I'm going to a "Life Aquatic" themed party.
I wanted to bring cake. But cake at a party with like 50 + people just seems a little dangerous.
Chocolate cake in the mouth = awesome.
Chocolate cake on the ceiling = not so awesome.
But. As a weird human being that must bring snacks everywhere I go, AND since this party is (partially) a birthday party... I still had to bring something. Obviously.
Since turtles are an underwater creature, I figured chocolate turtles were perfect.
Plus - you can keep them in a box. This helps keep chocolate off the ceiling and in the mouth.
The coolest thing about these turtles is that the caramel is made from sweet potatoes, a touch of maple syrup, and water.
Then there is some chocolate. A few pecans. That's it!
I just learned that chocolate turtles are more a North American (vs: European) thing... so I'm excited to introduce them to this side of the Atlantic! (Or... maybe they're an anglophone thing because they have them in the UK? IDK - let's just eat chocolate?)
Vegan sweet potato caramel chocolate turtles - What you need:
First we need to make some sweet potato caramel.
It's a bit of a labourious process (well, more time consuming than labourious...), but it's totally worth it for this caramel.
I followed this Bon Appetit recipe for the sweet potato caramel almost exactly.
The only comments that I have are:
I added 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and a pinch of salt to the sweet potato water in the saucepan before cooking. (I wanted a sweeter "salted caramel" vibe.) However - the additions were cool, but definitely not necessary. The caramel will still be sweet and flavourful without any additions.
It took me a bit longer than 15-20 minutes that the directions called for... I had my caramel on the stove for 20-35 minutes.
I'm a caramel novice, so if you're a pro maybe this is obvious, but the caramel will still be in liquid form when you put it in the jar. I used a rubber spatula to stir, and as soon as caramel started forming around my spatula I stopped the cooking process.
DO NOT WASTE THE EXTRA SWEET POTATOES! I made these sweet potato falafels with the left overs!
Okay: so you need some caramel (1/4 cup is fine if you're not making the sweet potato caramel).
- 150 grams of chocolate (I used a vegan dark chocolate.)
- 150 grams of pecans (or your favourite nut, I only had 125 grams of pecans, so I added a few walnuts in the mix!)
Vegan sweet potato caramel chocolate turtles - What you do:
Over a double boiler melt the chocolate.
Take a small spoonful of chocolate and use it to make a circle on a piece of parchment paper.
Add 4 little turtle legs to the chocolate.
Take a small dollop of caramel and put a nice blob of it in the middle of the pecan legs.
Add another bit of melted chocolate to cover up the pecans and caramel.
Allow the turtles to cool slightly, and then transfer to the fridge to set completely.
I'm really excited about these turtles.
1. They literally represent my childhood. A family friend of my parents used to give us these every time he saw us. We called him the turtle man. He was awesome. Turtles are awesome. Fond childhood memories for the win!
2. I didn't think the caramel would actually work - and it was perfect!
3. THEY ARE SO EASY.
Okay - the caramel takes time... but it isn't difficult, and there are so many different caramel options out there that you can sub in - easy peasy.
chocolatey. crunchy. sweet. earthy. salty.
All of these things.
5. I think it will be very hard to ruin an apartment by bringing these to a party... but I'll have to keep you posted on this one.
Baking soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner baker:
This is fun and happy music.