablespoon of vegetable oil.
To make four ounces of semisweet chocolate, combine 1/4 cup of cocoa, two tablespoons plus two teaspoons of vegetable oil, and one-quarter cup plus two teaspoons of sugar.
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Rachel Sharp answered
Semi-sweet chocolate has more sugar in it than unsweetened chocolate. It depends on what you are using the chocolate for, but it may be possible to substitute the unsweetened type in a recipe that calls for sweetened chocolate. If you plan to melt the chocolate, you could simply soften it and add a little sugar to taste. Be sure that the sugar dissolves to prevent a grainy texture. If you are using the chocolate in a dessert, like a cake or brownies, you may not need to add any sugar. Many dessert recipes incorporate a good amount of sugar. You may find that using the unsweetened chocolate works okay and you don't need to add any more sugar. People prefer different levels of sweetness when it comes to desserts, so it is a subjective matter! If you are making a chocolate batter, it's a good idea to taste it just before pouring it into the pan. You can then add sugar if it is needed. Alternatively, after it is baked, you could add a bit of powdered sugar or icing on top for sweetness.

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