Growing up I was fascinated with a beautiful rock that was on display on a glass shelf at home; my mother had brought it back from one of her trips; it had fine pointed edges and it was called rose des sables (desert rose).
It looked like a rose made of stiff sand. I would stare at it every day wondering how it was ever formed.
Well, later on, a candy was invented by a genius pastry chef (or was it the marketing gurus at McDonalds or General Mills?), with corn flakes dipped in chocolate sauce and it was named rose des sables, too.
In that candy, chocolate, butter and sugar are combined into a rich sauce and the corn flakes are dipped into it and lumped into little mounds.
My version today looks more like a candy the French call mendiant, which means beggar, but looks like a coin on which two or three nuts or dried fruits are studded. I thought that looked more elegant.
It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and they wait patiently for you in the fridge for the snack attack moment to hit.
- 1 bar of chocolate of your choice, preferably good-quality (3 oz)
- 1 cup of cereals
- a few dried fruits, if desired (I used a few candied orange rinds)
- Melt the chocolate (cut it in squares first) in a skillet over very gentle heat. Stir with a wooden spoon as soon as it starts to melt and remove from heat; the residual heat will melt the rest of the chocolate. (Can be done in the microwave as well)
- Place a large piece of foil on a baking sheet; take small spoonfuls of chocolate and drop in several places. When the chocolate has been used up, grab a few flakes of cereals and fruit (if using) and gingerly set on top of the chocolate mounds.
- Set in the fridge to harden until serving time. Store in the fridge in a covered box once they have hardened.