A Simple, More Sinful Spin on Chocolate Croissants – The Jack Bomb

The Jack Bomb


If you read the comments in response to “Cake – It’s What’s For Breakfast,” you may have noticed a mysterious reference to the “Jack Bomb” dropped by my sister, Jennifer. I asked her to explain her tantalyzing concoction and coerced her into sharing it.

From Jennifer: Breakfast Treats: The Jack Bomb
I love chocolate croissants except for the croissant part. I only like the croissant portions that come into direct contact with the chocolate. I tear and toss the non-chocolate portion of the croissant because I don’t enjoy that part and it’s extremely fattening. I’ve always lived by the notion that the key to not becoming a moose is to only eat fattening things that you really enjoy.

My son, Jack, also will only eat the chocolate part. He doesn’t care about calories, he just can’t be bothered. Over the years I’ve seen a decrease in how much chocolate is put in chocolate croissants. The only place near where I live that puts in enough chocolate is Starbucks and at $2.25+ for a croissant it’s not a feasible economic solution to our breakfast issue and desire. Thus, the Jack Bomb.

I played with the idea of learning how to make a real croissant but since I lack both the time and patience I went the all American way, a short cut.

So what exactly is a Jack Bomb? Named after my son Jack, the Jack bomb is basically a super shot of chocolate delivered in a thin puff pastry shell. You know you’ve made the Jack Bomb right when your first bite causes so much chocolate to ooze into your mouth it’s impossible not to end up with some on your face. A clean face after a Jack bomb is not a Jack bomb. If it doesn’t ooze try, try again.

The Jack Bomb

  • Pepperidge Farms puff pastry sheets. (You can find them in the freezer aisle at your supermarket)
  • 1 bag semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • Pull out the puff pastry sheets and let sit on a counter for 40 minutes before you start. They need to defrost until you can unfold the sheet and the pastry feels pliable.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut pastry into rectangles of desired size. I like to use a pizza cutter because it cuts smoothly.
  • Shape by folding ends together and making a pocket

    Making the Pocket

  • Stuff with chocolate chips. It’s ready to be sealed if there is no way you can fit another chocolate chip in.

    Bring on the Chocolate Chips!

  • Seal and lay on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • Repeat until you’ve used all the pastry sheets. You can make different sizes. I make larger ones for my husband and Jack and smaller ones for myself.
  • Crack 1 egg in a small bowl and beat. Dip a pastry brush or your fingers into the egg and rub a light coating of egg on the tops of the Jack Bombs.
  • Cook for 15-20 until tops are light brown.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes. They will smell good, and look good and you will want to eat them immediately but if you eat a Jack Bomb too soon you’ll burn your mouth.
  • Serve with a big glass of milk

    Additional tips and thoughts:
    1) If you’ll be eating these the next day or after the Jack Bombs have completely cooled microwave for 20 seconds on high before serving. Cold chocolate doesn’t ooze.
    2) You can add a layer of cream cheese to the pastry pocket before adding the chocolate chips to make this taste more like a coffee cake.
    3) Instead of chocolate you can fill your pastry pockets with pie filling.
    4) For a grown up dessert you could use dark chocolate with blackberry preserves and then serve topped with drizzled melted chocolate and blackberries.

    Nutritional thoughts: Numerous studies have said that children/adults who eat breakfast perform better in school/work. It doesn’t matter what they eat for breakfast as long as they eat it. Chocolate has been studied and proven to contain antioxidants, lower blood pressure and protect heart health. Paired with a glass of milk you have a breakfast that is rich in protein and antioxidants. Keep in mind a person who starts his day happy usually ends his day happy.

    Diet Tip: Give yourself permission to enjoy your food, you’ll find that you eat less because you are satisfied. This isn’t license to eat an entire pan of these but you’ll find that one paired with a glass of nonfat milk will leave you happy and full.

    Jennifer

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    12 Responses

    1. See, I knew there was a scientific reason why having chocolate for breakfast was pure wisdom. Take THAT, Mom!! 😉

    2. Jennifer – these look amazing! I can’t believe how easy they seem too…I think I may be able to handle this recipe! Thank you!

    3. Thanks for sharing Jennifer! You have created a sweet concoction that I wish I could have right now! Bring on the Jack Bomb! I hope you both have a safe and warm night. It is far too cold!

    4. awsm post!! yum yum yum

    5. I am jealous. It looks super comfortable.
      Do you ever try this with other fillings?

    6. Oh my! YUM! After this i need to go back to bed 🙂

    7. Yeah, the glass of milk is required here!

    8. sweet robe

    9. Um, YUM! 🙂

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