Chocolate Mendiants

chocolate mendiantsMendiants are a traditional French confection and conveniently also simple to make. They don’t require much time to prepare so make a perfect last minute treat to bring to a party or potluck.


  • Semisweet chocolate chips (or bittersweet)
  • Toppings: any variety of nut, dried fruit, sea salt, granulated sugar, seeds or even coconut bacon. I used homemade coconut bacon, dried goji berries and coconut sugar.

Tip: dried cranberries, raisins, apricots, candied orange peel, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts all make excellent traditional toppings. Get creative with the toppings! I like pepitas lightly spiced with ground cayenne too.


  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler. Stir gently and continuously until chocolate is shiny and smooth.
  3. Drop about one tablespoon of warm melted chocolate onto the parchment paper and use the spoon to form a circle. Allow them to set for about a minute before gently adding toppings. Tip: create your chocolate circles a few at a time to add your toppings before the chocolate begins to harden. Reheat the bowl of melted chocolate as needed.
  4. Allow all the chocolates to set for at least 30 minutes on the parchment paper. Enjoy immediately or save in the fridge for a few days.

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