Healthy Black Forest Bon Bons (Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo)
My husband opened his mouth to take a bite of the Black Forest bon bon I had just handed him.
“Wait” I said, launching into one of my qualifying, self deprecating monologues ” I’m thinking of calling this a Black Forest Bite, or Bon Bon. I know it doesn’t taste like a slice of rich chocolate cake with cherries to you but to me it does bring up all the flavors and textures of a deconstructed Black Forest Cake…blah blah blah”
I heard him moan and looked up to see him licking the last bit of melting chocolate off his fingers. He looked hungrily at the tray of bon bons in my hand.
“Stop, he said. “It does taste like cake to me, like rich dense chocolate cake with a burst of cherry.”
I fairly skipped away, after allowing him another bon bon.
Between my Aunt’s house perched above the fjord and the vertiginous path down to the strand where my sister and I wasted many a summer day, there stood a small cherry tree. Each day we would pluck plump garnet cherries from the low branches, staining our fingers and bare feet a lovely shade of dusky pink. Stepping gingerly between the wasps feasting on rotting fruit we invariably forgot ourselves in the merry hunt for cherries and one of us would howl as we received a sting on our tender feet.
Down the serpentine path we’d run to the cooling salt water lapping at the shore, where we’d soak our feet at the water edge and munch the fat orange rose hips we’d gathered on our race down to the shore.
“The air was soft, as it often was in this lovely month, and Eddie inhaled its sweetness. He found himself uplifted as he worked, caught up in something outside himself and his petty wants and needs. The clouds drifted like ice in a tumbler. Through his lens the river seemed made of light, there was the shimmer, and for a moment the world seemed whole to him.”
-Alice Hoffman, The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Deliciously decadent two bite bon bons bursting with fresh cherry, caramel like date, and dark chocolate flavors. An easy,scrumptious, one bowl dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
- 12 Medjool Dates
- 12 almonds
- 12 fresh cherries
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate
- 1 pinch salt optional
Pit each of your dates by slitting them open on one side with a knife and nudge the pit out with your finger. Make the hollow inside just a little bigger with your finger.
Halve and pit your cherries.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave on low.
Insert an almond into each date. Place one cherry half so that it is cupping the almond as if it were the cherry pit. Now close each date. You may need to mold it a bit with your hands to get it to close.
Dip each date into the melted chocolate and place on a piece of parchment to dry.
I like to garnish each one with half a cherry, a drizzle of the remaining chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt.
These have never lasted more than two days in my house so I can't really say how long they will last beyond that. Lol.