A divine combination of white chocolate and matcha, this easy Matcha Nama Chocolate recipe makes a perfectly balanced dessert. Silky smooth with a soft fudgy-like texture, taking a bite into these chilled green tea chocolates is simply irresistible.
Inspired by Nama Chocolate from Japan, here’s another decadent matcha treat to add into your arsenal of easy dessert recipes. The Matcha Nama Chocolate, (also known as Green tea Chocolate) is a no-bake dessert that comes together so easily with just a few ingredients–white chocolates, matcha, heavy cream and butter.
Best enjoyed chilled, this Japanese green tea chocolate dessert is silky smooth with a soft chewy texture that easily melts in the mouth. The bittersweet taste of matcha paired with white chocolate strikes a perfect balance of sweetness. Top it off with a dusting of Japanese matcha green tea powder for an boost of matcha flavor, this Green tea Nama Chocolate recipe makes a great fix for sweet cravings.
What exactly is “Nama Chocolate”?
Nama Chocolate means raw or fresh chocolate in Japanese. It is a Japanese-style ganache made with chocolate and fresh cream. Because it is made with fresh cream, the Nama Chocolate must be kept chilled in the fridge. This popular dessert in Japan is super rich, chewy with a silky smooth texture that literally melts in the mouth. The mixture is usually poured into a square pan, chilled in the fridge until hardened, and then sliced into mini squares with added sprinkles of fine cocoa powder or other toppings.
Trying out Matcha Nama chocolate
Of course, we just had to try this out with matcha. We tried it using white chocolate since it is has a mild flavor that will not overwhelm the matcha taste. We found these tips from Just One Cookbook’s incredibly helpful:
- If you’re using white chocolates, get the ones that contain cocoa butter, and not vegetable fat.
- Do not overheat the white chocolates because this will cause separation (oil coming out of the chocolate). Only simmer the white chocolates over gentle heat and stir frequently until evenly melt.
- You have to quickly stir the white chocolate and butter while the heavy cream is still warm. Otherwise, it’ll start to solidify and it’ll be harder to mix.
- You can store the Matcha Nama Chocolates for up to 4 days in the fridge, and up to 1 month in the freezer.
Feel free to also explore the different textures and flavors by using different types chocolates in this easy Matcha Nama Chocolate recipe!
What kind of matcha powder to use when making Matcha Nama Chocolate
As the Matcha Nama Chocolate recipe uses very few ingredients with no baking needed, we recommend using a very good quality matcha that is both verdant green and has a strong matcha flavor. If the color of your matcha powder is not vivid enough, your Matcha Nama Chocolates will yield a dull green. You don’t necessarily need a ceremonial grade matcha for this recipe as that’ll quickly make this recipe expensive. A good culinary grade matcha like our Latte Blend Premium Culinary Grade Matcha would be a great choice. Otherwise, our Superior Ceremonial Blend will also work well.
How to make easy Matcha Green Tea Nama Chocolate recipe
- 14 oz/400 g white chocolate
- 4 oz/125 ml heavy cream
- 8 oz/ 226 g unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp matcha powder
- First, prepare your baking tray with parchment paper.
- Slice the white chocolate bar and butter into small pieces so that it’ll melt quickly later.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, pour in the heavy cream. Once you start seeing bubbles forming, quickly remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Then, quickly add in the white chocolates and butter into the hot heavy cream and mix everything together evenly with a folding motion. Tips: Quickly stir the white chocolate and butter while the heavy cream is still warm. Otherwise, it’ll start to solidify and it’ll be harder to mix.
- Once you acquire a smooth mixture, add the matcha powder over a sift and mix it all together again until evenly smooth.
- Then, pour in the ganache mixture into the baking tray and let it sit in the fridge for about 4-5 hours.
- Warm up your sharp knife with some heat and divide the Matcha Nama chocolate into 4 blocks. Then, cut them further into 9 smaller pieces.
- Lastly, dust some matcha powder over the green tea chocolates to prevent it from sticking together.
Serve the green tea chocolate chilled, and enjoy your Matcha Nama Chocolate treat!