Chewy chocolate drops drizzled with an easy homemade caramel sauce and topped with chopped nuts! No baking required.
Happy August! Hope your new month started off great. I decided to kick off August with a summer dessert on the blog because I was craving something chocolatey like crazy over the weekend. Is that cool with you guys? I hope so. 😛
This recipe was one of the happy accidents happened in the kitchen without me running to the grocery store picking up any additional ingredients. I had everything I needed. Or, maybe I should say that this recipe was invented with whatever I had in the kitchen this past weekend. And it was a real success. Hallelujah!
Here are the nine ingredients I found in my pantry and my fridge that could be possibly used for a chocolate dessert recipe.
Semi-sweet chocolate baking bars or chips
Nuts (I had walnuts in hand. Pecan, almond, peanuts will all work great.)
What do you see from the above list? I see a great potential for an easy dessert, probably without baking. I wanted to just mix everything together, drizzle with something sweet and creamy on top, and then sprinkle with chopped nuts so that the nuts could stay on the chocolate.
That’s how the melted chocolate, sour cream and crushed Graham crackers came together. The chocolate mixture was very easy to make. It was thick and sticky, which put it in no condition to form any shape. My solution was to freeze the mixture until it’s firmed up. After 20 minutes, it finally reached the point where I could simply shape the mixture into multiple balls with my hands. Of course, I dropped one directly into my mouth…Mmmmm, I was satisfied.
Next, I needed a sauce to accomplish what I had imagined. Luckily, I found this Easy Caramel Sauce recipe by the famous Pioneer Woman. This was heading to where exactly I wanted.
It’s pretty obvious that these chocolate drops turned out nicely! They are
One drop can keep your mouth full for a while, giving you enough time to chew and enjoy.
This recipe makes at least 20 chocolate drops. Each one has a diameter of about one inch. Unless you serve them to a crowd, chances for you and your family to finish them all at once are pretty low. The good news is that they are even better after chilled. So just keep them in your fridge and enjoy throughout the next few days.
Here you have it. No Bake Chocolate Drops With Easy Caramel Sauce (and nuts), a happy accident that I hope you enjoy. Talk soon!Print
- 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate baking bars or chips
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- 2 cups Graham crackers, crushed (about 10 crackers)
- 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped (almond, pecan or peanuts will work fine)
For the Easy Caramel Sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup half-and-half
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- Melt chocolate in a saucepan over medium heat. Combine with sour cream. Stir in Graham cracker crumbs and mix well. Cover and freeze for 20 minutes.
- Now, prepare the caramel sauce. Mix the brown sugar, half-and-half, butter and salt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir gently while cooking for 5-7 minutes, until the sauce gets thicker.
- Add the vanilla and cook another minute. Continue stirring. Turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into a jar. Leave the jar in the fridge.
- Once the chocolate mixture is firmed up, shape into 1-inch big balls with both of your hands and place them onto a plate.
- Drizzle each chocolate drop with prepared caramel sauce. Sprinkle with chopped nuts on top. Enjoy!
*The Easy Caramel Sauce recipe makes 1 cup sauce.
*These chocolate drops refrigerate very well up to two weeks.