Dangerous Three Seed Brittle

three seed brittle

pepita, black sesame seed, yellow mustard seed brittle photo by vsimon

Look at those shards, they could put an eye out.

This is not your grandma’s brittle. First off, there are no peanuts. Just seeds. Green pepitas (pumpkin seeds), black sesame seeds, and yellow mustard seeds. 

Grandma added baking soda, it foamed and added air to her brittle. But that also makes it opaque. I leave it out so the crisp sugar stays clear, and you can see the colorful seeds. 

And I slather it in dark chocolate, of course. It is dangerously good. So good it will become a holiday tradition at our house.

Move fast

This recipe comes together quickly, so quickly you must be prepared for every step before you start cooking. And it is dangerous to make. You boil sugar until it browns and emits tiny wafts of smoke. Then you have to work very, very quickly to add the rest of the ingredients, and thinly roll the molten sugar between two sheets of parchment paper.

You MUST read the recipe thoroughly and completely before starting. Have everything measured and all your equipment ready before you start cooking.


And this in only slightly in jest, put yellow caution tape around the kitchen before starting to protect small children, pets, and curious bystanders. At least tell everyone to Stay Out Of Your Way! This stuff is like lava, it is HOT.

3 seed brittle close up photo by vsimon

Three Seed Brittle

makes approximately a 8×12 inch 2-ply slab metric measures
1 cup pepitas 140 gm
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds 20 gm
2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds 24 gm
1/2 cup granulated sugar 110 gm
1/4 cup light corn syrup 60 ml
1/8 tsp salt pinch
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 5 ml
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips 100 gm

necessary equipment

2 12×18 inch pieces of parchment paper

a rolling pin

Measure seeds and put together in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a heavy saucepan put sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, just a few minutes. Use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon. A rubber spatula will melt.

Cook until the mixture is the color of the toasted sesame oil. It will start to smoke. Remove from the heat.

Add the sesame oil and seeds. Quickly stir to combine. Return to heat briefly if the mixture has become too stiff to stir.

Immediately pour mixture onto one sheet of parchment paper. Top with the other piece and use the rolling pin to flatten to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness. Again, work quickly.

Remove the top piece of parchment and scatter the chocolate over the top of the warm brittle. Allow to melt, this will take 5 to 10 minutes.

If the brittle is too cool to melt the chocolate, you can put the paper with the brittle and chocolate in a 150-degree oven for a few minutes.

When the chocolate is melted, smooth with a knife or an off set spatula. Put brittle in the refrigerator to harden the chocolate, 20-30 minutes. Break brittle into irregular pieces.

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator. A pretty tin is best.

$10,000 Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure Contest

This brittle was an entry into the annual Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure contest last year. This contest pairs their chocolate with a different list of “adventure” ingredients each year.

This year there are two $10,000 prizes!! One for sweet recipes, one for savory recipes. You can still enter. The deadline is January 3, 2010. Many Scharffen Berger products are gluten free. Click here for their statement.

Last year the adventure list included several seeds and palm sugar. This recipe was originally written with palm sugar. It is worth stocking in your pantry. But I am guessing that more of us have white sugar than palm sugar in the cupboard. The amount is the same, no matter which you choose to use.

Are you making candy for the holidays?

Monkey Tails


We used to call them frozen bananas with peanut butter and dark chocolate. Not a very catchy name. Our clients kids said, “Those are monkey tails!” It was easy to agree.

They are fun to make with kids and build a stash in the freezer. Pull them out as needed to cool a sweltering day.

Nutrition in the ingredients- one by one

Bananas- a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.

Peanut butter- a good source of niacin (a B vitamin), vitamin E, magnesium, and the antioxidant selenium. You also get some protein.

Dark chocolate-antioxidants and some fiber!! Also many minerals, including iron and magnesium.

But I can’t eat PB.

Use another nut or seed butter instead. Almond, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, sesame (tahini). Whatever you like. They will taste different, but still delicious.


Dark chocolate scares me.

These are dark monkeys, not milky monkeys. Go ahead, try it. Dark chocolate is a perfect complement to the sweet banana and the creamy peanut butter. Making these with milk chocolate seems like a crime to me.

Monkey Tails serves 4

ingredients metric measures
4 almost ripe bananas about 120 gm each
8 wooden sticks 8
1 cup peanut butter 375 gm
1 ½ cup chocolate chips 225 gm
1 tablespoon oil 15 ml

Cut bananas crosswise into two tails (halves) and insert stick into cut ends. Then peel bananas.

Spread peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter) over each banana. Place bananas on plastic wrap lined cookie sheet and freeze until cold, at least one hour.

Place chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Warm in 20-second intervals until the chips are melted and smooth. The chips can melt without losing their shape, so be sure to stir after each heating.

Spread chocolate over the frozen bananas. Return to freezer for about 10 minutes, or until the chocolate is firm.


Wrap in plastic wrap if not eating right away. Store wrapped bananas in a freezer container. Loose Monkey Tails tend to stray to the far reaches of the freezer. You do not want to find an escapee 2 years from now.

This recipe is easily halved or doubled. How many Monkey Tails do you have at your house?

*This post will be submitted to the August edition of “Go Ahead Honey, it is Gluten Free!” blogging event. This month is hosted by Kim Hopkins of The Allergy Coach with a sweltering summer Chill Out theme. Naomi Devlin of Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried created the very popular “Go Ahead Honey, it is Gluten Free”. Thanks ladies!!