Friday, February 8, 2013

Mini Chocolate Pop Rock Tarts

What a crazy weekend!  I promise for some house updates ASAP but didn’t want to make you wait one minute for this sweet treat from my friend Lauren!  I had the ultimate pleasure of meeting Lauren on my last weekend in Kansas City and let me tell you – she is a true gem.  I really can’t wait to spend more time with her in the future.  

Go ahead and take a gander at her blog and her zest for life will immediately catch you.  She is so down-to-earth and her weeknight dinner recipes will knock your socks off.  Check it out: wonton buffalo chicken bites (does she know the way to my heart or what!?)//BLT dip//pale ale shrimp po’ boys//Just go check them all out!

1st-Mini Chocolate Pop Rock Tarts

Howdy, friends!

I’m Lauren Grier, the author of Climbing Grier Mountain (CGM). For those of you I haven’t met, I live in the Mile High City and write a food and lifestyle blog. On CGM, you’ll find scrumptious recipes for foodies of all levels and endless amounts of documented shenanigans (i.e. me face-planting into snow). So, if you ever need a recipe for a good bowl of spicy red lentil soup or coq au vin accompanied by a few chuckles, stop by and say what’s up!

I’m thrilled to be guest-posting for Cassie today! I met Cassie a couple weekends ago while visiting family in Kansas City. You probably already know this: Cassie is as nice as the day is long, and her excitement for life and food blogging is absolutely infectious. So when she asked me to guest-post while she and Paul packed up and moved to a new city, I was on it like spandex on Superman.

2nd-Chocolate Crackers with Pop Rocks

Since Valentine’s Day is five seconds away, I thought I’d share with you a recipe I whipped up a few weeks ago. Confession: I am not a baker. I do not go to sleep dreaming of bunt cakes and baklava. But, I’ve gotta admit, there’s something very romantic about baking.  And candy. So, here we go!

Have you ever had Pop Rocks? (If not, this post will self-destruct in 2.2 seconds.) Just kidding. As a kid, I loved these fizzy little guys. Strawberry flavored all the way, I might add. So I figured, why not incorporate these crackling treats into an easy dessert that would receive the Make-Out Seal of Approval.

I wanted to steer away from molten cakes and soufflés because I’d rather pound dirt than bake a difficult recipe at high altitude. That’s why I decided to go down the chocolate-y, no-flour-required, tons-of-butter path. The crusts on these little cute tarts consist simply of crushed chocolate graham crackers, melted butter, and granulated sugar. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, put a small amount of the chocolate mixture into each baking cup, bake for a few minutes, and freeze.

Mini Chocolate Pop Rock Tarts

While you wait for the crusts to set, sip some red wine, nibble on a few chocolates from that red, heart-shaped box from Russel Stover, and start making the filling. Is there anything better than melted chocolate and cream? Once the chocolate filling has cooled, pour it into each crust and top with the Pop Rocks.

Let the Oooooohhhhing and Ahahahhhhhhing begin. Or, if your significant other is anything like mine: “Looks good, babe.” Someone pass me Cupid’s bow and arrow.

Mini Chocolate Pop Rock Tarts

Thanks for letting me guest post today, Cassie! Cheers to you and Paul on your new adventures ahead!


Lauren Grier

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Mini Chocolate Pop Rock Tarts

Yield: 12-14 mini tarts

Prep Time: 30 min

Total Time: 1 hour 20 min (includes chill time)

Mini chocolate tarts with a favorite childhood candy - Pop Rocks! Perfect for a unique Valentine's Day Treat.


for the chocolate crust:
3 cups chocolate graham crackers, crushed
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup granulated sugar

for the chocolate filling:
3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
3 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy cream

Pop Rocks (strawberry flavor), garnish


for the chocolate crust:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine crushed graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners. Evenly disperse the graham mixture among the liners (fill about 3/4 away). Bake for about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove crusts from oven and let cool. Place in freezer for 20 minutes so the crusts can harden.

for the chocolate filling:
In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate over medium-low heat. Add cream. Stir until combined. Remove from heat and let cool. Then, pour the chocolate mixture into each graham cracker crust just high enough to not over flow. Garnish with Pop Rocks on top. Place in freezer for 20 minutes to set. Once set, remove from freezer and pull the baking liners off and gobble with your lovie!

recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

Recipe by Lauren Grier of Climbing Grier Mountain.


52 Responses to “Mini Chocolate Pop Rock Tarts”

  1. #
    Kristen — February 8, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    At first I thought this post was going to have chocolate Pop rocks it! I was going to die. Looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

  2. #
    DessertForTwo — February 8, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    How cool are these?! I love seeing my 2 favorite people together 🙂

  3. #
    Jamie — February 8, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    These look so amazing! It has been so long since I’ve had pop rocks. I actually just discovered Lauren’s blog earlier this week and have been loving it!

  4. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — February 8, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    What a fun recipe!

  5. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — February 8, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    Thanks for letting me guest post, Cassie! You rock girl! xoxo

  6. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 8, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    omg these are so cool! I totally miss pop rocks now! Its been foreverrr! These are awesome!

  7. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 8, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    These are super fun! I saw poprock truffles on Love and Olive Oil a little while ago too. Loving the use of pop rocks.

  8. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 8, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    It’s so fun to meet Lauren, thanks for the intro, Cassie! Pop Rocks are my love. Really. I’m transported right back to the 70’s. I want one of these tarts!

  9. #
    Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies — February 8, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Looks super tasty and pretty easy to make! I love poprocks!

  10. #
    Meagan @ A zesty Bite — February 8, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    The kid in me loves pop rocks! This recipe is great!

  11. #
    Megan — February 8, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    I haven’t had pop rocks in ages!! Actually alst time I did, I think I was 14 and my dad and i shared a bag. She liked them just as much as I did. This is fantasmo Lauren 🙂

  12. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — February 8, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    I made something like this with Pop Rocks once and the Rocks began popping immediately after hitting moisture and kind of lost their popping thing eventually. Does that happen w/ these? They’re darling!

  13. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 8, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    and the award for the most creative chocolate recipe I’ve seen in awhile goes to you Lauren! So glad you guest posted on Bake Your Day today! I haven’t had pop rocks in forever and I certainly have never combined them with chocolate before. I love these!

  14. #
    Traci — February 8, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Awww love that you used a forgotten childhood treat

  15. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 8, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Fun, fun, Fun!! We’ve GOT to make these.

  16. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — February 8, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Fun – love anything with poprocks! Plus lots of chocolate is never a bad thing 🙂

  17. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — February 8, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Such a fun recipe! I haven’t had pop rocks in ages. Great guest post today! Love her writing style. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  18. #
    Angie — February 8, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    How fun is this, I would never have thought to cook with pop tarts, but I’m loving the idea!

  19. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — February 8, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Pop Rocks rock! I’m heading over to check out Lauren’s blog…now!

  20. #
    Jackie @ Domestic FIts — February 8, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Pop rocks?! I love it, so fun 🙂

  21. #
    Morgan — February 8, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    What a fun recipe! I haven’t had pop rocks since I was like 12, but I have a feeling I would still enjoy them. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. #
    Deborah — February 8, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    These are awesome!!

  23. #
    Sandy @ RE — February 8, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    Cassie, you are SO FUN! I love these! Have a great weekend, friend!

  24. #
    megan — February 8, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    Very cool Lauren

  25. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 8, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    STOP with the awesomeness!!! LOVE!

  26. #
    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — February 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    How pretty!

  27. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    Pop Rocks!!! I haven’t thought about pop rocks in years! This sounds amazing and fun!

  28. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — February 8, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Pop rocks are awesome! Love this.

  29. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 8, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    I happen to have a ton of rock candy I was given once for a blog post that I was supposed to write. These are a perfect way to use it!

  30. #
    Liz @ EatingPlaces — February 8, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    Mmm I love unexpected Pop Rocks. And great action shot of the warm chocolate – makes me want to get in the kitchen right now!

  31. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — February 8, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    Haha, so funny. And these little things are so stunning! I love the pop rocks addition too!

  32. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 8, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    These are fabulous Lauren! So perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  33. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 8, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    These tarts are such a fun idea!

  34. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 8, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    Pop Rocks and chocolate, such a brilliant combination!

  35. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — February 9, 2013 @ 12:09 am

    Pop rocks are crazy..crazy good in this recipe. Genius!!

  36. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 9, 2013 @ 2:43 am

    Awesome guest post! I met Lauren at mixed and I absolutely adore her!

    Oh and these tarts are a must! I haven’t had pop rocks in so long!

  37. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — February 9, 2013 @ 5:34 am

    Gosh darn these look seriously amazing!!!! Very nice guest post!

  38. #
    Dominique — February 9, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    These sound so unique! I’m adding them to my collection of desserts to make1

  39. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — February 9, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    What a fun and festive dessert and I always love “meeting” new food bloggers! Those tarts are just gorgeous and so simple!

  40. #
    ashley - baker by nature — February 9, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    These are SO cool! I think my little brother would love baking these with me.

  41. #
    katie — February 9, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    awe I love Lauren and these pop rock tarts look fab!

  42. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 10, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    These are so cool! I love the pop rocks on top!

  43. #
    Kathryn — February 10, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    These are so much fun and I love how cute these little tarts are!

  44. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — February 11, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    These. Are. Incredible. Oh my gosh, I want one now!

  45. #
    Angela @ AnotherBitePlease — February 11, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    what a fun love poprocks!

  46. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 11, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    That filling looks incredible! So does the crust. Okay, so the whole look looks amazing. And pop rocks?! Nice. I didn’t know that they still made those. 🙂

  47. #
    Jen — February 13, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    I haven’t seen pop rocks in forever. Last time I saw them I bought some and tricked my kids with them!


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