According to Wikipedia, “the name bonbon (or bon-bons) refers to any of several types of sweets, especially small candies en-robed in chocolate.
“The first reports of bonbons come from the 17th century, when they were made at the French royal court. Their name arose from infantile reduplication of the word bon, meaning ‘good’.”
But not only do these taste good, but they are actually good for you!
For years I would sneak Reese’s Cups, maybe one or two a month, but when I hit 45, I knew something had to change…the more processed sugar I ate the more I craved it.
At 50, I had serious auto-immune symptoms and it pointed to lupus. That was enough for me! Couple that with other food allergies and candida yeast overgrowth in our children, and I began to research better ways to feed my family. Here is part of our journey to good health.
But, I am off track…Here is my ‘Best Ever’ homemade version of “The Bonbon”!
The recipe is so simple, and I share a short tutorial in pictures:
Basic Four Ingredients and their health benefits~
- 2 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil *too much oil and the honey won’t blend well*
- 3-4 level tsp. cocoa powder (the best you can afford, preferably organic) Why Unprocessed Cocoa Powder is Bon for You
- several dashes of sea salt (to give it that Reese cup saltiness to your taste)
- 1 heaping tsp. raw honey
***Note: you can vary these amounts to your heart’s content. Stir well to remove any small lumps. Experiment to suit your taste.
Sometimes all I do for a quick snack is mix these four yummy things up in a smaller amount and eat it with a spoon right away (the raw honey especially helps during allergy season).
Other times, I get out the pretty little cupcake papers and fill them part way with the basic chocolate mixture. Add a dollop of Trader Joe’s sunflower seed, peanut, or almond butter, top with a Brazil nut (or other nut), and sandwich that under more chocolate. Refrigerate immediately until ready to serve!
That’s my little Reese’s cup! It melts in your mouth…add extra sea salt for this one Eat it quickly or it will melt in your hand.
We like to make these little treats as dessert for a special meal or just as an ‘I love you’ gift!
Optional fun ways to fix them:
~Chilled raspberries on a chilled plate slowly topped with chocolate mixture
~top whole bananas with toasted pecans and drizzle it on for a pretty dessert
~it makes a great magic shell on ice cream because coconut oil gets hard below 76-77°
~add 1-2 drops (to taste) of peppermint essential oil to make a chocolate chip flavor
~add 1-3 drops (to taste) of orange essential oil for a unique taste treat
~add Madagascar vanilla bean extract for an extra special flavor
Offer your family a healthy alternative to the store-bought candy. Can you think of other ways you could use this mixture?
Remember this next time you crave that tasty morsel!
* Tis “Bon” for sure! *