Food for Thought

The Most Outrageous Chocolaty Treats

January 24, 2016

Leave it to a few out-of-the-box thinkers to turn the chocolate world upside down with these unique, and slightly outrageous, chocolaty creations! From the downright bizarre to the curiously mouthwatering, here are a few chocolate concoctions that you should probably know about! Starting with the downright outrageous…

McChoco Potatoes by McDonalds


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I came across a “news” segment yesterday. In the segment McDonald’s was announcing the release of their newest dessert, the McChoco Potatoes! Basically, french fries drizzled in not one, but two types of chocolate! Dark cacao flavored chocolate and white chocolate! Whether you’re into it or not, don’t get too excited…the french fries will only be released in Japan on a limited time menu.

Who knows if it’ll take off, but if it does, we may just see it hit the mainstream markets one day! McDonald’s says it “makes for a great dessert” by creating a “wonderful salty and sweet harmonious taste.” What do we think guys? Way too far or just right??

Dark Chocolate by Alinea Restaurant


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On to the extraordinary—this chocolate dessert has been on my radar for some time!  Created by the Alinea Restauraunt in Chicago, this isn’t just a dessert, it’s a full-on theatric performance! Servers swirl spoonfuls of red lingonberry and yellow butternut syrup directly onto the (clean)table! Next they take a sweet stout reduction and allow droplets of the sauce to fall onto the tabletop art. The finale comes by smashing a large chocolate ball that shatters like a piñata over the design! The inside of the ball reveals pieces of cotton candy, freeze dried brown sugar brioche, lingonberry and butternut squash crisps, and ice cream! Sounds like quite the spectacle and a once in a lifetime dessert-experience that would leave your taste buds buzzing!

Chocolate Caramel Tarte by Marlow and Sons


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This next treat isn’t crazy in execution…it’s crazy because of just how good it sounds! Imagine a chocolate tart crust topped with a creamy caramel filling! Made with cream and creme fraiche, this caramel is slightly thicker with a hint of tartness. It’s well complimented by the rich chocolate ganache that gets evenly spread over top of the caramel. Sprinkle the tart with a little sea salt and you have one mouther watering treat—reminiscent of a sophisticated take on a classic chocolate candy bar and gluttony at its finest!

Fried Mars Bar by Haven Chip Bar

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But if what you really want is a candy bar, this next treat might right up your alley! Concocted as a playful experiment in the Haven Chip Bar (now the Carron Fish Bar), nearly two decades ago—it’s made by taking a chilled Mars bar (caramel and nougat covered in chocolate), coating it in batter, and plunging into a deep fat fryer! BEHOLD, the Fried Mars Bar! A simply genius creation that launched the trend of frying candy bars, twinkies, and just about everything but the kitchen sink! So good, yet SO bad…

Baked Hot Chocolate by The Essence of Chocolate


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The baked hot chocolate is another twist on a traditional favorite! From Scharffenberger’s The Essence of Chocolate, this molten chocolate treat is one part cake, one part molten chocolate, and one part the thickest hot cocao you can imagine! If molten lave cake and hot chocolate had a baby…this would be their baby!

 Beetroot  Chocolate Cake


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But maybe you don’t want all the calories of a molten hot cocoa…perhaps you want a healthier option. Chocolateers have got you covered! Just give this Chocolate Beetroot Cake a try! Made with a beetroot puree that’s infused with dark chocolate, this healthy version of a classic guilty pleasure is said to be one capable competitor! The beetroot is said to make the cake “so incredibly moist and deepens the colour, but doesn’t add any particular flavour, just some extra nutrients and phytochemicals.” I’d be interested in giving this one a try! Would you?

Mini Chocoflan by

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Lastly, I want you to imagine a classic, creamy flan. Now imagine a moist chocolate sponge cake. Then take everything you thought you knew and say hello to the “Chocoflan!” It’s a Mexican dessert that combines a decadent layer of chocolate cake and a creamy layer of flan into one treat! Topped with a little fresh caramel sauce, the chocoflan is pure genius! Take two of Mexico’s most renown sweets—flan and chocolate—and bake them together using a double boiler method that allows you to apply varying levels of heat to the two very different layers! Again, P-U-R-E genius.


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