Chocolate, Olive Oil and Fleur de Sel

Chocolate, arbequina olive oil, fleur de sel and crusty baguette

Do you ever feel like you wake up one day and life is telling you something? Signs, signs, signs… everywhere. This is what happened to me a few days ago.

I haven’t had a chocolate sandwich or “bocadillo de chocolate” as we like to call it, since I was 18 or so. It used to be our afternoon snack when we were kids. We got out of school at 5pm and our mothers (because all kids had this) had chocolate bocadillos waiting for us. Dark chocolate inside a piece of crusty baguette wrapped with aluminum foil. That was our afternoon snack and everyone loved it.

I think I remember the last time I ate a “bocadillo de chocolate”. I say, I think, because my memory has been failing lately but my last recollection of eating one of these is when my friends Amaia, Jill and I were travelling through Europe in the summer of 1992. We had just graduated from high school and we went on a two week backpacking trip across Western Europe. We were young and broke so we slept in youth hostels, on the train and on park benches. We ate bread (lots of it), yogurt, fruit… anything we would find at the local markets and lots and lots of chocolate. I mean, we were in France and Belgium and Switzerland… what else would we eat but chocolate, right? So bread and chocolate was an everyday staple. That’s my last memory of eating chocolate bocadillos.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon a food blog out of the Basque Country called Sukaldean. Fun food blog by accomplished cookbook authors Hasier Etxeberria and David de Jorge. And what was the first thing I saw? You guessed it! Chocolate bocadillo but this time with olive oil and sea salt. “Wow!” I thought to myself… “I have to make that soon!”. But life got busy and I didn’t. A few days later, I went to Tartelette’s blog and what did I see? A baguette she made for the Daring Baker’s February challenge stuffed with a bar of chocolate! It seems like Helen and I have been sharing the same brain lately. I couldn’t control myself so today, I ran to Paul, got some good crusty bread and made myself this bocadillo.

Green & Blacks 70% organic chocolate

I used Arbequina olive oil from Hacienda Queiles which is mild and fruity. The first time I ever tried this olive oil, it was at Akelarre in San Sebastian. It was so fragant and unusual. It tasted just like bananas, I thought! I got the name of the producer from the maitre d’ and a couple of days later, I bought myself a small bottle. It goes perfectly with the chocolate.

As for the salt, I used fleur de sel from Ile de Re that my friend and former pastry chef Sebastien brought back from France for me a couple of years ago. I know, I know… it’s been a while but I’ve been saving it for special occasions like this one.

Chocolate, Olive Oil and Fleur de Sel Bocadillo

1 crusty baguette
2 70% cacao chocolate bars
2 tsp organic arbequina olive oil or any good quality extra virgin olive oil you like
Couple of pinches of fleur de sel

Cut the baguette in half and toast it under the broiler. Remove it from the broiler, drizzle some olive oil and place the chocolate on top of the bread. Place it back in the broiler for 5 seconds so the chocolate warms up a bit but remember that we don’t want to melt the chocolate! Remove from the oven and finish it with the salt.

Open your mouth big and eat right away!

I want to thank Sukaldean and Helen for bringing back these wonderful memories!

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21 Responses to “Chocolate, Olive Oil and Fleur de Sel”

  1. Hi!

    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog since it has sent me this way. I am very impressed by what I have seen so far! I will also be back for more. I should have been here earlier as I was already impressed by your raspberry tart in the Mini Pie Revolution, but I did not have enough time back then. Now I get instantly more as this post JUST came up when I returned to your homepage after reading older posts. More reading now – fleur de sel, how could I resist?


  2. Two of my favorite things! Bread and chocolate! I was born in 1992 lol.

  3. I had seen this on Helen’s blog also. Chocolate with French bread is something I have never tried. I think it sounds a little strange. But I love chocolate and love French bread. I promise I will try it. I hope to make another batch this week. I always love new ideas!

  4. OH MY GOD I have died and gone to a heaven where people ear bars of chocolate in their sandwiches!!! Reminds we of the sugar sandwiches my granny used to make us when we were small – YUM!! have G&B’s in the press and all so am off downstairs to make this for lunch

  5. Cakespy says:

    Hello, pleasure overload??? Brilliant, Aran!! And delicious–that pinch of salt really does make the flavor come alive!

  6. Anonymous says:

    We did eat lots of chocolate bocadillos so we had to balance it with lots of fresh fruit from the fresh air markets to keep us somewhat regular! One of my favorite memories of that trip. JILL

  7. Tartelette says:

    Guess what I just made myself before settling in front of the pc? Yep, no lie: a chocolate baguette sandwich!! This is a great combo!

  8. Delicious as usual! Love your pictures by the way…simply stunning!

  9. Veron says:

    I got to try these. I think I’ve done this before as a child and it tasted delicious. Can’t wait to try it again!

  10. It’s like a bundle of all the best things in the world – I love it!

  11. Ann says:

    That’s just evil. :-)

  12. Bridget says:

    I can’t think of anything that would be better! Chocolate, bread and a little salt…yum!

  13. Where, oh where has this been all my life! So simple and drop dead good! I saw this on Helen’s site too, but it didn’t register with me because I was in DB mode. Fantastic!

  14. Mandy says:

    gosh, the cross-section photo is so seductive! I wish I could sink my teeth into it.

  15. B says:

    bacadillo de chocolate is for all adults in the Basque Country (and I pressume in the whole of Spain) a dear memory transporting us back to the past… Of course, they were not as good and tasty as these ones. The use of olive oil and salt with the dark chocolate is an innovation for me and of course I love it! It’s a pity that nowadays the ” bocaillos” are not so common for the “gouter” and industrial pastry are killing one of our healthier habits…

  16. *fanny* says:

    gosh, i’m totally grateful for the comment you left on foodbeam, which made me discover your gorgeous blog

    xx fanny

  17. This looks lovely and comforting. Beautiful work as always!

    And in response to your lemon post, i’ve been baking way too much lately too. I figure i’ll make up for it some other week when things are too busy. Some things are just worth the calories.

  18. nek0 says:

    ohhhh! Bocata de chocolate! :D Qué recuerdos!!!

    I am kind of a half pb&j lover and half chocolate… I guess it’s my heritage of growing up as a kid in Canada and after moving to Spain! ;)

    Such a pity kids don’t go around with bocadillos anymore… just Cheetos, chips and gummy candy… Such a shame!!!

    Maybe my merienda will be a bocata de chocolate… Hmmmmmm

  19. Astrid says:

    you just brought back my childhood. I had completely forgotten, but now I am transported to Brittany, on a school trip (“classe de mer”), my classmates and I semi-freezing on the beach, but having fun nonetheless, our mouths full of bread and dark chocolate… Do I eat the chocolate first, last, or together with the bread? Ah but in those days it was cheap baguette and boring semisweet baking chocolate (“chocolat de ménage”). It still tasted great. Must serve some to my daughters. Oh and make one for me, too, but with Valrohna, fleur de sel and olive oil. After all, I’m worth it…

  20. That looks absolutely wonderful!

  21. Nohemí says:

    I do hate you for this post now that my “operación bikini” is becoming so hard on a boring afternoon at work!!

    Chocolate and Nocilla bocadillos were the best even for a child thaht didn’t like eating, as I was. I remember specially those at my mother’s village in Salamanca because the bread ther was great!! But now the shop is closed and I’d never eat them again, sob!

    Have you try chocolate con quesito?? That is great too!!

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