I was out of town over the Easter holiday and I came back to a chocolaty, decadent blog post at one of my favorite blog sites, The Sunny Raw Kitchen! The blog post is called Super Caramel Chocolate Tarts and it looks AMAZING! This recipe brought to mind a recipe that I've been making for a few years and is my version of Snickers. I would peel as many dates as I could stand to peel and put them into a bowl and mash with a smidge of cold water (to keep it all from sticking, but not to much, because the dates need to be handled). Someone once said that dates are nature's caramel... love it. I would then form the 'caramel' into little bite size rectangles and roll them in crushed peanuts and set in the fridge to harden slightly. While those are in the fridge, I would take about a cup of carob powder, 1/4- 1/2 cup of honey and a splash of cold water and heat the mixture stirring constantly until I have a chocolaty syrup. I would then take the cold 'caramel' and peanut bars out of the fridge and dip them into the chocolate syrup. The cold bars would set the chocolate pretty quickly, but I would still put the completed "snickers" into the fridge to finish setting up.
Well, these bars taste even better than Snickers bars in my opinion and are way better for you, but this blog post at The Sunny Raw Kitchen brings to light (pardon the pun) that I might not have to cook the 'chocolate' mixture at all. If the honey is room temperature, the mixture should mix pretty nicely and then still set up when cold. I am definitely going to give it a try and let everyone know how it turns out! Thanx Sunny Raw Kitchen... I'm going to try the tarts as well! ;)