|Lately I have been craving any chocolate that I could get my paws on. (I mean hands!) Now, I truly mean any chocolate. Chocolate bars, chocolate chips, chocolate ice cream, brownies, chocolate shakes, you name it. If it contained chocolate, I wanted it 10 minutes ago. I’m beginning to feel like I should be suffering from Chocolate Fever or The Chocolate Touch. (Both of these books have been in my personal library since I was a young girl and I would highly recommend them. The links will take you to Amazon, but I suggest checking your local library or bookstore for these books first. Amazon will give the pictures of the covers and author information.)
Last week I decided that I needed to make a chocolate soap. I thought that if I acknowledged the craving in a way that wouldn’t be calorie laden, then the craving would subside. My only problem is that I’ve made a chocolate cold process soap before and I wanted to try something new. Looking for inspiration, I remembered a post that was released 2 years ago this month! I had visited Becky in her soap workshop and she showed me how she made soap. Her layered Fourth of July soap was the basic inspiration for my layered Chocolate Mint Soap. I made two separate batches of soap so I could have layers without dividing the raw soap. Each batch was 1 pound and I filled a mold that holds a 2 pound batch.
I’ve been finding any excuse possible to go check on my soap and take a big whiff. I’ve been told that it smells just like a York Peppermint Patty or a Junior Mint. All I know is that I still want chocolate and now I want to make peppermint brownies. Maybe I’ll make plain brownies. Either way, off to the blog kitchen to share the “how to” for this yummy soap.
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Since this is a layered soap, I made two batches each weighing one pound. The fixed oils and essential oil were the same for both batches. The only difference is that I used Baking Chocolate to color Batch 1 and the Mint Green to color Batch 2.
Weigh fixed oils for both batches on your scale. Gently warm the fixed oils, one batch at a time, on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water for both batches. Mix well. Weigh the Peppermint Essential Oil in two beakers and set aside.
The next morning the soap was cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.
Thanks for joining me on my latest soaping adventure. I don’t think this soap helped cure my need for chocolate, but maybe it will help you! I at least hope this soap has inspired you to make something different. I know it has inspired me to try a few new ideas.
The Chocolate Mint Layered soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders. I really want to hear your comments about this soap. I hope that anyone wanting a sample soap will request one and if we have any samples we will send them to you.