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.



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