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Christmas Mendiant, A French Chocolate Indulgence

Stack of mendiants with a red and white string.

Mendiant is a sinfully delicious dark chocolate disk topped with different type of nuts and dried fruits. Quick and easy to put together, the mendiant is a melted dark chocolate topped with nuts of your choice such as almonds, pecans, peanuts and dried fruits. You can have your children participate and make it an activity.

Originally from Provence, this treat belongs to the traditional 13 desserts of Provence. Mendiant mean ”begger” which as Wikipedia explains were representing the monastic orders. Another one of the 13 desserts is the Bûche de Noël or Yule log, I have broken down all the steps so you can make your own with the chocolate ganache.

Most importantly, for me, the 13 desserts represents a Provencal tradition that I wish to share with my children as we usually stay in Canada for Christmas. Also, It has a biblical story and meaning, there is a lot to find about it if you are curious 🙂

Give A Mendiant, Share A Mendiant

Mendiants are a cute bite format and could be a great hostess gift or any sweet tooth in your life that love a great chocolate treat.

This is also a great treat to have at home during the holidays. Anyone popping by your home, this is the perfect bite size to offer your guest. You can’t say no to chocolate, can you?

Make it an activity

FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m not the best at letting the kids in the kitchen. I don’t always take the time. I definitely intent to make an effort in this department, specially they are showing interest in helping.

This recipe is pretty quick and this could be an easy project to make with the kids. My son enjoyed making the mendiant to his taste with his favorite toppings. He gave the idea of adding some coconut on top and I loved it as it looked like snow! So fitting!

A Few Notes

GOOD QUALITY CHOCOLATE is key. Once you spend a few more dollars to buy a higher quality chocolate, you won’t be able to go back. Personally, I buy Barry-Callebaut and I find it at McEwan in Toronto.

IMAGINATION: Feel free to add the topping of your choice. The tradition might be certain nuts and dried fruits but have fun with it!

GIFT: Placed in a cute box, it makes a great gift for a hostess, teacher, colleague or friend.

I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience I have also converted the recipe using this website.

Christmas Mendiant, A French Chocolate Indulgence

Mendiant is a sinfully delicious dark chocolate disk topped with different type of nuts and dried fruits. Quick and easy to put together, the mendiant is a melted dark chocolate topped with nuts of your choice such as almonds, pecans, peanuts and dried fruits.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chocolate, christmas, decadent, dried fruits, easy, edible gift, indulgence, kids activity, nuts, treat
Servings: 2 dozens
Author: Melanie

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cup dark chocolate, unsweetened 200 g
  • 1 handful almond sliced, whole etc
  • 1 handful pecan whole or in pieces
  • 1 handful shredded coconut unsweetened
  • 1 handful peanut in pieces
  • 1 handful raisins, cranberries or craisins

Instructions

  • Set up your ramekins with the toppings of your choice.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with a parchemin paper or a baking mat.
    Ingredients for chocolate mendiants
  • Cut the chocolate in small pieces. Melt it in the microwave for 20 secondes, mix and repeat until completely melted.
  • Using a table spoon, make small disks and sprinkle with the toppings.
    person in a red top preparing chocolate disks.
  • Repeat until done.
    kid and a mom putting toppings on chocolat dis
  • Set aside in a cool place for 2 hours to allow to set.
  • Enjoy!
    Stack of mendiants with a red and white string.

Notes

You can use pistachios, macadamia nuts, dried figs cut in pieces or anything you might like! 

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