Pop Rocks + Bittersweet Flourless Chocolate Cake = Your brains will fall out.
Actually, it’s like your brains will fall out, then explode into a shimmering waterfall of fireworks, then regroup in a solid mass just long enough to salute the flag, then split apart again into a hundred individual pieces decked out in majorette costumes, then prance off with the marching band singing "Yankee Doodle."
It is that good.
And really, when was the last time you had Pop Rocks candy?
They bust in your mouth like itty bitty fireworks, which makes them perfect for the fourth of July. I know most people associate sweet things on July fourth with light stuff like lemon ice and watermelon, but I like chocolate. Hell, let’s be honest, I always like chocolate. Always will. I’m pretty sure the founding fathers liked chocolate too. And if they didn’t they should have. Lord knows, if I ever found a country, I would want people to celebrate my efforts with chocolate and not some mushy watermelon sprayed with hot dog water.
Did I mention I have gone gluten free?
I know. Annoying right?
I hate it when people jump on diet trends, especially when “people” is me, and double especially when the dang thing works. Not only have I lost a few pounds, more important, it has calmed down my allergies, which in my book is nothing less than a miracle. I swear, this year, when the pollen count kept hiccuping higher and higher and higher, I was willing to try anything. And this thing worked. Dangnabbit!
So when I went to a foofy fusion restaurant a few weeks ago and they offered a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and pop rocks, well, I had to steal their idea. I never would have thought of supplementing frosting with pop rocks, but it works. The sour-sweet of the candy pairs so nicely with the dark and fudgy. It’s an odd couple but it works. And with a dense cake, it's easy to go gluten-free. Who knew?
I could provide a flourless chocolate cake recipe here but I won’t because there are ten thousand food bloggers who can do it better than me. This is the recipe I followed and recommend with all my tiny heart.
PS: If you like the idea of pairing slightly weird stuff with chocolate, you need to see these potato chip brownies.