So you may be asking, what are chocolate mendiants? Well, they’re beautiful and delicious French confections composed of rich and creamy chocolate disks, studded with assorted dried fruits & nuts. They’re so pretty, they almost look like stained glass windows!
First, gather the types of nuts you want to use and chop the dried fruit. Then measure and place your chocolates in microwavable safe bowls.
The nuts I choose were pecan halves, walnut pieces and almond slivers. My dried fruits were dried cranberries, pineapple, papaya and golden raisins. But, you can choose any type of nuts and dried fruit you prefer. The flavor combinations are unlimited!
Next, melt your chocolate and put it in a squeeze bottle. Also, line a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
Now I know this picture shows a small cookie scooper and I did use one for the milk chocolate mendiants, but, I didn’t really care for this method. So, I tried a squeeze bottle, with the white chocolate mendiants, and it worked much better and loved it! So, I highly recommend using a squeeze bottle.
By using a squeeze bottle they turned out more uniform and this method made quite a few more mendiants, than with the cookie scooper method. The squeeze bottle method also allows for better control and less waste, awesome!
Ok, with the melted chocolate in your squeeze bottle, make about 4 or 5 small circles of chocolate at a time. To make even circles just squeeze the chocolate right in the middle and then release the pressure to stop the flow of chocolate. Next, just place the dried fruits and nuts on top. Allow them to sit until the chocolate is firm.
Next, melt your white chocolate and put it in a squeeze bottle.
Follow the same steps for the white chocolate as you did for the milk chocolate and allow them to sit until the chocolate is firm.
I love trying new recipes and tweaking them so I can bring you the final recipe and method. I like to offer notes and tips to help you make my recipes the easy way, the first time. 🙂
And make wonderful and inexpensive Christmas gifts for everyone on your gift giving list!! We plan on giving a box of these to a our neighbors who are a military family, as a way to say “Thank You” for the husband’s service and their family’s sacrifices they make.
I had some dried fruits and nuts leftover, so I mixed them together and made a trail mix snack for another time. Maybe I’ll take this tasty little mix to the movies the next time we go. I love dried fruits and nuts – yum!
- 2 cups quality milk chocolate (11 ounces)
- 2 cups quality white chocolate (11 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons (each) assorted dried fruits, cranberries, pineapple, papaya & golden raisins
- 2 tablespoons almond slices
- 48 pecan halves
- 12 walnut halves
- Carefully melt the dark chocolate in a microwavable safe bowl, cooking at one (1) minute intervals at 50% power and stirring after each minute. Melting 2 cups of chocolates each took about 2 minutes.
- Place parchment or wax paper on a large baking sheet.
- Pour into a squeeze bottle and make small dollops of chocolate. Before it sets place the dried fruit and nuts on top in a pretty pattern.
- Allow the chocolate to harden on the baking sheet and then remove and store in an airtight container.
Recipe adapted from Chocoley
Other supplies needed:
- 2 Microwave safe bowls
- 2 spoons
- Large baking sheet
- Parchment or wax paper
- Squeeze bottle
- Quality Chocoley milk chocolate
- Quality Chocoley white chocolate
Chocoley has some of the most amazing products, like melting and drizzling chocolates, ready to use gourmet centers, flavoring oils and so much more. Check out their products, tips and recipes, then go ahead and make a delicious Chocoley chocolate creation for you and your family.
I hadn’t heard of chocolate mendiants until I found them while looking at Chocoley’s Recipes. They were so pretty that I knew I had to make some and share them with you on My Sweet Mission!
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