What's the best chocolate substitute? Our table explains the best ways to substitute one chocolate for another in a recipe. Whether you need a bittersweet chocolate substitute, an unsweetened chocolate substitute or even a substitute for cocoa powder you've come to the right place.
Although there really is no substitute for chocolate when indulging, a chocolate substitute is often needed while baking or cooking. There are many different kinds of chocolate based products including baking, bittersweet, unsweetened, milk, etc. To understand the differences in these chocolates, see the bottom of this page. To keep all of these different chocolates on hand can be difficult because of the shelf life of chocolate and the fact that it is so hard to resist.
So, use this table to find a chocolate substitute, a substitute for bittersweet chocolate or to find a substitute for cocoa powder for your recipes.
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|Unsweetened Chocolate substitute||1 Ounce (or 1 Square)||3 Tablespoons Unsweetened (or Dutch) Cocoa Powder + Plus 1 Tablespoon of either butter, margarine, shortening OR vegetable oil|
|*OR* 3 Tablespoons Carob Powder +plus 2 Tablespoons Water|
|Bittersweet Chocolate substitute||1 Ounce (or 1 Square)||1 Ounce Semisweet Chocolate|
|Semisweet Chocolate substitute||1 Ounce (or 1 Square)||1 Ounce (or 1 square) or Unsweetened Chocolate +plus 4 teaspoons Sugar|
|*OR* 1 Ounce Semisweet Chocolate Chips +plus 1 teaspoon Shortening|
|Semisweet Chocolate Chip substitute||6 Ounce package||6 ounces sweet cooking chocolate|
|*OR* 6 Ounces Unsweetened Chocolate +plus 6 Tablespoons of Sugar|
|*OR* 2 ounces (2 squares) Unsweetened Chocolate +plus 2 Tablespoons of Shortening and 1/2 Cup Sugar|
|German Chocolate substitute||6 Ounce package||3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder +plus 4 teaspoons Sugar +plus 1 Tablespoon of Butter|
|White Chocolate substitute||1 Ounce||1 Ounce Milk Chocolate|
|*OR* 1 ounce sweet dark Chocolate|
|Natural Unsweetened Cocoa Powder substitute||1/4 Cup||1 Ounce (1 square) Unsweetened Chocolate|
|*OR* 1/4 Cup Dutch processed Cocoa plus 1/8 teaspoon cream or tartar or white vinegar|
|*OR* 1/4 Cup Carob powder|
|Dutch Processed Cocoa substitute||1/4 Cup||1/4 Cup natural unsweetened Cocoa powder plus 1/8 teaspoon baking soda|
Chocolate Substitute Warnings:There are a few don'ts when substituting for chocolate:
Chocolate Substitute Choices:To better understand what to substitute for chocolate, here's an explanation of what makes up each form of chocolate.
All chocolate begins the same - Cacao beans are roasted and shelled - but they are then processed into different varieties. Varieties include:
Remember, when making substitutions be sure to measure accurately for best results. Some chocolate substitutes or cocoa powder substitutes may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. These recommendations are meant to save you a trip to the store during your cooking process.
*Please note that some chocolate substitute choices may not be appropriate for your specific recipe.
A note regarding Substitutions...
Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.