Once upon a time, there was a guy who thought the words ‘dark’ and ‘chocolate’ together was blasphemous. This guy would occasionally treat himself to a milk chocolate treat, but had great distaste and disdain for dark chocolate and anyone who partook in such an abomination as putting such filth into one’s mouth. He strongly felt that dark chocolate was meant for pretentious bores who toted yoga mats wherever they went, drank blended grass disguised as a ‘smoothy,’ and wore clothing that looked like hand-me-downs, yet came with steep price tags from high end stores. This guy shunned dark chocolate and stayed away from anything associated with it. After all, he was a milk chocolate man, and was loyal to Cadbury.
One glorious day though, he met one of these persons and struck up a conversation. He grew to like this person and although his convictions were strong, he slowly began to see things a little differently; dark chocolate being one of them. His new friend did not own a yoga mat, or drink grass smoothies, or wear expensive tattered and torn clothing, but he did eat the forbidden dark chocolate. He learned to deal with it, and eventually, while on a weekend cleanse (where the only thing he could chew that weekend was a diet approved dark chocolate wafer) he begin to understand the attraction. Yes, still loyal to his Cadbury’s milk chocolate with hazelnuts treat, he allowed himself to indulge in the occasional dark chocolate goody.
Eventually the friendship between the two began to blossom and a relationship formed. The two decided to live together and life for the dark chocolate hater changed forever. His new friend’s tastes were completely different and he was introduced to a whole new world of edible wonders! You may have guessed by now that the two characters in this story are john.e and myself. (I’m the milk chocolate fan.) Followers of my blog know that john.e’s vegetarianism and my learning to embrace it, was the entire point of this blog. Fast forward nearly 3 years later, and we still have some growing pains when it comes to food choices, but we’ve overcome many of them by learning to prepare foods differently.
Just recently, john.e decided to reduce his sugar intake as much as possible. Well, to put things mildly, the planet-loving, environmental-friendly john.e became a dramatic little bitch. After a few weeks, I convinced him to have a little sugary treat at least once or twice a week. This might help to make my time at home with him a little easier. I made these dark chocolate treats as a quick go-to for when he’s feeling a little irritable or needing a little sweet indulgence. The dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate, and the toppings give these treats a little kick or crunch.
And, I promise, they will keep the sugar-loving monster at bay!
- 2 cups dark chocolate melting wafers or chips
- Pumpkin seeds
- Shredded sweetened coconut
- (Any other nuts or seeds you may prefer)
- Start by slowly melting the dark chocolate in a double broiler.
- Once melted, use a tablespoon to place small amounts of the melted chocolate on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Top each one with various toppings, depending on what you have available at the time.
- Use a combination of almonds, pistachios, coconut, pumpkin seeds, and peanuts.
- Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for one hour to allow the chocolate to set and firm up.