In general, I’m pretty good at sharing.  In fact, I think I could be called generous in most respects.  But not when it comes to dessert.  Particularly when that dessert involves chocolate.  Whenever Ben and I go out to dinner and decide to indulge in dessert, we usually split something.  But the more chocolate it involves, the less inclined I am to share.  When it’s chocolate mousse, I don’t even try to pretend.  I’m ordering that all on my own.  But there is definitely something to be said for sharing desserts.  The obvious is at least some semblance of portion control, but also the joy in the experience of sharing with someone you love.  Joking over who will get the last bite (he always leaves it for me…he’s a good one).  These chocolate caramel tartlets are a great dessert for sharing because one is definitely too much to eat solo but when split with someone else, it’s just right.

In case you’re thinking of making a special Valentine meal in rather than going out, this is a fabulous dessert option because it can be made in advance and keeps very well.  The recipe as written here makes enough for six tarlets, so consider sharing the tartlet love amongst your friends so they can enjoy with their special someone.  I think a set of tartlet pans is a second-tier kitchen must-have.  Like, you don’t really have to have it, but I promise if you have them, you’ll find tons of uses for them.  If you would rather make this as a full size tart, you may need to scale back the ingredients slightly, though I haven’t tested a full size version so I can’t say for sure.

Here’s to chocolate and to sharing!

Note: This recipe was developed as part of my ongoing contribution to the Go Bold with Butter blog.  Head over to see my posts as well as more great recipes from the other awesome bloggers involved with the project!