- 300gms Dark Chocolate
- 250gms Butter (salted)
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 3 large Eggs
- 1 cups flour
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
Initially I was very excited to take part in the first ‘Sweet Swap’ for food bloggers. This then turned into stress when faced with the decision of what to cook. With ooh’s and aah’s, it was then settled that I would attack the palate with chocolate brownies. The only road block was that I had no clue on how well the gooey-buttery mixture would hold when being posted around Australia. I would just have to bake the brownies that extra bit longer, making it on the borderline of a chocolate cake and chocolate brownie… Either way chocolate is always a winner
So the real twist I took on these was the addition of pop rocks; the end result would bring more noises than could be found on a Rice bubbles box [Snap, crackle and so on…]! After a few experiments with the recipe, I discovered the best time to add the rocks is in the batter (mixed in with the chocolate to prevent bursting). Alternatively you can sprinkle these on top or in the middle once cooked and cooled, especially if you plan to eat within a few days..
Everything was now getting on track, however I then made the mistake of viewing some insta-gram photos of other bloggers’ entries. Here I thought it was about the taste but now another element was just added [insert profanity here]! Thankfully a trip to the newsagents saw me with some pretty boxes, tissue paper and ribbon. I just won’t take responsibility for any messy explosions from pop rocks.
At the end of this journey; I sent out 3 parcels and in return, I received 3 different sorts of sweets. My first parcel was from ‘Bite Me, Show Me’, who did her own healthy take on the swap. Inside were some delicious Banana Oat Bars, which were fantastic for that nights work shift. My work colleagues were even a little thankful that I didn’t have a post-sugar high.
The second parcel I received was from ‘Phuc ‘n’ Delicous’; a personal take on Snickers bars. I cannot even use words to explain how incredibly fantastic these were… There may have been some shameless begging for more afterwards.
The final parcel was from ‘Diamond Interiors’, to which I received some delicious mocha fudge bites. Similar to the other sweets, I can honestly say they led a short lived life. Talk about chocolatey mouthfuls of goodness.
WOODEN SPOON RATING:
Pretty easy baby!
NOW FOR THE RECIPE:
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
1. In a small bowl, melt the chocolate, sugar and butter in the microwave using 30 second intervals (alternately you can melt in a small saucepan over low heat.
2. Mix until smooth. Set aside for a few minutes
3. Meanwhile in a large bowl add the sifted dry ingredients (flour & cocoa)
4. Add the eggs and mix well to combine
5. In a small cup, add 4 tbs of the melted chocolate/butter to 6 sachets of the pop rocks. Mix very carefully to avoid bursting them all
6. Add the melted chocolate/ butter to the mixture- mix well
7. Gently mix the pop rocks in batter
8. Cook for 25 mins
8. Allow to cool slightly in the pan
I love eating them warm with ice-cream. However I can eat them all day.
Chocolate Brownies with an unexpected twist!
-The pop rocks will burst when coming in contact with water or salvia. Using fats/ oils retain their explosion
– Best eating within the day for maximum explosion!