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Bento Recipe: Chocolate Soybean Clusters


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You've had chocolate nut clusters, right? A blob of nuts in a matrix of chocolate? Well, this is the same thing, but with dry-roasted soybeans.

 What you need

    Dry roasted soybeans
    Meltable chocolate
    Parchment paper

First, rub the soybeans between your hands to remove the papery coverings, if they have any. Then melt some chocolate - I use chocolate melts, which you can get in the baking section of your supermarket - and drop the soybeans in, then fish them out, a tablespoonful at a time, and put the molten clusters on the parchment paper to harden. How much soybean per how much chocolate? That's completely up to you.

I came up with this after making chocolate covered bacon. I ran out of bacon while I still had some melted chocolate. On an impulse I poured soybeans in and mixed it all up. I quite liked the results, so I decided I'd keep it in mind for the next time I found myself in that predicament.