Chocolate Soil

Chocolate Soil
Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 4
  • 1/4 Cup butter; melted
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar (mix white and raw for an interesting effect)
  • 1/2 Cup cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt; generous
  • Optional:
  • chopped slivered almonds
  • chopped walnuts
  • shaved dark chocolate
  • shaved milk chocolate
  • For Plating:
  • a sprig of fresh mint
  • a scoop of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream (your favorite flavor)
  • fresh fruit for garnish, sliced or diced.
  1. Melt butter in the microwave in a small glass or ceramic bowl (microwave safe) and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, blend the sugar, salt and cocoa powder until thorougly mixed.
  3. While whisking, slowly add the melted butter and continue mixing gently until blended, but dry.
  4. Using a fork, continue mixing until it looks like dark soil.
  5. Optionally, at this stage mix in the chopped nuts to give the soil texture.
  6. Finally, gently blend in shaved chocolate to give the appearance of bark and natural forest compost in the soil.
  7. Plate a liberal pile of "soil" on a white plate. Use a fork to ensure that it looks natural. Insert into the top of it a sprig of mint.
  8. Using two large tablespoons, form an egg-shaped scoop of your favorite ice cream and serve on the side.
  9. Garnish with fresh fruit.
Short of eating raw veggies, food and Earth Day have yet to find a happy medium. While this is not the most ecological dessert, it certainly represents the beauty of our Earth.
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