Reading with a Side of….

This month’s cynical book is a great companion to the exploding chocolate recipe I found.

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Mara is ready to live it up senior year. She plans to get to know some new boys, hang out with her best friend Tess, and dabble with a few more drugs. However, her senior year turns into a disaster when her classmates begin to spontaneously combust. Mara tries to handle every situation with caustic cynical humor, but it may not be enough to combat the trauma of watching her classmates pop like blood balloons. The whole world rejects Mara and her senior class, afraid that they will catch the combustion virus. The government attempts to find out why these teens are exploding, all while Mara and her classmates are still trying to live life to the fullest.

23587115This book was funny, but like terrible funny. If you have ever played Cards Against Humanity, this is the book version of that. I felt the the characters could have been developed better, especially Dylan. I still don’t feel like I know him or understand his motivations. I feel that so many characters were brought into the story that I wish I had been writing them down from the beginning, so that I had a frame of reference when they came back into the story later. The female perspective didn’t seem to fit quite right, but I could really look beyond all of the things that didn’t work well for me because the story was a special kind of unique. It will probably get alot of flack for the science aspect, but sometimes you want to laugh at something that so ain’t right without actually hurting any real person in the process.

In the spirit of the book and its taboo humor, I am including a recipe for exploding chocolate. I am always down for the consumption of Pop Rocks, especially when a carbonated beverage is not far behind. Also, Mara and her classmates where all about living life to the fullest, forget the consequences. This recipe of heavy hitting junk food will do Mara proud. To find the original recipe, view this link.

Maxime Bilet’s ‘Exploding’ Chocolate


  • 10 ounces chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter (1/4 stick)
  • 1 cup Pop Rocks–style candy (unflavored, or pick your favorite flavor)
  • 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal, crushed
  1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or waxed paper; set aside.
  2. Place the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until just melted and smooth.
  3. Fold the Pop Rocks and cereal into the chocolate mixture until evenly combined. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Let sit at room temperature until set, about 1 to 2 hours. Break into pieces and serve.

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