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Feb102010

CHOCOLATE & PUFFED GRAIN MORSELS

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I appreciate that there is a day to honor your love, but I am cynical as to what Valentines is as an adult. It seemed so fun to exchange candies in grade school and overdose on conversation hearts. In my younger years, my Dad would come home from work with those GIANT greeting cards (do you know what I'm talking about? They are seriously gigantic and sometimes I still see them at gas stations) and mylar balloons for my sister and I, or maybe a new set of cotton pajamas with hearts on them. My mom, the art teacher, made, and still makes, beautiful hand crafted cards with thoughtful messages of how we, as daughters, have changed her life. It feels pretty great to be loved. What I gathered from those gestures, was that this holiday isn't about the bloated flower prices, waxy chocolates and pre-set dining menus that make me cringe, it is best celebrated not for one person, but valuing love for the sum of it's parts.

This chocolate morsel experiment was kind of a shot in the dark, but I think they are just precious in their crafty glass jars. I cleaned old jars I have held on to from sauces, jams, fancy yogurts and what not. These morsels travel better and last longer than a baked good, which would also make them an excellent wedding favor or thank you gift. I am giving my measurements, but this recipe is extremely adaptable. You could use any kind of puffed cereal (they are inexpensive at a health food store) and the nuts and fruit are yours to choose. Next time I'll try toasted pistachios and dried cherries, or maybe chewy candied ginger and sliced almonds. Whatever your way, show love. CHOCOMORSELS_02CHOCOMORSELS_03

CHOCOLATE AND PUFFED GRAIN MORSELS // Makes 24
When melting the chocolate, I suggest using a larger glass bowl than you think you'll need. This way you can put all the goodies in that one bowl to make less of a mess.

12 oz. Dark Chocolate Chips (milk if you prefer)
1 1/3 Cup Puffed Millet, Rice, Kamut (found in the cereal isle)
1 Cup Dried Cranberries, Chopped
1/2 Cup Toasted Pecan Pieces
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1. Place chocolate it in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water. Allow it to melt slowly, giving it a stir to distribute the heat. In the meantime, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
2. Remove the chocolate from the heat and gently add in the puffed grain of choice, dried fruit and nut and fold everything to combine. Allow everything to sit for about five minutes to cool.
3. Using a spoon and your fingers, dollop hefty tablespoons of the chocolate mix onto the baking sheet. Repeat, washing your fingers every now and then because it will be easier to work with the chocolate. This step gets messy, but as they cool you can form their shape better. Sprinkle them liberally with sea salt.
4. Put the tray in the fridge for about 15 minutes for the morsels to set completely. Put them in cute packaging for a charming presentation! IMG_7342 copy

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Reader Comments (62)

so yummy and pretty! love your take on valentine's day gifts. I will definitely have to try these.

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKat Braman

Once again, Sarah, you've scored!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNellie Strange

These look so yummy and healthy too! I like the idea of prettying up some old jars and using those as gift containers!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I love your little jars -- they are just darling. I've obviously seen puffed rice, but never puffed millet or kamut -- is there a brand you buy?

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Savour Fare

So cute! I love how you packaged them. :)

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweey

love love
and there is still time!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Ordinary Vegetarian

um...yes please!
k, thanks :)

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Those look SO good, what a great idea!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ Eater Not a Runner

Oh I love these. We've been experimenting with chocolate covered nuts but you make it all look so good! And what a nice touch with the gift wrapped jars!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

My kind of dessert! This is the love child of rice crispy treats and haystacks. Yum!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarolyn

Those look and sound so great. I love the jars and tags. I keep all my glass jars too, and I collect old mason jars, so I always have one available to use for giving.

this are in my very near future.

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternicole

I have had the same experience with valentine's day -- lots of good times as a kid with great home made gifts and cards, but I think all the hype and need to do something for the one you love is silly now. I guess, for better or worse, I think of it as a good excuse (if one is needed) to eat chocolate!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

These are so tasty! A delightful secret delivery was left on my doorstep- some early chocolate Love from SK. I devoured them in one gulp, and didn't feel guilty about it at all :)

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

wow, these sound amazing and oh-my-gosh-so-simple! I wish I would have thought of that! :) I can't wait to make these my toddler, she'll love it!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMandie

Love it! Sometimes life and love is most beautiful in simplicity. Can't wait to try. My mind is a scurry with thoughts of goodies to add - ginger, pistachios, pepitas. Granola-like clusters covered in decadent chocolate. You inspired me.

These look so BEAUTIFUL. Holy moly, the cranberries are like jewels! I finally made cookie dough, by the way. ;) It was supposed to be for my friend's birthday, but seeing as I'm snowed in... I'll have to bake them and eat them myself... D: :D

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercandice

A day of valuing love...that's much better than some gushy sentimentality! I like the idea of cotton pj's with hearts. Really, what else is needed? (except for these glorious perfect cookies, I guess.)

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna @ unsweetenedcocoa

These look delicious! And I love those little jars, adorable!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRadhika

If I give you my address will you send me some ;) beautiful and healthy alternative snack!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoco @ Roost

So this is what I should do with all those jars that are sitting around? nice! they look great and definitely seem quick and easy to pull together :).

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @ chik n' pastry

I love this! I'm going to try it soon!! The presentation is perfect, too... so cute! Hugh - that first shot is so "you."

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMollie

Stunning! I've made a version of these using large flake oatmeal + coconut + ground almond. I will make a point of trying your version this weekend. This is such a gorgeous, useful site and one that I always look forward to seeing updated in my RSS. Keep up the great work!

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie White

One of the very first ever items I made myself as a wee lass was a version of this with oatmeal and coconut in them. Peanut butter too. I loved them, and still do but this version appeals to the adult in me, the one who understands that Valentine's Day shouldn't come once a year and that love, like a good cookie or sweet treat, is always open to re-defining and making better. Thanks for this recipe.

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

These are darling and just what my sweet tooth wants. I love puffy cereal in sweets. I sort of can't stand Valentine's Day, but I like to show the love. You are right, it's the good thing to do and it feels good, too!

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

YUM. okay I must admit I'm still very much drawn to chocolate, even though your photos and words have made me look at vegetables in a different light. But still, chocolate.. YUMMMMMM. :)

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyn

You described Valentine's Day perfectly. Lovely little packages you made too!

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

Okay, now I feel like a kid again. My mom used to make something similar and this just looks perfectly updated.

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkickpleat

made these and blogged them. thanks! delicious!!!

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjane

brilliant.

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersheena

Love the tags! So charming. As to variations, we do a dark chocolate bark at Christmas, chock-a-block with pistachios, tart cherries and candied ginger minced. Sublime.

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

As usual, I'm drooling. Thanks for the great gift idea. I'm trying to dog-ear this page, but for some reason the corner of my computer won't bend:)

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle@crispytarts

What amazing parents you have. I love hearing things like that. I am realizing it's time to go get my boys a giant card and a balloon. And some candy. :)

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I love how simple these are--they look delicious!

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBritt

Made these last night with candied ginger and toasted almond slivers as you suggested. Splendid! The dark chocolate mutes the intensity of the candied ginger just enough so that it doesn't overpower the almonds. Crunchy, sweet, spicy, delicious!

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

What a great idea! This one way to eat chocolate a little healthier.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Teacher Cooks

the cutest. my husband used to make something similar with his mother, called "haystacks" - I think that they were oats and chocolate with coconut, as mentioned above.

love the jars, as sweet as you. have a lovely day, sara!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertara

Much better than a box of chocolates. Happy Valentines Day!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Leftoverist

We didn't get the giant cards, but the small frilly boxes of chocolates. These chocolates, by the way, are beautiful. Stunning and beautiful.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEl

These are so cute, Sara! My kind of dessert- simple and chocolate!

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

Another perfect recipe and another one I want to create right away. What a great snack these would make for my boys.

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan (Family Bites)

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The wrapping job is adorable!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I love the simplicity of this recipe - a few delicious ingredients become something even more wonderful when mixed together. Isn't that the essence of cooking!
Thanks for sharing.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterE

I've seen variations of these all over the place lately. They look so tasty!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

that pop of green on the notepad is perfect! your photos are blowing me away as usual. great styling.

February 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertracy

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February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterI’m Makin’ These T

I just made a double batch of these today and upped the rice cereal. These were very good. I would definitely add more nuts in there too next time. And since I scooped them out with two spoons I didn't get any of my fingers dirty. Nice, easy recipe! Thanks!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I just made these, and I'm a little upset... I've already eaten THREE! :) Yum! Thanks Sara!

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMollie

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