Easy Japanese Recipes

Green Tea Chocolate 抹茶生チョコレート

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These Green Tea Chocolates, or as we call them Matcha Nama Chocolates (抹茶生チョコレート) in Japan, simply melt in your mouth.

As I was testing this recipe, I knew I won’t be able to stop eating them so Mr. JOC took them to work.  He told me later, “The green tea chocolate disappeared in seconds.”  I promise you, it’s really good!

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Green tea powder, or matcha (抹茶), has unique bitter taste to it.  The flavor of “matcha” is quite different from the “green tea” served at Japanese restaurants.  Matcha is typically used for making tea at traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  This tea tends to be quite thick and very very bitter, but it goes quite well with wagashi (和菓子), traditional Japanese confectioneries that are very sweet by itself.

The color of matcha is a bright, beautiful green color, so if your matcha powder doesn’t have that nice vivid hue to it, your matcha is well past its prime.  The green tea powder is also quite pricey, especially if it is tea ceremony quality, but culinary grade is good enough for baking and making these chocolates.

As you may already know, green tea delivers a healthy dose of antioxidants and cancer-fighting power.  Catechins in green tea are also known to have many beneficial health properties and matcha has greater potential health benefits than other green tea.

Green Tea Chocolate | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook

In Japan, there are many varieties of green tea chocolate in stores, including green tea Pocky’s, Melty Kiss, Kit Kat and the popular ROYCE’ Chocolate.

When I made ROYCE’ copycat Nama Chocolate two years ago, I received many requests for the green tea version.  I love anything with green tea and I’m really happy to share this green tea version (finally) this year, right in time for Valentine’s Day!

The cooking process is very similar to regular Nama Chocolate recipe but white chocolate is used instead of regular chocolate.  My only advice for you is to work fast to melt the white chocolate while the cream is warm.

Here’s a short video on how to make Green Tea Chocolate (抹茶生チョコレートの作り方).

Rich, yet not so sweet, decadent truffle-like green tea chocolate!  Hmmm… if you love green tea sweets, this will be an ultimate treat for you.  :)

I hope you enjoy these chocolate!  Thank you so much for reading!

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Green Tea Chocolate Recipe
 
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Serves: 36 pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Chop the white chocolate into small pieces so it will melt quickly.
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  2. Cut the butter into small pieces.
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  3. Add the heavy whipping cream into a small saucepan and bring it to ALMOST boil over medium heat. Keep an eye on the cream; when you see bubbles around the saucepan, remove from the heat.
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  4. Immediately add the white chocolate and butter. With a rubber spatula, mix all together.
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  5. The mixture will start to solidify, so melt the chocolate and butter while the cream is still warm.
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  6. Once the mixture is smooth, sift and add 2 Tbsp. green tea powder (matcha) into the mixture.
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  7. Mix and combine together until the color is homogeneous.
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  8. In a prepared 8” x 8” baking dish lined with parchment paper, pour the green tea chocolate mixture into a baking dish.
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  9. Tap the baking dish a few times on the kitchen countertop to remove any air bubbles. Flatten the surface with the rubber spatula if necessary. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours (or overnight).
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  10. Lift the parchment paper to remove the green tea chocolate from the baking dish. Run the sharp knife under hot water to warm up the knife and wipe it dry completely.
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  11. Slice the chocolate block into 4 blocks and then cut each block into 9 small pieces.
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  12. Dust 2 tsp. green tea powder (matcha) on top of the chocolate. Store the chocolate in the refrigerator until serving. Serve chilled. You can keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days but enjoy soon.
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IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ BEFORE MAKING!

* Make sure the bowls and utensils you are using are perfectly dry. Even a small amount of water/steam can "seize" the chocolate melting process.

* Make sure when buying white chocolate that it contains cocoa butter as some inferior brands contain vegetable fat. White chocolate should be ivory-colored (white chocolate made with vegetable fat is white-colored).

* Cream has to have higher fat content, and it has to be heavy cream that you can whip.

TROUBLESHOOTING:

The two most common problems of working with chocolate are separating and seizing.

1) Separation (oil came out of the chocolate) happens when you get the chocolate too hot. When chocolate gets too hot, the cocoa butter separates from the solids, and there is no way to salvage it (although you can bake with it and it tastes fine). The best way to prevent separation is to use gentle heat (simmer on lowest heat) and stir frequently. Since we're not using a double boiler in this recipe, make sure you do not bring the heavy whipping cream to a full boil. Remove from heat as soon as you saw bubbles around the edges of the saucepan.

2) Seizing happens when moisture is introduced to melted chocolate (even a tiny amount of liquid or steam). It happens all the sudden from a smooth bowl of liquid chocolate to a lumpy, grainy mass of chocolate.

To learn more details and how to fix the overheated or seized chocolate, please read HERE.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

 

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  • Balvinder January 22, 2014, 4:24 pm

    Never tried or heard of green tea chocolate. As much as I love green colored foods I love chocolate. This is a perfect treat to try.

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  • Lillian | sweets by sillianah January 22, 2014, 4:59 pm

    ooh these do look melt-in-your-mouth good! These are definitely going on my must-make list. =)

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  • milkteaxx January 22, 2014, 6:04 pm

    deliciousness! cant wait to try this out!

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  • Sandra January 22, 2014, 6:07 pm

    Sweet Mother of Pearl!!! If I had magic powers these would be on my table right now. Gorgeous presentation!

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  • Muna Kenny January 22, 2014, 6:11 pm

    Wow! Another new treat. I love how it looks and I wonder how it will taste, your dishes tempt me a lot and I’d love to introduce this recipe to my family and see their reaction, since I’ve ones served them a green chicken, but I guess they are now open to new dishes.

    Can’t wait to taste it :)

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  • Jean January 22, 2014, 6:14 pm

    I love green tea chocolate.. will try it definitely….Thank you for sharing, as always… love it…

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  • cquek January 22, 2014, 6:27 pm

    It looks so good, I want to dive right in.

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  • John@Kitchen Riffs January 22, 2014, 6:29 pm

    Gosh, I love the color of that. I had no idea you could use green tea in chocolates! This is such a terrific idea — thanks so much.

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  • A_Boleyn January 22, 2014, 6:30 pm

    The colour really IS amazing. All of the matcha dishes you’ve made have resulted in vibrant green results. The matcha truffles I made were the first time I ever tried using matcha powder but the colour was sadly pale.

    http://a-boleyn.livejournal.com/74463.html

    I can just imagine making them again with this matcha.

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    • Nami January 22, 2014, 10:52 pm

      Maria, thank you for sharing the photo. It’s simply the difference in the quality of matcha. When you open the package, it should have this bright, vivid color.

      http://justonecookbook.com/pantry/green-tea-powder-matcha/

      If you see all of my matcha posts, you can tell matcha has nice green color. I’ve seen very low grade matcha powder before which has dull color. The taste is also different too. :)

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      • A_Boleyn January 22, 2014, 11:51 pm

        We have discussed the exorbitant price of Maeda brand matcha in Canada in the past. Maybe one day, I can splurge. :) I checked the company link and will have to look into shipping rates to Canada.

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  • Emmy Ng January 22, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Green tea ice-cream and green tea crepe cake.

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  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living January 22, 2014, 6:53 pm

    Love this idea Nami – using antioxidant rich green tea in a sweet treat!

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  • Monica January 22, 2014, 6:54 pm

    I love this post! Given that I’m a huge chocoholic, you’ve given me something to think about. I always see these melt in your mouth chocolates in boxes but never thought to make it myself. It looks wonderful and the matcha is such a good balance for the sweet white chocolate.

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  • Dmitriy January 22, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the recipe.
    If I’m not mistaken, the resulting chocolate will be soft(-ish), correct? Any Ideas how to temper it?
    I’ve tried adding matcha to the usual process of tempering pre-made chocolate (basically, melt 2/3 of the total chocolate, mix in matcha, seed with the rest of chocolate, cool down), but in the end the green tea flavor is not being very pronounced.

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    • Nami January 23, 2014, 12:48 am

      Hi Dmitriy! Yes, soft and needs to be refrigerated otherwise it will melt. Your tempering method is correct. Maybe change the brand of matcha or increase the amount. Do you think that will help?

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      • Dmitriy January 23, 2014, 11:22 am

        Thanks for the reply. I don’t think that there’s a problem with the brand since a method similar to yours gave me a perfect flavor, and the problem arised when I decided to skip cream&butter step.
        When making soft choco I initially dissolved matcha in heavy cream and then melted the white chocolate, so the assumption was that somehow raw chocolate is not suitable for proper flavor extraction. But since you are able to achieve the result with adding matcha to already melted chocolate I’m probably wrong =)
        Increasing amount makes sense, I’ll try that.

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  • kwbentodiary January 22, 2014, 7:15 pm

    I love green tea!!! Thanks for sharing dear ^_^ Loved all your recipes!!!

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  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking January 22, 2014, 7:58 pm

    Look at that incredible color! What a fabulous batch of green tea chocolates, Nami. I’ve never seen anything like it!

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  • Lail | With A Spin January 22, 2014, 8:14 pm

    This is a best of the both world recipe – for the chocolate lovers and the tea lovers. Brilliant recipe, Nami. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Linda Ridge January 22, 2014, 8:15 pm

    I would love to make the ice cream for my family, and show them that the green tea flavor is something they would also love!

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  • Doreen January 22, 2014, 8:25 pm

    Hi Nami,
    I love green tea powder and your are right. It is so hard for us here to buy good quality green tea powder.
    My family love green tea and they love love love chocolate. Your green tea chocolate is awesome. I must try to make this. Thanks for sharing :)

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  • Baby Sumo January 22, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Last year I was thinking of making green tea nama chocolate.. I got as far as figuring out what ingredients I need to use for it. Now I dont hve to experiment anymore, hehe I can just “copy” your recipe :)

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  • Belinda @zomppa January 22, 2014, 8:45 pm

    I will take chocolate this way any day!

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  • priscilla January 22, 2014, 9:09 pm

    Green tea chiffon cake and green tea ice cream.

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  • SOH January 22, 2014, 10:42 pm

    Hi, normally where you purchased your baking items online from? thank you for sharing!

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    • Nami January 22, 2014, 10:47 pm

      Hi SOH! What baking items are you reffering to? I usually buy from kitchen stores, not online. :)

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 22, 2014, 10:51 pm

    They look absolutely perfect Nami! Gorgeous job :D

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  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen January 22, 2014, 11:38 pm

    Oh my gosh, this green tea chocolate is fantastic. I must make some right away. My family will enjoy these. Do you know we always run to the Duty Free in Narita just to buy the Green Tea Kit Kats for our sons ? These are perfect. Thanks for the recipe and video, Namiko!

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  • Sanjeeta kk January 23, 2014, 12:35 am

    Simply amazing…love the colour and the perfect cut, Nami!

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  • Christiane January 23, 2014, 12:41 am

    Aloha Nami! I was thrilled to see that you posted this Green Tea Chocolate recipe! I was just thinking about Valentines Day and how I wanted to make something special for my husband! You have saved me a lot of pondering! I know now exactly what to make!
    I do love all your recipes and use them often. My husband and friends think that I am a awesome cook because of you! :-)
    Thank you so much for making cooking fun!

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    • Nami January 26, 2014, 8:51 pm

      Aloha Christiane! Aww I’m so happy to hear you’ve been trying my recipes. Thank you! Have fun cooking Japanese foods! :)

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  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen January 23, 2014, 12:56 am

    WOW! Those matcha chocolates are amazing! The colour, the texture… great job, Nami!

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  • Choc Chip Uru January 23, 2014, 1:29 am

    I have tried Green Tea Chocolate only once but to make it at home, that is a must try, it looks delicious :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  • Helena January 23, 2014, 1:52 am

    Hi my dear!
    thank you for this lovely recipe!
    I don t think Ill find the matcha powder here in Tunisia, but it looks delicious!
    nice video!
    Have a beautiful day!

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    • Nami January 26, 2014, 8:52 pm

      Thank you Helena! I’m glad you like this recipe and video! Have a wonderful week to you! :)

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  • Bam's Kitchen' January 23, 2014, 1:57 am

    I adore Melty Matcha Tea Chocolates and I bet yours are just divine and melt right in your mouth. Not only would this be perfect for Valentines day but also for Whites Day in Japan when the girls give chocolates to the boys.

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  • The Ninja Baker January 23, 2014, 2:06 am

    レシピどうもありがとうございました。この抹茶チョコを是非試したいです。。。抹茶景品も頂けられましたら嬉しいです。(笑)

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  • Marléne January 23, 2014, 3:15 am

    Love this idea and look deliciousness! cant wait to try this out!

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    • Nami January 26, 2014, 8:53 pm

      Thank you Marléne! Hope you like this recipe! :)

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  • Mel January 23, 2014, 3:25 am

    I bet this matcha chocolate is as delicious like the nama chocolate. Ooo….Im gonna try this one day Nami. Thanks for sharing. You made your chocolate looks really Goooood!

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  • Kelly January 23, 2014, 6:17 am

    This looks delicious Nami! I love matcha and green tea desserts but have never tried green tea chocolate – it sounds so so good:) Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to try this!

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  • Maureen January 23, 2014, 6:27 am

    I saw the video first at Google. I would love this fudge and I LOVE love your videos.

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  • Michelle @ The Bakeanista January 23, 2014, 7:23 am

    Thank you so much Nami for sharing this recipe!! Can’t wait to try it. :)

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  • Angelica January 23, 2014, 7:24 am

    Love green tea and white chocolate, what a perfect combination! Thank you for the recipe.

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    • Nami January 26, 2014, 8:53 pm

      Thank you for checking out the recipe, Angelica! :)

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  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health January 23, 2014, 7:49 am

    i wanted to try matcha powder a while ago but its sooo expensive..however I ended up buying the tea variety and used coffee grinder to turn them into a fine powder. I will be thinking of this recipe next time.

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    • Nami January 26, 2014, 8:59 pm

      Hi Dixya! Thank you for your comment!

      Just wanted to mention here (and for other readers) that matcha and green tea are different things. Matcha’s leaves are grown in shaded area all the time, and they go through different process compared to typical green tea leaves. Matcha also goes through a long process of powdering as well. So even we grind the “green tea”, it won’t become matcha. The real 100% matcha should have very vivid, beautiful green color, unlike dull green (those are poor quality and tastes very different). Hope this helps. :)

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  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You January 23, 2014, 8:32 am

    Lovely presentation, Nami! I love the contrast of the green squares with the purple napkin. What a velvety treat!!!

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  • Ash-foodfashionparty January 23, 2014, 8:54 am

    That is a beautiful recipe and quite easy to make. The pictures are amazing.
    My boy loves green tea chocolate, I cannot wait to make it with him. Not sure if I mentioned it before, but I purchased matcha a few months ago not knowing what to make out of it. I got a huge bag and I constantly try to find ways to use it.
    Nami, does matcha powder lose it’s vibrancy and flavor after a while? (I keep mine in the refrigerator)

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  • Patty January 23, 2014, 8:57 am

    Ohh…so excited to try this! :)

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    • Nami January 26, 2014, 8:59 pm

      Thank you Patty! Hope you will enjoy this! :)

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  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 23, 2014, 9:59 am

    This seriously looks like the most incredible and inventive chocolate ever!! Nami you are so brilliant!

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  • Dalya Yohai January 23, 2014, 10:08 am

    I like to make shakes w the green tea powder.
    Bananas, mint and the powder- yummy.
    Thanks for the recipes.
    Best,
    Dalya

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  • Hanna January 23, 2014, 11:04 am

    How many grams of matcha is 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp?

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    • Nami January 26, 2014, 9:01 pm

      Hi Hanna! 1 Tbsp. of matcha is 6 grams. So, it should be 16 grams. :)

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  • Shema | LifeScoops January 23, 2014, 11:36 am

    Wow..such a great idea.. Bookmarking this. I should try this out :)

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  • Laura M January 23, 2014, 11:49 am

    I would love to try green tea ice cream.

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  • Rosa January 23, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Exquisite! I love the color of those chocolates. Perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz January 23, 2014, 12:53 pm

    I think I have said it a million times already in comments on your blog but I love anything matcha! this recipe is no exception and may have gone to the top of the list. It looks amazing, I must do it.

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  • Donalyn@The Creekside Cook January 23, 2014, 1:34 pm

    I love matcha flavored stuff, so I am sure I would be a big fan of these chocolates – yum! They are so beautiful and I am quite certain I’d have to send them off to work with my husband as well.

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  • Hotly Spiced January 23, 2014, 2:40 pm

    Matcha is so pretty. I love how your chocolate squares have been so perfectly cut. It looks very beautiful on the plate and as I love white chocolate, I know I would adore these squares xx

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  • Baking Scientist January 23, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Hi Nami, I love the marriage of matcha and chocolate :) Your matcha chocolate looks great! :)

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  • Laura Benington January 23, 2014, 5:05 pm

    I would like to try the Green Tea Chocolate recipe. I hope to travel to Japan someday but until then I would love to try some of these recipes with flavors that the people there enjoy. It looks delicious to me!

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  • Juliana January 23, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Nice Nami, I love the white chocolate paired with green tea…the green tea gave the chocolate a very unique color. Very elegant…as always.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are enjoying your week :D

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  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 23, 2014, 8:41 pm

    Hi Nami :) Sorry I haven’t had time to visit lately but you sure know how to win my heart because you know how how how much I love matcha desserts anything with matcha is my best friend :D So i’m definitely going to have to try this recipe soon!

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    • Nami January 26, 2014, 9:05 pm

      Daisy, thank you for stopping by. Don’t worry. I’ve been very busy too. I really thought of you when I was making this chocolate. I know you love anything green tea. :) xoxo

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  • Sue | My Korean Kitchen January 24, 2014, 4:35 am

    It looks really good, Nami! When I had my first matcha at a tea ceremony in Japan, I really didn’t like it at all. It was too bitter and very thick to call it a tea. But at the end it kinds of grew in me. Now I miss having it!

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  • Candice January 24, 2014, 9:50 am

    Hi Nami,

    The video tutorial was very helpful. Love the vibrant color of the green tea powder. The matcha chocolates look like marshmallows.

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    • Nami January 26, 2014, 9:04 pm

      Thank you Candice! :) I agree, the vibrant green tea color is so gorgeous. I love the taste and color of matcha. :)

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  • Sissi January 24, 2014, 1:00 pm

    There is also something so joyful about matcha desserts, I cannot stop myself fro smiling! (Maybe also because I already imagine how delicious they would be…). These chocolates look fantastic. I would have big problems if I had to choose between your previous dark chocolate ones and these…

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 24, 2014, 2:48 pm

    Beautiful, Nami! The color is just stunning and I really enjoyed your video :).

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  • Mich Piece of Cake January 25, 2014, 2:01 am

    Wow these look so pretty! The weather locally is so hot its hard to get nama chocolate right but now I really want to try making these again.

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  • Dedy@Dentist Chef January 25, 2014, 7:16 am

    what a coninsidence, i just mixed my matcha powder with milk chocolate,
    i once planned to made brownies and i guess the plan is just changer since the chocolate is missing, mostly in my stomach, hehehe

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  • TheKitchenLioness January 25, 2014, 11:59 am

    Dear Nami, what a pretty and utterly delicious looking treat – I have never seen green tea chocolates anywhere around here but they look so very tempting to me! And your amazing photos take my breath away!
    So sorry, I was absent for a few weeks but I only returned home this week after a long stay at the hospital.
    Take care and have a lovely weekend!

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  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. January 25, 2014, 9:06 pm

    I’m kind of obsessed with the color of this chocolate!

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  • Amira January 25, 2014, 11:03 pm

    Woow this looks really delicious , I love green tea and of course I love chocolate. I have a Japanese friend who will be thrilled about this post :).

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  • Adrian (Food Rehab) January 26, 2014, 4:02 am

    aw yeah! One can never have too much matcha desserts! You have me real tempted so I’m gonna add this on tomy to make list pronto. Ultimate treat indeed! Happy New Year Nami and congrats again on your new book!

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  • Ramona January 26, 2014, 4:52 am

    What a very fun way to use the green tea. I really want to try this matcha green tea powder… it would be fun to play with it in the kitchen. :)

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  • Anne January 26, 2014, 12:43 pm

    Hmmmm…any advice what I may have done wrong? I halved the recipe, followed the instructions. It looked pretty good after I mixed the white chocolate and butter. But after I sifted in the green tea and mixed, I noticed it started looking watery, not as solid as yours. It’s in the fridge now…but not looking quite right…I’m not sure if it will solidify as it should.

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    • Nami January 26, 2014, 9:07 pm

      Hi Anne! We discussed earlier but just wanted to check in to see how the final result was. When you pour, the mixture should be runny, so yours should be okay. Hope you enjoy it! :)

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      • Anne January 28, 2014, 10:19 am

        Hi Nami, RUNNY!! Yes, that’s what mine looked like. I didn’t see yours looking runny in the video so I thought I did something wrong. The green tea taste for mine was too light – I may need to add more matcha, as I used a different brand of white chocolate (Godiva). Is it supposed to stay relatively soft even with refrigeration? I was thinking it would be hard, like chocolates you buy off the shelf. Will be trying to make a yummier (and prettier) batch tonight!

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        • Nami January 28, 2014, 10:32 am

          Hi Anne! Yes, “Nama Chocolate” is supposed to be soft like truffles, not hard chocolate. Yeah could be the chocolate brand. Good luck with another batch tonight! :)

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  • Charles January 26, 2014, 3:06 pm

    Mm, your chocolate is legendary Nami – my wife made it for Christmas this year and it was such a huge hit. I’d wanted to make a large quantity and gift it to people but I just didn’t have a chance with everything that was going on this year. Next year though, fo shizzle.

    This looks like a beautiful version of it – gorgeous green colour!

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  • Monika January 27, 2014, 9:47 am

    Today I’ve stumbled on two of your recipes and can’t wait to try them. And these treats look amazing :) I’ve been wanting to learn about Japanese cooking for some time now, but always felt so intimidated. So happy that I’ve found your blog!

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  • Raymund January 27, 2014, 11:25 pm

    Well this one I definitely got to try, look at that beauty

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  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen January 28, 2014, 12:59 pm

    These are SO pretty, Nami! I just love those Lindt white chocolate bars. They melt down so nicely. It’s so cool how it looks with the matcha mixed in. Just lovely!

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  • Vivienne January 28, 2014, 7:34 pm

    WOW – these looks like perfection Nami..something you’d see at a gourmet store :) I can’t wait to give it a go – I still have HEAPS of matcha powder from my last jap trip and they are expiring so fast :(

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  • mjskit January 28, 2014, 8:20 pm

    What lovely chocolates for Valentine’s and any time for that matter. I just happen to have both white chocolate and matcha, so I might have to make myself a Valentine’s treat. :) Bobby might actually like them as well but he’s never been much of a matcha drinker. Fabulous chocolates Nami!

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  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen January 29, 2014, 2:33 am

    I still have some Matcha Powder left! I’m gonna try this!

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  • Yelena January 29, 2014, 5:22 am

    Wonderful recipe, and it so green-)) Must taste heavenly-)

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  • Amallia @desire to eat January 30, 2014, 4:21 am

    Hallo Nami, I love your green tea chocolate, I’ve stock Matcha green tea powder at home, I’ll try this one, thanks for sharing, very clear instructions.

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  • Allison January 30, 2014, 5:56 pm

    Hi, I just tried to make this green tea chocolate. Everything is looking good until I mix the green tea powder because there are some kind of oil coming out from the mixture. Did I fail to make the chocolate?

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    • Nami February 12, 2014, 10:47 pm

      Hi Allison! I’m so sorry for not responding till now. I usually flag emails (comments) with question, but somehow yours were not flagged and I didn’t realize till now. I apologize for my very late response.

      So did the mixture became smooth after the oil coming out from the mixture? Or was it completely separated and oil part didn’t blend well with the mixture? Were you able to put it in the container and refrigerate properly?

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      • Allison February 13, 2014, 6:32 am

        The mixture was still blend together after mixing with the chocolate and butter. But as soon as I putting in the green tea powder, I see a thick layer of green oil flowing out from the mixture and the mixture start to break apart. In the end, I did put it in the container and refrigerate it. It came out good but I was wondering if I put too much green tea powder or the green tea is no good.

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        • Nami February 13, 2014, 9:21 am

          Hi Allison! Thank you so much for getting back to me! I assume you add green tea powder after you combined butter and the chocolate well. Maybe while you are adding green tea powder, oil got separated from the mixture? Was your mixture looked like mine (see video) when you added the green tea powder? My mixture didn’t change much after adding green tea into the chocolate. What kind of green tea did you use? Should be 100% pure matcha, not ones with sugar etc (that’s for drinking)… just in case. Hope the chocolate was good though, despite this issue. :)

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        • Nami February 13, 2014, 10:04 am

          And one more thing – I was thinking about it and forgot to mention about the white chocolate. Make sure to use good white chocolate as inferior ones have vegetable fat, instead of cocoa butter. I updated the recipe with that info as well. :)

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  • Mi Vida en un Dulce January 31, 2014, 7:00 am

    Each time you make something with matcha I cannot stop to see your pictures, the green color is great and I guess the flavor is great also. And this one melts in your mouth? OMG

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  • Katie January 31, 2014, 4:04 pm

    Hi Nami,

    This green tea color looks amazing! I can’t wait to make some of these and tell you how they turn out. I notice that the powder you used in the video is different than the “season with spice” matcha. I was wondering if they taste different or would it matter? The “season with spice” seems lighter and you said it should be vibrant and I just want some suggestions before I make the purchase.

    Thanks for amazing recipes! I am officially a fan.

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    • Nami January 31, 2014, 9:33 pm

      Hi Katie! Thank you! I use Season with Spice matcha. Their website shows the green tea powder which looks a bit lighter in photos, but they have good quality matcha. If you use poor quality matcha, the final outcome will not have nice green tea color and taste/flavor is a bit different. :)

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  • Raquel Vieira Raggi February 1, 2014, 12:42 am

    I have only recently discovered matcha as a cooking ingredient and i’m completely in love with it. Just as the roasted sesam seeds give your “Sesam Cookies” an unique nutty and complex flavor; the matcha in the “Green Tea an White Chocolate Cookies” give perfumed taste and aroma to these, which turned out to be my favorite recipee. Thanks a lot for sharing this and so many other wonderful recipees!

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    • Nami February 7, 2014, 10:47 am

      Hi Raquel! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy matcha! You will love these chocolates. :)

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  • Shaona Liang February 11, 2014, 7:39 am

    Hi Nami, did you use salted or unsalted butter here? Thanks!

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    • Nami February 11, 2014, 8:38 am

      Hi Shaona! I recommend using unsalted butter for cooking and baking so that you can adjust the salt later on if you need to. I updated the recipe with “unsalted”. Thank you for pointing that out. Hope you enjoy this recipe. :)

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  • Nancy Vuong February 11, 2014, 7:45 pm

    Is this recipe as sweet as the green tea chocolate on kit kats and pocky?

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    • Nami February 11, 2014, 8:00 pm

      Hi Nancy! It’s really up to what kind of chocolate you use since there is no additional sugar involved. :)

      Reply
  • Theresa February 11, 2014, 9:33 pm

    This’ll be the first recipe I try with the green tea matcha I won :)

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    • Nami February 11, 2014, 9:41 pm

      Hi Theresa! AWESOME!! Hope you enjoy it! :)

      Reply
  • Nash Kwak February 12, 2014, 10:59 am

    I have a quick question about this.
    I am planning to make this for V-Day this Friday and going to make a lot.
    Is it okay to make it before and store it?
    If so, how would store it? Refrigerator?
    And how many day until it goes bad?
    Thank You!

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    • Nami February 12, 2014, 8:21 pm

      Hi Nash! Yes, you can make ahead. I wrote in Step 12 that you can keep in refrigerator for 2-3 days. :)

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      • Nash Kwak February 13, 2014, 9:14 am

        Thank you!
        I have another question about this. Is it possible to make White Nama chocolate just by skipping the Green Tea portion?
        And what should I do if the chocolate sticks to the paper?

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        • Nami February 13, 2014, 10:01 am

          Hi Nash! Sure, you can skip the green tea powder if you like. However I haven’t made it just white chocolate. I hope the recipe still works without it. It should, but I haven’t tried yet… :)

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  • Mei February 12, 2014, 8:15 pm

    I’m not sure what I did wrong but after I put in the chocolate and stir for a bit, the mixture goes from smooth to grainy. It’s like it’s separating. I went ahead and added the butter then lastly the matcha anyway. I ended up being unable to get it smooth at all. Does anyone know why it separated?

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    • Nami February 12, 2014, 8:28 pm

      Hi Mei! From your description, it sounds like your chocolate is seized. This happens when the pot or your utensil is wet (I mentioned details it in my Note section in the recipe). Even small amount of water could cause this.

      Please read details here: http://candy.about.com/od/workingwithchocolate/a/chocmistakes.htm

      Make sure all utensil, pot, your hand… everything is not wet when you deal with chocolate. I hope this helps. :)

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      • Mei February 14, 2014, 9:00 am

        Hi Nami!

        Hmmm.. that’s what I thought too, but I had rinsed my pot beforehand and then turned the heat on to evaporate all the water. I let the pot cool before using it so it should be dry. I rinsed my spatula and left it to dry for a good couple of hours while I did something else, should be dry too. I didn’t touch the chocolate with my hands, chopped it on wax paper and transferred it that way. Knife was also dry. I was very careful to keep things dry. I attempted making Green Tea Nama Choco’s twice, but both times I failed the same way T^T

        Could the problem be with the cream being too hot when I mixed in the chocolate? I think I could have kept a closer watch on the cream…

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        • Nami March 7, 2014, 1:11 pm

          Hi Mei! So sorry for my late response. I failed to flag your comment (email) and I just discovered it in my inbox. I apologize for my late response. Yeah, that could be right – maybe the separation could have happened. I removed it as soon as I see the bubbles around the edges, so it’s not full boil. Also a kind of chocolate could be a reason too. One of the readers who tried the recipe changed the chocolate and it worked perfectly. Hope this helps. :)

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  • Shaona February 13, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Nami….I tried to make this today and i failed terribly! i followed step by step but for some reason the green tea seems not to mix with the mixture and later its just a lot of green oil on top…it’s kind of gross. i dont know what i did wrong? i got the lindt white chocolate. only thing is i got heavy cream. is that the reason?

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    • Shaona February 13, 2014, 2:52 pm

      i also want to know even though the mixture is now very lumpy and grainy…is it still edible? this recipe might look easy to make but it’s actually not that easy hahaha

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      • Nami February 13, 2014, 8:42 pm

        Maybe yours got actually seized if it became lumpy and grainy – probably somehow water/steam got into the chocolate. It can be a tiny bit of water from your hand, utensil, pot…steam… The recipe is simple but handling chocolate in general needs a little more attention I guess. It’s very common and I’ve done this mistake a few times in the past (and threw away chocolate – I didn’t know then that I can still use it).

        You can read more about it here: http://candy.about.com/od/workingwithchocolate/a/chocmistakes.htm

        Hope that helps. Don’t give up! :) I’ve been through and now I’m very careful about water with chocolate. :)

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    • Nami February 13, 2014, 8:37 pm

      Hi Shaona! I updated the recipe with new Note section as a few people have trouble with seizing the chocolate. However, in your case, it looks like the chocolate was overheated and separation happened. Make sure not to bring the heavy whipping cream (or heavy cream – same thing) a full boil. As soon as you see the bubbles around the edges of the saucepan, remove from the heat (please see the video).

      Hope this helps. :)

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      • Shaona February 13, 2014, 9:00 pm

        Thanks Nami. I will keep trying until I succeed! =)

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  • Sabrina February 13, 2014, 7:01 pm

    This looks amazing! I am definitely going to try and make these one day. I don’t have any good quality ingredients for any of the recipes you have on here in the area that I live, but I will buy them if I come across them. Your website is amazing and I am so glad to have found it. I look forward to making these and other delicious treats in the future!

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    • Nami February 13, 2014, 8:43 pm

      Hi Sabrina! Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m glad you enjoy reading my blog. :) Hope you like recipes that I posted. Thank you for writing! xo

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  • Allie March 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Hi Nami! Today i’ve tried making this matcha nama choco. I did, in a way, succeed making it but the mixture didn’t seem to set in the fridge! It was all sticky and too soft that I couldn’t even lift it out of the glass container and the mixture got stuck to the parchment paper The taste was incredible as well as the color, just the solidity didn’t seem right.

    What if I used Lindt white chocolate containing both cocoa butter and vegetable oil? Not a problem, I suppose?

    What if I used Heavy cream that is described as “Light, for COOKING and DOES NOT WHIP”? Would that be the cause of the problem?

    I really hope you could respond to me before Sunday since I need to make it again and give it as a gift to my boyfriend :D

    Thanks again, Nami!

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    • Nami March 26, 2014, 11:03 pm

      Hi Allie! Although I’ve never came across to this problem before, I have read that this is a common mistake. As I mentioned in the Note section in the recipe, you need the right ingredients for this recipe. The heavy cream has to have higher fat content; “light” cream will work. Need the kind that can whip. Also, for chocolate, NO vegetable oil. It has to be cocoa butter.

      Hope next batch will work! You can make hot chocolate drink out of the failure one. Good luck!

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      • Allie March 26, 2014, 11:20 pm

        Yeah it does contain cocoa butter …. and vegetable fat as well :( it’s a pity that I couldn’t find Lindt white chocolate that contains only cocoa butter just like yours in Australia. I’ll try looking for some other brands though

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        • Nami March 26, 2014, 11:29 pm

          Allie, I didn’t carefully check if mine has any vegetable oil or not. Usually low quality chocolate has vegetable oil, but didn’t expect Lindt has it. I might be wrong – mine may have contain some. I just can’t confirm as I don’t have it with me… But do get the right cream. :)

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          • Allie March 26, 2014, 11:42 pm

            http://www.lindtusa.com/shop/white-chocolate-swiss-classic-bar

            According to the Nutrition facts, this Lindt White classic doesn’t contain vegetable fat :( I have no idea why it does in Australia *sigh*

            I’ll use the right whipping cream with the white Lindt I bought to see if it works, hopefully!

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            • Nami March 27, 2014, 1:25 am

              Thanks for checking Allie! I wonder why… :( I hope the oil doesn’t separate when vegetable oil is in it. Maybe other brand might be better. Good luck!

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              • Allie March 29, 2014, 4:52 am

                Oh Nami! Im over-excited to tell you this! I’ve succeeded with the second batch :D really, it’s not the problem with the chocolate, just the cream!!! I didn’t get the right one last time. And my experience has proven that the chocolate doesn’t need to be 100% vegetable fat-free. As long as there is indeed cocoa butter in there, chocolate with a bit of veggie fat would work too. Thanks again for this amazing recipe Nami, and your website is just simply wonderfu!!! ありがとうございます with a lot of love <3

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                • Nami March 30, 2014, 2:51 pm

                  Hi Allie! I’m soooo happy to hear it was successful, and thank you very much for your feedback! Glad to find out the issue was just the cream! Hope you enjoyed the chocolate, and どうもありがとう! :)

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  • Theresa April 1, 2014, 4:15 pm

    These taste amazing! Just like green tea MeltyKiss~ Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe :)

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    • Nami April 2, 2014, 9:39 pm

      Thanks so much Theresa! I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  • zuwaina April 9, 2014, 10:57 pm

    dear mam
    fierst time i hear about green tea chocolate
    i wiil try it
    thank you zeena

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    • Nami April 10, 2014, 9:38 am

      Hi Zeena! Hope you enjoy it! :)

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  • Sandra April 19, 2014, 2:59 am

    Hi Nami-
    Thank you for posting this!! I made it and it was delicious!!! My family said so too!! I also made your kabocha and ground pork and your herb chicken with shio Koji. All were fantastic and healthy. And easy too! Thank u soooooo much!!! I LOVE the recipes and your website! I Will show my friends and sister. I have a request when u have time – I am looking for a recipe for the rice cooker – you know, the kind where you put everything in the rice cooker and cook all together.

    I hope I will see it one day!

    Thank u again!

    Sandra

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    • Nami April 20, 2014, 2:56 pm

      Hi Sandra! Thank you so much for trying this recipe, and I’m so happy to hear that your family enjoyed it! Also, thanks for trying other recipes too. I’m really glad you enjoy my blog. :)

      What kind of rice cooker dish you’re talking about? Are you talking about takikomi gohan (mixed rice) dish, or more like other dishes that you use a rice cooker as a cooking device?

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  • Diana April 20, 2014, 5:16 am

    Probably I’m the only one having this question:

    2tbsp + 2 tsp of matcha BOTH should go into white chocolate mixture or 2 tsp are reserved for dusting when finishing?

    Thank you for your answer :)

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    • Nami April 20, 2014, 2:54 pm

      Hi Diana! Thank you so much for noticing this mistake. Yes, you’re exactly right! I updated the recipe. Thank you!!!

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  • Yoon | cooking with yoon April 29, 2014, 7:32 am

    Hi, Nami!

    Thanks so much for this delicious recipe!
    My brother had a layover in Japan once when he was flying to Korea, so he bought some chocolates while he was waiting at the airport. That was the first time I tried Matcha Nama chocolate, and the Royce Nama chocolate– they were both delicious and I was so pleasantly surprised, because I’ve never been able to find such intense, pure matcha chocolates in the U.S! Needless to say, I was ecstatic to come across this recipe!

    Please check out my post! :)
    http://www.cookingwithyoon.com/add/2014/4/23/green-tea-matcha-chocolate

    I really hope to travel to Japan one day– can’t wait to try all of the green tea confections; I’ve only recently tried the matcha kit-kats, because our local H-mart just started to carry it; they were a-mazing….!!

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    • Nami May 14, 2014, 10:14 pm

      Sorry Yoon! I completely missed this comment! Thank you for trying this recipe! So glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  • Lauren May 5, 2014, 12:54 am

    Hi Nami!
    I discovered your recipe through Pintrest, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! This chocolate looks divine! I was wondering if you could make it with dark chocolate instead of white? I know you wouldn’t get that incredible vivid green colour, but I was wondering if it is an option?
    Thanks so much!

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    • Nami May 6, 2014, 12:01 am

      Hi Lauren! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. :)

      Sure, you can use dark chocolate, but you won’t probably see the green tea color at all. Actually I’ve never made with dark chocolate and hard to tell what it will be like. Usually Japanese matcha treats use white chocolate for green tea and I assume the main reason is to keep the matcha flavor and fragrance. Hope this helps!

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      • Lauren May 6, 2014, 11:11 pm

        Thank you so much for your response Nami! I actually dove right in and made a batch last night. I is heaven!!! And went over so well with the ladies in the office! I was wondering if you have tried freezing it and if it is still nice once thawed again? I was thinking this would be perfect to pre-make and bring out if guests stopped by :)

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        • Nami May 7, 2014, 12:08 am

          So happy to hear you liked it! Actually I learned that you can freeze it! It should be okay for up to 3 months. But for the best quality, it’s better when you make it fresh. :)

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  • ivy May 26, 2014, 2:31 am

    Hi, may i know where to get good matcha powder?

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  • Elizabeth May 29, 2014, 5:07 pm

    Hi Nami,

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe — I tried it a few weeks ago and it was very well received. So delicious! I especially liked this ‘easy cut’ way of making truffles. :)

    This week, I thought I would try a little experiment with your recipe. I wondered: can it be done with coffee? The answer is, yes! I followed the same recipe, but added instant Espresso powder instead of the matcha. Originally, I added 3 ‘good’ teaspoons of coffee powder to the cream as it heated. After adding part of the white chocolate, a taste-test hinted that more coffee flavour was needed so I risked adding the dry powder at that stage and it still blended beautifully. I ended up using 5 teaspoons altogether, but I like a strong coffee. Less could be used, according to preference. So far, I’ve left the truffles plain, but I envision making them at Christmas with a light dusting of cocoa… or topping with crushed roasted hazelnuts… or perhaps a drizzle of white or dark chocolate… I also plan to try a coffee version with your chocolate truffle recipe. ;)

    Again, どうもありがとう ^_^

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    • Nami June 2, 2014, 1:12 am

      Hi Elizabeth! You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! :)

      Coffee! How awesome! And thank you for sharing your experiment in detail with me and other readers. I love coffee in all kinds of desserts, and this is something I’d love to try!

      どうもありがとう!!

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      • Elizabeth June 2, 2014, 2:57 pm

        You’re most welcome! :)
        Just a little extra note, in case anyone reading has trouble finding an instant Espresso powder (I know I couldn’t get it locally until last year). The Nescafé Instant Espresso that I used is a very fine powder — hence the reason it blended into the chocolate like the matcha did (I didn’t even need to sift it). If only a regular instant coffee (i.e. the coarse granules) is available, then dissolve all of the coffee granules in the cream before adding the chocolate. I’ve checked other coffee truffle recipes on line and this is what was recommended when using an ordinary instant coffee. :)

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        • Nami June 3, 2014, 12:34 am

          Thank you so much for your precise directions! I love detail info like this. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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