Modern chocolate making is an arcane art, full of secret technology and hard-won expertise. The basics, though, are transparent and open to anyone. John Scharffenberger of Scharffen Berger Chocolate shows you how to make chocolate in your own kitchen through a process that was used for a thousand years in Central and South America... ...give or take the electric grinder, which speeds things up considerably. We watched him, fascinated, as he blends cocoa nibs with sugar and spices, then finishes the mix in a mortar and pestle. Watch this!
For more on getting chocolate from its beginnings as a tropical fruit to modern artisan chocolate, see our Bean to Bar posts. Also see this kid making chocolate in a factory smaller than your bedroom.