Who like to eat nacho put your hand up?
Well, I am one of them. Whenever I crave for junk food, I end up choosing to eat nacho. Recently, I discovered a modern healthy version of the “chips & salsa” that may satisfy my craving for junk food. It may not be the cheesy type of chips and salsa but it does make a great healthy snack or mini dessert. These chocolate ‘chips’ are made from wonton wrappers that are baked until it is crispy and are served with fresh fruit salsa.
Dominique and Cindy Duby are Canadian pastry chefs based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They own a fine chocolate boutique called DC Duby Wild Sweet in Vancouver. I came across their website while ago when I did a research on molecular gastronomy for my interior design project. They wrote several books, mostly relate to desserts and sweets. I found this healthy version of the “chips & salsa from one of their classic series called Chocolate. In this little book, it is packed with more than 50 classic chocolate related recipes from hot chocolate to delicate truffles. D & C did very well on giving unique spins on the classic recipes. I found there are some easy recipes in this book that can be easily made in a normal home kitchen. I recommend this book for those of you who want to learn more about chocolate. I think you will enjoy it!
Note: For the salsa, you can use any type of fruits you like. The original ingredients for salsa recipe are strawberries, pineapple, mango and some mints. For the chocolate chips, the original recipe uses 1tsp of chili powder. However, I decided to use cayanne pepper instead and decrease the amount to 1/4 tsp. I also made the chips into little cups and fill them with fruit salsa. This version work well for the mini dessert at the end of the meal.
(Adapted from Chocolate by Dominique & Cindy Duby)
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder
3 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2-1 pack of wonton wrappers
2 kiwi, peeled and cubed
1/4 pinapple, peeled, cored, and cubed
1 nectarine, pitted and cubed
honey to taste
Preheat the oven at 350F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
To make chips:
In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder, cayenne pepper, melted butter and melted chocolate together. Brush mixture onto each wonton wrapper on both sides and cut into a desired shapes. Place chocolate wrapper on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let cook on a rack.
To make salsa:
In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and let it sit in the fridgerator for at least 1 hour.