Opposites Attract: Salted Dark Chocolate Mini Tarts

Chocolate tarts

What’s bite-sized and binge-worthy? These mini tarts. Enveloped in a buttery shell, creamy Nutella, dark chocolate, and Himalayan salt combine to prove that opposites attract!

Don’t ask me how many I’ve had –taste-testing is the perfect excuse, right? I mean, holding back would be absolute “tart”ure! Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

Ingredients

12 mini tart shells
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup of Nutella or hazelnut spread
1 tsp coarse Himalayan salt

Instructions

1. Let your frozen mini pie shells sit at room temperature for approximately 10 minutes. With your hands, gently pinch and pat down the rim of each pie shell to achieve a smooth edge.

2.Bake in the oven for approximately 18-20 minutes, until golden brown.

3.Let cool completely on a baking rack.

4.Once cooled, scoop 1/2 tsp of Nutella in each of the shells.

5.In a deep saucepan, bring the whipping cream to a slight simmer. Pour immediately over the chocolate chips, and stir until they are completely melted.

6 .Pour into the tart shells, over the Nutella. Let cool completely in the fridge, until set, approximately 1-2 hours.

7. Sprinkle with coarse salt, and serve.

Choco-Coco Cookie Bars

Ever wanted to combine all of your favourite ingredients into one flavourful bite? Yeah, sometimes that may not turn out to be the best combination or you’ll end up with (in my case) caramel pizza fries —anyone want to challenge me on this?

The best way to pack all your faves in one punch is with cookie bars! Layer all the coordinated flavours you’d like. My pick? Crunchy graham crackers, crisp oats, decadent semi-sweet chocolate, and tropical, chewy coconut.

Ingredients

2 cups Graham crackers

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup oats

1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup Sweetened shredded coconut

1 can condensed milk

Instructions

1. In a food processor, combine your graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Pulse until combined.

2. In a parchment paper lined 8×8 pan, evenly spread out the graham cracker butter mixture. Pat down with your hands.

3. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.

4. Once the crust is baked and cooled, layer your oats, followed by the chocolate chips, pour the condensed milk evenly over the entire mix, then add the coconut.

5. Bake for at degrees 375 Fahrenheit until coconut is golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.

6. Let cool completely, and cut with a knife warmed in hot water.

Style is served!

A “Mousse”-try Dessert!

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I won’t lie, I’m a huge fan of desserts and even more so if they’re easy to make! Throw chocolate in the mix, and I’m sold. So when I came across this two-ingredient, three-step chocolate mousse from the Chef over at Elmwood Spa’s Terrace Restaurant, I couldn’t resist giving it a try.

For the recipe, click here and head over to the spa’s website to see for yourself how easy it is to make.

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To make it even more decadent, add toppings such as shredded coconut, fruit, or cocoa nibs for a healthy kick. My pick? Candied orange peel. There’s something about the crunchy, citrusy taste that makes it pairing with chocolate completely irresistible!

INGREDIENTS

2 large oranges

1 cups of sugar

1 1/2 cups of water

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PROCESS

1. Wash your oranges really well, and use a brush if you have one in order to scrape off any dirt and pesticides.

2. Using a peeler, peel the orange in wide strips. Take a knife and julienne the peel (cut into thin strips, about 1/4 inch wide).

3. Put the peel strips in a deep saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Repeat twice more, each time replacing the boiled water with fresh, cold one.

4. After you have done the boiling process 3 times, use a clean saucepan and pour the sugar and water in. Stir to combine and and put the orange peels in. Simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes.

5. Let cool completely in the syrup and after you’ve taken them out, toss in coarse sugar to coat the peels immediately.

6. Let dry on a cookie rack and you’re set to use your topping!

Style is served!