Necessity isn’t the mother of invention….laziness is! Or at least it seriously has a role to play! Think about it ~ who has the most to “gain” from inventing an easier way to do something? (Deep down inside I am a very laid-back, lazy person. It has only been because I am also a people-pleaser that I have become something different, because it is what is expected of me.)
On the day I set out to make a vegan version of a Mounds Bar, I did my internet recipe research to see what everybody else had done. Oh, my mouth was watering! I wanted one of these. I played with the ingredients list and melted my chocolate chips. I got everything ready and tasted the coconut filling. Yes, it all tasted good, even if it wasn’t exactly like the recipes I’d found online.
My cute little mini-muffin liners (purchased on impulse who knows when from who knows where) were all separated and the plan was to make little layers from the chocolate and coconut mixtures. And then I looked at the clock. I looked everything I had laid out. I thought about how long this was going to take and what a mess I was likely to make. (And how long it would take to write about.) There had to be a better way.
On a whim, I stirred half of the lovely coconut mixture into the melted chocolate. Not enough. I dumped in the rest of it and stirred madly. I got a little spoon and tasted. Hmmm. Not bad. I started filling all of the cute little muffin cups that were in an 8″x8″ pan (alas, no mini-muffin pan.) At the end there was extra chocolate-coconut stuff, so I filled the papers to the very top. There was still left-over melted candy. I had a few more tiny muffin papers, but this time I put them on a cookie sheet so that they weren’t as squished as the others were. Maybe the end product would look prettier. I didn’t fill these to the top, either, to see if that was more aesthetically pleasing. (Actually, buying some nice candy molds is highly recommended for this sort of thing, but I’ve never been able to justify the space they will take in my cupboards.) When they were complete, there still was extra melted gooey yumminess left.
I cast about in my mind. I could just eat what was left with a spoon….No, probably not a good idea. I mentally peeked into my baking cupboard remembering there were no full-sized muffin papers in there. What to do…what to do. A light bulb went off. I pulled out a piece of waxed paper, scooted the smaller candies over to one end of the cookie sheet, and spread the waxed paper across the other end. I poured the remaining candy out, but it was so thick that it just stayed in a pile. Spreading it out worked very well. I made it pretty thin so that it can be broken once it’s chilled.
During a taste-testing session, my teens declared all of them delicious! My favorite was the bark version. R’s was the thick fudgy version. J’s? You guess it ~ ALL of them. 😀 The next day I served them to the whole family and everybody liked them. We decided the muffin papers were a nuisance to peel, so molds are now on my to-buy list.
- 3 c. vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Trader Joe’s)
- 2 c. unsweetened finely shredded coconut
- 1/3 c. virgin coconut oil (decrease to 1/4 c. or less to make into bark)
- 1/2 c. honey or other liquid sweetener
- dash of salt
- splash or two of vanilla
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler (or in a metal bowl set on top of a saucepan ~ this is what I actually use.) Mix the remaining ingredients together*. Decide you are much too lazy to form cute little Mounds bars or any such thing. Once the chocolate chips are melted completely, mix the coconut mixture into the chocolate and stir (*or if you know ahead of time you will skip the fancy stuff, throw all the ingredients into the melted chocolate without pre-mixing it.) Drop into molds, muffin papers, or spread out on waxed paper. Chill. Break into bark, pop out of molds, or peel out of papers. Eat. Smile. 🙂