Matcha Chocolate Chips

I’m always looking for the latest and greatest in gourmet baking items.  I loved it when semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips evolved into the dark and super dark kind.  Next came peanut butter and cinnamon chips, which were fun for making new flavors of tarts and scones.  One of my friends got me into mint baking chips–a nice addition for a pop of freshness and color, especially in chocolate baked goods.  And of course there are white chocolate chips, the most plain yet most versatile of chocolate chips that you will find.  Any macadamia nut cookie just wouldn’t be the same without them.  But hello!  Where are the matcha chocolate chips?  Now you know that’s a good idea!

Matcha chocolate chips are the chips that I wish I could buy at the market but aren’t available. There’s something about the slightly bitter taste of matcha that cuts through the cloying sweetness of white chocolate to create a more complex and balanced taste on the palette. Chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, ganache…with these Matcha Chocolate Chips the possibilities are endless.

At the World Tea Expo, I was offered some samples of Aiya’s Cooking Grade Matcha, and ended up using it to make these chips.  Cooking grade matcha is a much more affordable version of ceremonial drinking matcha.  As it is used as an ingredient and not meant to be drunk on its own, it’s a lesser quality grade of matcha tea.  Be cautious when purchasing it though, as some brands are dull in color which often translates to a lack of flavor.  I like Aiya’s Cooking Grade Matcha not only because you can get it at a very reasonable price, but also because of its brilliant color and lovely taste.  It’s a great find for someone who uses matcha to cook with as often as I do.  If you prefer, Aiya also carries Organic Cooking Grade Matcha.

If you work fast and can take the heat on your hand, these chips may look more like buttons than chips when you pipe them.  “Buttons” have a more rounded top, whereas “chips” have a little peak to them.  The hotter the chocolate when you pipe it, the more likely these matcha bits will look like buttons.  As the chocolate cools, it’s able to create more pronounced peaks since cooler chocolate holds shape better.

The first time I heard of chocolate chips being referred to as “buttons” was when I was watching Nigella Lawson make some sinfully decadent chocolate chip cookies on the BBC.  I remember falling in love with the word instantly, much preferring it over the word “chips.” Buttons, chips, drops…whatever you decide to call them, this recipe will add a world of possibilities to your baking repertoire.

Matcha Chocolate Chips 

Makes 1 cup of chips (buttons).

Ingredients:

5 1/2-6 ounces white chocolate or vanilla candy melts

1 Tbsp matcha powder (I used Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha)

Equipment:

double boiler

rubber spatula

fine mesh strainer or sifter

#5 pastry tip

pastry bag

large drinking glass

large baking sheet fitted with parchment paper

Directions:

1.)  Fill bottom of double boiler with water, making sure the water doesn’t make contact with the base of the top bowl of the double boiler.  Bring water to a gentle simmer (bring water to boil, then reduce to very low heat).  Place white chocolate or candy melts in top bowl of double boiler.  Using rubber spatula, gently mix and melt the chocolate.

2.)  Sift matcha into the melted chocolate and mix in thoroughly.

3.)  In pastry bag fitted with #5 pastry tip, pour the melted chocolate.  It’s easiest to fill the bag by folding the tip over and placing the bag in a glass before filling it with the chocolate.  You will have more control over the chocolate flowing out this way.

4.)  Secure parchment paper to a large baking sheet by placing dabs of the same melting chocolate on the bottom four corners of the parchment.  Smooth out the parchment so that it is well secured to the sheet and laying completely flat on it.

5.)  Pipe 1/4″ dollops of melted matcha chocolate on the baking sheet so that the chips don’t touch each other.  If you are working with candy melts you will need to pipe faster than if you use white chocolate (candy melts set up/harden faster).

6.)  Wait for the chips to completely harden, then release them from the parchment by gently pulling the parchment up from each of the 4 corners towards the center of the baking sheet.  Use the chips/buttons in any recipe, as you would chocolate chips.

28 thoughts on “Matcha Chocolate Chips

  1. So simple and yet so brilliant! I would never have thought of this. Matcha chocolate is so expensive here in the Japanese supermarkets, so I am definitely going to try it out, thanks! 😀

    • These are really easy to make! I used the #5 tip, but if you feel like you want more control over the melted chocolate you can even use a #3 or #4 tip. Let me know how it turns out! 😉

  2. These look delicious! What will you use them for? Can’t wait to see. I always learn something new about matcha here on your blog. Your technique in making these chips is super impressive!

    • I just used them in a chocolate brownie mug cake (similar to the one you instagrammed on your site!). The melted green flecks studded throughout the dark chocolate base were really pretty. You could easily make these Ngan! 🙂

  3. So happy you could try out Aiya cooking Matcha! And since I still have huge amounts of mine left I could try out making matcha buttons 😉 don’t think mine would look that pretty though but I can already smell the freshly baked cookies with fresh seasonal strawberries and matcha choco drops~

    • I remember you mentioned that you had a brand that you liked over in Austria, but I didn’t know how to get it. I’m so glad I finally found a good brand to use. If you want to avoid piping, you could just mix the matcha into the melted white chocolate and smooth it into a medium thick layer on the parchment. Wait for the chocolate to harden, then cut the choco sheet with a sharp knife to make small chocolate chunks or bits. Strawberries and matcha are amazing together…now you have me thinking…hmmm…;)

  4. When I first saw this post, I thought you had discovered matcha chips somewhere in Hawaii and had brought some home! I can’t believe how perfect theses chips are, Bonnie! Wow!

  5. When I saw the picture of your matcha chips, my first thoughts were “where did she get them and do they ship worldwide?!” Do you, Bonnie? 😉 Great job girl!

  6. When I saw the first picture, I thought “wow, where do you get matcha chocolate chips?” These chips look like store-bought! Bonnie, you totally nailed this!

  7. wow! this is so brilliant. i’d like to echo the same thoughts as fellow blogger Lokness mentioned above! Great stuff, will try this out soon…. 🙂 Your blog looks very chic!

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