Remember in elementary school when you had to bring a treat in on your birthday? Then after we would always get to play “Heads Up Seven Up”. Which is obviously the best game of all time.
If you aren’t familiar with the game, let me explain. Seven kids would be chosen from the class and all the others would sit at their desks with the heads down so they couldn’t see anything. The chosen seven would then walk around the class and tap one person each on the shoulder. Once everyone had tapped someone, they would all go up to the front of the class.
The kids sitting at their desks who had been tapped would then try to choose who tapped them on the shoulder. If they chose correctly, their tapper had to sit down and they got a chance to be one of the coveted seven.
Why is this the best game ever? Cause I always won. Well, I’m not sure there’s a “winner”, really….because as far as I can remember we just played a few rounds and then we were done. But I always guessed who my tapper was.
How? Well, obviously I’m psychic and I can just feel the person’s aura. Either that or I peaked at the person’s shoes. Okay, I definitely peaked at the person’s shoes. I was a terrible child.
Honestly, now that I’m writing this, Heads Up Seven Up seems like the dumbest game in the history of the world. Who invented it and why is there not even a winner? Kids are weird.
All This To Say…
My birthday is tomorrow!
Where I work, they’re keeping the tradition of elementary school alive by making you bring in a treat on your birthday. Doesn’t really make sense to me. It’s my birthday…why do I have to do the work? Bring me a dang treat!
It’s okay, though…I’m trying to be treat-free on days that aren’t Saturday. So, I originally was just thinking, “Screw this, I’ll just buy a thing of cupcakes and that way I won’t have to do any work.” But then I realized that giving people food that I wouldn’t eat and don’t particularly think they should be eating is kind of rude and against my principles.
My second thought was to go all out and bake something really fantastic that’s grain free and low in sugar. But then I decided I didn’t want to do that much work and that I didn’t want to have to go to the grocery store.
I finally decided to make something with ingredients that I already had at my house. The ingredients I managed to scrounge up were: Hickory Nuts, Coconut Sugar, Coconut Oil, an 85% dark chocolate bar, and some sea salt. The resulting treat was Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Cups with Roasted Hickory Nuts.
I guess you can’t buy hickory nuts at a store. I’m not sure why…maybe because they’re so delicious. My dad has a hickory tree and for Christmas he gave me a huge bag of the nuts. They taste similar to pecans but to me they’re also kind of maple-y. I don’t know, they’re delicious. If you’re dad isn’t as cool as mine, I’d suggest using pecans in this recipe.
Because I used dark chocolate, the cups aren’t very sweet. My roommate described them as, “alarming but good” because she expected it to be sweeter. So don’t expect it to be sweet or just use sweeter chocolate for a sweeter version.