How to Make Milk Chocolate From Dark Chocolate – Here are 7 Ways!

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If you’ve ever wondered how to make milk chocolate from dark chocolate you aren’t alone. Sometimes, you just want the sweet and decadent flavor of milk chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth. Is it possible to convert yummy dark chocolate into silky smooth milk chocolate?

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Actually, it is!

And although the final result might not be as good as if you had made the milk chocolate from scratch, it will taste great and result in a lighter, sweeter, and softer chocolate than the dark chocolate you started with. 

Eager to learn more? We thought so!

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Can You Add Milk to Melted Dark Chocolate?

Yes, you can add milk to melted dark chocolate.

To do this, chop your chocolate and gently melt it over low heat or microwave at 10-second intervals until melted. 

Next, add a little condensed milk and butter to the mixture. This helps achieve a softer chocolate bar with a creamier and milkier taste.

Once combined, pour the chocolate into molds and allow it to set at room temperature. 

Most of the time, you won’t need to refrigerate your homemade milk chocolate when using this method, however, doing so for a few minutes after making the chocolate can sometimes help the chocolate set faster.

chopped chocolate

Can You Add Milk Powder to Dark Chocolate?

Yes, you can add milk powder to dark chocolate and the results are stunning!

To do so, you’ll simply chop your dark chocolate, melt the chocolate over stovetop steam or in a double boiler, add a little powdered sugar and powdered milk (not dry milk!), and stir until free of lumps.

Then, you’ll pour the chocolate into molds and let it set in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. 

Check out the following video on how best to add milk powder to dark chocolate: 

Can I Add Sugar to Dark Chocolate?

You can add sugar to dark chocolate. But doing so may change the consistency of your chocolate.

Depending on how much you add, your chocolate may or may not become firm again. At best, adding sugar to your dark chocolate will turn your chocolate into a softer bar. 

To add sugar to your dark chocolate, gently melt your chocolate in a double boiler or melt it for 10-15 seconds (or more, depending on quantity) in your microwave. Once the chocolate is melted, add one tablespoon of sugar for every 3.5-4 oz of dark chocolate. 

How to Turn Dark Chocolate into Vegan Milk Chocolate?

When turning a dark chocolate bar into vegan milk chocolate, you’ll first want to ensure that the dark chocolate you are using is indeed vegan.

Most dark chocolates are vegan-friendly. But there are some brands out there that put milk or butter in their dark chocolate.

Check the label before purchasing to make sure your dark chocolate is vegan. 

Once you’ve made sure that your dark chocolate is vegan, you can add a ½ cup of coconut milk powder to melted dark chocolate before pouring the mixture into molds and allowing it to set. This will produce a bitter-sweet creamy vegan milk chocolate that we’re sure you’ll love! 

lindt dark chocolate

How to Make Milk Chocolate From Dark Chocolate without Condensed Milk

To make milk chocolate from dark chocolate without condensed milk, you can add a little cream or regular milk to your melted dark chocolate. Just be sure to do this only with cream or milk that is lukewarm or warmed; adding cold liquid to melted chocolate could cause the chocolate to seize.

Remember that by skipping condensed milk, you are also skipping the added sugar that would make your milk chocolate bar sweeter. Dark chocolate can have a bitter taste that grows more bitter the higher the percentage of cocoa is. As such, adding regular milk or cream to your dark chocolate, though possible, may not render it as sweet of chocolate as you might desire.

By adding regular milk or cream, your chocolate bar will be softer–maybe even like mousse or sauce– but it won’t be nearly as bitter as the chocolate you started with. Experiment and play around with your milk to chocolate ratio, as well as the type of milk you use, until you find the perfect blend of ingredients that tastes good to you. 

melted chocolate on churro

How to Turn Dark Chocolate into Milk Chocolate Keto

Remember the tip about adding sugar to dark chocolate to make it sweeter? Instead of adding 1 tablespoon of sugar to 3.5-4 oz of dark chocolate, you can try adding two teaspoons of stevia instead! 

Additionally, when adding coconut powder or milk powder to dark chocolate, you can also add a couple of drops of liquid stevia to the melted mix before allowing it set to add a little extra sweetness without all the carbs! 

dark chocolate bar cooled

How to Make Milk Chocolate From Cocoa Powder

Don’t have any dark chocolate on hand? Why not try cocoa powder? Cocoa powder is often used as a pantry baking essential, and as such, it is easy to whip up a batch of your own scrumptious milk chocolate from scratch. 

To do this, try the following recipe:

  • 2 cups cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened but not melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Combine cocoa powder and butter in a bowl. Carefully heat this mixture until warm in a double boiler or over boiling water on the stove. 
  2. Once the mixture has warmed, blend it to form a smooth paste. 
  3. Add milk, vanilla, and sugar to the paste and stir well. Taste the paste to ensure it suits your fancy. Otherwise, add more sugar or salt as needed. 
  4. Finally, place your chocolate into molds or ice cube trays and freeze until the chocolate sets. The freezing process can take up to 10 hours. 

*Adapted From WikiHow

FAQs

How to Make Milk Chocolate From Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips?

To make milk chocolate from semi-sweet chocolate chips, consider melting the chocolate over a double boiler or melting it gently in the microwave.
Once the chocolate melts, use a whisk to combine sweetened condensed milk and butter until it reaches the right consistency. Then, put your milk chocolate into molds and allow it to set at room temperature.
Know that during this process, the chocolate bar you come up with after adding sweetened condensed milk and butter will be softer and also may not taste exactly how you want it. The key is to experiment with the milk to chocolate ratio until you achieve the flavor you want. This may take time, practice, patience, and experimentation–but it’ll be totally worth it in the end! 

How to Make Semi Sweet Chocolate into Milk Chocolate

When converting semi-sweet chocolate into milk chocolate you’ll follow much the same steps that you would for semi-sweet chocolate chips mentioned above. 
Before melting your chocolate in a microwave or double-boiler, you’ll need to chop your chocolate into small pieces. This will allow your chocolate to melt evenly without burning and will also quicken the melting process.
Once melted, combine butter and condensed milk into the mixture to make dark chocolate into milk chocolate. Then, allow the chocolate to sit in molds, or a container, until it is solid. 
No need to refrigerate! 

How to Make Milk Chocolate From Dark Chocolate? Simple!

Now you know that it is fairly simple to make your own milk chocolate from dark chocolate. Using gentle heating methods, plenty of stirring, and a little milk (or milk powder), you are minutes away from soft delicious milk chocolate that you made right from the comfort of your own home. 

Remember that alterations to chocolate-making recipes can be made if you are vegan or are on a keto diet, just be sure to do your research beforehand to ensure that the recipe you follow and the chocolate you use conform to your dietary needs. 

We hope this post made you chocolate-lovers extra happy. Until next time! 

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By Anna

Hey, I’m Anna; writer, editor and amateur cook extraordinaire! Food has been my life and my passion for the most of my life – it’s crazy to think I didn’t pursue a career in cooking. I’m obsessed! However, keeping cooking as an obsessive hobby has worked for me – my passion grows as the years pass by – maybe I wouldn’t say the same if it was also my day job! I hope you find cooking inspiration, entertainment and “stop and think interesting tid-bits” throughout my writing – and I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got anything you want to share. Food feeds the soul – so get eating!

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