chocolate lunacy

July 21, 2012

It’s not over ‘til the chocolate course is served…

On her multi-award winning food site, Chocolate and Zucchini, Parisian foodie Clotilde Dusoulier recently interviewed a Lithuanian chocolate maker who is a self-described “chocolate lunatic.”

Perfect, I thought, that’s me!  I’m not fond of labels but chocolate lunatic is one I can live with. I’m sure chocolate lunacy is a spectrum disorder and I’m definitely somewhere on the spectrum. The Lithuanian chocolate maker is also a chocolate snob but that’s not something I suffer from.

It doesn’t feel to me like dinner is really over until the chocolate course is served. The chocolate course comes after dessert. I’m incredibly fond of dessert and with the exception of tiramisu which is my all-time favourite, I usually like fruity desserts:  fruit salad, homemade apple tarte, lemon squares, plum streusel cake, blueberry-topped New York-style baked cheesecake, black cherry clafoutis, rhubarb and cranberry crumble, strawberries and cream, or even a platter of cheese and fruit. But if I had to choose between dessert and chocolate – I’d choose the chocolate every time.

During the week I skip dessert and go straight to chocolate. It saves time and calories. Sometimes it’s a humble peanut butter cup, sometimes its Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, or Laura Secord’s dark chocolate gingers, or Godiva, or a bar of Lindt Excellence dark with chili. In an emergency I’ll eat chocolate chips.

Lately though, I’ve been making these no-bake, dark chocolate peanut butter squares. They both quell my urge to bake on hot summer days and satisfy my chocolate cravings. Plus they take only five minutes to prepare. I’ve convinced myself that they are a healthy alternative to straight chocolate because the ingredients include brown rice cereal and peanut butter – so there’s whole grain and protein involved. They have the added bonus of being vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Somehow they’re incredibly consoling. Even if you don’t need any consolation and you’re not a chocolate lunatic – I still think you’ll like them. And if you’re a chocolate snob – substitute 125 grams of Bernard Callebaut dark chocolate for the chocolate chips.

Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cereal Squares

½ cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup*

½ cup natural peanut butter

2 ½ to 3 cups of brown rice cereal (Kellogg’s have just introduced gluten-free brown rice Rice Krispies. If not cooking gluten-free substitute any unsweetened cereal that you like)

 1 cup dark chocolate chips (I’ve been using Hershey’s premium dark chocolate chips)

1 tbsp vegan margarine or butter

 In a saucepan over medium heat melt the golden syrup and peanut butter together until the mixture is well-blended and slightly liquefied. Remove from heat and stir in the cereal adding enough so that the mixture is not sloppy. Spoon into an 8 x 8 inch glass pan and press the mixture down.

 Melt the chocolate chips and margarine (or butter) together over low heat until melted (or microwave on low power) and spread over the cereal base. If needed, you can stir a tablespoon of boiling water into the chocolate to make it easier to spread.

 Refrigerate and cut in small squares when chilled.

 *Lyle’s Golden Syrup is cane sugar syrup and not the same thing as corn syrup. In Canada you will find Lyle’s Golden Syrup in most major supermarkets and also in many speciality food shops. It is a much healthier option than corn syrup which is highly refined and may contain high fructose corn syrup and sulphites.

Lyle’s Golden Syrup

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  • Reply Sue Lyons July 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I am delighted to find out that you like Tiramisu! It is the one thing I can make that I usually don’t bungle too badly . . . I showed the boys the picture of the chocolate squares from today’s blog and they have decided I am to spend my free time tomorrow making them. . . We are all somewhere on the extreme end of the chocolate disorder spectrum, and I couldn’t agree more that dinner (in fact, the day) is not properly over until a few mouthfuls of chocolate have been savoured . . .

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske July 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Love it Sue – we’ve got too much in common!! the only meal I don’t eat chocolate after is breakfast – and that’s not a hard and fast rule…

  • Reply Elly July 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Love these! They are almost too good – I can’t stop eating them! Thanks mumma!

  • Reply cht7 July 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Looks so good! Craving chocolate!

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske July 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Ah yes – the chocolate spectrum disorder – craving is a key symptom!
      Look forward to checking out your blog!

  • Reply Laura M July 22, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Soooo scrumptious! I would love to be stranded on a desert island with nothing but these to survive on. But I suppose that would make it a dessert island. In either case – thanks for the tasty treats!!


  • Reply Japhet July 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    If I was on a diet it would end here. Delicious.

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske July 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      are you a chocolate lunatic Japhet?!

      • Reply Japhet July 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        Indeed :(. To be fair I’m a lunatic of anything you cook up! Magic!

  • Reply Lindy Mechefske July 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    you’re the sweetest lunatic on the planet Japhet! Come eat with me anytime. xox

  • Reply Leigh-Ann February 21, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I am extremely high on the chocolate spectrum as well. It’s very rare I will go a day without chocolate. I can say with some certainty that I am an addict. These sound great, I will have to try them one day. Thanks Aunt Lindy.

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

      This comment made me laugh out loud Leigh-Ann – you are adorable! heaps of love to you and your beautiful little Rayne. Lindy xx

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